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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. Others may say they are overpriced and overrated, although I think it's fair to say that Four Seasons properties, as a group, are tasteful and luxurious -- some more so than…

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Filed Under: Advice, Great Deals
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Starwood Luxury Privileges Best Free Night Offers For 2018

I've written several times over the past two years about Starwood's Luxury Privileges program, which is Starwood's proprietary preferred partner program. Luxury Privileges offers special perks like daily breakfast, room upgrades, and hotel credits when…

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Filed Under: Great Deals, Starwood Preferred Guest
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Starwood Luxury Privileges: Latest Updates As Of Feb 2017

Back when I became a full time travel advisor, I wrote about one of Starwood's best kept secrets -- the Luxury Privileges program. For a quick recap, you can read in detail about the program and how it works here. Since first writing about the program…

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Filed Under: Great Deals, Hotels

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
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Using Luxury Privileges To Maximize Starwood Hotel Stays

As some of you already know, I’ve recently transitioned full-time into the travel world as a Travel Advisor. I've received an incredibly positive and kind response from many readers, for which I am very grateful! I’ve also had the pleasure of booking…

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Filed Under: Great Deals, Hotels

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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Holiday Gift Guide

Holiday Gift Guide 2015

Check out my Holiday 2015 Gift Guide for Lucky-approved presents ranging from $20 stocking stuffers to $20,000 aircraft furniture. How good have the people on your list been this season? Perfect for blog readers, miles and points enthusiasts, aviation…

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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: Airline Reviews, Cathay Pacific
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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