Weekly Review: August 29, 2015

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Hello from Stockholm!


This is an absolutely gorgeous city, and I can’t believe I’ve never been here before. The weather has been perfect as well, which has made for some amazing sightseeing.

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A Different Kind Of Trip Report: Introduction

champagne-views-burjI’m in the middle of a trip with one of my best friends, Matt. While we’ve had the trip outlined for almost a year, we’re filling in the details nearly day-by day. I’m trying to write the trip reports “live” as much as possible, and Matt is sharing his thoughts as we go as well.

Be sure you’re following along on FacebookInstagram, and Twitter for up to the minute Dom 2005-induced coverage!

Great Deal! 40% Bonus When Buying Alaska Mileage Plan Miles

Melbourne SkylineOne of the techniques for traveling in international premium cabins at a fraction of the cost is actually to buy miles during promotions like this one. Matt and I both purchased miles for our current Emirates trip, for example.

For international readers, or those who don’t have access to US credit cards, this can be a very good option. Australians in particular should look at this promo, as you’ll usually come out ahead buying miles versus paying the fuel surcharges on Qantas.

Redeem Miles For British Airways Business Class Between California And Europe

British-Airways-First-Class-JFK-52Using miles for premium cabin travel between California and Europe can be tough. Capacity is incredibly limited in first class, and business class is only slightly better. In most cases

British Airways has just announced a new route between San Jose and London, and award space is very good at present — even into summer. You will pay fuel surcharges for travel on British Airways, but this is a good opportunity to redeem the BA Travel Together ticket, or use American miles on a nonstop flight to Europe.

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TIPS: Earning Miles & Promos

Great Deal! 40% Bonus When Buying Alaska Mileage Plan Miles
AmEx Small Business Saturday Returning In 2015
10 Best Credit Card Offers For August
Amazing Deal: ~$335 Tickets To Europe On American!
50k+ Points With The New IHG Fall Promo
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Last Call: 30,000 Bonus Points For Club Carlson Visa Cardholders

TRICKS: Redeeming Miles

Redeem Miles For British Airways Business Class Between California And Europe
At What Point Is Award Night Blocking No Longer A Glitch?
Redeeming Miles To Hawaii In First Class
New Way To Redeem Miles For First Class Flights To Hawaii
Great Updates To ANA Award Search Tool
Changing Emirates Awards Booked With Alaska Miles Is Frustrating

TRAVEL With Ben (Lucky)

How To Create Your Own In-Flight Map
How NOT To Redeem An American Airlines Paper Travel Voucher
Eccentric German Millennial Lives On Trains Year Round
My One Minute Of Data In The UAE COST HOW MUCH?!?!
Blind Item! Guess The Mimosaless Celebrity In Delta One

REVIEWS & Trip Reports

Review: Park Hyatt Dubai Park Deluxe Room
Review: Emirates A380 First Class Dallas To Dubai
The World’s Most Over The Top Afternoon Tea
A First Timer’s Thoughts On Emirates First Class
Review: Emirates Lounge Dallas DFW Airport
A Different Kind Of Trip Report: Introduction
Review: United First Class Q400 Denver To Salt Lake City

NEWS & Updates

Switzerland Creates Special Trains For Chinese Tourists
Qatar Airways Marriage & Pregnancy Policies Changed For Crews
Lady Denied Boarding After Chugging Bottle Of Cognac At Beijing Airport
Uber Will Officially Be Allowed At LAX Within Weeks
Korean Air’s First US Boeing 747-8 Destination Will Be San Francisco
British Airways Starting Flights Between London And San Jose
Asiana Removing First Class From 777 And 747 Fleet

We have another day in Stockholm before moving on to our next destination. Any tips for the city?

  1. STLHM Suggestion
    Its a very nice city, I just spent 3 months there over the summer. They just hosted Stockholm Pride, which is the largest event in “gay” Scandinavian and its not just gay but celebrated throughout the whole city as they want to be know an a “pro-gay” “pro-love” country, and EuroGames, which is the European version of gay or out games held the week after Pride.
    Some Sunday nights the boat Patricia has an amazing gay party starts at around 7 or 8 and ends kinda early, 12 or 1AM. The boat was very special when it was located at Slussen but they moved it a little farther away so its not as busy as it once was but it is still worth going to. Go at 6 or so for a very nice dinner on board. Even if its not really busy the experience of having a few drinks right across from the city hall is amazing and the Swedish people are very diverse, very well educated and more than willing to engage with outsiders on a very deep and intellectual level. Sure things change in your interactions the more time you spend there, and they have their quarks and rules and particularities but during the summer they are outgoing and engaging. Hope you enjoy the city as much as I have.

  2. Ben, this a recent news, an Easy Jet flight from London Gatwick to a city in turkey had to divert because a flight attendant popped a champagne bottle where the cork hit the roof at the end of the plane where the emergencies masks of some seats dropped. I find it quite hilarious.

  3. I lived in Stockholm for about a year (20 years ago), it’s a wonderful place, clean, safe, food options are really improving. The Sheraton downtown is a nice hotel but you really should hop out of a chain and try a boutique. On a more recent trip we stayed in Gamla Stan, tiny room, great view of the Cathedral and Palace. Memories are built places like that, not necessarily at the Sheraton (not really in a neighborhood, views of the Central Station). Lots of options in Stockholm.

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