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~$1,500 West Coast To Europe Business Class Tickets!

Over the past several weeks we’ve seen several business class fare wars to Europe, which are always exciting. For example, a few weeks ago we saw ~$2000 fares between the West Coast and Europe....
 

Tons Of Virgin Atlantic Upper Class Award Space!

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I’d Like to Share Some Personal Thank You’s — and Related Observations

The Samsung Galaxy S5 really does take good photos, even in low light and even with someone at the controls who cannot do more than point and shoot (and isn’t great at holding steady)....
 

Actual Terms of IHG “Into The Nights” Free Nights Explained

The way the promotion works is that each member is offered a set of personalized tasks to complete and, once completed, the member can choose to receive a certain number of points or two free nights. It took me some time of back and forth discussion with my IHG contact, but I’ve finally fleshed out the terms and conditions and can explain how it’s going to work....
 

American Express Centurion Lounge Las Vegas – the Original is Still Very Good

I receive compensation for many links on this blog. You don’t have to use these links, but I am grateful to you if you do....
 

A Better Mileage Deal than Others are Writing About, and Time to Book Air China Award Tickets Again!

Aeroplan had a glitch booking tickets with Air China that prevented making bookings But that’s been resolved....
 

Review: KLM Business Class 747-400 Amsterdam To Chicago

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The Most Useful and Interesting Developments in Miles and Points Over the Previous Month

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Two New Hotel Sites Get You Better Rooms for Less Money

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American Airlines Still Allows Stopovers on Awards

My sister asked me a few weeks ago: “Didn’t you say there are no stopovers allowed on American Airlines awards?”“Yes,” I replied....
 

In the Future, Booking Corporate Travel Will Be as Good (sic) as Airline Websites

Companies use managed travel programs to get bulk discounts and limit the conflicts of interest inherent to having travelers make their own travel decisions....
 

You’ll Want to Read These Seven Stories to Stay in the Know (Number 7 is for Real Aviation Geeks Only)

The Citi Double Cash Card — which in my view is the strongest cash rebate card — is targeting some people with signup bonuses....
 

Air China Awards Bookable With Aeroplan Miles Again

Last week I wrote about a system issue between Air Canada’s Aeroplan program and Air China, whereby award tickets weren’t properly being issued....
 

The Qatar Airways A380 Doesn’t Belong to Them, and the Crazy Route it Took to the Gulf

This past week Lucky noted that the first Qatar Airways A380 was delivered....
 

Is This The Most Expensive Hotel Room Ever?

You might expect to pay tens of thousands of dollars for a suite at the Burj Al Arab or for a stay on Necker Island, but here’s one that might surprise you....
 

How Your Wireless Internet Can Get You Arrested at the Airport

Not sure how I missed this story last week. A passenger was detained on a Southwest plane at Seattle-Tacoma Airport after using ominous names for his Wi-Fi hot spot, sources said....
 

Weekly Review: September 20, 2014

In the past week I’ve been to Hong Kong and back, and am presently in Las Vegas, after a quick hop up to Seattle. That brings the mileage count to over 45,000 flown miles since August 28th....
 

Travel Loyalty Programs are All About Conflicts of Interest

I was recently engaged as an expert witness for a federal criminal trial. It’s a fascinating story that I plan to tell....
 

$50 Free at Wayfair.com!! ACT NOW!

UPDATE: Looks like this already might be dead. Via Slickdeals there is currently a coupon that is giving you $50 off a $50+ purchase at Wayfair....
 

Never Accept a Room That’s Unacceptable

I checked into Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas yesterday. Quickly up to my room and there was a strong smell of chlorine....
 

A New Signup Bonus for the Fidelity Investment Rewards 2% Rebate Amex

I’m liking the new Citi Double Cash product as the best cash rebate card but the Fidelity Investment Rewards American Express currently has a $50 signup bonus. I favor points over cash back....
 

Starwood American Express US Open Cardmember Event

Full disclosure: This experience was in conjunction with the SPG Amex Stars program I’m participating in, courtesy of the Starwood Preferred Guest® Credit Card from American Express....
 

Lufthansa’s First Class Construction Duck!

Since I live in hotels full time I try to keep my material possessions to a minimum, since they weigh down my carry on, and that doesn’t help anyone....