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30% Bonus on Purchased Club Carlson Gold Points

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Club Carlson, the award program for Radisson Hotels and smaller Park Plaza, Park Inn, Country Inn & suites, and their more prestige Quorvus Collection Hotels is currently offering a 30% bonus on Club Carlson points purchased for purchases between 10,000 and 40,000 points. Points cost $7 per 1,000 points and take 2-3 days to post to the members Club Carlson accounts.

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Delta GoGo Streaming Entertainment Is Extremely Limited

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I do not fly Delta very often these days, but recently I cashed in 22,000 FlyingBlue miles for an award redemption on Delta to fly from Sacramento to Los Angeles to meet my partner and then fly with him to Seattle, where we overnighted for 20 hours before continuing in Business to Hawaii on AF partner Alaska Air. The entire trip was booked in business class and this was the first time I was flying Delta since the introduction of Delta Studio. I was excited to try this new ...

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Guide to Text & Fly - I LOVE T-Mobile

I just finished my first flight since T-mobile and GOGO launched inflight texting on 9/17/14 and I must say it was freaking awesome! I hope T-mobile launches this on other inflight networks, like their international network that American Air currently use on their international flights operated by the B77W! Throughout my entire flight I was able to stay in contact with my friends on the ground via text and I didn’t have to pay any extra for the service! This alone is a huge perk, as I ...

US Airways, Alaska, Virgin Atlantic, & Spirit Buy Miles Bonus Opportunities

Currently US Airways, Alaska Air, Spirit, and Virgin Atlantic are all having promotions that reward buyers of points with additional bonus points! I have listed the four big bonus opportunities below with a little  information about each bonus opportunity.  Each Promotion is powered by Points.com and if leveraged correct your free trip could cost you less and get you further than any revenue ticket ever could!

US Airways - 100% bonus miles sale promotion up to 50,000 ...

Southwest Airlines Double & Triple Point Promotion - Targeted

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Southwest Airlines has released a targeted promotion for flights during the usually slow pre-holiday, post summer season which offers travelers up to triple Rapid Reward points on all flights booked and flown between Sept 18, 2014 and November 20, 2014. Check your inbox and spam folders for an email with a subject line of “You've been selected to earn triple points” or “You’ve been selected to earn Double Points”.

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I Won Qatar Airways #HangMyHat Contest!

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Early this year Qatar Airlines ran a contest on Instagram and Twitter which encouraged followers to hang their hat around the world in honor of new service being launched from Doha to Dallas. The airline then selected one grand prize winner who received two roundtrip tickets to DFW, one night at the Ritz-Carlton, and two tickets to attend the Qatar Airways Dallas/Fort Worth Launch Gala. The winner will also receive two round-trip business class tickets from one of Qatar Airways' US ...

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The Loft - Virgin America Lounge At LAX

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In December 2012 Virgin America opened up their very first airline lounge dubbed the Loft at LAX. The new lounge was built in the same space that Alaska Airlines used to have their Board Room in T3 at LAX, but the new club was redone in Virgin America style and the airline renovated the space to make it sleek and sexy, like the airline it hails from. When the club first opened it appeared to be among the nicest of domestic airline lounges in the US offering a wide range of crafty libations ...

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US Airways Denies my Award Trip Change Request - Your initial routing is illegal

Last month I was able to book an award ticket on US Airways for 120,000 miles and $300 that allowed me to fly from Mexico City to Sao Paulo via Miami, Sao Paulo to Kula Lumpur via Paris, and back to Mexico city via Hong Kong and Los Angeles. The award ticket was booked all in first, except for one long haul segment, Sao Paulo – Paris, as TAM is discontinuing first class service on Nov 1, 2014. At the time of booking, no US Airways partner had TATL award seats available in First; ...

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United Twitter Teams Needs a Lesson in Social Media

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United social media still sucks. That’s right I have said it, of all the major US Airlines the Social Media team at United clearly do not know what they are doing or how twitter works. Yet the one thing they are really good at is putting their foot in their mouth. Yesterday when United tweeted a message about economy plus and how it’s flyer friendly I decided I just had to respond, because as we all know airline pitch has been decreased and very few airlines are actually flyer ...

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T-Mobile & GoGo Inflight Wifi Team Up To Offer Free Texting & Visual Voicemail

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Wi-Fi calling is nothing new to most T-Mobile customers, as customers with T-Mobile WiFi calling enable devices can use WiFi from anywhere in the world to make any call to the United States for free. This functionality not only works great when traveling, it allows one’s office to be completely mobile! Furthermore, WiFi calling has solved the problem of poor cell coverage and dropped calls, as WiFi calling allows any router to become a cellphone tower, without the need of third party ...

