I'm car-less in Chicago, and for the most part, this works for me. Chicago has a great public transit system which I utilize daily to go to work, run errands and meet up with friends. But sometimes taking the bus or the train is inconvenient (after grocery shopping) or impossible (late at night), and I have to decide whether to take a cab or use my phone to request a ride from an Uber or Lyft driver.
The big snowstorm hitting the East Coast this weekend is predictably wreaking havoc on travel plans for thousands of airline passengers across the country. Several airlines are waiving change fees to rebook passengers now instead of waiting for flights to be canceled.
As a frequent traveler (over 130,000 miles flown in the past year), my favorite and least-favorite scenarios are flight irregularities. I hate them because obviously I want to get to where I'm going, but I also love them, because they present opportunities to get "free" money from the airlines. It's usually pretty easy to get money back if the delay is the airline's fault, like a mechanical problem. But what if it's delayed for weather or other reasons beyond anyone's control? If you booked your flight with one of these cards, you may be still able to be reimbursed.
You may have noticed that with tornadoes in the area, O'Hare was a bit of a mess yesterday. While airlines are doing their best to rebook passengers on different flights, the backlog has left some passengers stranded for days, subsisting on expensive airport food and stuck paying for unanticipated hotel stays.
It's a tale as old as time. I walked into the car rental company, flustered after my mile hike from the Kia dealership. My car was in the shop, and I needed a rental, stat. The young man at the counter was wearing a cheap tie and a fake smile.
In a move that should please cordcutting football fans everywhere, CBS Sports has announced plans to stream Superbowl 50 online for free.
Listen closely, and there's a chance you'll hear it: a stifled cough, a steady sniffle, a room-shaking sneeze. Yes, cold and flu season is in full force, and no matter where you spend your days, you're probably within close proximity of at least a few cold-ridden co-workers.
Firefighters, paramedics and EMT workers risk their lives every day in order to ensure the safety of others. Whether that means running into a burning building or pulling someone from wreckage of a car crash, I think we can all agree that these everyday heroes deserve a little recognition for their bravery--and maybe some free stuff to boot!
Studies suggest that up to 20% of us suffer at least a mild degree of winter blues. For an estimated 10 million Americans, the blues are bad enough to be diagnosed as Seasonal Affective Disorder. Here are some budget-friendly tips and tricks for maintaining your sanity through this last bit of winter.