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San Francisco Getting Hello Kitty Jet Service (But Los Angeles is Losing It)

There are special boarding passes and baggage stickers, Hello Kitty crew uniforms, and the seats are transformed into Hello Kitty with headrest covers and pillows. Meal service features utensilves, cups, and napkins that are Hello Kitty. The lavatories are stocked with themed toilet paper. Continue reading San Francisco Getting Hello Kitty Jet Service (But Los Angeles is Losing It)...
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No, TPG, Marriott Devaluations Aren’t Good for Members

Ultimately a consumer-focused website simply cannot claim that devaluations benefit program members. Marriott 'enhanced' the program, perhaps, with 'changes you're going to like'. But charging members more for reward nights doesn't improve the program. Continue reading No, TPG, Marriott Devaluations Aren’t Good for Members...
Tags: Travel, Advice, Marriott, TPG Marriott


7 New Cuts to American Airlines Inflight Catering Including Pre-Bagged Bread and Fewer Champagne Glasses

When American Airlines management ran US Airways their ticker symbol was 'LCC' for low cost carrier. They briefly tried to charge for water. They always seem to be looking for an angle to shave cost. And there are a few new ones coming to inflight catering. Continue reading 7 New Cuts to American Airlines Inflight Catering Including Pre-Bagged Bread and Fewer Champagne Glasses...
Tags: Travel, Advice, US Airways, American Airlines, LCC


Hundreds of Hotel Guests Secretly Taped in Their Rooms, Livestreamed on Pay-Per-View Website

In December I wrote about a woman suing Hilton claiming a hotel employee videotaped her in the shower and used the photos to blackmail her. I've written about plenty of cases of video surreptitiously hidden in hotel rooms and also inside of Airbnb accommodations. Now there's any case being reported of a paid subcription website where viewers could watch hotel guests being secretly taped in South Korean hotel rooms. Continue reading Hundreds of Hotel Guests Secretly Taped in Their Rooms, Livest...
Tags: Travel, Advice, Hilton, Airbnb


When Airbnb Is Better Than A Hotel (And The Other Way Around)

There are three types of travelers who pay for accommodation: those who primarily use hotels or hostels, those who stick to Airbnb, and the very few who alternate between the two. It’s easy to get comfortable with a particular travel workflow but if you’re diehard in either the Airbnb or hotel camp, you might be missing the advantages both have in different situations. Here’s when to use Airbnb or a hotel, depending on you travel plans. Misconceptions About Hotels And Airbnb Let’s lay down some...
Tags: Travel, Advice, Airbnb, Tripadvisor, Lodging, Airbnb Consequently Airbnb, Airbnb Many Airbnbs, Airbnb Owners


You Can Now Use American AAdvantage Miles on China Southern

American Airlines purchased a stake in China Southern. The Chinese carrier will be leaving SkyTeam this year. Several months ago they announced that frequent flyer benefits would be coming. Travel on China Southern now earns American AAdvantage redeemable miles (but  elite qualifying miles only in American Airlines codeshares) and AAdvantage miles can be used for award travel on China Southern. Continue reading You Can Now Use American AAdvantage Miles on China Southern...
Tags: Travel, Advice, China, American Airlines, China Southern, Travel on China Southern, China Southern Continue


Two Big Airline Acquisition Rumors and How to Leave a Hotel Room

A roundup of the most important stories of the day. I keep you up to date on the most interesting writings I find on other sites – the latest news and tips. Continue reading Two Big Airline Acquisition Rumors and How to Leave a Hotel Room...
Tags: Travel, Advice, Big Airline Acquisition Rumors, Two Big Airline Acquisition Rumors


Foods You Shouldn’t Eat on a Plane and New Chase Account for the Unbanked

A roundup of the most important stories of the day. I keep you up to date on the most interesting writings I find on other sites – the latest news and tips. Continue reading Foods You Shouldn’t Eat on a Plane and New Chase Account for the Unbanked...
Tags: Travel, Advice


How to Make the Most of Emirates Skywards Awards During Capital One’s 100% Transfer Bonus

The biggest end of year miles and points news was definitely that Capital One has introduced the ability to transfer their miles to a variety of different airlines. I'm excited to see that Capital One is running a bonus to transfer their miles to an airline at a better than standard rate. It suggests to me that transfer bonuses are on their radar, so I can't wait to see whether another transfer bonus comes along soon. Continue reading How to Make the Most of Emirates Skywards Awards During Capi...
Tags: Travel, Advice


How Early Should You Get to the Airport?

