Ritz Carlton Kapalua

Marriott’s Sneaky Award Hold Fees

Well, we almost made it through the week without another hit from Marriott Bonvoy (ugh, I'm still not used to typing that word). In the latest round of "What did Marriott do now?" it looks like certain properties are starting to charge massive credit…

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Filed Under: Advice, Marriott
Japan Airlines 777 First Class – 1

Why Now May Be The Best Time To Book 2019 Holiday Travel

For many of us, early February means that we are one month into our new years' resolutions, and that we've finally stopped writing "2018" on any document that we sign. But if you're in the points and miles world and you tend to travel during the Christmas/New…

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Filed Under: Advice, Awards
Wrecked Car

What Would You Do If A Hotel Valet Crashed Your Car?

Well, life on the road may not always be glamorous, but it's certainly never boring. I'll just get right to it: A couple of weeks ago, my husband and I were working in different cities, when I got this late-night text message from him:

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Filed Under: Hotels, Misc.
Delta A350 Business Class – 3

Everything You Need To Know About Delta MQDs [2019]

Back in early 2013, Delta SkyMiles announced that they would be adding revenue requirements for earning status, starting with the 2014 program year. This began a long and ongoing trend of airline frequent flyer programs moving toward revenue-based requirements.…

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Filed Under: Advice, Delta
Delta A350 Business Class – 2

Last Chance To Select Your 2018 Delta Choice Benefits

No, this isn't a typo, so much as a "last hurrah" (or swan song) for anyone who had Delta Platinum or Diamond status in 2018. Delta's Choice Benefits program allows all Platinum and Diamond Medallion members to select from a series of "freebie" gifts.…

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Filed Under: Delta, Great Deals
Red Mountain

Get A Free Ski Day With Alaska Airlines

It's rare that two of my favorite things - skiing and air travel - come together so well, but Alaska has done just that with their Fly Alaska, Ski Free promotion. This isn't a new promotion, but rather something Alaska Airlines has offered for a few…

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Filed Under: Alaska, Great Deals
Heathrow Christmas Video

Tips For Traveling With Loved Ones During The Holiday Season

With 46 million passengers scheduled to fly on U.S.-based airlines over the next couple of weeks, there are bound to be some rocky roads (and rough air) out there. And even if you're used to hopping on planes, traveling with infrequent travelers is a…

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Filed Under: Advice, Family
Escape Lounge Bdl

Review: Escape Lounge Hartford-BDL

The Platinum Card® from American Express and The Business Platinum® Card from American Express offer an amazing slew of airport lounge benefits. In addition to Delta Sky Club access and Priority Pass Select membership, American Express has gotten a ton…

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Filed Under: Airport Lounge Reviews, Trip Reports
Singapore Business Class Watermark

Do End-Of-Year “Status Runs” Make Sense? [2018]

Every year around this time, frequent travelers around the world scramble to make last-second pushes to secure elite status before time runs out. While this used to be incredibly commonplace, annual program changes have made this practice of "status…

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Filed Under: Advice, Mileage Runs
Skyteam Lounge London Heathrow – 10

What’s The Deal With Delta’s Partner Lounge Access?

Okay, deep breaths, Delta flyers. Between the frantic two-day Delta One award sale to Europe, the changes to Sky Club policies, and the new monthly SkyMiles statement email (which totally doesn't merit a blog post but is kind of fun, I guess?), we've…

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Filed Under: Delta, SkyTeam
Winter Storm Avery

Airlines Offering Travel Waivers This Week

Between California's tragic wildfires and the Northeast's impending snowstorm, it's shaping up to be a week of extremes - and a rough one for travelers. In the Northeast, people are bracing for the first snowstorm of the season, with Winter Storm Avery…

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Filed Under: Advice, Travel
Hertz Marriott Partnership

How Does Hertz’s Loyalty Program Work?

A couple of weeks ago, we learned that SkyTeam is making an...interesting choice in introducing a new member to their "airline" alliance: Hertz. While I'm hoping this means flying cars become part of their Ultimate Series fleet, I have a feeling that…

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Filed Under: Advice, Hertz
Delta Skyclub Seattle – 6

A Guide To Delta’s Choice Benefits

One of my favorite features of Delta's sometimes-otherwise-questionable SkyMiles program is the ability to redeem something called Choice Benefits. This program allows Diamond and Platinum Medallions to select bonus "gifts" in the form of upgrade certificates,…

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Filed Under: Advice, Delta
China Airlines A350 Business Class 19

Five Redeeming Qualities Of Delta SkyMiles

Earlier this week, Ben wrote about his recent experiences flying Delta, and the marked difference in quality of service when compared with American Airlines. As expected, the post brought out a flurry of comments, not only because the question of better…

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Filed Under: Awards, Delta
Ritz Carlton Tahoe

Marriott’s Fall MegaBonus Promotion is Now Live

Marriott has just revealed the details of the first global promotion of their unified loyalty program. This new promotion is valid for stays between September 26, 2018, and January 31, 2019, and registration is valid through January 7, 2019. Through…

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Filed Under: Great Deals, Marriott