TWO Free Tickets To FTU Advanced San Diego This Weekend. One Last Time!

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Short notice, I’ll be picking a winner tomorrow, since the event starts Friday. A good friend of mine reached out today to ask if I could help give away his ticket to Frequent Traveler University Advanced in San Diego, which starts day after tomorrow, Friday, March 5th. Leave a comment here and I’ll pick a winner on Thursday. ***if you’re on Twitter, make sure you send a shout out to @darrenmak and @jdufgate11 for generously giving away their tickets. Brownie points may help score the winner! PLEASE only reply if you… Read More »

10 Days In Italy: Getting Lost In Venice

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Here’s a recap of previous posts and a list of what’s upcoming for our recent trip to Italy. United Airlines To Rome St. Regis Rome Vatican Osteria 44 Photo Essay of Angels & Demons A Quiet Meal At Cul de Sac Trevi Fountain (Semi) Closed For Business A Fast Train To Venice Tips For Sightseeing In Rome St. Regis San Clemente Island, Part 1 St. Regis San Clemente Island, Part 2 Hotel Danieli Antico Pignolo A Quick Trip To Murano A Day At The Beach How To Ride The Vaporetto… Read More »

The Onion Satirizes The Rise In Airline Fees

I can’t say I read The Onion a lot.  I’ll see the occasional piece wander by that someone sends me and usually get a bit of a chuckle.  Recently, The Onion turned its attention to the world of travel.  Thanks to Justin for sending this along.  According to The Onion, American Airlines will no longer offer complimentary cabin pressurization for coach passengers: “Unfortunately, to stay competitive as a legacy carrier in today’s air travel market, it no longer makes economic sense for us to provide breathable air at altitude,” said… Read More »

The (Small) Silver Lining Of SPG’s New Suite Night Alternatives

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In case you missed the announcement recently, Starwood Preferred Guest announced alternatives for folks who stayed more than 50 nights last year but wanted an alternative to Suite Night Awards.  The choices themselves weren’t that compelling: 10 Suite Night Awards (status quo) 4 free Uber rides (up to $25 each) Gold status to gift to a friend or family member TSA PreCheck reimbursement $100 Amazon gift card $100 Donation to UNICEF in your name I’m working on a post about the overall value of the SPG program but someone reminded… Read More »

Free Airline Tickets Now Available As MyVegas Redemption

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Allegiant Air is the newest partner for the MyVegas slot platform that MGM Resorts operates.  For those that aren’t familiar, it’s a Facebook game that you can play (as well as an app version) where you can earn points for free hotel stays, cruises and other comps.  Allegiant Air popped up a few days ago as a new redemption option for your points. Now, a bunch of things are showing as sold out, but most of the awards they add sell out quickly in the beginning but are replenished after… Read More »

Last Day For Discounted United International Awards And Hyatt Diamond Upgrades

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United Airlines has had a combination of a software glitch and fare sale on international partner awards going on for a while now, and after acknowledging in publicly, they’ve said that it will end tonight.  I was pretty disappointed when these award price increases were announced.  It was painful to consider that it would cost 140,000 miles to fly Lufthansa business class roundtrip to Europe, which is a much better product than United. I’m a value junkie, and when the “price” of these awards went from 100,000 roundtrip to 140K,… Read More »

I Wonder If I’ll Be Executive Platinum Tomorrow?

American Airlines has avoided pretty much all the pitfalls other airlines have seen in major mergers of the past. They’ve done so by employing a slow and steady strategy, with no massive “cutover” date where a large number of changes happen, opting instead for lots of smaller milestones. And, when the largest complaint thus far revolves around catering changes, I’ve gotta imagine that’s a “win” for the new American.  I wrote late last year that I thought March 1st would start a period where things could get rocky, and I wasn’t… Read More »

3 AAdvantage Miles Per Dollar On Hilton Stays (Targeted)

Citibank and Hilton are partnering on an offer through the end of May, 2015 that awards an extra 2 AAdvantage miles per dollar on all stays. This seems to be targeted to Citi AAdvantage cardholders.  I received it for my Citi Executive card but the link is coded for my account and not my wife’s, so I can’t tell how broadly targeted it is.   The terms & conditions (below) indicate that the stays need to be charged to your Citi credit card.  So, folks who hold one of the… Read More »

A Couple Days Left To Save $100 On Briggs & Riley And Help Someone In Need

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You have until March 1st to trade in that rolling suitcase you’re not using in exchange for a $50 or $100 discount on a new Briggs & Riley suitcase.  As part of their “A Case For Giving” charity event, they’ll repurpose your suitcase to someone in need, like a child in foster care or a family in need. This is a great cause that I wrote about when the promotion was just getting under way.  It benefits Ronald McDonald House and a host of other charities, and there are dozens of… Read More »

Starwood Announces Their Suite Night Alternatives

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A few years ago, Starwood Preferred Guest introduced a new concept called Suite Night Awards.  These were targeted at frequent travelers who stayed more than 50 nights a year with SPG.  They were meant to help improve the upgrade process, giving elites the ability to apply a Suite Night award to those reservations where an upgrade was most important. It didn’t guarantee an upgrade, but SPG added significant plumbing to increase the likelihood the upgrades would clear, even going so far as to get involved in the inventory management process a… Read More »