British Airways 787 Watermark

Is The British Airways Card Worth It? (2020)

The British Airways Visa Signature® Card is one of Chase's popular co-branded airline credit cards. British Airways Executive Club is a great frequent flyer program, so in this post I wanted to take a closer look at this card, especially in light of…

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Filed Under: British Airways, Chase
Mayakoba

Weekly Review: February 22, 2020

Hello from Cancun! Ford and I are spending the weekend in Mexico thanks to a trip we booked last minute, as it's sometimes nice to get away for a bit. We're checking out a points hotel I haven't been to before, which I look forward to reviewing. On the…

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2018 Freddie Awards Cover Left

Freddie Awards Voting: Everything You Need To Know

Voting opened in the past week for the Freddie Awards, which is the longest standing and most popular travel loyalty awards ceremony. The first Freddie Awards were held in 1989, and over the years tens of millions of votes have been cast to allow members…

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Filed Under: Advice
American 767

The Sassiest American Airlines Flight Attendant Ever

Ford and I were going somewhat stir-crazy at home in Miami. We had both been at home for a while, and the weather wasn't nice, so we decided yesterday morning we were going to go somewhere. Four hours later we were on a flight to Cancun. I'm pretty proud…

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Filed Under: American
Hong Kong Airlines Business Class A350 – 2

Hong Kong Airlines Cuts All Inflight Service, Except Water

We've seen many airlines adjust inflight service as a result of coronavirus, though Hong Kong Airlines has taken it to a different level this past week. Hong Kong Airlines has cut all inflight service except water, "to further strengthen precautionary…

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Filed Under: Other Airlines
United 787

United Airlines Increases Checked Bag Fees (Again)

United Airlines is always quick to match negative changes from competitors, and this is no exception. United Airlines is increasing checked bag fees for flights within North America, and flights to the Caribbean and Central America: The first checked…

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Filed Under: United
Money

Free Cash With SoFi Referral Program (2020)

I've written a few times over the past several months about SoFi's generous referral program. Well, unfortunately they've made some major changes to the referral program, for both SoFi Money and SoFi Invest. In this post I wanted to provide an updated…

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Filed Under: Great Deals
Park Hyatt Kyoto Suite

8 Great Opportunities To Buy Points

We frequently see loyalty programs sell points at a discount, and for many this is an opportunity to buy points at a cost that makes sense, especially for aspirational redemptions. At the moment we're seeing many programs sell points at a discount, so…

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Filed Under: Great Deals
Waldorf Astoria Bangkok

Hilton Surpass Weekend Night Reward: Worth It?

I recently wrote a comparison of the the Hilton Honors American Express Surpass® Card (review) and Hilton Honors American Express Business Card, which are Amex's mid-range Hilton Honors credit cards. In this post I wanted to look at a specific aspect…

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Filed Under: American Express, Credit Cards
Amex Centurion Lounge Charlotte 3

Amex Centurion Lounge Charlotte: Opening Soon

2020 is an exciting year for Amex Centurion Lounges, as a total of six new lounges are expected to join Amex's network. In this post I wanted to specifically talk about the Amex Centurion Lounge Charlotte, which will be opening in just a few days. While…

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Filed Under: American Express
Centurion Lounge Phoenix 4

When The Next 5 Amex Centurion Lounges Open

One of the things that people love about American Express' premium credit cards is that they offer access to Amex Centurion Lounges, which are among the best lounges you'll find at US airports. They feature complimentary cocktails, hot food, and a couple…

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Filed Under: American Express
St Regis Hong Kong 4

Marriott Bonvoy Extending Status For Those In Greater China

The coronavirus situation has had a huge impact on travel to & from Asia, and we’ve seen all kinds of travel brands issue waivers. A few days ago World of Hyatt announced that they'd proactively extend status for those in Asia Pacific, and now Marriott…

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Filed Under: Marriott
Virgin Atlantic A330 300

Virgin Atlantic Cuts Chauffeur Service

Well, it looks like another airline is cutting their complimentary chauffeur service for premium passengers... Virgin Atlantic has announced that they'll be cutting their chauffeur service for Upper Class (business class) passengers. This change is being…

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Filed Under: Virgin Atlantic

Recent Trip Reports

British Airways First Class 787 10

British Airways 787-10 Details: Cabins, Routes, And More

Several months ago British Airways took delivery of their first Airbus A350-1000, which represents a huge step forward in the carrier's fleet renewal efforts. The A350 is not only fuel efficient and a pleasure to fly as a passenger, but it's also the…

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Filed Under: British Airways
Le Meridien Dhaka Watermark

Top Hotel Credit Cards Offering Elite Status (2020)

I've written about the best hotel credit cards offering free nights, either as an annual benefit, or as a reward for reaching certain spending thresholds. In many cases these anniversary free night certificates can more than justify the annual fees on…

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Filed Under: American Express, Chase
Conrad Bora Bora Watermark

Comparison: Hilton Surpass Vs. Hilton Business Card

American Express and Hilton have a suite of four co-branded credit cards. As you'd expect, each card is going after a different part of the market. Amex and Hilton have two credit cards with identical annual fees -- the Hilton Honors American Express…

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Filed Under: American Express, Credit Card Comparisons
Philippine Airlines A350 Business Class – 2

Review: Philippine Airlines A350 Business Class

After my ground experience in Manila I was extremely excited to board my Philippine Airlines flight to Toronto. So, how is Philippine Airlines' A350? Can they compete with other excellent airlines in the region, or do they still have a long way to go?…

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Filed Under: Airline Reviews, Other Airlines
Edition Abu Dhabi Watermark

Top Hotel Credit Cards Offering Free Nights (2020)

Hotel credit cards are among the most underrated out there. Understandably a lot of people get cards like the Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card and Chase Sapphire Reserve® Card to maximize the rewards they're earning for their spending, and that's a great…

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Filed Under: Credit Cards
Intercontinental Watermark

IHG Premier Card Best-Ever 140K Bonus Still Available

The IHG® Rewards Club Premier Credit Card (review) is a fantastic hotel credit card that just about everyone should have. For several weeks now the card has been offering a best-ever bonus, and this is a reminder that it's still available. For those…

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Filed Under: Chase, Credit Cards
Ritz Carlton Kyoto Suite

Saving Points With Marriott’s Dynamic Award Pricing

In September 2019, Marriott Bonvoy introduced peak and off-peak award pricing, and it wasn't exactly what I expected. I have a couple of observations regarding upcoming award stays, which point to just how dynamic award pricing is under the new system.…

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Filed Under: Marriott
Jakarta Gellman 0816

Uber’s New Tattletale Feature: A Necessary Evil?

Uber rolled out a safety feature yesterday that's both very necessary, and sure to cause a lot of controversy among drivers. If you take ride shares with any frequency, you've probably been in a situation where you had safety concerns about the driver's…

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Filed Under: Uber
American 777 200

American Flying 777s From JFK To LAX (& More)

US airlines have dozens of excess wide body aircraft right now, given all of the China flights that have been suspended for the coming weeks. For example, as of now American has suspended China flights through late April, though I'd be shocked if at…

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Filed Under: American
Etihad Lounge Washington Dulles – 1

Capital One Opening Lounge At Washington Dulles Airport

This should be interesting, even though we don't yet fully know what to expect. It has been announced that Capital One has won a bid to open their first ever airport lounge at Washington Dulles Airport. This is just a few miles from Capital One's headquarters,…

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Filed Under: Capital One