ME3 Business Class Deals: Asia to Europe from $1,400
Jan17

ME3 Business Class Deals: Asia to Europe from $1,400

When you think of the the Big Three Middle Eastern airlines (Emirates, Qatar, and Etihad), you probably think of blingy, over-the-top experiences. To be honest, you wouldn’t be entirely wrong either. It’s part of what makes them so much fun. While business class deals on Qatar aren’t that rare, Emirates are usually harder to come by. When an Emirates deal pops up, people run. Well, put on your running shoes,...

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How you can Exchange Foreign Currency for Lower Fees
Jan13

How you can Exchange Foreign Currency for Lower Fees

While credit cards are accepted now almost everywhere in the world, there’s often a need for cash when you’re traveling abroad. The problem that many travelers often run into is where to find said currency, especially without paying an arm and a leg to do so. I want to focus on both the before-the-trip aspect and during-the-trip aspect, since many people still feel that you MUST have money on you when you travel (hot tip...

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Is Mobile Check-In Worthless?
Jan11

Is Mobile Check-In Worthless?

Arguably one of the more potentially useful benefits of a hotel’s app is the option to do a mobile check-in. In theory, you should be able to avoid the lines, go straight to your room, and be on with your day. In reality, it’s a broken system that wastes more time than it gives and actually ends up limiting some of your benefits and guarantees that you would normally be afforded. What should Mobile Check-in Do? In a...

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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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Emirates First Class Lounge Review, Dubai Airport
Jan08

Emirates First Class Lounge Review, Dubai Airport

Mention the Maldives and images of pristine turquoise blue waters come to mind. Overwater bungalows with direct jump-in access to the water and romantic sunsets are commonplace in this island paradise. While it’s on almost everyone’s wish list, getting there can be a challenge. Flights are often ridiculously expensive and once you DO get to the islands, a barrage of expensive hotels with overpriced meals await. Never mind the flight...

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Hyatt’s Best Rate Guarantee: Stud or Dud?
Jan07

Hyatt’s Best Rate Guarantee: Stud or Dud?

When it comes to hotel best rate guarantees, I’m usually pretty skeptical. Hotels always seem to find some loophole or make it prohibitively difficult to avoid honoring it. In the end, they’re usually nothing more than a good marketing tool. Typically, I’ve avoided using guarantees for those reasons. If the price is close, I’ll book through the hotel’s site. This still allows me to enjoy elite benefits...

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New Year, New Credit Cards. Which are the Best?
Jan06

New Year, New Credit Cards. Which are the Best?

Happy 2020! It’s the start to the New Year and all the clocks have reset on all your frequent traveler accounts. You’re reset down to zero on your hotel nights, airline miles, and spend.  Since right now you’ve got the absolutely most time to take advantage of card benefits that you might receive, which ones make sense to sign up for right now at the beginning of the new year? We’ll look at a few of our...

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Dubai Transit Hotel Review – an Amazing Value
Jan03

Dubai Transit Hotel Review – an Amazing Value

Mention the Maldives and images of pristine turquoise blue waters come to mind. Overwater bungalows with direct jump-in access to the water and romantic sunsets are commonplace in this island paradise. While it’s on almost everyone’s wish list, getting there can be a challenge. Flights are often ridiculously expensive and once you DO get to the islands, a barrage of expensive hotels with overpriced meals await. Never mind the flight...

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Japan Airlines Sale: US to Asia in Business Class from $1,800
Dec27

Japan Airlines Sale: US to Asia in Business Class from $1,800

Let’s face it, flights from the US to Asia are long. Until teleportation becomes a thing, you’re looking at a minimum of 10 hours from the west coast and 13 hours from the east coast. On flights that long, having a flat bed to sleep in makes a huge difference. However, unless you’ve got a stockpile of points, you’re usually looking at $4,000+ for that privilege. Even then, you might be looking at a less...

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Numerous End of Year Gift Card Discounts via Samsung Pay
Dec26

Numerous End of Year Gift Card Discounts via Samsung Pay

For those of you with Samsung phones, here’s a potential big money saver for you. Right now through the end of the year, Samsung is offering up to 20% off gift cards at popular stores including Lowe’s, Gap, and Chili’s. The Deal As an avid iPhone user, I had no idea of these Samsung deals until a friend showed me the Samsung pay app on her phone. Every month, Samsung will typically put a variety of gift cards on sale, ranging from the...

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