Groupon Junkies: 9 AAdvantage Miles Per Dollar Through 9/20

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I’m not a Groupon junkie but I’ve got to think 9 AAdvantage miles per dollar is a pretty solid offer if you shop on Groupon. It’s only for a few days, so the tight time window might mean you can’t partake if there’s no current deals you want.

Congress Appears Ready To Kick The Can Down The Road On Key Support Measure For Boeing

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The House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly (at least for this House) in favor of a short-term government funding measure that also included an extension of the charter for the Export-Import Bank until June, 2015. First, a quick primer on the Export-Import Bank (Ex-Im, in short).  Here’s a statement directly from their website: The Export-Import Bank of the United States is the official export credit agency of the United States. Our mission is to ensure that U.S. companies — large and small — have access to the financing they need to turn… Read More »

How Long Can It Take For British Airways To Ticket A Reservation?

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Answer:  It took 24 days in my recent example. Admittedly, I don’t have a ton of experience flying British Airways.  I probably have less than a dozen total flights on BA in my lifetime of flying. I purchased a ticket to Dublin a few months ago for travel late this year.  For those that don’t know, British Airways has a really strong program for upgrades using their loyalty currency (miles) called Avios.  If inventory is available, you can generally upgrade to the next class of service for 10,000 Avios. For… Read More »

Guest Post: Turkish Air To Istanbul And The Park Hyatt Macka Palas

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My best friend David recently took a new position that requires him to travel extensively around the world.  He’ll likely rack up 200,000 butt-in-seat miles this year as a result of all his travel, which has taken him to some places I don’t expect to see anytime soon.  Recently, he took a trip to Istanbul.  Since I don’t normally see a lot of blogger reviews for Turkish Airlines or the Park Hyatt Macka Palas, I asked him to take some pictures and jot down a brief summary of his trip for… Read More »

Southwest Announces Plans To Fly To Costa Rica

Terry Maxon of the Dallas Morning News reports that Southwest Airlines has filed to fly from Baltimore (BWI) to San Jose, Costa Rica(SJO). Now, Southwest isn’t the low-cost carrier it used to be. But, I suspect this will help lower fares in my area. The lowest fare from the region that I could find for dates shortly after they launch next year are over $600 RT. I would expect those to come down. Costa Rica has been on my radar for a while since Hyatt announced the opening of Andaz… Read More »

1,000 Mile United Airlines Shopping Portal Bonus

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United Airlines is offering a 1,000 mile bonus if you spend $225 on their shopping portal between now and Thursday, September 18th. It’s a relatively short period of time so many of you may not be able to take advantage of it. But, if you’re thinking about where to put portal purchases over the next week, 1,000 bonus miles is likely enough to sway you to consolidate your purchase through United for the next week. While you don’t want to buy stuff you don’t need just to get miles, if… Read More »

The Free Trip To Frequent Traveler University Goes To…

The winner of my Frequent Traveler University giveaway, including a ticket to FTU in Chicago and a hotel room for 2 nights, is Garrett: As a Canadian, we don’t have it anywhere as easy as our American counterparts for earning and redeeming miles in the Great White North. Would love to be able to take this knowledge and help out my fellow Canadian friends to expand their wings and provide some international representation to the conference. I Would also be willing to write a recap of the events for your… Read More »

Remembering Those We Lost 13 Years Ago

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I remember being at work on 9/11, and hearing about the first plane crash as I walked into my office.  None of the 3 or 4 colleagues there believed me, and we all turned on some form of media to confirm it.  The news started rolling in and we realized it was true. It’s the first thing I think of each year on the anniversary of 9/11, that one moment when the unthinkable became real. There were lots of memories over the hours and days that followed, very few of… Read More »

Starwood Preferred Guest On The Cutting Edge Of Apple Watch Development

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User error caused this to be posted in part earlier this morning.  Apologies. In case you hadn’t heard, Apple had a bunch of announcements yesterday (did you get your free U2 album yet?). One of the long-anticipated announcements was the Apple Watch.  And, for travel enthusiasts, we caught a quick glimpse of what the Apple Watch could mean for us when this familiar logo popped up on the screen during the presentation. When I think of hotel companies that embrace technology, Starwood Preferred Guest certainly comes to mind.  I’d have… Read More »