Shangri La Paris
Get Extra Perks With Shangri-La Luxury Circle

Several hotel groups have preferred partner programs for travel agents, like Four Seasons Preferred Partner, Hilton Impresario, Hyatt Privé, Marriott STARS, and Rosewood Elite. One of the lesser known programs is Shangri-La's Luxury Circle program, which…

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Filed Under: Great Deals, Hotels
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How To Maximize Value At Four Seasons Hotels

Four Seasons is considered by some to be the Holy Grail of hotels and resorts (just look at their properties in Hawaii, Bora Bora, Paris, Surfside, Costa Rica, and Los Cabos). Others may say they are overpriced and overrated, although I think it's fair…

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Filed Under: Advice, Great Deals
Turo
When The “Sharing” Economy Fails — My Terrible Experience Using Turo

For those of you not familiar with Turo, it's a peer-to-peer car marketplace. Think of it as the Airbnb of car rentals. Instead of renting a car from a big, faceless corporation, known for bad service, you rent a car from an individual, and it's facilitated…

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Filed Under: Rental Cars
Amantaka
My First Impression Of Aman Resorts

Over the past year and change, Ben has instilled in me a new level of appreciation for value and how to maximize it. Ben knows a good value, and it’s the reason he is able to travel so often and so well. He has to some degree deterred my love of the…

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Filed Under: Hotels
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Ford’s Thoughts On Visiting The Arctic

It all began when SAS opened up business class award space between Los Angeles and Stockholm on their new daily flight… Ben seized the opportunity to try it and asked if I’d care to join. We could finally (it’s been a dream of mine for years) go to Russia…

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Filed Under: Travel
Ford
Plot Twist: From Travel Companion To Travel Advisor

As many of you know, I’ve been traveling quite a bit with Ben this past year, which has been unforgettable and dreamy, but I’ve slowed down in recent months and started work in the travel industry, a space I was familiar with before meeting Ben and now…

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American Business Class
American Airlines’ New Business Class Blunder

Ben has already written about the new business class seats on American Airlines 777-200 and 787 aircraft, which leave a little to be desired. There are a number of things that are great about them – I like that the reverse-facing seats have more privacy…

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Filed Under: American
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Thoughts On Colombia: A Protracted Mileage Run

One of my more humorous friends, upon learning I was in Colombia, offered to pay my ransom should anything go wrong. I was surprised to hear that sort of reaction from someone I consider quite worldly and cosmopolitan. In fact, I’m certain he follows…

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Filed Under: Travel
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Is Traveling To The Maldives Worth It?

With Christmas, New Years, and the most popular week to vacation about 11 months out, I know many readers are in the midst of choosing their destinations and booking their award tickets before they’re gone. I likewise know that many hope and dream to…

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Filed Under: Advice, Hotels
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Ford’s Thoughts On Booking Flights Last Minute

As many readers know, the best time to book flights with miles is ~11 months out or in the final few days before departure, as airlines frequently make awards seats available at the time the flights are first scheduled and again, based on availability,…

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Filed Under: Travel
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What Did Ford Think Of British Airways Club World?

Ben and I flew to London for Thanksgiving (perhaps the least patriotic of locales to celebrate) to see a number of my close friends. Most of them hold Thanksgiving dinners despite being foreign. It’s refreshing to know gratitude and thankfulness are…

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Filed Under: British Airways
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Review: SPG Moments With John Legend

Ben and I recently attended an SPG Moments event at the Downtown Los Angeles Sheraton, where John Legend performed for about 200 of us. Doors to the event opened around 7:30 PM, we arrived shortly thereafter, and John Legend came on around 9:00 PM and…

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Filed Under: Starwood Preferred Guest
Cathay Pacific First Class
Ford’s First Time In Cathay Pacific First Class

Ben and I are on another adventure, this time in Asia, now that we’ve conquered Dubai together for the first, but hopefully not last, time. I’m still adjusting to Ben’s last-minute lifestyle and have had a hard time explaining it to “normal” people.…

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Filed Under: Cathay Pacific, Travel
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10 Things I’ve Learned From Dating A Miles & Points Geek

My boyfriend Ford recently wrote a blog post about his first time in Emirates A380 first class. Before we met he didn't know the first thing about miles & points (like, he thought redeeming transferrable points currencies for cash towards a statement…

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Boyfriend’s First Time In Emirates First Class

As someone with my sensibilities famously said, “a luxury, once sampled, becomes a necessity.” This certainly applies to Emirates A380 First Class, which I flew for the first time about a week ago from Dallas to Dubai. How does one begin to enumerate…

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Filed Under: Emirates