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The People of the Points World Have Turned Against Each Other

This seems to be a very fragile time in the points world. There has been more arguing and more "angries" the last few months than I can remember there ever being in this hobby. Even topics or techniques that are seemingly harmless or well-known can set people off about how this or that shouldn't be blogged because it will "kill" the deal. This week has been a microcosm of that debate, and unfortunately I've been sucked into it to the point where I feel the need to write this post (and will … [Read More...]

The Garden Court Restaurant at the Palace Hotel

Starwood’s Palace Hotel San Francisco Review

I had to work in downtown San Francisco a while back for about 6 weeks. My hotel accommodations were fully reimbursed and the cost of each hotel was roughly the same on special negotiated rates, so I took the opportunity to sample the many SPG properties that are in the area. I plan to review […]

Cathay Pacific First Class TV.

Manufactured Spend Example: First Class to Asia

Earning the points you need for that dream vacation might not be as hard as you think if you plan ahead. I think it’s useful, especially to beginners, to provide an example of the cost breakdown of manufactured spending to prove it’s worth, so this post should serve as a manufactured spend example of how […]

End of lounge.

Review: Air New Zealand Lounge Brisbane

I had a very short layover in Brisbane before my Thai Airways flight to Bangkok. The lounge I was granted access to was the Air New Zealand Lounge, so I headed over to check it out before my flight. Check-in was easy enough, and the Wi-Fi username and password are provided on a business card […]

Qantas in one of the very few airlines that provides a Chauffeur service.

Airlines that Offer Chauffeur Service on Award Tickets

One of the great luxuries of flying premium cabins is being given complimentary door-to-door chauffeur service on award tickets. If nothing else, it’s a cool experience to tell family/friends about or post about on social media. Not very many airlines offer the service, however, so if this is something you value then hopefully this post […]

Singapore Airlines' Regional Business Class Seat

Singapore Airlines Business Class SIN-BKK

Singapore Airlines Business Class LAX-NRT-SIN Review: SilverKris Lounge at SIN Singapore Airlines Business Class SIN-BKK Sheraton Grande Sukhumvit Bangkok Conrad Bangkok InterContinental Koh Samui Conrad Koh Samui Part 1 (Check-in and Room) Conrad Koh Samui Part 2 (Breakfast and Resort)   After spending several hours in the SilverKris Lounge, I finally made my way to […]

Dining Area

Review: SilverKris Lounge at SIN

My non-chronological trip report continues! Singapore Airlines Business Class LAX-NRT-SIN Review: SilverKris Lounge at SIN Singapore Airlines Business Class SIN-BKK Sheraton Grande Sukhumvit Bangkok Conrad Bangkok InterContinental Koh Samui Conrad Koh Samui Part 1 (Check-in and Room) Conrad Koh Samui Part 2 (Breakfast and Resort) Layovers in Singapore’s Changi airport are really not that bad […]

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My Blog Will Be Moving Soon(ish)

You’ve probably noticed that I haven’t been writing much the last few weeks. I figured I should write a post to explain why and let you know what to expect in the future. First of all, I decided to join BoardingArea’s new project called Prior2Boarding. Yes, it’s hilariously similarly-sounding to First2Board, but that’s what they […]

Beds and Elephants

Review: Conrad Bangkok

Singapore Airlines Business Class LAX-NRT-SIN Review: SilverKris Lounge at SIN Singapore Airlines Business Class SIN-BKK Sheraton Grande Sukhumvit Bangkok Conrad Bangkok InterContinental Koh Samui Conrad Koh Samui Part 1 (Check-in and Room) Conrad Koh Samui Part 2 (Breakfast and Resort) The Conrad Bangkok is nearby the Sheraton Grande Sukhumvit that I recently reviewed, but it’s […]

Two beds.

Review: Sheraton Grande Sukhumvit Hotel in Bangkok

Singapore Airlines Business Class LAX-NRT-SIN Review: SilverKris Lounge at SIN Singapore Airlines Business Class SIN-BKK Sheraton Grande Sukhumvit Bangkok Conrad Bangkok InterContinental Koh Samui Conrad Koh Samui Part 1 (Check-in and Room) Conrad Koh Samui Part 2 (Breakfast and Resort) After a taxi ride that cost about $20 from BKK airport, my friend and I […]

Business Class seats

Review: Singapore Airlines A380 Business Class LAX-NRT-SIN

Singapore Airlines Business Class LAX-NRT-SIN Review: SilverKris Lounge at SIN Singapore Airlines Business Class SIN-BKK Sheraton Grande Sukhumvit Bangkok Conrad Bangkok InterContinental Koh Samui Conrad Koh Samui Part 1 (Check-in and Room) Conrad Koh Samui Part 2 (Breakfast and Resort) Singapore Airlines’ A380 Business Class is considered one of the top Business Classes in the […]