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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Last Call for Bluffworks 20% Off
Dec31

Last Call for Bluffworks 20% Off

This is a public service announcement. As the year draws to a close, so does the up to 20% off on Bluffworks products on their website. If you’re into stylish clothes that don’t look like crap after a long flight, then run, don’t walk. Blazer and Pants If you travel for work like Jon and I do, and you don’t mind looking great while doing so, I would recommend jumping on this promo. I got my Bluffworks Gramercy...

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The Miles and Points Ghost of Christmas Past
Dec30

The Miles and Points Ghost of Christmas Past

Well, now that you have all opened your gifts, I come bearing the worst one of all. I’m here to remind you of all the miles you could have earned on those expensive Christmas purchases but didn’t. Brace for impact. Yes, the Holidays are stressful and expensive. But no one said there isn’t an opportunity to reward oneself with a pile of bonus miles and possibly cashback even on those gifts that aren’t for...

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Alaska Airlines’ Free Ski Season Is Here Again
Dec21

Alaska Airlines’ Free Ski Season Is Here Again

Winter is here again, and with it, so is Alaska Airlines’ offer to ski for free in one of their twelve ski resort partners. Here’s how to take advantage of this recurring promo. Did you know your tickets can get you free ski passes every winter if you fly on Alaska Airlines to your ski destination? Well, now you know. If you’re one of those people who thoroughly enjoys the cold, crisp weather of a mountain slope as...

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Review: Cathay Pacific Business Class Vancouver to JFK
Dec19

Review: Cathay Pacific Business Class Vancouver to JFK

This all started when I needed to fly from Seattle to Grand Rapids, Michigan for my family’s Thanksmas party. And yes, if you’ve read our blog before, you’d know we’re known for not taking the most direct routings to get to our destinations… I had been excited about flying Cathay Pacific ever since I booked us on Cathay to Hong Kong and then had an event come up on those dates. I knew I couldn’t...

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