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US & Canada Border Closure Extended (Again)

The border closure between the US and Canada has just been extended again, through at least March 21, 2021. The border between the US and Canada has been closed for non-essential travel since March 21, 2020. The border closure has consistently been extended…

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Filed Under: Travel
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American AAdvantage & World Of Hyatt Partnership: How It Works

In March 2019, American Airlines and Hyatt launched a loyalty partnership, offering reciprocal points earning and status opportunities. It has been a while since this partnership launched, so in this post I wanted to take an updated look at how it works.…

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Filed Under: American, American AAdvantage
Businesses: Earn 110k Points or $1100 Cash-Back

Check out the new cash management solution from Brex

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Exclusive: 110K Points With Brex Business Cash Account

The Brex Card for Startups has been around for a while now. Its offer was unique: a corporate credit card, but tailored to newly launched startups and tech companies, without requiring a personal guarantee. Bottom line up front? You can get up to 110,000…

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Filed Under: Banking, Business
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Hilton Impresario: Perks At Waldorf Astoria, Conrad, And LXR

While elite status in the Hilton Honors program is one way to score extra perks for Hilton stays, there's another program that can score you perks without any sort of requirement to be loyal. Specifically, the Hilton Impresario program can offer you…

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Filed Under: Hilton, Hotels
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Details: New World of Hyatt Bonus Journeys Promo (Register Now)

World of Hyatt has just revealed the details of its next global promotion. The good news is that the new promotion is launching the day after the current promotion ends. The bad news is that for most World of Hyatt members it won't be quite as generous…

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Filed Under: Great Deals, Hotel Deals
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American Airlines Baggage & Basic Economy Updates

American Airlines has today announced some updates to its baggage policy, as well as an expansion of basic economy to more markets. Here's how Vasu Raja, American's Chief Revenue Offer, describes these changes: “We want to make American the easiest airline…

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Marriott Appoints Anthony Capuano As New CEO

About a week ago Arne Sorenson tragically passed away after a battle with pancreatic cancer. He had been CEO of Marriott since 2012, only the third CEO of the company ever, and the first CEO without the last name Marriott. As promised, the hotel giant…

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Filed Under: Marriott
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Na-Oh Bangkok: Dine In A Kinda Creepy L-1011

There are a surprising number of aviation-themed dining experiences out there, and here's another one I didn't know of until now. And it actually seems to serve decent food. Na-Oh Bangkok is a restaurant in Bangkok located in a repurposed Lockheed L-1011…

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Filed Under: Misc.
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Marriott Adds Free Coronavirus Testing At Select Caribbean & Mexico Resorts

In late January the US added a pre-travel testing requirement for all arriving international travelers. Hotels outside the US have been trying to adapt to this, given that it's a potential complication for international travel. Well, Marriott has just…

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Filed Under: Hotels, Marriott
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Lufthansa “Reassessing” New Business Class Timeline

What's the latest on Lufthansa's new business class, which was initially announced back in 2019? New Lufthansa business class supposed to debut on 777-9 In November 2017 (yes, over three years ago), Lufthansa revealed a brand new business class product.…

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Filed Under: Lufthansa
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Hmmm: Baha Mar Promises Private Jet If You Get Coronavirus

I guess this is one way to alleviate peoples' concerns... In late January the US added a new testing requirement for international travel. Specifically, in order to enter the US by air you need proof of a negative coronavirus test taken within 72 hours…

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Filed Under: Hotels
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UK Outlines Plans To Ease Lockdown, Resume Travel

Despite the risk of new coronavirus strains, overall there's a lot of optimism out there. For example, here in the US coronavirus cases are way down, and deaths are also starting to decrease significantly (though with a lag of several weeks, as you'd…

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Filed Under: Travel
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The 10 Best Small Business Credit Cards (2021)

Back in the day, it was rare to see big welcome bonuses or generous rewards structures on small business credit cards. That has changed, and nowadays we're seeing card issuers place a huge emphasis on business cards. This is obviously an area where they…

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Filed Under: American Express, Business

Recent Trip Reports

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BVLGARI Luxury Hotels & Resorts: What Are They?

There are a couple of brands belonging to Marriott that tend to cause confusion. One of those brands is Ritz-Carlton Reserve, and the other is BVLGARI Luxury Hotels & Resorts. I recently wrote about the basics of Ritz-Carlton Reserve (and what makes…

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Filed Under: Hotels, Marriott
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Does Applying For Credit Cards Hurt Your Credit Score?

I like to tell everyone who will listen about the huge value they can get by maximizing credit cards and using them responsibly. There are so many great credit cards out there, and those who are using debit cards or paying cash are basically throwing…

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Filed Under: Advice, Credit Cards
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Recap: 10 Opportunities To Buy Points

We frequently see loyalty programs sell points at a discount, and for many, this is an opportunity to buy points at a cost that makes sense, especially for aspirational redemptions. At the moment we're seeing many loyalty programs offer promotions when…

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Filed Under: Great Deals
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Boeing 777s With Pratt & Whitney Engines Grounded (Mostly)

On Saturday a United Boeing 777 suffered a major engine failure shortly after takeoff, as debris from the engine "rained" on a Denver suburb. It's important to note that while a 777 was the aircraft involved, it seems that this has more to do with the…

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Filed Under: Misc.
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Brex Applies For Bank Charter

Brex has just made an announcement that should allow it to offer even more services to businesses. This has the potential to be some exciting new competition in the business credit card space, especially with Brex having its own points currency. Business…

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Filed Under: Banking, Business
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UA328 Passengers Get Interesting Aircraft Replacement

Yesterday a United Airlines Boeing 777-200 flying from Denver to Honolulu suffered a major engine failure shortly after takeoff. Significant chunks of the right engine fell to the ground, with one part of the engine falling through the roof of a house,…

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Filed Under: United
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Wow: American Airlines Will Fly Ultra-Premium A321T To Orange County

A few days ago American Airlines and JetBlue Airways announced a slew of new routes as part of their new Northeast strategic alliance. While I covered those new routes big-picture in a separate post, I dedicated a separate post to what I found to be…

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Filed Under: American
Avelo Air 737
Revealed: Avelo Airlines’ First 737 In Full Livery

Avelo Airlines is one of two "legitimate" US airline startups right now (with the other being Breeze Airways). Avelo is founded by a former Allegiant Travel and United Airlines executive, who plans to create an airline that will in some ways be similar…

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Filed Under: Other Airlines
United Airlines Engine Failure
Terrifying: United Airlines 777 Suffers MAJOR Engine Failure

While aircraft engine failures happen all the time (I've experienced a couple over the years), a United Airlines 777 suffered a major engine failure today that is sure to make national headlines, and will terrify just about anyone. UA328 was scheduled…

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Filed Under: United
Air Canada A220 Livery 2
Weekly Review: February 20, 2021

I hope everyone is having a great weekend so far! On the points & travel front, this week American & JetBlue announced nearly three dozen new routes, JetBlue eliminated free carry-ons for its cheapest fares, a JetBlue flight attendant vacationing in…

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Filed Under: Weekly Review