American Airlines Changes: Should I Risk My EXP Status?

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I was pretty pumped when American Airlines made an announcement earlier this week about their 2015 program.  In case you missed it, you can see my post about it here.  A quick summary: Domestic upgrades stay mostly the same for American elites, with the exception that upgrades on flights less than 500 miles are now free. The American Airlines program will maintain 3 levels (Gold, Platinum and Executive Platinum) with virtually the same qualifications as before, with the exception of needing 120 segments to get to Executive Platinum. No changes to… Read More »

10 Days In Italy: Looking Back On Rome


Rome won’t win any contests for most beautiful, most cosmopolitan. While rich in history, there are other cities around the world that have stronger reputations for historical context. Rome is what you make of it. But, it’s a shame to consider it only as the gateway to the rest of an incredible country. Rome is meant to be lived, not toured with a guide pointing out landmarks. It is better experiencing what she has to offer over the course of time.

GIVEAWAY: Free United Club Passes

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Easy, straight forward, simple.  It’s been a while since I’ve done a giveaway, and I have 2 United Club passes valid until 2016 sitting here burning a hole in my pocket. How to win? Just leave a comment here letting me know what you think of United Airlines right now.  Doesn’t need to be terribly detailed.  Like them?  Hate them?  Maybe a reason why? You can enter once every 24 hours.  Pleas don’t go nutzo in the comments section. I’ll select two lucky winners on Saturday, November 1st so you… Read More »

American Announcement About New Program Details Make Me Excited And Relieved!

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American Airlines made a bunch of announcements today about what to expect from them in 2014 from a loyalty standpoint.  A lot of it has me excited! I first learned about it this morning on View From The Wing, where it appears Gary spoke to Suzanne Rubin ahead of the announcement to get the inside scoop. They also have a pretty comprehensive list of changes (and, more importantly, non-changes) listed on their website.  Let’s breakdown the announcement. First, what’s staying the same? The AAdvantage program will continue to have 3… Read More »

St. Regis Rome To Be Sold, Renovated


Starwood Hotels & Resorts continues to practice a strategy they and Hyatt have employed frequently of late with the sale of the St. Regis Rome to Constellation Hotels. The price was about $150 million, or just about $1 million “per key” for the 161-room property.  For Starwood Preferred Guest fans, don’t worry.  There’s a long-term contract to keep this hotel in the SPG family. More interesting to me was the news that Constellation plans more renovations to the property: The St. Regis, Rome was originally opened as the Grand Hotel… Read More »

Hyatt Mobile Booking Bonus Posting Quickly

Just a quick note to remind anyone thinking of booking a Hyatt stay to make sure you book it through their mobile app. They’re currently offering a 1,000 point bonus for each stay you reserve through the app as a way of promoting the new functionality. The new app is much better than the old one. More importantly, though, the 1,000 points are posting the same day the stay does for me: Considering that technology has rarely been a strength for Hyatt (think old G bonuses and Diamond Amenity bonuses),… Read More »

United Airlines Elite Members Now Get Upgraded Hertz Status

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Good news and interesting partnership enhancements between United Airlines and Hertz. Starting November 1st, United MileagePlus members will earn additional miles and be eligible for higher status levels with Hertz. First, the increased mileage opportunities: MileagePlus members who book with Hertz may earn the following per rental: 1,250 miles – MileagePlus Global Services, Premier 1K and Premier Platinum members; 1,000 miles – MileagePlus Premier Gold and Premier Silver members; 750 miles – Primary cardmembers of MileagePlus credit cards from Chase; or 500 miles – MileagePlus general members. On its own,… Read More »

What If It Was Free To Buy Visa/MC Gift Cards At Staples?

A couple of quick updates on my post about the possible restriction of Visa and MasterCard branded gift card sales at Staples: Some Different Math on Gift Cards: I’m not a fan of buying Visa and MasterCard gift cards from office supply stores. I used to be before the fees went up. But, Shawn from Miles to Memories decided to lay out the math for a way to buy gift cards “for free”. How does he do it? This only works with a card that earns flexible currency like Chase… Read More »

Don’t Miss Out On Cheap Flights To Europe!

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You probably haven’t heard of them, but Wow Air is about to make things more interesting for international travel.  They’re a small airline based in Iceland that’s only been flying since 2012.  Since then, they’ve been offering cheap flights to and from Iceland to various European destinations.  And now, they’re launching service to the US. For now, they’re only flying to Boston and BWI (Baltimore). But, boy, are they tearing it up on price.  Fares are as low as $99 one-way to Iceland and in the $150-200 range to various… Read More »

Free Flu Shot From UBER

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Uber is a pretty awesome car service in its own right, but they keep trying to branch out into other areas, assumedly to justify their disgustingly large valuation. They’ve done some pretty cool things to attract attention, like giving away ice cream in specific cities this summer. And now, they’re giving you access to free flu shots: That’s why we’re leveraging the reliability and efficiency of the Uber platform and launching a one-day pilot program—UberHEALTH—in select cities today.  Together with our partner Vaccine Finder we will bring flu prevention packs… Read More »