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Italy’s Neos Launching Milan To New York Flights

Italian airline Neos will launch passenger flights to the United States in a matter of weeks... In March I wrote about how Neos applied with the Department of Transportation to add passenger flights to the United States, though at the time the airline…

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Filed Under: Other Airlines
Park Hyatt Milan – 61
Americans Can Now Travel To Italy, But Only On “Quarantine-Free” Flights

While the European Union has plans to welcome vaccinated Americans in the near future, we don't yet have a firm timeline for when that will happen. We have seen individual countries already open to Americans, including Croatia and Greece. You can now…

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Filed Under: Alitalia, American
Play Airline
Iceland’s PLAY Launching Flights This Summer

A new airline in Iceland has just reached a major milestone for launching operations. Icelandic low cost carrier WOW Air ceased operations in March 2019. Later that year details of PLAY Airlines were announced, which is a new Icelandic low cost carrier…

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Eastern Airlines 777
Eastern Airlines’ Strange Habit Of Canceling New Routes

Eastern Airlines is the most unusual real airline in the United States. There's a lot I don't understand about Eastern, but nothing is more confusing to me than how the airline keeps putting new flights on sale, and then backtracks. Perhaps a bit of…

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Mystery: Lufthansa Launching Newark To Malta Route?!?

Lufthansa has just loaded a rather surprising transatlantic route into the schedule... As noted by Brett Snyder, Lufthansa has loaded a new service between Newark and Malta into the schedule for this summer. The flight will operate with the following…

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Filed Under: Lufthansa
Andaz Maui Villas – 93
Weekly Review: May 15, 2021

I hope everyone is having a great weekend so far! I just wrapped up an awesome vacation in Hawaii with my family. We had so much fun, though I'm also happy to be back on East Coast time for the purposes of work. On the points & travel front, this week…

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Filed Under: Weekly Review
Andaz Maui Villas – 91
Review: The New Andaz Maui Villas

The Andaz Maui at Wailea is easily one of the most popular Hyatt properties in the world. While the resort has been open since 2013, this month it opened a new wing with villas. I figured our vacation in Maui would be the perfect opportunity to write…

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Filed Under: Hotels, Hyatt
Air New Zealand 787 Kiwi
Air New Zealand Boeing 787 “Draws” Kiwi In Sky

This is pretty awesome... Today (Saturday, May 15, 2021), an Air New Zealand Boeing 787-9 flew for roughly 2hr42min to "draw" a kiwi in the sky, as that's the national bird of New Zealand. The roughly seven year old 787 operating the route had the registration…

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Filed Under: Air New Zealand
Hawaii Coastline
Our Awesome Coronavirus-Era Vacation In Maui

I just wrapped up an incredible vacation in Maui with my family, and wanted to report back on that. We had an unforgettable time, and I think it's the perfect vacation destination in this era, though I also wanted to share some things to look out for…

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Filed Under: Travel
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Greece Lifts Lockdown Measures, Opens To Visitors

Greece has been preparing for a big summer tourist season, though the country has taken an unconventional approach. The country opened to Americans as of mid-April, though at the time the country was still in full lockdown. So you could visit Greece,…

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Filed Under: Travel
Customer Checking In During Covid
Delta Requiring New Employees To Get Vaccinated

While a countless number of airline executives have talked about how they'd like employees to be vaccinated (and some have even given employees a small incentive), one airline has taken a major step to actually requiring it. It has been announced that…

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Filed Under: Delta
Andaz Maui – 2
Live: World of Hyatt Bonus Journeys Promo (Register Now)

World of Hyatt has today launched its new global promotion (we first learned the details of this last week). The promotion is launching just a day after World of Hyatt's previous promotion ended, so it's great to see the continuity of promotions. The…

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Filed Under: Great Deals, Hotel Deals
Money
Limited Time: Best-Ever $40 Bonus For New Rakuten Members

Online shopping portals can be a great way to pick up additional points for purchases you’d make anyway. Just for following a specific link you can earn bonus points or cash back in addition to the rewards you’d earn for credit card spending. Rakuten…

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Filed Under: Great Deals

Recent Trip Reports

Alila Ventana Big Sur Suite
Applying For Chase Ink Business Cards: What You Need To Know

Chase has some of the all around best credit cards, in terms of the welcome bonuses, return on spending, and perks. This is especially true with the issuer's business credit cards. For example, the Ink Business Preferred® Credit Card (review) has the…

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Filed Under: Chase, Credit Cards
Andaz Maui Pool
CDC: Vaccinated People No Longer Have To Wear Masks In Most Settings

This is major, and potentially has huge implications for the travel industry. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has today eased indoor mask wearing and social distancing guidance for fully vaccinated people. With this update, fully…

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Filed Under: Travel
Breeze Airways Plane
Revealed: Breeze Airways’ First Routes & Cities

Breeze Airways is an airline startup that should be putting flights on sale any day now. The man behind the airline is David Neeleman, who is also the founder of JetBlue. The airline will initially fly Embraer 190/195 aircraft, and will then eventually…

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Filed Under: Other Airlines
Southwest Airlines Boeing 737 Max 8(ashlee D. Smith/southwest Airlines)
Southwest Airlines Reveals Major Hawaii Expansion

In the spring of 2019, Southwest Airlines began flying to Hawaii, which many consumers were excited about. The airline is known for its great fares, no change fees, and free checked bags, and travelers were happy to see that kind of a business model…

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Filed Under: Southwest
Bodrum Edition 3
Marriott Bonvoy Selling 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
Park Hyatt Maldives
Chase Sapphire Preferred Review: 80,000 Points + $50 Grocery Credit

The Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card has historically been one of the most well-rounded travel rewards cards. Chase has done a great job adapting this card to the new normal, by introducing perks that reflect the times. Several weeks ago an incredible…

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Filed Under: Chase, Credit Cards
United 737 First Class Cabin
Hot Plated Meals Return To United Airlines Domestic First Class

United Airlines has just announced plans to restore hot meal service on more flights in domestic first class, which I'd consider to be great news. As of June 15, 2021, United Airlines will be restoring plated hot meal service on more domestic flights.…

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Filed Under: United
St Regis Venice Suite
How To Use Marriott Bonvoy Suite Night Awards

In this post I wanted to take a closer look at Marriott Suite Night Awards, which are a Bonvoy elite benefit that members have conflicting feelings about. Suite Night Awards (known as "SNAs") are a way for Marriott Bonvoy Platinum, Titanium, and Ambassador…

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Filed Under: Marriott
Park Hyatt Milan – 10
Guide To Hyatt Globalist Suite Upgrade Awards

There are many perks I love about Hyatt's top tier Globalist status, though arguably my single favorite perk is the suite upgrade awards that members receive. In this post I wanted to take a closer look at how this benefit works. With World of Hyatt…

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Filed Under: Hyatt
Suntern Picture
Days Inn’s Intereresting $10K “Sunternship”

Days Inn is accepting applications for what it calls the hottest summer travel gig. It's certainly a creative idea, it pays quite well, and it comes with top-tier elite status, though you are tasked with making your Days Inn stays look good, so... Days…

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Filed Under: Wyndham