Global Entry Kiosks

Global Entry & Renewing Your Passport

As I wrote about earlier, I just went through the process of renewing my passport. Now that I have a new passport, I realized that there's one important thing that I have to do. As anyone who travels frequently internationally knows, Global Entry is…

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Filed Under: Advice
Citi Premier Card Watermark

Citi Premier Card Review (2019)

When talking about mid-range credit cards that earn transferrable points, the Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card is probably the first card that comes to mind for many. The card offers a big sign-up bonus, bonus categories, and great protection. However,…

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Filed Under: Citi, Credit Card Reviews
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British Airways Pilots Vote To Go On Strike

A couple of weeks ago I wrote about how talks broke down between British Airways management and their pilots union over a new contract. British Airways is experiencing record profitability at the moment, and the pilots want their share of that. They…

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Filed Under: British Airways, Unions
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Odd Feelings About My New Passport…

I just went through the process of renewing my US passport. Ford's passport was due to expire in August, and mine in December, so we figured we might as well both renew them at once. Over the weekend I got my new passport in the mail. Much to my surprise,…

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Fiji Airways A330

Fiji Airways Takes Pre-Flight Dining To The Extreme

The past few years we've seen airlines investing significantly in their business class products. Not only do more airlines offer dine on demand onboard, but many airlines also offer pre-flight dining. This gives passengers the flexibility to eat what…

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Filed Under: Fiji Airways
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So Cool: Air New Zealand Hiring Temporary Flight Attendants

I've always kind of wanted to be a flight attendant, but just for a hot minute. Not for 46 years, as seems to be the norm in the US. There is something that seems kind of fun about doing the hand motions pointing out where the exits are, having the power…

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Filed Under: Air New Zealand
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The LSU Locker Room Looks Like An Airplane

I'd kind of like to spend a night in the LSU locker room, and not in a weird way (or maybe this is actually the weird way to want to spend a night in a locker room?)... LSU Football has shared on Twitter pictures of their locker room, and frankly they…

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Today Only: Earn Lots Of Miles On Apple Purchases

Online shopping portals can be a great way to pick up additional miles & points for purchases you’d make anyway. Just for following a specific link you can earn bonus points in addition to the ones you’d earn anyway for credit card spending. Whenever…

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Filed Under: Alaska, United
United 777

New Airline Shopping Portal Bonuses

Online shopping portals can be a great way to pick up additional miles & points for purchases you’d make anyway. Just for following a specific link you can earn bonus points in addition to the ones you’d earn for credit card spend. The number of bonus…

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Filed Under: American, Great Deals
Money Watermark

Citi Double Cash Card Review (2019)

Many of us go to great lengths to maximize our credit card strategy. For example, I have over two dozen credit cards -- I have some cards for the perks, while I have other cards for the bonuses they offer when I spend money on them. While I know many…

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Filed Under: Citi, Credit Card Reviews
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5 Ways To Get The Most Out Of A Destination

I've written before about how my "urge" to get on a plane has lessened lately. My sweet dog and his abandonment issues have a lot to do with it, as it's heartbreaking to leave him, but I've also found my interests have changed somewhat. I still love…

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Filed Under: Travel
Courtyard Santiago Rooftop Seating

Review: Courtyard Marriott Santiago Las Condes

Our quick trip to Santiago presented us with a little bit of a quandary: with only one full day to see the city, but two nights at our disposal, our goal was to maximize time, tourism value, and points all in one shot. This was the only opportunity to…

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Filed Under: Hotel Reviews, Hotels
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American Airlines’ Inconsistent Delay Compensation

I had an interesting experience involving contacting customer relations at American recently, which I figured I'd share. First let me provide a bit of background. I get emails constantly from readers who share with me how unsatisfied they are with airline…

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Filed Under: American
Lagos Airport

Ingenious: Lagos Airport Getting A Fence

A couple of days ago I wrote about an incident that occurred at Lagos Airport, where a man climbed onto the wing of a plane just shortly before it was due to take off. The man allegedly brought a carry-on, which he decided to store in the engine, and…

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Filed Under: Security/TSA
Singapore Suites Watermark A380

Chase Sapphire Reserve Review (2019)

I don't think there's a single card that has changed the premium credit card landscape like the Chase Sapphire Reserve® Card did back when it was introduced in the summer of 2016. For a long time $450+ annual fee cards were thought of as being only for…

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Filed Under: Chase, Credit Card Reviews

Recent Trip Reports

Air Belgium Business Class – 91

Weekly Review: July 20, 2019

I'm spending my last full week in the US before taking a big international trip. I'm not actually sure of the exact details of that trip just yet, though I hope it will include Air Peace, Air Tanzania, Air Mauritius, and more. ;) On the points & travel…

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Filed Under: Weekly Review
British Airways 787

British Airways Suspends Cairo Flights Over Security

We'll have to see how this unfolds, but it certainly sounds like it could be bad news. British Airways has canceled all flights to Cairo for the next week as a security precaution. A Cairo Airport spokesperson has said that they haven't been notified…

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Filed Under: British Airways

Introduction: Falling In Love With Japan

Welcome to my next trip report, covering travel in ANA first class to Japan using an incredible mileage deal, as well as stays at several hotels that I've been wanting to stay at for a while. Ford had never been to Japan before (other than connecting…

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Filed Under: ANA, Hotels
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Alaska Lounge Membership Fees Increasing

Another airline has just announced a price increase for lounge memberships. It has just been announced that the cost of Alaska Lounge memberships is increasing as of August 30, 2019. This comes just days after Alaska opened their new flagship lounge…

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Filed Under: Alaska
Emirates New First Class Watermark

Amex Blue Business Plus Card Review (2019)

It used to be that you'd only earn one point per dollar spent on credit cards. Then we saw some cards introduce up to 1.5x points per dollar spent. Then a card was introduced in 2017 that offered a full 2x transferable points per dollar spent all with…

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Filed Under: American Express, Business
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Introduction: Patagonian Summer

Every winter, my husband and I succumb to the vitamin D deficiency that plagues New England, and use our miles to get as far away from winter as possible. Our trip has to meet one of two criteria: As far south in the Southern Hemisphere as possible (maximum…

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Filed Under: Travel, Trip Reports
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US Airline CEOs Disappointed By White House Meeting

Yesterday I wrote about how President Trump had a meeting with several airline CEOs, including those from American Airlines, United Airlines, and even Qatar Airways. One of the topics of conversation was subsidies for Gulf carriers, which the US airlines…

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Filed Under: American, Qatar
Qantas A380

American & Qantas Joint Venture Receives Final Approval

In early June American and Qantas received conditional approval for their transpacific joint venture, which they've been trying to get for years. On Friday the two airlines received final approval from the US Department of Transportation for this. Let's…

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Filed Under: American, Qantas
Thai Airways Watermark

Chase Sapphire Preferred Review (2019)

There are a lot of amazing travel rewards credit cards nowadays, and in many ways credit card issuers have become significantly more competitive when it comes to the perks associated with cards. In this post I wanted to take a close look at what has…

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Filed Under: Chase, Credit Card Reviews
Air Italy Business Class A330 – 69

President Trump’s Meeting With Airline CEOs

To say that I would have loved to be a fly on the wall at this meeting is a severe understatement. Yesterday President Trump and Vice President Pence hosted several airline CEOs at the White House, including the CEOs of American, United, JetBlue, Fedex,…

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Filed Under: American, Qatar