How to Increase your First Class Upgrade Chances on Alaska Airlines
Dec09

How to Increase your First Class Upgrade Chances on Alaska Airlines

Ever since I moved to Seattle four years ago (has it been that long?) I have been lucky enough to hold Alaska Airlines top tier elite status and have enjoyed their benefits plenty, especially their MVP Gold75K upgrades to first class. But not everyone seems to have the same experience. A few months ago I was exposed to a social media group exclusive to MVP75K members who have had a very different experience from the one I’ve...

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Think Outside the (United Airlines) Box
Dec07

Think Outside the (United Airlines) Box

Hate flying to a destination that’s only serviced by an airline you can’t stand? Have you considered a very unconventional itinerary as an option to get you there? Here’s what I did.

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We just booked a $44,800 luxury vacation for ONLY $637
Nov17

We just booked a $44,800 luxury vacation for ONLY $637

If you’re a fan of this blog, you’ll know that we love our vacations. Through an awesome combination of miles, points, credit card signups, promotions, and straight up hustling, we earn between 1.5 million and 2 million points and miles a year. The problem that we run into (and it’s such a #FirstWorldProblem) is where can we spend so many miles and points, and actually get a luxurious, first class trip, that we would...

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How to Stop your Airline Miles from Expiring
Nov14

How to Stop your Airline Miles from Expiring

You’ve worked really hard to earn all the miles in your account. You’ve got thousands, perhaps tens of thousands of miles building up in your account. You think all is fine and then you check your email inbox one day. “Your points are expiring, act fast!” Of course the airline will try and convince you to spend them as quickly as possible, but we’ll give you some useful tips to make sure that they...

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How we booked Kenya Airways new JFK-NBO Business Class with Miles
Oct11

How we booked Kenya Airways new JFK-NBO Business Class with Miles

In just under two weeks in late October, Kenya Airways is set to start their new Dreamliner 787 service non-stop from Nairobi to New York’s JFK airport. Flights from the east coast to Africa have been few and far between without connections or routing via the middle east. It is possible to redeem miles on this new flight, but it does take a little bit of work. The Route Kenya Airways will be flying the plane with a new 787...

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Alaska Airlines offers extra miles while shopping In Store and Online
Oct06

Alaska Airlines offers extra miles while shopping In Store and Online

Earning extra miles by shopping online is nothing new for most seasoned veterans of the miles and points world, but recently airlines have been jumping into the brick and mortar sector. Now, by simply linking your credit cards to your online shopping account, you can earn extra miles by shopping in stores that you go to every day. Quick Online Shopping Recap Just a quick refresher. If you know about online shopping skip to the next...

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Want Marriott Ambassador Status? Don’t redeem your points…
Oct04

Want Marriott Ambassador Status? Don’t redeem your points…

The recent merger between Starwood and Marriott has been… less than perfect. There have been technical issues, account merger issues, booking issues, and about any other issue you can think of. Elite status and elite benefits across both programs weren’t showing properly, nights weren’t adding up, and stays weren’t showing. It would seem that largely that has been taken care of, and things seem to be running...

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How many miles can you earn as an Alaska Airlines MVP Elite Member?
Oct03

How many miles can you earn as an Alaska Airlines MVP Elite Member?

Loyalty programs drive loyalty, plain and simple. Earning miles is the airline’s way to give you a little something back for you giving them a bunch of money. American, Delta, and United have all changed to a cost based loyalty program, meaning the more you spend the more you earn. Alaska Airlines is still the only airline that awards you one mile for every mile you fly, and that creates some unique opportunities to earn a lot...

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Why do we fart so much on planes?
Sep08

Why do we fart so much on planes?

As the old adage goes, he who smelt it, dealt it. The problem is that on most of the planes, there are dozens of people dealing it at the same time. Turns out there’s a real reason for it, and it’s not just the crummy airplane food. I’m sitting in a first class cabin on Alaska Airlines writing this right now and there’s a very common smell wafting around the cabin. You all know what it is. It’s poo gas! Someone is farting like a fiend...

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Leaving town? Here’s how to hold your mail
Aug03

Leaving town? Here’s how to hold your mail

There are a few tell tale signs that you’re on vacation. When I was a kid, I would see the newspapers piling up in front of the neighbors house and I knew that they were gone. Neighbors watch out for each other, so we would always collect and recycle those papers. At least in our mind, we were doing our part to make it look like they were at home. Since it seems like less and less people subscribe to newspapers, another surefire way...

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