Air France La Premiere – 1

Review: Air France 777 First Class

I'll keep this review relatively short, and will focus on what made this flight unique. I was more detailed in my review of the New York to Paris flight a couple of days prior. Then there's my most detailed Air France first class review ever, which was…

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Filed Under: Air France/KLM, Airline Reviews
Radisson Blu Chicago 2

Radisson Rewards Double Points Promotion

Radisson Rewards has just announced the details of their next global promotion. While it's valid for stays over a few months, the booking window is extremely limited. Radisson Rewards is offering double points and double elite nights for stays this fall.…

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Filed Under: Club Carlson, Great Deals
St Regis Maldives Suite

Buy Marriott Bonvoy Points For 30% Off

There are quite a few loyalty programs that frequently run promotions on purchased points, which can represent a great deal, especially for aspirational redemptions. Back in the day Starwood Preferred Guest would often have promotions on purchased points,…

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Filed Under: Marriott
Qantas 787 Business Class – 3

Capital One Offering 33.3% Transfer Bonus To Qantas

Last December Capital One introduced a transferrable points currency for their Venture and Spark products, which was an exciting development. The Venture and Spark cards were previously useful for earning rewards that could be redeemed as cash towards…

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Filed Under: Capital One, Qantas
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American A319 First Class – 4

American Wins 5-Star Global Airline Award (Again)

There are some phenomena in the world that just can't be explained. Jorts. Fanny packs. American Airlines being named a five star global airline. In 2019 American Airlines was awarded five stars by APEX (the Airline Passenger Experience Association),…

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Filed Under: American
St Regis Bora Bora – 100

Marriott Peak Awards Are Not What I Expected

This weekend Marriott's peak and off-peak award pricing went live. This is no surprise, as we've known for several weeks that this was coming. Historically when redeeming points for a hotel, the cost has been based on the category of hotel you're staying…

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Filed Under: Marriott
Chase Credit Cards Watermark 1

Register For Chase Freedom Q4 2019 Bonus

The Chase Freedom® Card (review) is one of my favorite no annual fee credit cards, as it offers 5x points in rotating quarterly categories, for up to $1,500 of spending per quarter. Most people use this as a cashback card, meaning the 5x points really…

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Filed Under: Chase, Credit Cards
Best Western

Earn A Free Night With Best Western’s New Promo

Best Western Rewards isn't the most generous loyalty program out there, and for that matter Best Western doesn't have that many aspirational properties. They do offer promotions every so often, though. Their most common promotion is for a $10-20 gift…

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Filed Under: Best Western, Great Deals
Silo Hotel Cape Town – 85

Weekly Review: September 14, 2019

My dad, Ford, and I, just returned from our incredible surprise birthday trip to South Africa. We had so much fun, though after being gone for over two weeks it's also nice to be home again. I'll continue rolling out the trip report over the coming days,…

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Filed Under: Weekly Review
Four Seasons Lanai – 70

Four Seasons Hawaii Resorts & Promotions [2019]

Over the past few years I've had a lot of inquiries from readers and clients about the Four Seasons properties in Hawaii. Of all the Four Seasons properties, I receive the most emails and make the most bookings at the Four Seasons resorts currently operating…

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Filed Under: Great Deals, Hotels
United Business Class 777 – 4

United Downgrades All Flights To Hong Kong

It's no surprise that we've seen a big decrease in demand for flights to & from Hong Kong, given the protests that have gone on there for months. Cathay Pacific is already scaling back their schedule, including eliminating frequencies on many popular…

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Filed Under: United
Air France 787 Watermark

Citi Double Cash Card To Earn ThankYou Points

The Citi® Double Cash Card is one of the all around most lucrative cash back credit cards. The card has no annual fee and offers 1% cash back when you make a purchase, and 1% cash back when you pay for that purchase. In my opinion this is a card that…

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Filed Under: Citi, Credit Cards
Qsuites A350 1000

Qatar Airways Super Wifi: How Good Is It?

