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So Long Old Blue, Comparing Hotel Apps, Mossad Fails

On my mind: I thought I was overreacting to Seattle traffic. Turns out even a satellite town of Seattle, Everett, has the nation’s worst</b> …

Packing Cubes, Moleskine Founder, Chinese Bells

On my mind: Award Wallet told me my Hertz balance had increased and I realized I had messed up on one of my rentals for United miles. Darn. You can …

What's New in Italy, Stamps for Centenarians, Learning to Be Rich

On my mind: our hotel check-in violated the ‘you only get the suite upgrade when traveling alone and checking out at 5 am rule,’ we got a great suite …

Skiing Chechnya, Better Bike Helmet, Pumping Gas in New Jersey

On my mind: I spent too much time adding my credit cards to Groundlink for credits that may not stick around. The registration links went in and out …

Fizzy Soda, No South Korea Stamps, Ejecting a SIM Card

On my mind: picked up my last Hertz rental for the United promo offer. It’s been a great run, I earned about a half million miles from it, some …

Final Hours for Amex Delta Platinum 70k/Gold 60k + Statement Credit Refer-A-Friend Offers

Amex continues to have great refer-a-friend offers on its Delta cards. These are equal or better than public offers. These offers were publicly …

Island that Switches Countries, Last Slave Ship Maybe Found, Japan Peak Season

Better Google Fi, Follower Factory, Mom Internet Void

On my mind: I’ve been away so long, hard to get back in the swing of things. I had several weeks in the South Atlantic where even the ‘T’ name seldom …

This Blog is Out at Sea

I board the RMS St Helena in a few minutes, bound for Tristan da Cunha, and then St Helena.<p>I hear wifi is 5 GBP/5 MB.<p>The grand plan was to queue up …

FTU Comes to Australia April 14-15, See You in Brisbane!

Join us April 14-15, 2018 at the Marriott Brisbane! Use code EARLYBIRD here by January 31, 2018 for 20 AUD off the regular price of 299 AUD.<p><b>Confirmed</b> …

Did the Iberia 25% Off Award Sale Never End?

In March, Iberia launched a worldwide 25% off award sale to celebrate 25 years of Iberia Plus.<p>The sale was advertised as ending April 11, 2017.<p>Last …

Millions of Miles to Millions of Crabs: My Podcast Interview on The Global Travel Conspiracy from

Gary Arndt of Everything Everywhere has relaunched his podcast The Global Travel Conspiracy.<p>I am honored to be his guest this week for a chat ranging …

FTU Seattle 2018: Holiday Sale $20 Off, Beginner Boot Camp, New Speakers

Frequent Traveler University Seattle is February 24-25, 2018.<p>Use <b>code FTUSTOCKINGSTUFFER</b> <b>here</b> by 12/31/17 to get:<p>$20 off registration, regularly $249<br>• A …

Tonight 12/19: Seattle Miles and Points Meetup

<b>Tonight join our Reach for the Miles PNW for a Seattle meetup:</b><p>Tuesday, December 19, 2017 at 5 – 8 pm<p>Art Marble 21, 731 Westlake Ave N, Seattle, WA …

When the Only Flight Goes Mechanical for a Week (Virgin Australia)

Solomon Airlines, Air Niugini, Air Nauru, Aircalin, Fiji Airways and probably some more I’ve forgotten.<p>My Pacific islands flying over the years has …

Check Out this Exposé on Mileage Brokers, from a Blog You Should be Reading

For all you interested in buying and selling you miles, Singapore-based Aaron of The MileLion did a deep investigation of brokers of Singapore …

Net Neutrality, Momondo Mystery, Airline Merger

On my mind: Net Neutrality is on the chopping block,…The post Net Neutrality, Momondo Mystery, Airline Merger appeared first on Rapid Travel Chai.

Delta Launches Elevate Your Status to Buy Your Way Up

Delta Elevate Your Status has launched for members on the cusp to buy up to the next status level for 2018.<p>Per the FAQ:<p>You may buy up to 10,000 MQMs …

Club Carlson Visa Double Points on Gas Sort of Posting (and Words of Warning)

Club Carlson Visa cardholders are eligible to earn double points 10/1/17-12/31/17 on Carlson stays, Avis/Budget car rentals, and at gas stations. No …

FTU Seattle 2018: Cyber Monday till Tuesday $30 Off + Free Book + Welcome Dinner for First 100 Tickets

Since everyone in the miles and points world has been chasing deals all weekend, we are offering ours through Tuesday!<p>Frequent Traveler University …

EVA Air Infinity Mileagelands and Phantom Availability

EVA Air Infinity Mileagelands is a Citi ThankYou transfer partner. Transfers reportedly take 1-2 days.<p>Award prices are not the best for many uses. …

Chase Offers: One Card Per Login to Get Multiple Offer Credits

Chase Offers launched with portals to register Chase Marriott cards and Chase Slate cards.<p>(Other cards are expected though not yet announced.)<p>The …

FTU Seattle 2018: Black Friday $30 Off + Free Book + Welcome Dinner for First 100 Tickets

Frequent Traveler University Seattle 2018 has launched with a Black Friday special!<p>The event is February 23-25, 2018.<p>Missed out on Black Friday? Use …

Activation Receipts, Epic Adventure, Shugden Schism

On my mind: I moved too slow on the Capital…The post Activation Receipts, Epic Adventure, Shugden Schism appeared first on Rapid Travel Chai.

A Lot of Japanese LCCs, Sperm Whales Strike Back, Stop Banning Plastic Bags

On my mind: I just booked a South African LCC…The post A Lot of Japanese LCCs, Sperm Whales Strike Back, Stop Banning Plastic Bags appeared first on …

Aggressive Hotel Maids, Last Cycad, How to Book Emirates First Class

One Bag One Month, How Stalin Became Stalinist, Ethiopian Chicago?

On my mind: I travel carry-on only, though at the limits. My electronics are heavy and that is without a big camera. Today a review of one backpack …

Citi Retention Offers Now Firmly Annual

Citi has been cracking down on retention offers since early 2016. Since that time of my 11 Citi accounts I have not gotten one to have more than an …

Borrow Miles, Hold Awards, 9.5 Hours of Christmas (Island)

On my mind: leading with an article on friends, family, and acquaintances wanting to borrow miles and points. Two keys point there that (1) they will …

Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer Devaluation, Miles Still Expire, and Will All Partners Really Be Bookable Online?

Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer has announced new Star Alliance partner award prices effective December 7, 2017.<p>New chart here<br>• Old chart here<p><i>(no change</i> …