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PAGSS Lounge Manila: Home to Many Airlines

2012-09-09-22.06.09

Lounge Membership comes with a price, however the best part of traveling internationally is most international airports have a Diners club lounge! My Diner’s Club card, provided by my work, allows me free access to these lounges while traveling! Although this does very little for me in the United States, due to the limited numbers, it’s great when traveling outside the country.

On my trip home from Manila, I had a chance to check out the PAGSS lounge at MNL. This ...

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Help me Plan my trip to Buenos Aires

Hello Upgrd and Doublewide readers!! This weekend I posted about an amazing airfare sale from the USA by Aeromexico allowing you to fly from places like LAX to as far away as Santiago or Buenos Aires for $430. Well, I figured that this was such a bargain I would jump on the sale myself and now I am heading south to check out a new part of the world! I’ve never been further south than Peru so I’m ready for a high energy jam packed adventure!

This is where you all come in. ...

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Two Chances to Win from KLM

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Right now iFLY magazine, the official magazine of Dutch carrier KLM, is giving away two pretty rocking vacations and I think each and every one of you should highly consider signing up for! It only takes a minute and if you’re the lucky winner you could either be on your way to Panama or Amsterdam!

The first contest is a 7-day all-inclusive trip to Panama for two! The trip includes everything from airfare, hotel stays, domestic flights around panama, city tours, rainforest tours ...

A Free Upgrade to GOLD

This morning I woke up to a very interesting email form Marriott. The subject read “You’ve been Upgraded”. I have no current reservations with the Marriot so I knew there was no way I was getting a notification that a room I had booked was being upgraded to a suite. Ready to delete the email without giving it any thought, I decided to open the email instead, thinking to myself that it was just another announcement of a change to their program or a promotion they were ...

DEAL DEAD: From Mexico To Argentina, Latin America is on Sale NOW

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Aeromexico is having a HUGE sale this weekend! You have to purchase before 9/24/2012 so really Sunday is your last day to buy! There are discounts to cities all over Mexico, South America and Central America!  In fact, the fares are at record lows, hundred of dollars less than competition, and are from just about every city in the USA that Aeromexico serves! Buy now, and fly before December ...

One Could Never Have Enough Time in Borneo

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Many people have asked for a full report from Borneo, So here goes:

East Malaysia, on the Island of Borneo, is the outdoors adventurist playground. If you have an audacious bone in your body and are not scared of the world’s largest insects, then this is the place for you! Oh, and don’t worry too much, only some of the insects are poisonous! But seriously, Borneo is a paradise for the outdoorsman, offering everything from the #1 diving spot in the world, the world’s ...

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Manage All Your Credit Cards In 1 Place

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As a travel Editor and points buff, I must admit that I probably have 10 to many credit cards! I am always opening and closing accounts and trying to maximize my return on investment, meaning points! Every card I have in my wallet serves a purpose. Although I only actually use two or three cards normally, there is always a card with an awesome sign up bonus that I just can’t turn down! Not to mention, churning cards for more points and free travel just gives me something to do and ...

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ATTENTION: Your Credit will Expire soon!

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Again and Again Alaska Airline has proven to be one of my favorite airlines bringing not only topnotch customer service to every flight, but doing things for passengers that other airlines do not. Being in the industry to make buck, I feel like airlines favorite thing to do is either let your miles expire or your electronic credit voucher expire without notice, leaving it up to you to know the details and the fine print.

Alaska Air, like most airlines, only allows ECV to be good ...

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Get Your Annual Fee Waived or Reduced

Paying yearly membership fees is a BIG no no in my book, however, every now and then it is worth it, especially if the card program is superior to other or if the card is not churnable. I love my American Express Gold Reward card* because I absolutely love membership rewards point. In the last year I have earned well over 100,000 membership reward points with over 75% of those points coming from bonus offers. Not to mention, with membership reward points transferable to a number of hotels and ...

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Hawaii Doesn't Get Cheaper Than This!

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If you haven’t heard yet there has been a number of posts on the internet and FlyerTalk about CHEAP fares to/from Hawaii! Cheap Fares in economy from the east coast have been reported for as little as $413 round trip! The fares are so cheap and so low that they are averaging out to between 3.5-4.5 cpm depending on your routing and airline. The fares have been matched by many carriers including Hawaiian, United, Delta, and Alaska. This is Great news! No matter who you collect miles with, ...

