Scl International Terminal

Review: Delta Sky Club Santiago

I'm going to do things a little bit in reverse here, and start with the bottom line: This is the worst Sky Club that I've ever been to. Okay, with that out of the way, here is some background as to how we got there. We landed in Santiago from Punta Arenas…

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Filed Under: Airport Lounge Reviews, Delta
Rangi Moana Easter Island

The Best Of The Rest: A Mini-Roundup Of My Chilean Hotels

As I've mentioned before, this trip was more about the destinations than anything else, so our main goal for hotels this time around was striking some semblance of value, while avoiding BYOS (bring your own sanitizer) properties. Given the overall focus…

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Filed Under: Hotel Reviews, Hotels
Torres Del Paine

Is Torres del Paine National Park Worth Visiting?

If you've ever picked up a National Geographic magazine, REI catalogue, or any other publication that remotely documents outdoor adventures, chances are you haven't had to look too far to stumble across a picture that was taken in Torres del Paine National…

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Filed Under: Travel, Trip Reports
Courtyard Santiago Rooftop Seating

Review: Courtyard Marriott Santiago Las Condes

Our quick trip to Santiago presented us with a little bit of a quandary: with only one full day to see the city, but two nights at our disposal, our goal was to maximize time, tourism value, and points all in one shot. This was the only opportunity to…

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Introduction: Patagonian Summer

Every winter, my husband and I succumb to the vitamin D deficiency that plagues New England, and use our miles to get as far away from winter as possible. Our trip has to meet one of two criteria: As far south in the Southern Hemisphere as possible (maximum…

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Filed Under: Travel, Trip Reports
Blackcomb Glacier, Whistler Blackcomb, Canada

Last Chance For The Best Deals On Multi-Resort Ski Passes

While most of us have hung up our snow gear for the season (if you live in the midwest, sorry!) spring is the best time to lock in deals for next year's ski season passes. I wrote about this at length last month, so if the world of multi-resort season…

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Filed Under: Great Deals, Travel
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