Welcome drinks and the view from the lobby.

Manufacturing Hilton Points

I apologize to my email subscribers for receiving emails about old posts today. I changed the settings on a few posts and Wordpress decided to send emails on all of them again, which I didn't expect. I'm very sorry about filling your inbox!   Manufacturing Club Carlson Rewards Points Manufacturing Hilton Points   I recently wrote a post about manufactured spending your way to the best hotels in the world, and I wanted to follow that up by taking a deeper dive into some … [Read More...]

Buy Virgin America Points

Buy Virgin America Points For 2.89 Cents Each – Or for ~2 Cents by Being Shady

Virgin America’s Elevate frequent flyer program is running an 80% bonus promotion on their points (they call them points, not miles) today only from 3PM EST to 11PM EST. They normally sell points for a very expensive 5.2 cents each (one of the most expensive among all loyalty programs), so this 80% bonus brings the […]

Into The Nights

IHG Says They Will Honor Promotion Terms (Mostly), but I Wouldn’t Trust Them

Today has provided quite a bit of entertainment and stress for those that have been following the IHG Into The Nights promotion changes. I wrote about this promotion a few weeks ago when I explained how to game the promotion to get a potentially unlimited amount of free nights at their top-end hotels. I even […]

Radisson Blu Sydney Review

Radisson Blu Sydney Review

Review: Qantas A380 First Class LAX-SYD on QF12 Smart Gate in Australia for Global Entry-Approved Travelers Radisson Blu Sydney Review Park Hyatt Sydney Review Qantas Domestic Business Class Lounge SYD Qantas Domestic Business Class Lounge CNS Air New Zealand (Star Alliance) Lounge BNE Thai Business Class BNE-BKK on TG474 Aloft Bangkok Sukhumvit 11 Etihad Regional […]

Qantas A380 First Class

Review: Qantas A380 First Class LAX-SYD on QF12

Review: Qantas A380 First Class LAX-SYD on QF12 Smart Gate in Australia for Global Entry-Approved Travelers Radisson Blu Sydney Review Park Hyatt Sydney Review Qantas Domestic Business Class Lounge SYD Qantas Domestic Business Class Lounge CNS Air New Zealand (Star Alliance) Lounge BNE Thai Business Class BNE-BKK on TG474 Aloft Bangkok Sukhumvit 11 Etihad Regional […]

SPG Transfer Bonus

Amex Transfer Bonuses to SPG and Virgin Atlantic

American Express has become less valuable in my opinion over the last couple of months due to changes to credit card bonuses and limits on transferring points. That combined with the fact that Amex hasn’t run any meaningful transfer bonuses recently made me want to mostly avoid racking up Membership Rewards points. Currently, however, Amex […]

Many LifeMiles trick routes are dead.

Many LifeMiles Trick Airports Now Dead

I warned of the LifeMiles devaluation several times while highlighting how cheaply they’ve sold points over the last couple of years. Today that devaluation took affect, and many of the good/popular “trick” airports are now dead. Specifically, you can no longer get from: US to Europe for 12.5K in Economy or 25K in Business US […]

Smart Gate

Smart Gate in Australia for Global Entry-Approved Travelers

Review: Qantas A380 First Class LAX-SYD on QF12 Smart Gate in Australia for Global Entry-Approved Travelers Radisson Blu Sydney Review Park Hyatt Sydney Review Qantas Domestic Business Class Lounge SYD Qantas Domestic Business Class Lounge CNS Air New Zealand (Star Alliance) Lounge BNE Thai Business Class BNE-BKK on TG474 Aloft Bangkok Sukhumvit 11 Etihad Regional […]

An excellent price on an excellent airline.

Very Cheap Fares to Europe – They Won’t Last Long

I’ve explained why The Flight Deal is a website that every traveler needs to be aware of because of the cheap airfare deals they post. Today they’ve found some great deals from the US to Europe that are going for under $700 round trip, with some as low as $400. These fares are available from […]

Amazon Payments

Last Days of Some Amazing Deals and Offers

There are several relatively important deals (a few I consider to be amazing deals because of the value) that are coming to an end in the next couple of days, and some are deals that you’ll never be able to get again. Here’s a quick reminder of what these things are:

Singapore A380 Suites

The Flights I’m Taking on My Current Dream Trip

I’ve flown some nice cabins in the past, but what I have booked for my current trip should be the best of all my previous trips. They are what many would consider to be “aspirational” flights (and hence my reference to a dream trip) that people usually reserve for special occasions. I was able to […]