Beijing Airport Coronavirus Evaluation
I Flew To Beijing During The Coronavirus Pandemic (Guest Post)

I live in China, but I've spent the last seven weeks doing everything I can to avoid being there. When the virus first started spreading, my wife and I left for a planned vacation on the beaches of Thailand. After seeing the situation worsen after we…

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Filed Under: Advice, Travel
Newyork Skyline Sunset
5 Ways To Get The Most Out Of A Destination

I've written before about how my "urge" to get on a plane has lessened lately. My sweet dog and his abandonment issues have a lot to do with it, as it's heartbreaking to leave him, but I've also found my interests have changed somewhat. I still love…

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Filed Under: Travel
Premium Economy Bulkhead Row
Mini-Review: American Airlines Premium Economy A330-200 Philadelphia To Munich

American Airlines announced their premium economy service back in 2016, and it has slowly rolled out across their widebody fleet since. On a recent trip from Philadelphia to Europe, I was lucky enough to try out the product. While this is certainly not…

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Filed Under: American
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Maximizing Your Time In Japan with A Rail Pass

While this wonderful community is all about air travel to a far away land, there’s something to be said for trying to maximize one’s strategy on trying to get around once they’ve gotten there. One of the easiest places to get around in, and my absolute…

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Filed Under: Capital One, Credit Cards
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Taking Advantage Of United’s Close-In Award Space

As a Tampa-based flyer, one of my biggest challenges is finding domestic short-haul award space to an international gateway. Over the last year, I had two Star Alliance awards for my wife and I where this was an issue: -- A mix of Swiss Business Class…

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Filed Under: Awards, MileagePlus
Mandarin Oriental Kuala Lumpur – 39
Is British Airways’ Multi-Carrier Award Chart A Good Deal?

For this article, I am going to be examining the other Reward Charts. No, not the one you had as a child to measure good behavior but the only other logical choice: OneWorld Multi-Carrier Partner Redemption Charts. Say what? These delicate charts, vastly…

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Filed Under: Awards, Credit Cards
United Polaris
Tips For Flying Business Class To Europe Using United Miles

Summer is almost here and it’s the perfect opportunity to redeem some of those sign-up bonus miles! How does business class to Greece sound? United has a massive European network and great partners, so it’s possible (although not always easy) to book…

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Filed Under: Awards, Credit Cards
Hong Kong Sunrise
Often Overlooked Routes For Redeeming British Airways Avios

Some folks seem to malign the British Airways Avios program as “worthless” given its reputation for high redemption levels on long-haul flights and excessive surcharges. But like most of you know, distance based award charts offer some real opportunities.…

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Filed Under: Awards, British Airways
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My (Mis)Adventure With A China Eastern Award: A Cautionary Tale

As a frequent business traveler who is a glutton for punishment values domestic experience and on-time performance over award redemptions, I have a pretty significant cache of miles with Delta. So, when the topic of our annual December vacation came…

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Filed Under: Awards, Delta
American 777
How To Use American’s Special Fares To Reach Elite Status Faster

Between elite benefits being cut, sub-par service, reward devaluations, and upgrades becoming harder and harder to come by, there has never been a better time to be a free agent frequent flier. While it may sting for many of us falling short of top-tier…

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Filed Under: American, American AAdvantage
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5 Incredible Places To Use Points For A Luxury Spring Break Getaway

A very good friend gifted me IHG Royal Ambassador status for my honeymoon back in 2013. If he wasn’t a good friend before, he certainly is now, as that was a very generous wedding gift! Not only did it get me a memorable honeymoon, it was also the start…

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Filed Under: Hotels, Travel
Tunnel View
Tips To Save Money When Visiting US National Parks

*This post was written by Greg Adamczyk* Up until three years ago, I had not visited a single one of the National Parks in the United States. And then I stumbled upon a picture of the Havasupai Falls in the Grand Canyon. I was enamored by the beauty…

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Filed Under: American Express, Chase
Singapore
Planning An International Family Trip Using Miles & Points

I love planning vacations for my family. We’re always talking about our next trip. But, with a family of 4, it takes a lot of points and miles to travel affordably and in style. We prefer to travel in business class, enjoy higher-end hotels, and with…

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Filed Under: Advice, Awards
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3 Reasons Citi ThankYou Points Are Underrated

Citi’s ThankYou program is perhaps the most underrated of the major points currencies, in my opinion. I carry two cards in my wallet for daily spend: a Citi Prestige® Card, for spending in bonus categories, and a Starwood Preferred Guest American Express,…

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Filed Under: Citi, Credit Cards
Singapore Airlines Business Class A380 – 1
What It’s Like To Fly When You Have A Visual Impairment

I’m legally blind (not blonde, even though some days I get the two confused). I wasn’t born this way but I was diagnosed with a serious eye disease in both eyes 10 years ago and my sight is fading more every year. Sometimes I even forget that I have…

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Filed Under: Misc.
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Calculating The True Cost Of Award Tickets

I’m a points geek. There are few things that make me prouder than finally ticketing an exciting and complex award itinerary. After the initial excitement wears off, the next thing I always do is calculate the redemption value. Anything above 5 cents…

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Filed Under: Awards
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Why British Airways Is In No Hurry To Improve Club World

British Airways was the first airline to introduce fully-flat seats in business class, back in 2000. 18 years ago it was considered revolutionary for a ‘non first class’ to allow passengers to lie down completely flat on an aircraft. Since then, industry…

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Filed Under: British Airways