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I like guarantees when traveling. I like to think I got the best deal possible. I'm sure you do too.
by: Mark Burright
Overall Rating: 4.8
Good to Excellent
CheapAir is excellent for cheap airline tickets and last-minute deals. If you don't mind that fares are nonrefundable, you'll enjoy the wallet-friendly travel deals on its website.
Discounted fares and travel deals
Earn up to 2x points with the app
Nonrefundable tickets and fares
How does CheapAir work?
Signing up with CheapAir lets you manage your travel, check previous transactions and track flights directly from your account. Members also have the added perk of earning points on every $1 spent, resulting in discounts of up to 20% on flights and 55% on hotel bookings.
Members can also earn points by referring friends and family members or using the CheapAir credit card, which can earn points on everyday purchases, flights, hotels, and rental cars.
CheapAir lets you access inexpensive flight deals in more than 30,000 domestic and international locations through its online booking system. The company also partners with hotels, motels, and resorts to provide discounted stays. You can get additional savings with Enterprise, Alamo, and Budget through CheapAir.
The CheapAir app lets you access flights, hotels, car rentals, and exclusive deals from an iOS or Android device. Customers can manage their travel on the go, receive live updates on itinerary changes or notifications, and earn up to two times the amount of points by booking through the app.
What is CheapAir?
CheapAir partners with more than 400 carriers, including Air France, Jet Blue, Spirit Airlines, and United Airlines, to provide affordable, budget-friendly travel experiences. The online travel site makes it easy to compare flight, hotel, or cruise options and book them at your leisure.
Each fare comes with CheapAir's price-match promise – if you find a lower price for the same itinerary within 24 hours of booking, CheapAir matches it and refunds you the difference.
CheapAir has a loyalty program, deeply discounted fares, and an easy booking system, and I recommend the company for budget-savvy travelers and customers looking for cheap flights. Even during COVID, we managed to rack up over 14,000 miles in the air. During the expected time, we would log many more miles.
In addition to managing your account online, the online travel site also provides accessible local guides and travel tips for destinations around the world.
I have over 35-years of domestic and international travel under my belt. I was flying nationally before there were mileage and award programs. For the past 25-years, my wife and I have traveled by air extensively. I have over 2 million miles in the air and have stayed at hotels all over the world. I'm spoiled by the airline and hotel award programs.
During the height of COVID-19, we had a family emergency in Thailand. Getting a flight was almost impossible. However, with CheapAir and the Thai Embassy's assistance, we booked a flight and a hotel in Bangkok to quarantine for 14-nights. All worked out in a difficult time.
CheapAir has an Award Program that provides for deeply discounted fares and a very user-friendly booking system that is good if you fly much, stay in motels / hotels, and rent cars from time to time.
The price guarantee is a very nice feature which ensures that you are getting the very best prices.
On the downside are CheapAir's cancellation and refund policies. Be sure that your plans are firm. Once you book the reservation and the money has been transferred, except for special situations, there are no refunds. If you are a planner, this policy should not be a problem, especially when you consider the saved money.
We Were Born to Play This Game
BOOM AGAIN - Boomer Trivia Game
by: Mark Burright
Overall Rating: 5.0
Excellent. Great Fun.
THE BOTTOM LINE
If you enjoy trivia or are looking to add some fun into your adventure time, BOOM AGAIN is worth checking out.
Price - $45.00
Baby Boomers shared the best time in history!
We grew up playing together. We all shared the same great experiences. We share the same memories.
Boom Again is specifically a “Boomer Culture” trivia game. It is a fun opportunity for Baby Boomers to play together again.
How is this different than other Trivia games?
We were pleasantly surprised! Other trivia games don’t get you singing theme songs or remembering your days on the playground or cultural events that happened during your teen years – all memorable and fun specific to the Boom Era.
Two to ten people can play.
The benefit of more people is additional memory-power. If you limit yourself to 2 because you are quarantining, they have devised a format for you to play with your friends on Zoom. We have not had a chance to check this out.
What is a BOOM ZOOM?
BOOM ZOOM is when players gather together using Zoom to play, as I mentioned earlier. There are several possibilities for family and friends with this feature.
This is a great game to play with friends and family. During COVID, one of the things that I have been more focused on is the great things of my childhood years. BOOM AGAIN has been a great way to reminisce with my wife. Her Boomer years were much different than mine. She is 70 and was born and raised in Thailand before coming to America in 1970. Her Boomer years were much different than mine. This is a cultural trivia game that you and your family and friends will enjoy.
Buy recommendation: If you enjoy games and trivia.
Jitterbug 2 Review
Great Call Jitterbug Smart 2 Smartphone
Verizon Network Service
by: Mark Burright
Overall Rating: 4.5
THE BOTTOM LINE
The Jitterbug Smart2 phone for Great Call has a simple interface and lots of valuable features for seniors.
