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KLM Crown Lounge Amsterdam Schiphol Airport

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After a wonderful flight on KLM from Los Angeles on the beautiful 747, my brother and I had a couple of hours to waste at the Amsterdam Airport. After quickly exploring the plethora of shops, outdoor terraces, replicate airplanes on the roofs, green spaces, and the casino (there’s so much to do at Schipol!) my brother and I decided to visit the KLM crown room.

While at Amsterdam Schipol Airport, my brother and I had the opportunity to visit two KLM lounges. We ...

Delta’s Not So Smart Travel Pack

Have you ever wanted to know what it was like to be a Delta Medallion Member? If so, Delta is now selling “Smart Travel Packs” which basically offers the majority of the Silver Medallion benefits for $199! The Smart Pack is for sale and is available to all Skymiles member and gives you the opportunity to bundle what Delta has unbundled for $199. This $199 fee includes what Delta calls their most popular added benefits, but only provides them to Smart Pack purchasers until January ...

American Express Membership Reward 40% Bonus on Transfers to Virgin America

For two weeks only, American Express is offering a 40% bonus for all membership reward point transfers to Virgin America. Normally points transfer at an abysmal ratio of 2:1, but from September 16 -30, points will transfer at a 2:1.4 ratio or to make it easier, 200 membership reward points will equal 140 Virgin America Elevate points.

Although this bonus opportunity is subpar to the typical 1:1 ratio that is available for Delta Skymiles, British Avios, Air France Flying Blue, Cathay ...

Travel on Halloween & Save 31% on Southwest Airlines

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Southwest Airlines is giving travelers who travel on Halloween the opportunity to take 31% off their cheapest fares (aka "wanna get away" fares). The entire Southwest Airlines & AirTran route map is on sale, excluding international travel. The good news is, travel to/from Puerto Rico is included in the sale, which means travelers could have a tropical vacation for 31% off!

Do note that roundtrip travel is required, but a 31% savings if you travel on Halloween (which is a Thursday) could make a long weekend get away completely worth it!

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Delta Phantom Award Tickets ARE BOOKABLE

I have been planning a graduation trip for my brother to Europe for months. The trip has been booked since April, but given the opportunity I was hoping to fly business class instead of economy. Despite this, finding transatlantic award space on Delta or their partners is nearly impossible. For weeks I had seen award space on KLM and even Virgin Atlantic, yet when I tried to book it the webpage it would error out. I would then call Delta and their agents would tell me the flights I was ...

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KLM Business Class LAX - AMS

 Transatlantic award space on Delta is extremely difficult to find at the low-level threshold of only 50,000 miles each way in business class. It’s even harder to find on Delta’s partner, as very few seats are actually made available by Air France, KLM, Alitalia, etc. Yet, somehow (another blog post to come later) I was able to score two business class seats on KLM from LAX to Amsterdam this week! Thus meant my brother’s graduation trip to Europe would be flown in KLM ...

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Now Available: Track MQDs on Delta.com

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Delta has updated Delta.com to show each person their Medallion Qualification Dollars when logged into their skymiles account. Although MQD requirements will not be required for status until the start of the 2015 program year, this enhancement to the skymile page allows users to track their MQD to see if they are on track for meet the minimum requirements, which will be extremely important starting January 1, 2014.

  In order to track your MQD, log into your skymiles account using ...
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Alaska Airline MileagePlan Discount Awards

Do you want to get away for less fewer miles than usual this fall? if so, check out Alaska Air Mileage Plan discount fall awards with one-way domestic awards starting at only 7,500 miles and trips down to the sunny beaches of Mexico for only 12,500 each way! Normal awards costs are 12,500 miles each way on Alaska Air within the USA and Canada, not including Hawaii, and 17,500 miles to/from Mexico. Thus, this late summer/early fall award travel sell which is for travel now through October 31 ...

Air France Lounge at LAX

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The Air France Lounge at LAX is located in Terminal 2 where Air France’s non A380 flights depart, along with all KLM, Alitalia, and Aeromexico flights. The lounge is in the same location as the old NWA lounge and after Air France took it over after the NWA/Delta merger, all Air France did was clean it up a bit. Despite this, it is still far below the Air France standard found at other airports worldwide.

Bar & Cafe

The self-serve bar includes a decent selection s of ...

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Griffin Gate Marriott, Lexington KY

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The Griffin Gate Marriott offers a full service hotel within a stone throw of Lexington Horse Park, Downtown Lexington, the University of Kentucky, and Keneeland Horse Track, making it a great jumping point for exploring thoroughbred & bourbon country. The large 7-story hotel offers all amenities one comes to expect from a Marriott including a full service bar, restaurant, spa, pools, gym, valet, large ball rooms and more.

