Intercontinental Watermark

New IHG Premier Card Best-Ever 140K Bonus

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 Chase and IHG have just launched what's arguably…

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Filed Under: Chase, Credit Cards
China Southern 787

Chinese Airlines Pull Out Of Mexico Completely

Mexico City has seen some growth when it comes to flights to & from Asia in the past few years... though much of it isn't withstanding the test of time. The first thing to understand about challenges with flying to Mexico City is the altitude of the…

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Filed Under: China Southern
Pakistan 777

Pakistan Airlines To Launch Nonstop US Flights

If the company is to be believed, we'll see nonstop Islamabad to New York flights as soon as May 2020... In October 2017, Pakistan International Airlines stopped flying to New York, which was their only destination in the US at the time. The airline…

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Filed Under: Other Airlines
Hot Deals for January

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Delta Carepod

Has Delta Just Innovated Traveling With Pets?

Yesterday the US Department of Transportation opened a 60 day public commenting period regarding new restrictions that would allow airlines to stop accepting emotional support animals onboard. On the same day, Delta announced what they're calling an…

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Filed Under: Delta
United Polaris 767 – 28

United Airlines Updates Window Shade Policy

It's always interesting to see how airline "safety" policies differ around the world. United Airlines is making two updates to their inflight protocols that seem like they're trying to accomplish opposite things (sort of). As of February 1, 2020, United…

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Filed Under: United
Sofitel Athens Airport – 10

Accor Eliminating Single-Use Plastics Globally

Over the past several months we've seen Hyatt, IHG, and Marriott, all announce that they'll be eliminating single-use toiletries from their hotels. All three companies plan to switch to reusable toiletries by 2021 at the latest. It's no surprise to see…

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Filed Under: Accor, Hotels
Intercontinental Willard

Buy IHG Rewards Club Points With 75% Bonus

IHG has just rolled out their first major promotion on purchased points for 2020. Through Thursday, February 27, 2020, IHG Rewards Club is offering up to a 75% bonus on purchased points. The way the offer is structured, you:

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Filed Under: Great Deals, IHG Rewards
Cathay Pacific A350 Business Class – 41

Buy Alaska Mileage Plan Miles With 40% Bonus

Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan is one of my favorite programs to buy miles from, both thanks to the frequency with which they sell miles, and what a good deal their redemptions can be. Well, at the moment Mileage Plan is offering their first promotion…

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Filed Under: Alaska, Alaska Mileage Plan
Finnair A350 Business Class – 32

Finnair Restricts Partner Business Class Awards In Advance

If you've been looking to redeem miles on Finnair, there's some bad news... Different frequent flyer programs take different approaches to releasing award availability. Back in the day, most airlines made the same "saver" award seats available to members…

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Filed Under: Finnair
Credit Cards Watermark 1

The Best Cards For Everyday Spending (2020)

For those in the US with good credit, the best way to rack up points is through credit cards. This can include the welcome bonuses offered by credit cards, the points offered for spending on the cards, and all kinds of other offers. I've written in the…

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Filed Under: American Express, Bank of America
Ana First Class Suite 777 – 2

Review: NEW ANA 777 “The Suite” First Class

In July 2019, All Nippon Airways introduced spectacular-looking new first & business class seats with barely any lead time, as their first plane with these seats entered service just weeks later. I knew I had to try them, because both first and business…

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Filed Under: Airline Reviews, ANA
Freedom Unlimited Issuer Watermark

Chase Freedom Unlimited Review (2020)

The Chase Freedom Unlimited® was launched in 2016, and is one of the best credit cards for everyday spending (and it's a card that I have, and also one that I have spent a lot of money on). The catch is that there's a learning curve to using this card…

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Filed Under: Chase, Credit Card Reviews

Recent Trip Reports

Beijing Daxing Airport

Would You Cancel Trip To China Due To Wuhan Virus?

In light of the widespread coverage of the Wuhan coronavirus, I've received several questions from readers asking if I'd still recommend traveling to or through China. It goes without saying that I'm not a doctor, world health expert, or anything else.…

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Filed Under: Travel
Uber

Trial: Some Uber Drivers Can Now Set Their Own Fares

With recent changes to the law in California that impact the gig economy, Uber is trialing a new feature that lets Uber drivers set their own fares. Could we see this spread to other markets? In September 2019, Assembly Bill 5 was passed in California,…

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Filed Under: Uber
Boeing 777x

Boeing 777X Expected To Make First Flight Shortly

It goes without saying that the past year has been really rough for Boeing. The worst situation has involved the 737 MAX being grounded globally following two fatal crashes. On top of that, Boeing's brand new 777X has been delayed as well. For those…

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Filed Under: Misc.
Conrad Bora Bora Watermark Room

Hilton Honors Card From American Express Review (2020)

Hotel credit cards can be incredibly valuable. Typically the cards have reasonable annual fees, and offer outsized value, ranging from annual free nights to status. What's rare is to see a hotel credit card that offers perks in spite of not having an…

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Filed Under: American Express, Hilton
Money

Great Deal: Save $50 On Amazon With Amex

I first wrote about this deal over the weekend, though I think it's worth posting a reminder of it for those who missed it the first time around, and also since the deadline for the offer has changed. Over the past year or so we've seen some incredible…

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Filed Under: Great Deals
Starlux A321neo

Cebu Will Be Starlux Airlines’ Fourth Destination

Starlux Airlines is the exciting new airline based in Taipei that's launching operations this week. Tickets for their flights went on sale in mid-December, and they're commencing service this Thursday, January 23, 2020. Starlux Airlines hopes to become…

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Filed Under: Other Airlines
Malaysia Airlines Business Suite Lounge – 39

Air France-KLM Wants To Buy Malaysia Airlines Stake

It looks like we could soon see major changes at Malaysia Airlines, with (at least) two very different visions for the future of the airline... Malaysia Airlines has been in financial trouble for quite a while. If we're being honest, their challenges…

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Filed Under: Air France/KLM, Japan Airlines
Singapore Airlines A380

ANA & Singapore Expected To Form Joint Venture

Ah, now this could be interesting, and possibly explain the claims that Singapore Airlines will launch a Tokyo to New York flight. Nikkei Asian Review is reporting that All Nippon Airways and Singapore Airlines may announce a new joint venture as early…

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Filed Under: ANA, Singapore