In my opinion Qatar Airways offers the all around best business class experience in the world with their Qsuites product. However, historically one area where the airline has lagged is with inflight wifi. Up until recently: -- None of Qatar Airways'…

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Filed Under: Qatar, Travel Technology
Intercontinental Watermark

Incredible New Bonus On IHG Credit Card

The IHG® Rewards Club Premier Credit Card is a fantastic hotel credit card that just about everyone should have. For those of you who don't yet have the card -- for whatever reason -- you're in luck, because since early August the card has been offering…

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Filed Under: Chase, Credit Cards
British Airways 787

British Airways Cancels Flights Ahead Of Next Pilot Strike

Earlier this week British Airways pilots went on strike for the first time in decades. The pilots carried out a two day strike that canceled hundreds of flights. This strike is over a pay dispute -- the company has offered an 11.5% pay increase over…

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Filed Under: British Airways, Unions

Recent Trip Reports

United Polaris Watermark

How Much Are Ultimate Rewards Points Worth? (2019)

Determining the value of points can be a highly subjective exercise, where people arrive at wildly different numbers. With the increasing popularity of transferable points currencies over the years, deciding on the value of points has become even more…

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Filed Under: Chase, Credit Cards
Intercontinental Johannesburg Airport – 15

Earn Bonus Points For InterContinental Stays

InterContinental has launched a potentially lucrative promotion to earn IHG Rewards Club points. This promotion is in addition to the global fall 2019 IHG promotion, as that's valid for stays at all IHG brands (while this is specific to InterContinental).…

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Filed Under: Great Deals, IHG Rewards
La Premiere Lounge Paris – 52

Review: Air France La Premiere Lounge Paris

We had to check out of the Park Hyatt Paris at 4PM, way ahead of our 11:20PM flight to Johannesburg. We ended up taking an Uber to the airport at around 5PM, and got there before 6PM. I was super excited for my dad and Ford to experience Air France's…

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Filed Under: Air France/KLM, Airport Lounge Reviews
Chase Credit Cards Watermark 1

Revealed: Chase Freedom Q4 2019 Bonus Categories

The Chase Freedom® Card (review) is one of my favorite no annual fee credit cards, as it offers 5x points in rotating quarterly categories, for up to $1,500 of spending per quarter. Most people use this as a cashback card, meaning the 5x points really…

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Filed Under: Chase, Credit Cards
American Self Service

“American Airlines Doesn’t Want Us To Help”

Ultimately this will likely surprise exactly no one, but that won't stop me from sharing... Over the past couple of days my dad, Ford, and I, returned from Cape Town to the US. We took a 10 hour flight from Cape Town to Doha, had an eight hour layover,…

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Filed Under: American, Travel
Latam New Business Class 4

LATAM’s New Business Class Now On Two 777s

About a year ago I wrote about how LATAM is spending $400 million updating their interiors across their fleet, which includes installing a new business class product. Currently the airline has a pretty lackluster business class hard product, with most…

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Filed Under: LATAM
Choice Hotel

Buy Choice Privileges Points For 30% Off

Choice Privileges is currently running their latest promotion on purchased points, valid for one week only. Through September 17, 2019, Choice Privileges is offering up to a 30% discount on the purchase of points. That discount applies as long as you…

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Filed Under: Choice, Great Deals
Lufthansa First Class Watermark

Amex Business Green Card Has A New Bonus

In general I love Amex's portfolio of cards earning Membership Rewards points, though probably the card I see the least value in is the Business Green Rewards Card from American Express. Well, this card now has a new welcome bonus, though I personally…

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Filed Under: American Express, Credit Cards
Kenya Airways 787

Kenyan Lawmaker Wants To Combat Airplane Farting

*Sniff sniff* Can you smell that? Yep, it's the smell of a politician working for the people and trying to find solutions to real problems. That brings us to Kenyan MP Lilian Gogo, who brought up a very important point in a discussion about possible…

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Filed Under: Travel