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Limited Time: Buy Hilton Points With A 100% Bonus

Hilton Honors has just rolled out their latest promotion on purchased points. Through July 4, 2019, Hilton Honors members can receive a 100% bonus when they purchase Honors points. Note that this promotion is marketed as having "limited packages available,"…

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Filed Under: Great Deals, Hilton

Today Only: Earn Up To 8x 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 spend. Whenever I…

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Filed Under: Alaska, United
Lufthansa 777 9

Revealed: Lufthansa’s New Premium Economy Seat

Next year Lufthansa will take delivery of their first Boeing 777-9, of which they have 20 on order. These planes are exciting because they'll be the first to feature Lufthansa's all new business class, offering direct aisle access from every seat (though…

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Filed Under: Lufthansa
Al Safwa Lounge 4

Qatar Airways Raises First Class Lounge Access Cost

Since the beginning of this year, Qatar Airways has been selling business class passengers access to their first class lounge in Doha. Specifically, I'm talking about the Al Safwa First Class Lounge, which is spectacular, and which I rank as one of the…

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Filed Under: Qatar
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Aa Md 80

Official: American MD-80 Retirement Date

It's amazing how American Airlines has transformed their fleet over the years, both for better and worse. When I started flying American the MD-80s were the backbone of their domestic fleet, and the 737s were mostly still new. Back in the day American…

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Filed Under: American
Waldorf Astoria Los Cabos 3

Resort At Pedregal Becoming Waldorf Astoria Los Cabos

This is super exciting. While Hilton has a huge global portfolio, historically one of the issues they've had is that they've been lagging in the luxury market. They don't have as many "aspirational" properties as Marriott and Hyatt, in my opinion. The…

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Filed Under: Hilton, Hotels
Air France Brand Film

Air France’s Incredible New Brand Video

I'm a sucker for some good airline marketing, and in particular I love a well done airline brand video. Not only does it often involve some drool-worthy airplane shots, but it really gives you a sense of how the airline is trying to position themselves…

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Filed Under: Air France/KLM, Videos
Airbus A321xlr

Why Lufthansa Is Wrong About The A321XLR

The Airbus A321XLR was officially launched early last week, and has been incredibly popular with airlines. Many airlines have even called it a game changer (#KenyaAirways). The airplane has been one of the fastest selling models we've ever seen in the…

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Filed Under: Lufthansa
St Petersburg Russia

Russia To Introduce Electronic Visas By 2021

Currently Russia requires visitors from most countries to get a "proper" visa to visit, which typically means that you have to go to the consulate, or send someone on your behalf. It's not exactly an easy process, and doesn't really do much to encourage…

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Filed Under: Travel
Air India 777

Air India Launching Flights To Toronto

Last week I wrote about how India's Civil Aviation Minister announced that Air India would resume flights to Toronto. I didn't put too much weight on it at the time, given that Air India officials have a tendency to announce routes and then not follow…

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Filed Under: Air India
Luggage 3

Dear Tumi: It’s Not You, It’s Me (I Guess)

Several days ago I wrote about how I was desperately in need of a luggage makeover. You guys had a lot of amazing suggestions, which I really appreciated. As I explained, I needed to make a decision by this past weekend, not just because both my bags…

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Filed Under: Travel
American A321 First Class – 3

American Cuts Premium Flights To Boston

Well that didn't last very long. American's most comfortably equipped domestic aircraft are their Airbus A321Ts. These planes are in a three cabin configuration with only 102 seats, including 10 first class seats, 20 business class seats, and 72 economy…

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Filed Under: American
Hyatt Ziva

Double Elite Nights At Hyatt Ziva & Hyatt Zilara

Unfortunately at the moment Hyatt doesn't have a global promotion for members (the last one ended on May 15, 2019), though they have been offering some specific promotions for various, hotels, brands, and qualifying activity. They've just rolled out…

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Filed Under: Hyatt
Japan Airlines First Class – 54

New Promo: Buy Alaska Miles For 30% Off

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. Alaska Mileage Plan has just launched their latest promotion on purchased…

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Filed Under: Alaska, Great Deals

Recent Trip Reports

Fairmont Quebec

New Amex Offer For Fairmont & Sofitel Stays

For those of you not familiar with Amex Offers, it’s a program available through most Amex cards, where different cards are eligible for different savings and bonus offers. In many cases the offers can be huge, and more than offset the annual fee on…

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Filed Under: American Express, Fairmont
Alila Fort Bishangarh

Alila Hotels Joining World Of Hyatt (Full Details)

I am so excited about this development! One of Hyatt’s disadvantages is that they don’t have nearly the global footprint of Hilton, Marriott, or IHG. However, I’ve been impressed by the ways in which they’ve creatively tried to expand their portfolio,…

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Filed Under: Hotels, Hyatt
Lax Plane Spotting

Update: Mini-LAX Meetup Tonight

Yesterday I wrote about how I was hoping to have a mini meet-up at LAX either today or tomorrow -- I appreciate all the interest (and I guess we need to do these in other places as well!), and promised I'd share an update ASAP. Based on the responses,…

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Filed Under: Travel
American Airlines First Class 1

My Spectacular American Airlines Flight

Yesterday evening I flew American Airlines from Miami to Los Angeles, and my flight was spectacular. While I've had some "highs" on other flights, this was the most well rounded American Airlines flight I've had in months, or probably even longer than…

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Filed Under: American, Travel
Eurowings A330

Lufthansa Discontinuing Long Haul, Low Cost Airline

For a while transatlantic ultra low cost airlines were all the rage. The sole focus of most of these airlines seemed to be to gain market share, with little regard for actually being profitable. However, with financing for airlines getting tougher to…

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Filed Under: Brussels, Lufthansa
American Economy

Guy Turned Down $1,500 To Switch Economy Seats

This story is pretty incredible, and I don't really know what to make of it. NFL star Cam Newton, who allegedly makes $20 million per year, was flying from Paris to the US on Friday. Apparently he was supposed to fly from Paris to Charlotte in American…

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Filed Under: Videos

Citi Ending Price Rewind Benefit

Credit card issuers sometimes offer benefits that may not be part of a card's core value proposition, but that still add value for many. A price match program is one of those, though over time we've seen fewer and fewer card issuers offer this. The concept…

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Filed Under: Citi, Credit Cards
Boeing 747

St. Vincent Struggling To Certify Strange 747

Well I'm happy that I'm not the only one who isn't sure what to make of this... Several weeks ago I wrote about how a 20+ year old 747-400 touched down in St. Vincent. The plane used to fly for China Airlines, and the plan is now for it to be based in…

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Filed Under: Other Airlines

Last Minute: Mini Meetup At LAX

Let me cut to the chase, since I realize this is last-minute, not to mention we're talking about a weekday and I also know many people travel in summer. While there were a few small OMAAT meetups last summer in London and Washington D.C, I've also been…

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Filed Under: Travel