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Alaska Airlines: Board Early or Save 10% with Seahawk Pride

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The Seattle Seahawks are off to another awesome start this season, already grating the Green Bay Packers in the 2014 opener at Century Link field. To celebrate the Seahawks success Seattle's hometown airline, Alaska Airlines, is keeping Russell Wilson as the airlines Chief Football Officer (CFO) and promoting Seattle’s hometown pride by offering Seahawks fans in Seattle the opportunity to board first for sporting a Russell Wilson jersey.

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American Airlines Admirals Club LAX Remote Terminal

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American Airlines newest Admiral club near the remote American Eagle gates at LAX has finally opened and the small space is a great addition to the remote gates and an awesome petite but modern club which provides full services to AA top fliers and club members when flying and connecting on thinner regional routes.

Located across from gates C and D, the new lounge has seating for approximately 42 people and offers a host of amenities and services including flat panel ...

New Southwest Livery - Rumor mill or media leak?

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Southwest Airlines is hosting “Media Days” this Monday and Tuesday and has announced that Monday morning Southwest CEO Gary Kelly will make a special announcement. Members of the general public and employees have been invited to watch this announcement at 9am C.T. via Southwest Airline’s video stream. With the media notification of a special announcement by the CEO the rumor mills have already started and people are hypothesizing that Gary Kelly will announce anything ...

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US Airways A330 Business Class Philadelphia to Rome Trip Report

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My trip to Rome was to continue on my first Transatlantic US Airways flight and was a continuation of my trip that started in San Dieg.  After a horrible inflight experience from San Diego to Philly due to a slacking flight attendant, I was not looking forward to US Airways flight. Despite all the good things I had heard about US Airways Envoy Suite in the past, I was really starting to doubt that their international product could truly be all that much better; after all it was the same ...

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I Tasted The New American Meals and They Are a Serious Downgrade

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Today is Day 1 of the Douggie Diet and I must say there are very few ups and more downs to the US Airways/AA food enhancements. The benefits of the new food offerings is mainly for US Airways fliers as meals are now being served on many more US Airways fights than premerger and now flights shorter than 3 hours plus offer complimentary meals in the small forward cabin, yet for the American  Airline fliers—the majority of us who are affected—meals have been removed from dozen ...

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JAL 787 Business Class Narita to San Diego

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After much anticipation and an amazing trip to Mabul, Malaysia I was finally going to experience the 787-800 for the first time on a long haul flight. I had already flown United’s 787 between Houston and Chicago, and LAN’s 787 between Madrid and Frankfurt, but never before had I actually been able to experience the 787 on a long haul flight. As a true aviation nerd, my nerves were shaken with excitement and after a long 15 hour layover in Tokyo which included enough time to run ...

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Around the World For 120,000 Miles

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I have read many times that booking an award ticket with US Airways is NOTHING short of a headache, and based on every blog I’ve ever read it appears to be true. However, I have also read a number of stories about amazing award bookings that can ONLY be done with US Airways miles. This time, I experienced both—an amazing award ticket with routing rules that are nearly impossible to replicate at a cost that one could never complain about. Yet it did take me over 9 hours and 10 ...

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American Airlines Stops Selling Tickets On Orbitz

American Airlines just announced that starting immediately Orbitz will no longer display and sell American Airlines tickets on their website and US Airways tickets will no longer be for sell via the online distributor after September 1, 2014.

“American Airlines fares are no longer available through consumer websites powered by Orbitz, including orbitz.com and cheaptickets.com. We also anticipate removing US Airways fares from Orbitz on September 1, 2014. You can continue to ...

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US Airways Tells Me I Am Sick!

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Today I completed my first US Airways award booking and WOW what an effort it took (more to come soon and more to tell) but I had to write this as I was laughing out loud in the American Express Centurion Lounge in DFW when I received my confirmation from US airways. The around the world routing ticketed and came back confirmed, but under the special details section of the ticket it read “medical”. As it turns out, only people who are crazy would fly for DAYS on a plane to get to ...

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National's One Two Free 2014 Car Rental Bonus

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National Car Rental is back again this year with their “1, 2, FREE” promotion and is giving travelers the possibility to earn a free rental day after two car rentals or after earning 600 points. To earn a free rental day, just rent a midsize or larger vehicle for two days or longer twice. The promotion runs August 20, 2014 through January 31, 2015 and you must register in order to partake in this promotion. Also note that retroactive credit not be recieved for rentals ...