AAdvantage Systemwide Upgrades Now Usable On US Airways Flights

The most valuable SWUs just got more valuable. American Airlines has topped the list for as long as I can remember, awarding systemwide upgrades to their Executive Platinum members (and for million mile thresholds) that can be redeemed to upgrade to the next class of service in any flight operated by American Airlines, regardless of fare class.  I first saw View From The Wing reporting this over the weekend, and I was a little surprised. I thought this step was more likely to come when the reservations and passenger service… Read More »

Getting A Handle On International Data (And A Cool Giveaway!)

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I do a fair amount of international travel and international data is something that I find often costs more than I expect.  Verizon Wireless (my cell provider) used to have a great international plan that you could toggle on and off when you traveled for minimal cost, but it went away a number of years ago.  The new plan they offer is a flat $25 for 100 MB.  Use up 100 MB and they’ll charge you another $25 for the next 100. I don’t upload a lot of pictures while… Read More »

Breaking Down Week 2 Of 2015 Daily Getaways

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With week 1 in the books, we head into a lukewarm week 2 of the 2015 Daily Getaways.  There’s some value to be had here, but other than maxing out one of the Vegas packages, not much in the way of hidden gold. In case you’re not familiar, Daily Getaways are daily deals sponsored by the US Travel Association.  Some are better than others, so you need to think about whether you can take full advantage of the offer before buying. For the more popular offers, they will sell out… Read More »

A Great Shortcut To MGM M Life Gold Status (And Why You Want It)!

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MGM Resorts is really the dominant player in terms of the sheer variety of great properties they have in Las Vegas.  They have upscale properties like Aria and Vdara, mid-level properties like Mandalay Bay and MGM, and budget properties like Luxor and Excalibur. I’ve always enjoyed Vegas but since I don’t gamble a lot, I never thought I’d be able to enjoy many of the perks that the casinos offered.  Then, Hyatt announced a groundbreaking partnership with MGM Resorts almost 2 years ago, giving Hyatt Gold Passport members access to… Read More »

In Case You Missed It: The Week In Review For March 22-28th

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I’ve started to get in the habit of posting more than once a day.  For the last couple of years, I’ve really only posted once a day, with the very occasional 2 posts in a day.  For the last couple months I’ve tried to average 2 posts a day on things I find interesting (and think you will, too).  I’m hoping to make that the standard going forward.  Anyway, here’s what happened this week on Pizza In Motion: 10 Days In Italy: Business Class On British Airways 787 Flight Home… Read More »

$400 Off Qantas Flights Of $2500, British Airways Latest To Get Hacked And More Travel News

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Did your British Airways account get hacked?  View From The Wing did.  It seems like almost every airline and hotel has had a public episode of hacking recently. $400 discount on Qantas flights of $2500 or more via AmexSync reported in this Milepoint thread.  Were you lucky enough to score it? You would think that with as long as the 787 was delayed, American Airlines’ contractor for seats could have gotten ahead of the game. Free Performances at the Kennedy Center in DC.  I’ve lived in DC 17 years and still… Read More »

10 Days In Italy: Business Class On British Airways 787 Flight Home

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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 »

Hilton HHonors Points On Sale Via Daily Getaways Today

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If you’re a Hilton HHonors fan, there’s a decent offering via Daily Getaways today. In case you’re not familiar, Daily Getaways are daily deals sponsored by the US Travel Association.  Some are better than others, so you need to think about whether you can take full advantage of the offer before buying. For the more popular offers, they will sell out quickly, which means being around right when they go on sale each day at 1:00 pm EDT.  Some offers will sell out in hours, some in minutes.  It’s also important… Read More »

My Vote For My Favorite Airlines And Hotels

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We’ve got less than a week left of voting for the Freddie Awards.  The Freddie Awards represent the best in loyalty for over 25 years.  The airlines and hotels nominated value the awards because they don’t come from a panel of experts.  You and I each get our own vote and they’re counted equally. It only takes a few minutes to vote and make sure your voice is heard.  Here’s a sample of my ballot: Program of the Year-Americas (Airline): American Airlines AAdvantage When you consider that Delta and United… Read More »

I Have So Many Questions About the Germanwings Crash

It’s such a heartbreaking story and it leaves me with many questions. The announcement that officials believe the co-pilot deliberately crashed the plane is sobering and opens up more questions.  I don’t profess to be an expert on anything below. I’m posing these questions and week start looking for answers. But, in certain ways, this has cast a deeper pit in my stomach than the MH 370 disappearance.  Here are my questions and rambling thoughts. I hope you’ll join the discussion of you have your own questions or thoughts.  All… Read More »