There are several reasons to head to the airport early. The argument against? A regular weekly traveler spending an extra half our at the airport in each direction will spend 52 extra hours at the airport each year or more than 2 days each year unnecessarily waiting . Continue reading How Early Should You Get to the Airport?...
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Hyatt Place Now Offers Confirmed Early Check-in

Last June Hyatt previewed a plan to offer confirmed early check-in and late check-out at Hyatt Place hotels. This was supposed to launch in 'early 2019'. Oddly Hyatt hasn't announced it as far as I'm aware, but it does seem to be live. Continue reading Hyatt Place Now Offers Confirmed Early Check-in...
Tags: Travel, Advice, Hyatt Place


Hilton is Going to Keep and Recycle Your Used Bathroom Soap Bars

Hilton is going to give your used bar of soap to someone else in the form of ‘recycled’ soap for charity. Continue reading Hilton is Going to Keep and Recycle Your Used Bathroom Soap Bars...
Tags: Travel, Advice, Hilton


How Cathay Pacific Plans to Compete in Business Class and Marriott Bonvoy’s Growth

A roundup of the most important stories of the day. I keep you up to date on the most interesting writings I find on other sites – the latest news and tips. Continue reading How Cathay Pacific Plans to Compete in Business Class and Marriott Bonvoy’s Growth...
Tags: Travel, Advice, Cathay Pacific, Marriott Bonvoy


Lie Flat Business Class to Europe 25,500 Miles (Chase/Amex Points)

Iberia is offering 25% off awards in all classes of service booked by March 27 for travel September 1 – December 14, 2019. For Northeast – Madrid (Boston, New York, Chicago) that means 12,750 miles each way in economy, 25,500 miles each way in business. Continue reading Lie Flat Business Class to Europe 25,500 Miles (Chase/Amex Points)...
Tags: Travel, Europe, Advice, Iberia, Northeast, Madrid Boston New York Chicago


The 6 Best Rewards Credit Cards Overall

If you're going to choose one card, what should it be? And what's really the best rewards card out there? To answer this question you need to understand the (3) kinds of value you can get from a rewards credit card. I often list the best signup bonuses, or lists of which card is best for which category of spending. But what are the best cards overall that hit it out of the park, the triple threats that deliver value across all three dimensions? Here are I think the six cards that qualify. Con...
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New Best-Ever Offer for Chase Sapphire Preferred Card

For many years this was the single best card for earning valuable rewards points, in a class by itself. Now it's refreshed with the biggest public offer there's ever been for the card. Recently they were offering 50,000 points after $4000 spend within 3 months of account opening. Now they've increased the card's offer to 60,000 points with the same spending requirement. Continue reading New Best-Ever Offer for Chase Sapphire Preferred Card...
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Great Cash Back Card Adds New 8% Back Category

Here's another great example of adding something without taking anything away, something we don't see enough of these days. Continue reading Great Cash Back Card Adds New 8% Back Category...
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Report: 100,000 Bonus for Amex Platinum Back Via CardMatch Tool

While the Platinum Card by American Express has a standard offer currently of 60,000 points after $5,000 in purchases within 3 months, some people can do even better than that — 100,000 points through the CreditCards.com CardMatch tool. Apparently there's another round of customers targeted so you should check if the offer is available to you now. Continue reading Report: 100,000 Bonus for Amex Platinum Back Via CardMatch Tool...
Tags: Travel, Advice, American Express


Report: Delta Doesn’t Want You to Watch CNN or Fox News in its Clubs

In January American Airlines made a move to reduce tensions in its lounges instructing staff to avoid national news channels on the televisions unless specifically requested. Now reportedly Delta SkyClubs are making a similar move. Continue reading Report: Delta Doesn’t Want You to Watch CNN or Fox News in its Clubs...
Tags: Travel, Advice, Cnn, Delta, Fox News, American Airlines, Delta Doesn


Buy Up to 200,000 IHG Hotel Points at Just Half a Cent Each

IHG Rewards Club – the loyalty program for Intercontinental, Crowne Plaza, Holiday Inn and related brands — is offering a bonus up to 100% on purchased points through March 22. This applies to purchases of 7000 or more points. What’s even better is that IHG recently dropped the regular price of points to a penny apiece, so with a 100% bonus you’re buying points for $0.005 each. They’ve also increased the number of points you can buy in a year to 100,000. Continue reading Buy Up to 200,000 IHG H...
Tags: Travel, Advice, Ihg, Ihg Rewards Club


What Frequent Flyer Program Executives Miss and What’s Worse Than Wells Fargo and Spirit?

