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Using BigCrumbs and Expedia to Book Flights

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When you fly on a paid ticket, you earn miles. If you pay for that ticket with a rewards earning credit card, you earn points for the purchase as well. Many people assume those to be the only two ways to earn miles on the purchase. It turns out that you can earn an extra set of points by HOW you book your ticket. For example, some people use the Chase Ultimate Rewards Mall.

My preferred way of booking tickets is by using Expedia and BigCrumbs ...

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The Four Seasons Mauritius at Anahita: The Conclusion

The Grounds, Garden Villa, and Service

The Food

The Conclusion

This post is the third and final in my review of the Four Seasons Mauritius at Anahita. If you couldn't tell from the other two posts, we found the overall experience to be fantastic, and this was augmented further by the fact that we had some of the best dining we have ever had before. This final post will just help to fill in some of the blanks.

We really enjoyed the amount of complimentary ...

The Four Seasons Mauritius at Anahita: The Food

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The Grounds, Garden Villa, and Service

The Food

The Conclusion

We had an absolutely wonderful stay at the Four Seasons in Mauritius. We ate like kings. The food at this resort is absolutely fantastic. The food is so good that I thought it was worth an entire post to highlight some of the… highlights... Most of the rates at the Four Seasons are considered "half board," which means that breakfast and dinner are included. You're on your own for lunch.

The ...

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The Four Seasons Mauritius at Anahita: The Grounds, Garden Villa, and Service

The Grounds, Garden Villa, and Service

The Food

The Conclusion

I'm going to do a three part series on the Four Seasons Resort Mauritius at Anahita. We had such a wonderful time there that in order to cover everything, I felt that three posts would be necessary. We'll start with our initial arrival experience, our villa, and the resort grounds.

After four consecutive segments, we had finally arrived on the other side of the world, literally. While we had ...

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Get Jealous. I'm flying in Business Class on a 787 Soon.. SO CAN YOU!

My favorite perk of being a 1K member with United is having zero fees for changing award tickets. I'm constantly looking to improve my routings for trips that I've booked. Imagine my surprise when I found this one the other day (click here for the full screenshot).

See anything out of the ordinary? Take a look at the plane for the NRT-SEA flight. Yup… I was able to score two business class tickets on the ANA 787 home from Asia in business class! Wooooot! We're gonna fly the Dreamliner!!!

How freaking cool is that?!!?

FYI - I'm checking that route on a couple other dates… and I see some more availability on the dreamliner… so if you're interested in flying on that plane, I'd recommend taking a look before everyone else does!

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A Quick Tour of the South African Airways Business Lounge - JNB International Terminal

I'll keep the text of this blog post rather short. I thought people might be interested to see a quick tour of the South African Airways Business Class Lounge at Johannesburg's OR Tambo International Terminal. My first impresson of the lounge is that it was incredibly clean, sleek, and large. Even during peak hours, walking down the primary hallway, there were plenty of seats available.

If you keep walking down that large hallway to the right, ...

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Johannesburg to Mauritius on South African Airlines Business Class

Wow! What a long journey it had been so far… We left Los Angeles on Friday afternoon, flew overnight to London, and then we flew all the way to Johannesburg. After a quick stop in the lounge to shower, now we were off to Mauritius! It was Sunday morning now, and by the time we landed, it would be Sunday afternoon - and we left on a Friday afternoon! Going in the direction that we did, we lost time, and it was just a LOT of time to spend on airplane. While I was still like a pig in ...

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United 787 Schedule for November / December Will Change...

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The good new is that United is finally using Twitter a bit more regularly than they used to. The bad news is that it appears that if you booked a flight in November or December that was originally scheduled to be on a dreamliner, you might be out of luck. Here is the full text of their update: 

Update (October 26, 2012)

Our first 787 is continuing with pre-certification proving runs and we expect it to enter commercial service on ...
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South African Airlines Business Class from London to Johannesburg

After landing in London from our journey on Virgin Altantic Upper Class, we decided to check out the Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse, as it is apparently one of the nicest lounges in the world. Unfortunately, we were REJECTED by the lounge! Apparently, in order to enter the lounge, you must have a departing flight on Virgin Atlantic. Bummer. After having gone through security to get there, we we then went through security again to get to the Star Alliance ...

