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Review: British Airways Premium Economy, London to New York

Hi everyone. Please welcome my friend, Graeme Robb, to the blog! Graeme recently flew British Airways Premium Economy Class, aka “World Traveller …

British Airways

Review: JetBlue Mint, Seattle to Boston

Domestic flying is dynamic. Airlines have cut costs, amenities, and worker compensation over the years. More people are flying than ever before and …

JetBlue

Hilton’s Summer Promo Offers Double Points through August 31

The next Hilton Honors promotion will begin on May 1 and run through August 31, with double points on every stay all summer long. You do need to …

Flying

My Experience with Waldorf Astoria’s Personal Concierge

Last month, my wife and I stayed at a high-end luxury hotel for the first time. This time, my wife’s birthday brought us to The Roosevelt in New …

Hospitality

The Future of LAX Airport: Preparing for Take-Off

To help alleviate the eyesore of using remote buses at the TBIT, LAX is building a new $1.6 billion Midfield Satellite Concourse (MSC) in addition to …

Flying

Whew! SPG Lifetime Platinum Status Becomes Marriott Lifetime Platinum Elite

Marriott has announced details of the new program that combines Marriott Rewards, Ritz Carlton Rewards, and Starwood Preferred Guest. These take …

Flying

Los Angeles Airport Today: Why a $15 Billion Makeover Is Necessary

When people think of Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), they think of grandeur: massive jumbo jets, Hollywood movie stars, palm trees and a …

Flying

Perspective from a Lifetime Platinum: The New Marriott Rewards Program

Today was a big day for Marriott. The frequent traveler community was waiting with bated breath to hear what the world’s largest hotel chain would do …

Hospitality

Marriott Announces Details of New, Combined Loyalty Program

Marriott finally announced details this afternoon of a new, combined loyalty program that encompasses Marriott Rewards, The Ritz-Carlton Rewards, and …

Hospitality

Updates Needed for the Award Maximizer?

I’ve been aware in the back of my brain that some things are slowly getting out of date on this blog. Although I recently pushed through several …

The Brain

A Tour Behind the Scenes at Los Angeles International Airport

Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) invited me to visit LAX to get a “behind-the-scenes” view of its newest facilities and ongoing projects that are …

Flying

Buy Hilton Honors Points Today for 0.5 Cents Each

Hilton has three differently sized packages available through Daily Getaways this year. You can buy up to five packages total, and they are all …

Shopping

Review: A Deluxe Room at the St. Regis Rome

After leaving the Gritti Palace in Venice, we headed south to Rome, where I had booked a stay at the St. Regis Rome. This hotel is completing an …

Hospitality

American Express Centurion Lounge Coming to LAX

Via @BrianSumers, American Express has signed a lease with Los Angeles World Airports to house a new lounge in the Tom Bradley International Terminal …

Long Haul

Why I Just Paid My Taxes with a Credit Card for the Points

I put off preparing my taxes this year as long as possible. Mainly because I knew I’d owe a good chunk of money. (Trust me, it has nothing to do with …

Personal Finance

Review: Qatar Airways A380 Business Class

Qatar Airways A380 is among Qatar Airways newest aircraft and flies between Doha and Paris, London, and Bangkok (or at least at the time that I wrote …

Qatar Airways

Review: A Venetian Room at the Gritti Palace, Venice

Few hotels are more renowned in Venice than the Gritti Palace. Built as the former home of Vatican ambassadors to the city state, this Starwood …

Italy

Review: Viasat Satellite Wifi on American Airlines Domestic Flights

American Airlines was Gogo’s first customer back in 2008. While every mainline AA flight has WiFi, as do larger regional jets, most planes have the …

American Airlines

Book Hotels for Less by Purchasing IHG Rewards Points

Yesterday I wrote about how you could buy Choice Privileges points and then turn around and transfer them to an airline instead of using them for a …

Frequent-flyer Programs

Amenity Kit Review: Delta One Domestic TUMI “19 Degree”

Welcome to another installment of our amenity kit review series. As in previous reviews, I will be reviewing this amenity kit on a scale from 1 to 5 …

Shopping

How to Buy Choice Points at a 50% Discount and Transfer to Airlines

Today’s offer on Daily Getaways is for a 43% to 51% discount on Choice Privileges points. You can buy more than one package if you want lots of …

Loyalty

Complimentary Upgrades on Pre-Merger Virgin America Planes Begin April 25

Alaska Airlines has been busy merging with Virgin America over the last year and half and starting this month, we will see the end of the Virgin …

Virgin America

Major Airline Routes Launched or Announced in March 2018

It was a big month with over 500 new routes launched across the globe, according to Anna.Aero. Australia became connected to London for the first …

American Airlines

How to Maximize the Alaska Airlines Stopover on Awards to Hawaii

Alaska Airlines adopted a cheaper award pricing for its award flights in December 2016. Today I’m going to explain how you can combine that with …

Awards

Review: Delta SkyClub, New York JFK Terminal 4

After checking out Delta’s Terminal 2 SkyClub, I still had plenty of time to check out their other JFK lounge. That’s the newer “flagship” SkyClub in …

Alaska Airlines Relaxes Same Day Change Rules

We all know that travel plans change. This is especially true for business travelers or those of us who fly often and sometimes want to get home or …

Flying

Review: Qantas First Class, Airbus A380 Sydney to Los Angeles

Qantas offers a great first class product on-board their Airbus A380 aircraft. The seat is spacious, beautifully designed and fitting for a true …

Los Angeles

Using the Points Transfer Calculator to Plan Your Next Award

A couple years ago I created the “Award Maximizer” to help you search for the cost of an award ticket across several different loyalty program. The …

Frequent-flyer Programs

How to Open a Frequent Flyer Account for Your Child

It’s never too early to start earning frequent flyer miles. Drip by drip those miles will accumulate, perhaps enough for a fun graduation trip before …

Frequent-flyer Programs