How I Bought my Tesla with Gift Cards
Jan09

How I Bought my Tesla with Gift Cards

It’s long been a dream of mine to own an electric vehicle, and I’d like to say it’s only from an environmentally conscience perspective, but it’s mostly because it’s the closest I’ll ever get to piloting a space craft. White Tesla from Tesla’s Website   But if there’s one rule in our household, it is that nothing -absolutely nothing- gets purchased without earning miles or points out of the transaction. Of course the first...

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Bullshit: No Airline Is Selling Manifests to Criminals
Dec17

Bullshit: No Airline Is Selling Manifests to Criminals

In light of the incredibly irresponsible post and later resharing of that post about the two British tourists attacked at gunpoint in Buenos Aires, I felt compelled to write this up to make things clear. Yes, a British tourist, Matthew Gibbard, was gunned down when he resisted during an armed robbery right outside the Faena hotel in Buenos Aires a few days ago, along with his stepson who was injured but survived. Are airline employees...

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The Cupless Cup of Joe
Dec05

The Cupless Cup of Joe

The days of drinking your cup of Joe and tossing your single-use, plastic cup are hopefully coming to an end, thanks to this partnership between Air New Zealand and kiwi company twice. In a press release, Air New Zealand is following through on their commitment to curb their plastic waste by simply doing away with one of the unnecessarily wasteful items in on board catering service; the coffee cup. Have Your Coffee and Eat It Too...

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Ideas to Curb Carbon Emission that aren’t Stupid like Banning Mileage Programs
Oct29

Ideas to Curb Carbon Emission that aren’t Stupid like Banning Mileage Programs

If you, like me, are conscious about the impact our travel has on the environment but aren’t stupid enough to think that banning frequent flier programs is scalable enough to make a dent on carbon emissions, here’s a list of other more meaningful and more scalable ideas to do something without giving up what we hold near and dear to our hearts. Travel. Not that traveling less wouldn’t be a meaningful way to curb...

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Earn Double Alaska Airlines Miles on El Al
Oct14

Earn Double Alaska Airlines Miles on El Al

Not that long ago, Alaska Airlines added their latest partner El Al, where we will now be able to earn miles when we fly the Israeli airline and credit to Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan. Yes, you guessed it, still no word on when we will be able to redeem our miles to fly on El Al, though. Double the Miles The good news is, as of tomorrow October 15th, that you will be able to earn double the miles whenever flying this partner and...

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Did Hilton Representatives call us “retards?” That’s simply not OK
Aug24

Did Hilton Representatives call us “retards?” That’s simply not OK

As a small blog in the travel related blogosphere, we are quite used to getting a few abusive, R rated comments every now and then whenever someone disagrees with our point of view. It comes with the job, and we’re OK with it. But in a first for us, someone from Hilton corporate just unleashed a barrage of insults on us. Last Christmas, we published a review of a hotel in which we were ‘upgraded’ to what would have been a somewhat...

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FARE DEAL: Business Class from Europe to US for under $1700
Feb14

FARE DEAL: Business Class from Europe to US for under $1700

Because there’s nothing better than having a million good deals at the same time to make it harder to decide which one to take advantage of… here’s one more! If you haven’t seen the Alaska Airlines 50% off sale, you might want to check it out as well. We’re seeing cheap business class tickets from Germany to the US for peak summer dates (between June and July) for under $1700. The deals seem to be on Star...

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Review: Andaz Scottsdale in Arizona
Feb08

Review: Andaz Scottsdale in Arizona

I have to start by saying I’m somewhat new to World of Hyatt. For a while, we had been very heavily consolidating our stays with either SPG or Hilton, primarily because of their wide footprints in all places we usually frequent. It didn’t make sense to diversify our stays on another brand while we were achieving lifetime platinum with Marriott. Hyatt, also, has a much, much smaller footprint and a much, much higher price...

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Tipping Your Airline
Jan23

Tipping Your Airline

I was perusing the Boarding Area main site a few days ago and loved seeing a post from Expat Adventures on Travel Update where she was appalled at Frontier’s latest terrible idea. Speaking of terrible ideas: flying Frontier. Granted, I’ve never flown Frontier, primarily because this is #NoMasCoach, and they’re a low cost airline. If you have attended my sessions at Frequent Traveler University, you would know I...

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How to use Marriott Best Rate Guarantee to Save on Luxury Hotels
Jan22

How to use Marriott Best Rate Guarantee to Save on Luxury Hotels

One of the many, many benefits we enjoy from the Marriott program, besides upgrades, free breakfast, free wifi, and suite nights, has definitely got to be their Best Rate Guarantee. It enables us to stay at properties where the rate may be out of reach or the points redemption is too high. What it is Think of it as some weird sort of price matching program. Sorta like when you find a cheaper price on a TV you want to buy on Best Buy...

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