Plaza Premium Lounge Taipei – 4

Review: Plaza Premium Lounge Taipei Airport

I had quite a bit of time between by 5:30AM visit to the China Airlines Lounge, and my 9:40AM flight to Manila on Philippine Airlines, so I decided to check out another lounge. Plaza Premium has four lounges at Taipei Taoyuan International Airport --…

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Filed Under: Airport Lounge Reviews, Trip Reports
Driving Romania 3

Save On Blacklane With Amex Offers

For those of you not familiar with Amex Offers, it’s a program available through most Amex cards, where different cards are eligible for different savings and bonus offers. In many cases, the offers can be huge, and more than offset the annual fee on…

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Filed Under: Great Deals

Free Cash With SoFi Money Referral Program (2020)

I've written a couple of times over the past several months about SoFi, and wanted to write an updated post on that, as some of the requirements and benefits of SoFi accounts have changed. It's not unusual to see some sort of a bonus when signing up…

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Filed Under: Great Deals
Hot Deals for February

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Singapore A350 900ulr – 1

Amazing Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer Award Sale

Singapore Airlines has just rolled out their latest monthly promo, which can be a great deal for anyone looking to redeem miles on Singapore Airlines. While these are always a good deal, this is one of the better lists we've seen in a while, which shouldn't…

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Filed Under: Awards, Singapore
Iberia A350

Buy Iberia Avios With A 50% Bonus (1.3 Cents Each)

Often buying points can represent a great value, especially for first and business class award redemptions, where redeeming miles represents a disproportionately good value. For those who like to buy miles, another airline has just rolled out a promotion…

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Filed Under: Great Deals, Iberia
Marriott Suite

Conclusion To My Marriott Upgrade Denial & Room Invasion

Yesterday I wrote about my experiencing staying at a new Marriott Autograph Collection hotel, where I had quite a check-in experience, followed by my room being invaded by two hotel employees and a little kid. If you haven't checked out that post yet,…

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Filed Under: Hotels, Marriott
China Airlines Lounge Taipei – 1

Review: China Airlines Lounge Taipei Airport Terminal 1

For the return portion of my trip I was flying Philippine Airlines from Taipei to Manila to Toronto, thanks to a great business class fare (~1,200USD). That would allow me to finally experience Philippine Airlines' A350 business class, which has been…

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Filed Under: Airport Lounge Reviews, China Airlines
Air Italy Business Class A330 – 70

Weekly Review: February 15, 2020

Happy Valentine's Day weekend/Singles Awareness Day, depending on your situation! I'm having quite an amusing Marriott hotel stay at the moment at "The Ben" (it gets even better than what I shared earlier -- just wait for the full review). I'll be doing…

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Filed Under: Weekly Review
The Ben West Palm Beach

Well This Marriott Stay Is Going Great So Far…

I'm still a top tier Marriott Bonvoy Ambassador member, though I'll be dropping down to Titanium as of next month, as I didn't requalify. The truth is that I've voted with my wallet, and I've largely stopped staying at Marriotts. I've done everything…

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Filed Under: Hotels, Marriott
American Eagle Emb 175

American Airlines Flight Delayed: Can You Get A Refund?

I'd like to think I'm familiar with most American Airlines policies, though I learned something new today, and it saved me $300. On the day of travel, how long does your American Airlines flight have to be delayed before you can get a full refund on…

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Filed Under: American
Delta Skyclub Miami – 19

How To Access Delta SkyClubs

Every airline is unique when it comes to their approach to offering lounge access, though Delta is in a whole different league when it comes to discouraging memberships and day passes, and rather focusing on offering lounge access through credit cards.…

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Filed Under: Delta
Starlux A321neo Business Class – 23

Review: Starlux Business Class

I provided an in-depth review of Starlux Airlines' A321neo business class on the flight from Taipei to Penang the day prior, so I'll keep this relatively short. In that installment I talked about how I booked, the amazing service, the cabin layout, etc.…

