ATW: Cruise Staffer Goes Overboard, Marriott Package Breakdown, Basic Economy Craziness & More!

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From Around the Web

Roundup: Articles From Around the Web

Here are some posts from around the web that caught our eye that I thought you may find interesting!  Let me know if there is anything good I missed.  Email me anything awesome that you find, or write, at

You can see my previous editions here! 

Miracle at sea: Man plunges from one cruise ship, rescued by another – USA Today

This happens a lot more often then I would have ever thought.  It even happened on Bethany’s recent cruise.

The biggest difference between Basic Economy and Regular Economy I’ve seen so far – Andy’s Travel Blog

This article went a totally different way then I thought it was going to (thought it was talking about the service etc.) but this is still pretty surprising.  No shocker that it is American Airlines that is the culprit.

Marriott Travel Packages are getting more expensive (also maybe more valuable) – The Free-quent Flyer

A good breakdown of how big of a devaluation this may be and why you may be better off turning your current 7 night certificates back into points.

Toy Story Midway Mania Tips And Tricks. Set A New High Score! – Pizza in Motion

For the Disney lovers out there.  Some good tips for the Toy Story Mania ride.

United’s problem is…everything – Points with a Crew

Ian’s experience sounds very familiar to mine with American Airlines.  That is why I try to fly Delta often, even if they don’t have the best award chart.  And my secondary option is Southwest, even though I don’t love the boarding procedure.


Which article did you find most interesting?  Remember to let me know of anything you come across that you want added into the next edition at

Mark Ostermann
Mark Ostermann is a father, husband and miles/points fanatic. He left the corporate world after starting a family in order to be a stay at home dad. Mark is constantly looking at ways to save money and stay within budget while also taking awesome vacations with his family. When he isn't caring for his family or taking a weekend trip, Mark is working towards his goal of visiting every Major League Baseball ballpark.

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