Price - $149.99
Great Call itself offers various options when signing up. These plans include a host of features that circle health and safety issues, so it's called a health and safety package.
And what it does is provides additional features that you may be interested in. Customers can select from a predetermined amount of monthly managed texts and data, which cost us As little as $17.49 per month. Great Call offers various health and safety packages.
Unlimited talk and text with 100MB of data are $49.99 per month, which includes the health and safety services which include: 5Star, GreatCall Link, Urgent Care, and the live operator are all unique Great Call features that involve getting in touch with humans when you feel scared or unsafe, Urgent Care if you need to talk to a doctor or nurse, or the operator just for someone to help you use your phone.
GreatCall Link is a smartphone app that family members can use to check the location and status of a Jitterbug user.
Our Unique Review
My mother, wife, and I decided to do a three-way review and rating with a Jitterbug, its unique software geared to a senior customer base, and the great calls partnership with Verizon; we started this review on December 3, 2020.
We focused on the ease of use of the smartphone, which we'll be discussing further, the network coverage, the company's customer service, focusing on the overall cost of the smartphone itself, and cell services and network services.
Context of the Review
All these things cost a little bit of giving you a little bit of context to our family review that we've been doing on the jitterbug two smartphones.
My mom is 85 and did not like her Verizon smartphone or the associated costs of maintaining the smartphone. She was constantly having challenges using her phone and just wanted to change. I certainly would not say that the smartphone she had from Verizon that there was anything particularly wrong with the smartphone itself. I think it's more along the lines of the need for a smartphone with more ease of use features associated with it. She also had a dislike for the Verizon internet customer service focus, customer support. She's not comfortable with the internet; she's not satisfied with the type of service made available through messaging through chat services, this type of thing and sent COVID-19 here, he hasn't been comfortable going into the stores as well. There are just several things about the Verizon situation that she just really had challenges with or has had challenges with, along with a cost.
My wife - 70 and dislikes technology
My wife is 70 dislikes technology, much like my mom, and she's been very vocal about her dislike for her Verizon smartphone as well. Again, I think in fairness to the smartphone smartphones, probably okay, but again, we're back to the ease of use issue and the standard Android type of software that comes on these telephones.
I'm 65. I love technology as long as it works
I'm 65. I love technology most of the time anyway and have been using a Verizon Samsung Note as a smartphone. I use many available features with a smartphone, and I enjoy things like a high-quality microphone and high-quality camera and video camera. The jitterbug smart two is a simplified smartphone that is made by Alcatel geared towards seniors. It's a standard lower-end smartphone with great, streamlined software that focuses on ease of use and additional features that benefit seniors.
Verizon is the network.
Great Call did something else; it's really, I think, bright and that they partnered with Verizon so that they're piggybacking on Verizon cell network to serve its senior customers. Great idea. For example, international calls are essential to my family because we have family that does live overseas. Global Verizon uses this phone and the network; it's everywhere is no problem whatsoever. And that was important to us.
Optional Medical Alert Device
You can turn the jitterbug smart into a medical alert device with some optional health and safety services. The jitterbug 2 looks to be a desirable option for seniors who might benefit from its ease of use. It's a straightforward configuration, and it's straightforward functionality. The jitterbug two and great Call also provide an affordable alternative to higher-priced and more complicated devices while giving most seniors the product they are looking for.
Ease of Use
What we have found so far is the software within the Jitterbug 2 is designed with ease of use in mind so that seniors can use it immediately right out of the box. That's what I found. I took it out of the box, took my wife's out of the box, and fired them up. It was pretty simple. There was nothing else to do SIM cards loaded; everything was done. All I had to do is start using the Jitterbug 2 right away.
The Great Call Jitterbug 2 has a 5.5-inch touchscreen with Large Icons arranged in a simple, organized list that provides easy access to the Jitterbug 2 features things like phone calls, voicemail text messaging, it also has a camera with flash video camera, photo album directory email and a special emergency assistance button as well.
Nice screen size
I have a Samsung, as I had mentioned earlier, a smartphone that I've been using in the past that has a seven-inch screen, so I was concerned that the smaller screen or the 5.5-inch screen of the Jitterbug 2 might be a challenge for me. There is no doubt that larger screens have advantages. But because of the way the software is written in the Jitterbug 2, I was pleasantly surprised that the 5.5-inch screen isn't a problem at all.
The Jitterbug 2 also, of course, includes mobile internet access, GPS tracking, and a straightforward usage meter to track the number of minutes that you've used on your calls, texts, and data that you have used as well.
The phone also contains some excellent components designed to meet specific needs that seniors like myself have; there's voice typing for hands-free texting and hearing aid capability.