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Filed Under: Airline Reviews, Other Airlines
American 737 Max

American Extends 737 MAX Cancelations Through August 2020

American Airlines has just announced that they are taking the 737 MAX out of the schedule for more than an additional two months, meaning the plane won't be back in service during the upcoming peak summer travel season. The 737 MAX has been grounded…

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Filed Under: American
Cathay Pacific A350 Business Class – 41

Buy Alaska Mileage Plan Miles With 40% Bonus (Last Chance)

Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan is one of my favorite programs to buy miles from, both thanks to the frequency with which they sell miles, and what a good deal their redemptions can be. For the past few weeks Mileage Plan has been offering their first major…

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Filed Under: Alaska, Alaska Mileage Plan

Recent Trip Reports

Alaska Lounge Jfk 2

How To Access Alaska Airlines Lounges

In this post I wanted to take a look at how to access Alaska Lounges. Alaska is unique among US airlines when it comes to their lounge access policies, as they're the only major US airline to allow all paid first class passengers into their lounges.…

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Filed Under: Alaska
American Eagle Economy

About That American Airlines Seat Recline Video…

I don't know what's more divisive -- the topic of seat recline, or the 2020 presidential election (or heck, maybe just the 2020 democratic primary?!). There's now yet another viral seat recline video. I wasn't going to write about it, but my gosh, so…

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Filed Under: American, Videos
Priority Pass Tampa Airport – 1

Priority Pass Restaurants: Everything You Need To Know

A long time ago I wrote a guide about Priority Pass restaurants in the US. I wanted to publish an updated version of that, given what has changed with the program over the past couple of years, the restaurants that have been added and taken away, etc.…

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Filed Under: Advice
Four Seasons Paris Premier Room

Why It Pays To Book Four Seasons With A Travel Agent

I provide advice online for a living, and one challenge is that there's rarely "one size fits all" advice when you're writing for a diverse audience. Everyone's situation is different, so a lot of my advice comes with caveats. In case you don't read…

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Filed Under: Hotels
Intercontinental Shanghai

Amazing: 14x Amex Points With IHG (In Addition To Normal Points)

Shopping portals can be a great way to earn cash back for purchases you’d make anyway. While shopping portals offer bonuses for all kinds of retailers, sometimes they even offer bonuses for airlines and hotels. We even see portals sometimes offer bonuses…

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Filed Under: Great Deals, IHG Rewards
Qantas 787

Qantas Threatens To Hire Low Cost Pilots

Qantas is ready to move forward with "Project Sunrise," and the airline doesn't seem to care whether their pilots are onboard with it or not. For years Qantas has been talking about how they’d like to be able to fly nonstop from Melbourne and Sydney…

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Filed Under: Qantas
Mayan Jungle Lagoon

Delta Hopes To Become First Carbon Neutral Airline

Airlines are increasingly talking about the environment. Who knows whether it’s because they actually care, or whether it’s because they think it’s what they need to talk about. Regardless, it’s a step in the right direction. While airlines have long…

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Filed Under: Delta
Klm 777

KLM Executives Issue Formal Apology To Koreans

A couple of days ago I wrote about a situation that was going viral in South Korea, based on what happened on a KLM flight from Amsterdam to Seoul. Essentially a KLM crew had decided that a lavatory was for the exclusive use of the crew, but they only…

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Filed Under: Air France/KLM

Up To 14% Cash Back (Or 14x Amex Points) With Rakuten

Online shopping portals can be a great way to pick up additional miles & points for purchases you’d make anyway. Just for following a specific link you can earn bonus points or cash back in addition to the rewards you’d earn for credit card spending.…

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Filed Under: Great Deals
Aegean A320 New Livery

Aegean Unveils A320neo With New Cabin & Livery

Aegean is the Star Alliance airline based in Greece. While it's generally hard to get excited about an airline just operating short haul flights within Europe, I find them to be a pleasant airline to fly with. While other airlines offer you nothing in…

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Filed Under: Aegean