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Virgin Atlantic Upper Class to London: LAX to LHR

I still remembering hearing the radio commercials for "Virgin Atlantic Upper Class to London" when I was growing up in LA. I didn't know much about flying, and I didn't know much about London, but I loved that lady's accent! As the first major part of our honeymoon, my wife and I were able to experience the Virgin Atlantic Upper Class experience from Los Angeles to London.

Continental used to be a partner with Virgin Atlantic, and I was able to ...

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"iPod Integration" ~ United Needs to Update Their Inflight AV Software

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In terms of quality of seat and entertainment, I think United's business class is quite competitive. The screen is huge, and the controller is nice and response. There's a huge amount of content to view. However, I think it's time to fix up the iPod integration.

Take a look at the picture, which I snapped on one of my recent flights. When was the last time you saw somebody with one of those devices? It has been years! Problem one: the image doesn't ...

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Last Minute Honeymoon Changes

When life gives you lemons, you make lemonade... Right? Right???

Well, we were tossed a couple lemons right around the same time.

Lemon One: The St. Regis Mauritius announced that it would not make its October 1 opening date. It would be pushed back to November 1. We were set to arrive in Mauritius on October 14. Great.

Lemon Two: The US Embassy in Egypt was attacked. Protestors tore down the American flag, burned it, and there were protests all around the Muslim ...

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The United Club at Sao Paulo (GRU) is a Disaster

Let me repeat that. The United Club at Sao Paulo (GRU) is a disaster. It officially earns the title of "Worst United Club I Have Visited." There are a few that I haven't seen, but this is by far the worst of the ones I have. Instead of escaping to a "Club Away from the Hubbub" as United once put it, you're really stepping into a pit of disorder and chaos. This report is based on multiple separate experiences at the club.

 

Due to the fact that ...

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Booking My Ultimate Honeymoon with Points: Flights from the Maldives Back to San Francisco

Introduction

Flights from San Francisco to Mauritius

Lodging in Mauritius

Flights from Mauritius to Luxor

Egypt Lodging

Flights from Cairo to the Maldives

Maldives Lodging

Flights from the Maldives back to San Francisco

Our trip home from our honeymoon will surely be a bit sad… we will have spent time in Mauritus, Egypt, and the Maldives. However, we have some cool flights to get us back home so the trip home should be ...

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If Your Suitcase is Too Pretty to Check, Get a New Suitcase

I literally just witnessed this the other day. Because we were boarding a regional jet, most of us had to gate check our baggage. This guy thought his suitcase was so pretty that he felt he needed to put it in a separate protective cover before checking it. Photo sequence below.

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TAM Airlines Economy Class Buenos Aires to Sao Paulo

While frequent fliers are typically most interested in premium cabin trip reports, I think it's always interesting to read about carriers that we're not exposed to quite as often and the experiences they offer, even when in economy class. Recently, I flew from Buenos Aires to Sao Paulo in TAM Airlines in Economy.

We boarded out of Gate 19 at the Buenos Aires airport, and before boarding, I gave the Buenos Aires United Club a visit. We boarded from ...

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Booking My Ultimate Honeymoon with Points: Maldives Lodging

Introduction

Flights from San Francisco to Mauritius

Lodging in Mauritius

Flights from Mauritius to Luxor

Egypt Lodging

Flights from Cairo to the Maldives

Maldives Lodging

Flights from the Maldives back to San Francisco

With every aspect of the trip I've outlined thus far, there were choices involved. We had to choose an airline, choose a hotel, etc. There were different alliances and loyalty programs to choose where we wanted ...

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Experiencing My First Aborted Takeoff

Today I was flying on UA 143 from IAD to LAX, and while it turned out to be a great flight, it didn't start off smoothly. We got out to the runway, and the plane started to accelerate for takeoff. It got going pretty fast, and then all of a sudden, BRAKES. The pilots hit the brakes hard. Considering how much these planes weigh, it took a good amount of time for us to grind to a stop, and as we were slowing down, I was bracing myself, thinking that something was on the runway and that we were ...

I am Sick of Arguing for Starwood Upgrades

As a whole, I love Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG). Their points are incredibly valuable, and I generally find their properties to be quite nice. However, one of the biggest benefits of being a Platinum member is also one of the biggest annoyances. Starwood is generally considered to have the best upgrade policy of the major hotel chains (Hilton, Marriott, Hyatt, etc). If you're a Platinum guest, you're entitled to the following:

Upgrades to best available room at check-in, including ...

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