Android Operating System
Some of the other features are the operating system, Android, the senior-specific features, and a number of them, the simple menu organized in a simple list. This is the most prominent feature I think that the phone has it makes it so easy and so user friendly to use the telephone, Large Icons, and text voice typing, you don't have to type in on the keyboard; you could talk to the phone, and it'll write your text and your emails for you. It has a five-star urgent response button that I mentioned earlier, which gives me great comfort, particularly with my mom. It has hearing aid capabilities, the usage meter, and the tracks minutes text and data, which I had mentioned voice commands and the touch screen.
Great Call also offers a tremendous customer-based service program that's included with any of these plans. These folks are great at helping you come up with what would be the best package for your particular situation. It might be much like my wife's and my plan that we have. The program ended up doing for us is saving us over $140 a month versus what our Verizon bill used to be. My mom's savings aren't nearly as significant as ours because of differences in uses and that type of thing. She's only saving $14 a month. But if you were to talk to her, she would do flips for you about how happy she is with a phone itself.
When we looked at the support situation, I must say all three of us couldn't be happier with the customer service; we ended up speaking to two different customer service gals that we worked within it what they were fantastic, great Call has a solid Trustpilot score and is a triple B accredited business with an A-plus rating.
Review Great Call's Website
If you do happen to go over and take a look at their website to look at the programs, the company is incredibly transparent in all the plans' costs; everything is specified, everything is out in front of you. If you call in design, the customer service people will walk you through this, and they're just so patient. So the patient loved it.
With any program like this, you want to take a hard look at everything and all of this information, whether you're looking for a fine print, or whatever questions you may have is readily available on their website or again, you could give their one 800 number a call and talk directly to some great customer service people.
Real People Answer the Phone at Great Call
My mom enjoyed was that there again, they've got excellent phone service with customer service, their email assistance has been great, but the How to guides and videos that they have on their website are suitable to what we found is if we did have a question or we wanted to check something out, if we went on to their website, the videos covered just about anything. We're going to recall in the jitterbug to five out of five and say excellent when it comes to customer service.
Now I want to go a bit of the coverage that Great Call offers along with the Jitterbug 2. We gave the coverage, and it costs five out of five stars. But, as you've heard me say several times already is provided by Verizon, there are no contracts required. So if you find that you're not happy with the phone or the service provided, you let them know the price range of the Jitterbug 2 smartphone is $149.99.
The Jitterbug 2 is NOT a $1200 Smartphone.
The speaker quality isn't the same. It has a smaller screen size, maybe than that $1200 smartphone. However, unless you are making your living on the internet, I think you'll probably be pretty doggone happy with the Jitterbug 2. Again, the cancellation fee is a big thing you can cancel at any time. So it's a win-win. The only investment you'll end up with is the investment in the smartphone itself.
Let's talk specifically now about my mom and her review that I just interviewed her this morning. She loves the Jitterbug 2 and its ease of use. I think that that sums up where my mom's at with this. Her only negative comment is it the battery doesn't stay charged as long as what she's used to with the smartphone that she had previously or the flip phone before that. After six or seven hours, the phone needs to be recharged. She scored Great Call in the Jitterbug 2 4.5 stars simply because of battery life. She qualified this by saying that she would recommend the phone and great Call and their customer service to anyone.
My wife's review is a little more straightforward. This morning she says, Hey, I'm pleased with the Jitterbug 2. As she pointed out, she hasn't had to deal with customer service or any of those types of things because I've done that for both of us. She also pointed out she doesn't do a lot of texting, and she doesn't do many emails. In fact, on the email side, she doesn't do any. Her primary usage of the Jitterbug 2 is limited phone calls and the internet. I will say she spends a lot of time on the internet. She enjoys playing games on the phone. She rates the Jitterbug 2 and Great Call with 5.0 stars. So five out of five stars.
My review is a little more complicated. I am a heavy user of the Jitterbug 2, primarily on the internet, including doing things like listening to podcasts. The speaker and keyboard are not the same quality as my $1200 Samsung, but plenty adequate for what I'm doing. As my mother commented, I'd also have to say a drawback for me is the Jitterbug 2 battery life. Again, we're looking at six or seven hours, so you just got to be more aware that you got to have that phone charger plugged into that phone a little more often than what we're used to. The phone does come with a phone charger for a wall outlet and also a car charger. I'll give the Jitterbug 2 and Great Call 4.5 stars based on what my own needs are.
I would recommend the Jitterbug 2 by Great Call, understanding that you are not buying a high-end smartphone. You're not buying a $400 smartphone. You're not buying a $600 smartphone. You're not buying a $1200 smartphone or a $2,000 smartphone. The Jitterbug 2 is not a high-end smartphone. My review again would be for pulling five out of five stars.
I would give the Jitterbug 2 a buy recommendation. But, please do your research. I would suggest going to the website and taking a closer look. There's a lot of good information, and the website is well prepared if you are looking for an excellent senior cell phone designed for seniors top-notch services, a Verizon network, and you would probably likely save some money.