Intercontinental Bangkok

Register For IHG’s Fall 2019 Accelerate Promotion

For the past few years, most of IHG’s global hotel promotions have been customized. Everyone gets some type of offer, but different members get targeted for different versions of the offer. The logic is that hotel loyal programs want to generate incremental…

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Filed Under: Great Deals, IHG Rewards
United 787 Polaris – 50

United Airlines Announcing New International Routes

A couple of weeks ago we saw American Airlines make a big international route announcement, and it's expected that they'll make another route announcement soon. They're not the only airline with a big announcement coming, though. On social media United…

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Filed Under: United
British Airways Club Europe A320 – 7

Review: British Airways A320 Business Class

To return from Mykonos to the US we decided to fly British Airways, given what a convenient routing they had available. Getting from Mykonos to the US same day without leaving at the crack of dawn is a challenge. Furthermore, it's great to be able to…

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Filed Under: Airline Reviews, British Airways
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British Airways Cabin Crew 2

British Airways Cabin Crew Are All Getting iPhones

British Airways has just announced the latest phase of their investment in improving technology and training, and it's an interesting one. British Airways has announced that all 15,000 of their cabin crew will be receiving iPhone XRs. The new phones…

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Filed Under: British Airways
Amex Centurion Suite Us Open 3

US Open Amex Centurion Suite Returning In 2019

One of the best perks of The Platinum Card® from American Express (review) and The Business Platinum® Card from American Express (review) is access to Centurion Lounges. These lounges are at airports, and are for the most part significantly better than…

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Filed Under: American Express
Conrad Bora Bora Watermark

Limited Time Hilton Amex Bonuses Ending Soon

American Express and Hilton have just rolled out new welcome bonuses on their co-branded credit cards, following some minor changes that have been made to some of these cards. Here are the details of these offers: The Hilton Honors™ Card from…

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Filed Under: American Express, Credit Cards
Santa Marina Mykonos – 18

Review: Santa Marina, Luxury Collection, Mykonos

We had a great time in Santorini last summer, so this summer we decided to visit Mykonos. We decided to book Santa Marina, which is a Marriott Luxury Collection property, using points. Hotel rates in Mykonos are crazy-high in summer. Not because the…

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Filed Under: Hotel Reviews, Marriott
Ana New 777 Business Room

ANA Will Fly New 777s To New York & Frankfurt

In early July, All Nippon Airways revealed a brand new first & business class product. This caught many of us off guard for a couple of reasons: -- I wasn't aware that ANA was even working on a new first & business class product; while other airlines…

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Filed Under: ANA
Apple Card

You Can Now Apply For The Apple Credit Card

In late March we learned the full details of Apple's new credit card, which was supposed to be launched this summer. As of today the Apple Credit Card is publicly available in the US. Customers can apply for the card through the Wallet app on iPhone…

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Filed Under: Credit Card Reviews, Credit Cards
Bridge Road Watermark

What Are The Best Credit Cards For Gas Stations? (2019)

One of the best way to maximize your credit card rewards is to pick a credit card that offers bonus points in the categories that you spend the most in. In the past I've written about the best credit cards for everyday spending, restaurants, supermarkets,…

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Filed Under: Advice, Credit Cards
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American Express Cobalt Review (Canada)

The banking environment here in Canada means we don’t have as many choices as our southern neighbours when it comes to credit cards. When Canada’s smaller market size is combined with our more conservative banks, the result is a lot of pretty boring…

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Filed Under: Canadian Credit Card Reviews
Inflight Wifi

Which British Airways Long Haul Planes Have Wifi?

Last October I wrote a post about the status of wifi on British Airways long haul aircraft, following my first British Airways flight equipped with wifi. It was a useful resource at the time, but almost a year later a lot of progress has been made, so…

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Filed Under: British Airways, Travel Technology
Motif Seattle Hotel

Destination Hotels Joining World Of Hyatt

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, both through partnerships and through…

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Filed Under: Hotels, Hyatt

Recent Trip Reports

Hifly A330 900 Business Class 2

Hi Fly Modernizes Fleet With A330-900neo

Hi Fly is a Portuguese wet lease operator. That's to say that you've never actually booked a ticket with Hi Fly, but you may very well have flown on one of their planes. Often airlines have a need for extra planes, whether it's due to an aircraft requiring…

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Filed Under: Other Airlines
American 777 200

What South Pacific Routes Will American Airlines Launch?

A couple of weeks ago American Airlines announced significant transatlantic expansion. In 2020 the airline will be launching year-round flights from Dallas to Tel Aviv, as well as seasonal flights from Philadelphia to Casablanca, Chicago to Krakow, Chicago…

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Filed Under: American
Intercontinental Willard

Buy IHG Points With Mystery Bonus (Last Chance)

In late June, IHG rolled out their latest promotion on purchased points. Note that this offer is valid through August 23, 2019, so you have just a few days remaining to take advantage of it. This is being marketed as a "mystery bonus," so you'll have…

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

Wow: Backstory Of Cathay Pacific CEO’s Resignation

Last Friday I wrote about how Cathay Pacific's CEO suddenly resigned. Rupert Hogg had been CEO fo the company since May 2017, and by most accounts did a really good job. He had been with Cathay Pacific's parent company for over 30 years. As he described…

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Filed Under: Cathay Pacific
Easyjet – 6

My EasyJet Flight Cost How Much?!?

I had an incredible review trip trying all kinds of amazing business class products. Suffice to say that this portion of the trip ended on a low note. I actually reviewed EasyJet last year as I flew them between Milan and Santorini, though this time…

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Filed Under: Airline Reviews, Other Airlines

Update On American Who Killed Anguilla Hotel Worker

I'm not trying to be Nancy Grace here, though there's a story that I wrote about in April that has stuck with me ever since. It's a story where just about every week I've been Googling to see if there were any updates, since I found the situation to…

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Filed Under: Hotels
Aer Lingus A321lr Business Class – 27

Best Ways To Use Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan Miles

Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan miles are among my favorite mileage currencies out there. On a per mile basis, I value Alaska miles more than any other airline miles. In this post I wanted to talk a bit more about actually redeeming Alaska miles -- the…

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Filed Under: Alaska, Awards
Japan Airlines 777 First Class – 1

Citi American AAdvantage Business Card Review (2019)

I recently reviewed the Citi® / AAdvantage® Platinum Select® World Elite™ Mastercard®, and in this post wanted to take a look at the business version of the card, which is the CitiBusiness® / AAdvantage® Platinum Select® World Mastercard®. Is…

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Filed Under: American, Citi
Delta Business Class Watermark

5 Reasons You SHOULDN’T Use Airline Credit Cards

It always pains me to see people not maximizing their credit card spending. I'm not just talking about friends and family who have sub-optimal strategies, but even just being out-and-about I sometimes see the credit cards people use, and I can't help…

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Filed Under: American Express, Chase