A roundup of the most important stories of the day. I keep you up to date on the most interesting writings I find on other sites – the latest news and tips. Continue reading What Frequent Flyer Program Executives Miss and What’s Worse Than Wells Fargo and Spirit?...
Tags: Travel, Advice, Wells Fargo


The Strange Way to Ticket Infant Travel on Qantas When Redeeming American Miles (How I Saved $1800 Traveling With My Daughter)

I managed to book two first class awards on Qantas, Dallas Fort-Worth – Sydney and return, on the exact dates I wanted. The flights did not show up at AA.com but American agents had no problem seeing the space when I called. I’ve booked a lot of awards but I’ve never had occasion to book an infant through AAdvantage against a Qantas first class award. So I was surprised when successive agents told me it wasn’t possible. Continue reading The Strange Way to Ticket Infant Travel on Qantas When Rede...
Tags: Travel, Advice, Sydney, Qantas, Dallas Fort Worth


Marriott’s Secret Cobalt Elite Status

When Marriott launched their new loyalty program last August they came out with new elite levels and benefits. And when they renamed their program ‘Bonvoy’ in February they also renamed the top two published elite levels. Marriott’s public elite tiers are: Silver: 10-24 nights per year, I do not consider this level to offer meaningful benefits. Gold: 25-49 nights per year, you get 2 pm late check-out and hopefully avoid the room over the HVAC. Platinum: 50-74 nights per year, you get 4 pm late c...
Tags: Travel, Advice, Marriott, Ritz Carltons, Bonvoy


First-Ever Capital One Transfer Bonus: Get 100% Bonus on Emirates Transfers One Week Only

Capital One just announced its first-ever miles transfer bonus. You receive a 100% bonus transferring Capital One miles to Emirates Skywards through March 24 at 11:59 p.m. EST. Continue reading First-Ever Capital One Transfer Bonus: Get 100% Bonus on Emirates Transfers One Week Only...
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British Airways Unveils Their New Business Class Seat, Suites With Doors

The airline that pioneered lie flat seats in long haul business class hasn't really refreshed their product since 2006. The current-generation British Airways seat is well past its prime, and is still going to be flying for many years. The new ‘Club Suite’ will debut in their new Airbus A350s with 56 business class seats which start arriving in July and flying long haul October 1. They'll be using the B/E Aerospace Super Diamond seat from Rockwell Collins (fully flat with direct aisle access...
Tags: Travel, Advice, Airbus, British Airways, Rockwell Collins


Inflight Fight Leaves Blood Splatters After Woman Tries to Go to Lavatory Without Shoes

A Saturday Ryanair flight (natch) from Glasgow to Tenerife in the Canary Islands saw a fight break out after a woman went to the lavatory without shoes on. A “very drunk man pulled her up about it, saying that someone would stand on her toes” according to another passenger. Then the woman’s boyfriend got involved. And more alcohol got involved. Continue reading Inflight Fight Leaves Blood Splatters After Woman Tries to Go to Lavatory Without Shoes...
Tags: Travel, Advice, Ryanair, Tenerife, Glasgow, Canary Islands


How United Plans New Routes and TV Ad Mocks Infrequent Flyers

A roundup of the most important stories of the day. I keep you up to date on the most interesting writings I find on other sites – the latest news and tips. Continue reading How United Plans New Routes and TV Ad Mocks Infrequent Flyers...
Tags: Travel, Advice, United Plans New Routes


How to Sanitize Your Credit Cards (Before Using Them to Cut Food, or Because That Clerk May Be Sick)

Over at The Points Guy they performed credit card stress tests... to see which cards could be used to cut a zucchini. PointsCentric though posed this problem: "how do you sanitize a credit card to make it a food safe utensil?" He really has the folks at TPG there, doesn't he? It turns out there's a really simple solution, and it's one I happen to use at home. Continue reading How to Sanitize Your Credit Cards (Before Using Them to Cut Food, or Because That Clerk May Be Sick)...
Tags: Travel, Advice, TPG


Last Day for United Explorer Business 75,000 Mile Bonus Offer

Not long ago there was a best-ever targeted offer to earn 75,000 miles from a new UnitedSM Explorer Business Card. You no longer need to log into a special website to see if you're eligible, but you only have one day left to get this offer because it ends March 18. Continue reading Last Day for United Explorer Business 75,000 Mile Bonus Offer...
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Southwest Airlines May Have Just Solved Its Reliability Problem With New Mechanics Deal

With Southwest Airlines now selling tickets to Hawaii they should be flying high. Not only is this a new desirable market, it should support credit card acquisitions because customers can now spend their points for more aspirational destinations. But the carrier has been hobbled by mechanics slowing down the airline and the grounding of the 737 MAX. Continue reading Southwest Airlines May Have Just Solved Its Reliability Problem With New Mechanics Deal...
Tags: Travel, Advice, Hawaii, Southwest Airlines



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