Rooms

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An Early Upgrade on Alaska

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Traveling on Alaska as a Delta Elite has been great since the NWA merger with Delta. Premerger only NWA Elite Gold & Platinum passengers received upgrades on Alaska, but after the merger was completed and some technical issues were worked out, Delta and Alaska reached an agreement to upgrade each other’s elite passengers within the check-in window (meaning 24 hours before departure). My upgrade percentage on the Seattle – Los Angeles and Seattle – San Diego routes have ...

The Club at Blue Grass Airport

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The Lexington, Kentucky Blue Grass airport surprisingly has a small airport lounge. Although it is independently owned and operated, it allows airline club members of US Airways, American, United, and Delta to visit the club free of charge. In addition, the club allows American Express Platinum card holders traveling same day on American, US Air or Delta visit the club free of charge!

The small club is located above the gates in the center of the terminal. It is conveniently located ...

American Airlines Is Giving You 150,000 Miles & More!

American Airlines is giving you a chance to win 150,000 AAdvantage miles and a $2000 pre-paid gift card! The unplug getaway contest is encouraging Americans nationwide to unplug their electronics, let their batteries run dry and soak up the sun or culture of spots all over the world! Rather it be Seoul, Dusseldorf, Lima, or San Pablo, the idea is to get you away from home and away from the norm!

Sign up is easy, and winning is even easier. You do not have to do anything but sign up! ...

AA Upgrade List on the Mobile App

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As a fairly new American Air flyer, I am still learning my way around the AA webpage and mobile application, being very different than both the data loaded United application that I love and the troublesome Delta app. I’ve started to navigate my way successfully between the AA’s recently redesigned webpage and mobile application. Yet, one thing I had the hardest time finding and understanding is how to find the upgrade list on the smart phone application. Therefore, I thought I ...

Earn American Airlines AAdvantage Miles on TAM: New Codeshare Annouced

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TAM, member airline of LATAM, took another step towards becoming a OneWorld member today when AA & TAM announced a codeshare on each other’s flights starting August 22, 2013. When TAM and AA begins their codeshare it will cover a number of routes between the USA and Brazil and within each country.

Through the agreement, the two airlines will codeshare on each other’s flights between the United States and Brazil. American’s customers will also have ...

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FlightTrack Pro iPhone app Giveaway

The Flight Track Pro application is probably one of the best Flight Tracking mobile applications available on the market. With a price of $10, it is also one of the more expensive flight tracking mobile applications. Despite this, Rohan loves this applications and references it on just about EVERY trip report.

This application is an amazing application for any traveler! This application has been known as the BEST flight tracking app on the market (just ask people who use it) and it ...

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SPG American Express 30,000 Point Offer

UPDATE: Offer now expired. Only 20,000 points will be granted

Starwood Preferred Guest Points are arguing some of the most valuable point currency due to the number of options for redemptions. Not only are points redeemable for hotel stays, but the points transfer to a number of airline program at a 1:1 ratio. I have provided an in-depth review of the SPG program and the perks last spring, but want to highlight some of them again since American Express is currently offering 30,000 ...

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Earn 7500 United Miles With Marriott Gift Cards

Last fall, Marriott & Delta, United, & Southwest Airlines teamed up to allow frequent flyers to earn miles when buying gift cards. Now, almost a year later, United is giving MilePlus members a similar earning opportunity. Although this year, members can earn 7500 United miles, which is greater than the 5000 mile offer last fall!

When you buy Marriott gift cards via the United portal you can earn up to 7,500 miles

$100 = 500 award Miles $250 = 1,000 award Miles $500 = ...

British Airways Man Vs A380 Race

British Airways teamed up with South African rugby player, Bryan Habana, to celebrate the new A380 service between London and the Commonwealth capital of Johannesburg. Habana is well known for his speed and gained international fame when he raced a cheetah in 2007 to help increase awareness of the animals near extinction; this campaign was also part of an ad for Sketchers. Yet this week, Habana took on a new challenge, he raced an A380 down a runway!

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Delta's New San Francisco-Los Angeles Shuttle

Special shuttle flights between two major business centers is not a new concept and airlines have provided shuttle flights between large east coast cities for a number of years. Currently Delta and US Air offer shuttle flights that provide more amenities than a typical flight between two domestic cities and compete against major bus lines and Amtrak. Shuttle service typically offers hourly departure, or almost every hour, weekdays from 6am-7pm (and sometimes later)

Currently shuttle ...