American Economy 1

How To Consistently Sit Next To An Empty Seat On A Plane

My wife and I used to do a lot of premium cabin trips but now that we are a family of four, we mostly fly economy. We just don't see the point of spending more miles (or worse, money) to fly up-front. When you've got two preschoolers in tow, you're not…

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Four Seasons Desroches Island – 11

How To Book Virtuoso Hotels Online

We've written in the past about the huge value to be had with Virtuoso, which typically requires booking through a qualifying travel advisor. What many people don't realize is that you can actually make Virtuoso bookings online as well, so in this post…

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Chase Credit Cards 5

Are Rewards Points Taxable?

Nowadays you have people earning points for just about everything. This ranges from credit card rewards to points for flights and hotel stays, to earning points through all kinds of other third party transactions, from shopping online to buying flowers.…

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Credit Cards Watermark 1

How To Check Your 5/24 Status

Chase issues some of the best rewards credit cards out there, though one of the major restrictions associated with being approved for many of their cards is the "5/24 rule." In this post I wanted to provide an update on a previous version of the post…

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Southwest Tails

How To Use The Southwest Companion Pass

The Companion Pass is probably the best way to get discounts on Southwest Airlines, as you're effectively getting 2-for-1 travel for as long as you have the pass. And before anyone makes a snarky comment about no one at OMAAT flying WN, the last time…

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Royal Air Maroc New Business Class – 3

8 Of My Favorite Sweet-Spot Awards

I do what I can to write about the best deals for earning and redeeming miles. In this post I wanted to share what I consider to be eight of the most useful sweet-spot award redemptions right now. While there are lots of great redemption values out there,…

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Cash Coins Money

Paying Taxes By Credit Card: How To Come Out Ahead

Ah, tax season. As many Americans are starting to finalize their tax returns, questions about earning points for making those payments always come up. I pay all my estimated quarterly and annual taxes by credit card, so figured it would be helpful to…

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Boeing 737 Max

President Trump’s 737 MAX Advice For Boeing

President Trump has taken to Twitter this morning to give Boeing some advice for what they should do with the 737 MAX, given the current fiasco (along with Tweets about immigration, Mueller, etc.): "What do I know about branding, maybe nothing (but I…

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Abu Dhabi Edition

Should You Tip Hotel Housekeeping?

The topic of tipping hotel housekeeping is a controversial one. This is something that has been discussed to great lengths over the years, and people seem pretty evenly split as to what the right thing to do is. So, is it appropriate to tip hotel housekeeping…

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Oil Pipeline

Airline Fuel Surcharges: Everything You Need To Know

Not a day goes by when we don't get a message from someone frustrated because they tried to use their miles for a "free" flight, and were stymied by hundreds of dollars in taxes and fees. While some airports and countries do have higher fees, the bulk…

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American A319

American Priority Boarding: Why Are There So Many Groups?

It's interesting to observe how different airlines approach boarding. Not only are there cultural differences across the globe (just observe boarding in the US vs. Japan), but even within regions some airlines have vastly different boarding procedures…

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Capital One Venture Card

Why You SHOULDN’T Get The Capital One Venture Card

Perhaps the single most impressively marketed travel rewards credit card is the Capital One Venture Card. We've all seen the ads, which have some big name stars in them. Like Alec Baldwin. Which brings me to a question that reader Stav9678 asked in the…

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Turkish A330 Business Class

Should I Have Reported This Passenger To Immigration?

I'm curious what you guys make of this situation. Yesterday I flew Turkish Airlines from Istanbul to New York. More on the flight as such in another post, but something strange happened upon landing. I'm not sure where this falls on the scale of "if…

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Boeing 737 Max

Is The Boeing 737 MAX Safe? Here’s What We Know

This morning an Ethiopian Airlines 737 MAX 8 crashed shortly after takeoff from Addis Ababa, while enroute to Nairobi. This is incredibly tragic, as nearly 160 lives were lost. This has raised a lot of questions, given that this is the second Boeing…

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