Hifly A330 900 Economy

Reclining Your Airplane Seat: Right Or Privilege?

I feel like some debates are simply never settled. Nearly nine years ago I wrote a post about whether reclining your seat on an airplane is a right or a privilege. It's a controversial topic, especially as airlines keep squeezing more seats onto planes.…

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Alila Jabal Akhdar 1

My Take: Splitting Expenses When Redeeming Points

Twitter user @Howardisthebest points to an interesting question in the Social Q's section of the New York Times, which tries to provide "lighthearted advice about awkward social situations." The Twitter user asks for my take (and the take of some other…

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Holiday Inn Elk Grove

Don’t Forget: 2019 Chicago Seminars

I can't believe I forgot to write about this earlier. Well, I can, as it's been a complicated summer here, and this is one of those things each year where I know I'm going, pretty much everyone I know seems to be going, and at some level I think I just…

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5 Credit Cards Watermark

Is Paying Bills With Plastiq Worth It?

One of the best ways to rack up rewards points is with credit cards. The problem for many of us is that there are only so many things we can pay by credit card. That's where Plastiq comes into pay. Plastiq is essentially a bill pay service that lets…

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Air Canada A320 Watermark

Caution: Amex To Aeroplan Transfers Limited To Once Daily

This won't apply to everyone, but just in case it's relevant to you I wanted to share a quick note of caution regarding making multiple transfers from American Express Membership Rewards (at least the US program) to Air Canada Aeroplan in a single day.…

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Money

Equifax Settlement: More Hoops To Jump Through

This Equifax data breach settlement keeps getting sillier... In September 2017 Equifax had a massive data breach that exposed the personal information of about 147 million Americans, and several weeks ago a settlement was finally reached with the Federal…

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Chase Credit Cards Watermark 1

Chase 5/24: What Is It & How Do You Check It?

Chase issues some of the best rewards credit cards out there. When it comes to applying for Chase credit cards, people frequently find themselves faced with Chase's "5/24 rule," which is one of the restrictions they have in place. So in this post I wanted…

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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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Royal Air Maroc New Business Class – 3

9 Of The Best Sweet-Spot Airline 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 some of the most useful sweet-spot award redemptions right now. I wrote a similar post a few month ago, but some things…

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Global Entry Kiosks

Global Entry & Renewing Your Passport

As I wrote about earlier, I just went through the process of renewing my passport. Now that I have a new passport, I realized that there's one important thing that I have to do. As anyone who travels frequently internationally knows, Global Entry is…

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Luggage 4

My Luggage Needs A Makeover, Stat!

There are areas of my life where I'd like to think that I'm fairly competent (like writing 10 blog posts per day, knowing everything about 90 Day Fiancé, and taking good pictures of my dog). Then there are areas of my life where I'm a hot mess. I'm a…

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Airbus A321xlr

Should Passengers Dread The A321XLR?

I'm sure everyone is tired of hearing about the A321XLR by now, but in this post I wanted to address a big picture concern that many readers have had with the plane. The A321XLR is no doubt incredibly innovative in terms of the route possibilities it…

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Lufthansa First Class A380 – 18

My Airplane Hot Towel Rant — Am I Wrong?

I have a bone to pick with people. Let me start by acknowledging that I'm a selective germaphobe and I'm also really bad at science (great combo, I know!), so I might end up being totally off base here. That's a risk I'm willing to take. Heck, I'd much…

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Planes

How To Track Where Your Plane Is Coming From

Airlines don't always do an amazing job keeping passengers updated when they anticipate that a flight will be delayed. I can't even count the number of times I've been at a gate 10 minutes before the scheduled departure time (20 minutes after boarding…

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American First Class

Why Do Airlines Cap Mileage Earning Per Ticket?

Over the past few years we've seen Delta SkyMiles, United MileagePlus, and American AAdvantage, all adopt revenue based frequent flyer programs. With these changes, you generally accrue miles based on how much you spend on your ticket rather than how…

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Priority Pass Tampa Airport – 1

Priority Pass Restaurants: Everything You Need To Know

Several months ago I wrote a guide about Priority Pass restaurants in the US. In light of the news we learned earlier in the week regarding Priority Pass memberships issued through Amex cards no longer getting access to Priority Pass restaurants, I figured…

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Phnom Penh Travel 2

Phnom Penh, Cambodia: I’m In Love

There are places you travel to with a certain vision of what the experience will be like -- sitting streetside in a Parisian cafe while an accordion plays; inhaling scents of saffron and sumac in a crowded Turkish spice market; being enveloped in the…

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Chase Credit Cards 5

Does Being Denied For Credit Cards Hurt Your Credit Score?

Being denied for a credit card is never a good feeling. I remember back when I was 18 and was so excited to apply for credit cards, and then ended up being disappointed when I'd get rejected for cards. I took it personally. Fortunately nowadays I rarely…

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Angkor 3

Angkor: Practical Tips For Visiting The Ancient City

While you can certainly spend as much time exploring the areas around Siem Reap as you'd like, it's certainly possible to experience at least a taste of the UNESCO site at Angkor on a shorter trip. We planned our itinerary such that we had an evening…

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