China for Business, Europe for Pleasure: Woohoo!

I'm currently in the process of booking a business trip to China, and I'm going to do my best to have some fun while I'm out there. Also, my cousin is getting married this Fall, and I'll be off to Switzerland for the wedding. We will also spend some time in Stockholm, Budapest, and Prague! Stay tuned for the details. I'll let you know when it's all booked! As always, I'm doing my best to keep costs down, keep mileage earning up, and see if I can't get some premium cabin action in there as well.

Fancy Sking a Glacier? My Trip Report of Whistler Blackcomb


I just finished up a pretty ridiculous week of travel and work. For the most part, it was not very pleasurable. However, I was fortunate to be able to tie a bit of skiing into my business trip to Vancouver, and I decided to head up to Whistler, British Columbia. Ever since being a kid and ...

Ignite: Hacking Frequent Flier Programs

I saw this post initially on LifeHacker. So out of curiosity, I clicked the link. To be honest, there's a lot of misinformation in there. I'm sure readers here will find plenty of things to pick apart... I started writing a list of bullet points of things that were incorrect in that video, but I'll ...

My First Experience with the Newly Renovated 757 on United


Considering how much I fly, I'm surprised it took me this long, but I just had my first experience on one of United's newly re-configured 757s. Seatguru doesn't even have the new configuration loaded yet. I was sitting in 15A in Economy+. Here are some thoughts / pics regarding the new ...
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Trip Report: Telluride (and my first Mileage Plus Hotel Redemption)


After a fantastic time in Aspen, it was off to Telluride! I mean c'mon... Tim McGraw has a classic song about the place that practically makes you want to sell everything and move there so it must be an amazing place! Read on for the report.
Getting from Aspen to Telluride is ...

The Continental Domestic First Class Blankets Are More Like Sheets...

I've found the United / Continental merger to have more positives than negatives, thus far, but I really hope they re-think their "blanket strategy." The blankets United gives in Economy are better than the blankets Continental is providing in first class. I slept alright on the redeye from SEA-EWR, but I could have used a better blanket! Just sayin....

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Delta: "Fly 125,000 miles this year, and we'll give you 100,000 more!"


If you've had status on Delta once before, you may have received this offer. Basically if you fly 125,000 miles this year, they'll give you 100,000 more. That's a pretty sweet deal, with a couple caveats.
Caveat One: Delta miles are relatively useless. Caveat Two: If you're an ...
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Cheap Travel Companion: Dual-Core Android Tablet On Sale Today


Today only, Woot.com is selling the Viewsonic G-Tablet for only $284, after shipping. If you don't already own an iPad, but you would like to dip your toe in the tablet waters, like myself, this is a great buy! You can find cheaper Android tablets out there, but this one is a top of the line ...

So... Are You Earning Expedia Rewards?

A couple months ago, Expedia announced their own rewards program. Programs like Starwood won't grant points for stays booked through Expedia, but for airlines, you'll still get your points. Thus, I've decided to start using Expedia to book all of my air travel. You get one point per dollar. There ...

Today's the Big Day: Will the iPad 2 Be Your Next Travel Gadget?


The New Yorkers and Bostonians already have theirs... and in about 25 minutes, doors will open here in California for the mobs to go and get their iPads. Will it be your next travel gadget? For myself, I'm still undecided. On business trips, which make the bulk of my travel, there's no way it ...
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Lifetime Red Carpet Club Membership: Now is Your Chance!

Do you have a membership at the club away from the hubbub (yes... that was actually UA's marketing line for a some time)? If you're a member of the Red Carpet Club, and plan to be for the rest of your life, you can buy a lifetime membership again for a limited time. United did away with their ...
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Marriott's Autograph Collection Expands to Spain/Europe


Today Marriott announced that it will be expanding its presence in Spain via the Autograph Collection. The Autograph Collection is a line of boutique or independent hotels that Marriott partners with to bring into their reservations system, started last year. The benefit is that Marriott ...
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My Beef with Last Minute Tickets


I'm working in NY this week, and I was looking forward to both of my flights. SFO-JFK round-trip in P.S. - upgrades cleared in advance. Nice. Everything was set to be a pleasant experience. On Friday, I found out that I actually had a meeting on Thursday, instead of my last meeting ...
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United Express in the New Livery


I apologize if this is old news, but while I have seen the proliferation of new United paint jobs over the past few months, I have not seen any of the United Express planes in their new dressing until today. Today I actually saw four of them! Leaving Salt Lake City, I saw one parked at a gate. ...
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Trip Report: Aspen, Colorado


We just finished up four amazing days in Aspen. Read on for the full trip report!
We arrived on Sunday on the United non-stop SFO-ASE flight. That flight may just be a regional jet, but wow it sure is convenient to be able to fly non-stop from home to Aspen, Colorado. It takes so much ...

For the Best Views While Skiing: Heavenly Lake Tahoe

While I don't love the mountain layout, the not-as-good-as-Colorado/Utah snow, or the long lift lines, the view really cannot be beaten at Heavenly Lake Tahoe. If you're going to Lake Tahoe for the first time, do yourself a favor and check this place out! Click "Read More" for more pictures. Click any of the pictures to get a full-size view!

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US Airways Denies Me the Open Window Seat, Gives Me First Class


Today I flew to SLC via PHX from SFO on US Airways. I had a window seat from SFO-PHX, but I was in the middle from PHX-SLC. I tried to check-in last night and change my middle seat, but while there were at least 5 window seats, US Airways wanted at least $22 for one of these "choice ...
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