Items Stolen On Tiger Airways From Checked Luggage

As an experienced traveler, if there is one thing I know, it’s to never leave anything of value in my check bag. Check bags are for clothing and toiletries only and maybe a bottle or two of alcohol from Duty free, otherwise, check bags are to never have money, valuables, electronics, etc in them. Most people know this; however the traveler who does not fly very often may be forgetful and is taking a great risk in having those personal valuables stolen. 

Last week when ...

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Getting Your Drink On at 30k Feet

2012-04-29-11.13.40

No matter where I am flying, I won’t lie, I like to have a drink. Maybe it’s because I’ve been spoiled with 1st class since before I was 21 or because I just enjoy how much easier it is to get a buzz in the air, but when flying I enjoy a drink or two. However, when drink prices in Economy being as much or more than a drink at a bar, drinking on an airplane can get very expensive very quickly, even if only buying 1 or 2 drinks. So how do you drink for free when ...

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Is Complaining To United Even Worth It?

After having a less than wonderful trip experience from LAX to HNL a few weeks ago I finally decided to take all of you guy’s advice and write a letter to United voicing my frustration and dissatisfaction with my inflight experience. Being a new United flyer, I just assumed that this was standard customer service, I mean after all, since the merge, I have heard almost nothing good about the United/Continental team.

Now before I go any further, let me preface my astonishment. I ...

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Seaventure Rig Hotel - Diving in Sipadan

2012-08-28-08.21.55

If you ask a scuba diver where the best place to dive in the world is, the majority of them will mention Sipadan, Malaysia, which is a tiny island off Borneo.  A national park with pristine un-fished waters, Sipadan offers only 86 diver permits per day; a limited opportunity to play in nature’s best underground playground! It is an hour off of the coast of the tiny port city of Semporna, which makes it secluded. There are limited options available to divers who want to stay near ...

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Low Cost Carrier Seair MNL-BKI

2012-08-25-14.17.33

Low Cost Carriers (LCC) are truly the cheapest and easiest way to get around Asia. For less than $50 a person I was able to secure seats from Manila to Kota Kinabalu r/t on SEAir, a low cost airline based in the Philippines that is now a subsidy of larger Tiger Airways. Being the cheapest way to get from the states to KK, I was up for some LCC flying between the two destinations, saving hundreds of dollars.

Our flight from Manila was at the smaller Clark airport, located about two ...

Flying Back From MNL and Excessive Security

2012-09-10-00.09.36

Well, after trying to use a regional upgrade from a friend on a flight from Manila to Guam, I must say that despite being number one on the list for hours, just 2 hours before the flight, I was bumped from #1 to #4 the upgrade list. By the time boarding started, all 14 seats were taking on the older Continental Micronesia United B737 and I was still waitlisted. I am not familiar with the United Upgrade polices enough to figure out how United Decides who is #1 on the list and who is not, ...

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Trying to use a Regional Upgrade Cert on United

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Tonight, I am flying home from the Philippines (sad face) to return to the “western” and “developed” world. Since I did not qualify for Platinum Elite status while under my 90 days status match with United, first class was 100% out of the question.  I am somewhat glad I did not qualify because year to date my flights on United have been far from pleasant
Anyway, despite not qualifying, thankfully I have a good friend who has Platinum status with United and ...

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United Airline: GUM-MNLTrip Report

2012-08-24-00.56.49

Flying from Guam to Manila seemed like heaven after a long flight from California to Hawaii and an even longer non-eventful flight from Hawaii to Guam. I was #5 on the upgrade list as Premier Platinum with only 3 seats open in first, so I knew there was almost no way my upgrade was going to clear.

Upon landing in Guam, I headed straight to my departure gate, for my plane was already boarding and was technically supposed to depart 5 minutes earlier. However due to the delay of the ...

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United Airlines: HNL-GUM Trip Report

2012-08-23-18.54.17

After a less than amazing flight from LAX-HNL in first class I was connecting on towards Manila via Guam with a scheduled 1 hour and 37 minute layover. However like every flight I’ve had with United, my flight to Hawaii was delayed and now my flight to Guam was also delayed. This ment even with my inital flight delay I was still facing about a 90 minute lay over in Hawaii. This time, the delay was listed as 45 minutes and the reason was “awaiting aircraft".  However, after ...

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An Upgrade to the Meal Tray

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Back in August, I had one of the best domestic flight experiences in all my years of flying on Delta, however, not only was the flight experience top notch due to the above and beyond service given by the airlines, I also took notice to new or different meal try concept presented by Delta Airlines, and I must say I really liked it!

Flying often, it is rare that the meal try stands out to me. I feel like most domestic business/first food comes out on standard cafeteria-style trays that ...

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