Ben Schlappig

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Last Day (Ever?): Buy Starpoints For 2.275 Cents Each

Since mid-June, Starwood has been offering a 35% discount on purchased Starpoints, when you buy at least 5,000 points in one transaction. This …

Frequent-flyer Programs

OMG: American Airlines Non-Rev Goes On Epic Tirade After Being Denied Boarding

Well, I think an American Airlines employee is about to lose their travel privileges, if they haven’t lost them already.<p>One of the benefits of …

American Airlines

Review: Timberline Steaks & Grille Denver Airport

I was pretty excited when Timberline Steaks and Grille at Denver Airport joined the Priority Pass network last fall. I’ve been there probably at …

grilled cheese

Amex Centurion Lounge DFW Closing For Three Weeks

One of the best perks of <b>The Platinum Card® from American Express</b> ($550 annual fee) and <b>The Business Platinum® Card from American Express OPEN</b> ($450 …

Platinum Card

Chase Launches New Southwest Rapid Rewards Priority Card

Chase has really been on a roll with new co-branded airline credit cards this year — they’ve already released the Iberia Visa Signature Card and the …

Personal Finance

Chase Ink Bonus Categories: Everything You Need To Know

Chase has one of the best portfolios of business credit cards, which offer just about everything I look for in credit cards — great welcome bonuses, …

Credit Cards

Malaysia Airlines Is Bringing Their A350 (With First Class Seats!) To Sydney

Malaysia Airlines operates a fleet of six new A350-900s. I find their A350 strategy fascinating, <b>because each aircraft has a small first class cabin</b>, …

Malaysia Airlines

How To Check If TSA PreCheck & CLEAR Lanes Will Be Open (And Other TSA Considerations)

Between typical summer travel and TSA’s new regulations, airport security lines may be worse than ever. The airlines have been doing their part, …

Flying

Can You Redeem Miles For Air France First Class?

Air France offers a phenomenal first class product on their Boeing 777-300ERs. The last time I ranked the world’s best first class products, Air …

Air France

Tempting: Saint Helena Is Temporarily Getting More Flights

Saint Helena is a remote island in the South Atlantic Ocean, about 1,200 miles off the coast of Africa. The island is a British Overseas Territory, …

West Africa

Confirmed: Cathay Pacific Flying To Seattle As Of April 2019

Called it. ;) Earlier I wrote about how Cathay Pacific hinted at how they'd soon launch a new flight to the US. They narrowed it down to nine cities …

Hong Kong

Nigeria Wants To Launch New National Airline

This is a fun day at the Farnborough Airshow for African aviation. Earlier it was announced that Uganda Airlines placed an order for two A330neo …

Africa

Cathay Pacific Business Class Awards Are Back To Normal

Several days ago I wrote about a strange trend with Cathay Pacific business class award availability. Historically Cathay Pacific has been pretty …

Cathay Pacific

10 Best Credit Card Offers For July 2018

Every month I make a post with what I consider to be the best credit card bonuses of the month.<p>While there are several excellent long standing credit …

Personal Finance

Uganda Airlines Orders Two A330neos

<b>The government of Uganda has just ordered two A330neos for an airline that doesn’t currently exist</b>.<p>Uganda Airlines was in operation between 1977 and …

Africa

Garuda Indonesia Is Offering 50% Off Award Tickets (Including First Class)

Garuda Indonesia has one of the world’s best first class products. I had the chance to fly with them between London and Jakarta thanks to a great …

Frequent-flyer Programs

Business Gold Rewards Card From Amex [In-Depth Review]

<b>Update: This offer for The Business Gold Rewards Card from American Express has expired. Learn more about the current offers here.</b><p>When I hear someone …

Personal Finance

Hi Fly's New A380 Has A Cool Special Livery

At the beginning of the month Hi Fly took delivery of their first Airbus A380, making them the first ever airline to acquire A380s on the secondhand …

Aviation

Hyatt Launches FIND, A New Experiences Marketplace

Over the years we’ve seen Starwood, Marriott, IHG, and Hilton all launch experiences marketplaces. The idea is that these allow you to redeem points …

Hospitality

My Experience Buying Starpoints For 35% Off And Then Transferring Them

Through July 20, 2018, Starwood is <b>offering a 35% discount on purchased Starpoints</b> when you buy at least 5,000 points in one transaction. This is a …

Frequent-flyer Programs

Cathay Pacific Hints At Next US Destination

Cathay Pacific likes to have some fun with announcing new routes. They just posted on Twitter asking people to guess what their next destination will …

Cathay Pacific

Hello Jordan: Ryanair’s Interesting Middle East Expansion Plans

I’m off to Jordan later this year, and while I was looking at Amman’s Queen Alia Airport Wikipedia page to determine how to get <i>out</i> of there, I came …

Flying

Big Citi AAdvantage Card Welcome Bonuses Ending Soon

For about two months now we’ve seen increased welcome bonuses on two of Citi’s co-branded American Airlines credit cards. These bonuses offer …

Flying

Alaska Airlines Lounges Seattle Leaving Priority Pass

Priority Pass is the world’s largest network of airport lounges, with 1,200+ lounges around the world. Several popular premium credit cards come with …

Credit Cards

AWESOME: T-Mobile's New $5 Per Day International High Speed Data & Calling Plan

Last week I wrote about how T-Mobile announced some changes to their international plan. Now they’re announcing a new international data option for …

T-Mobile

Singapore Airlines Wins Skytrax 2018 Airline Of The Year Award

The Skytrax World Airline Awards were held in London today. Earlier I posted about how Japan Airlines was named the latest Skytrax 5-Star airline. …

Singapore Airlines

Earn Up To 4x Amex Points For Amazon Purchases (Targeted)

It’s Amazon Prime Day through midnight PT today, so there are lots of great deals to be had for Amazon purchases.<p>It looks like there’s now yet …

Shopping

Japan Airlines Becomes Skytrax 5-Star Airline

<b>Japan Airlines has just become the 11th airline to get a Skytrax 5-Star rating</b>. 10 of the Skytrax 5-Star airlines are Asian (only Lufthansa isn’t), …

Airlines

SUCCESS: Bonus Iberia Avios Finally Post For New Account!

Just under a month ago Iberia ran a promotion offering 9,000 bonus Avios for every ticket booked, up to 90,000 bonus Avios. Even cheap domestic …

Transfer LifeMiles And Get A 100% Bonus

The LifeMiles program has just announced that <b>they’re offering a 100% bonus on transferred miles between July 17 and July 24, 2018.</b> This is only …

Flying