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Can't Afford Brand Name Hotels? You're Not Alone!

Let’s be honest with each other, as you read upgrd.com and other websites you must think, “WOW these guys are always traveling and sure do spend a lot of money on Airfare and Hotels!”

Here at Upgrd, We review where we go and many of you live vicariously through us. Yet despite this, many of our trips and our hotel redemptions or paid nights are at a price point that is way too high for the average reader. When I started my traveling at the age of 18, there was no way ...

Day Rooms Now Available At LAX Four Points

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Long layovers and travel delays after a series of flights can either be a lot of fun or horrible, depending on where you are and what you have planned. If planned correctly, an 8 hour layover can become a perfect opportunity to explore a city. Some cities are clearly made for exploring while others are not. In LA, the airport is fairly close to Hollywood, Santa Monica, Downtown, the beach etc. There’s no reason why anyone would need to sit around LAX for an extended period of time when ...

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Last Chance for 20K Bonus Points with the Virgin America Credit Card

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The Bonus has been reduce to 10,000 Miles effective as of 12/20!

Earlier this month, I told you all about an amazing opportunity to get 20,000 bonus points for the Virgin America Credit Card. That offer is surely a limited time offer and is going to expire on 12/19/12! This means if you were considering cashing in on this offer you are nearly out of time and the sign up bonus will be halved to only 10,000 on 12/20!

The Virgin America Credit Card comes with a number of perks ...

Getting Away On Miles: Last Minute Travel Options For Christmas Is Possible!

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It’s Christmas Time and I’ve decided to get away! But I'm Going A long ways From Home!

Although everyone seems to say that Christmas Travel is the hardest time to use miles, I think I’ve proven everyone wrong this year. I haven’t posted anything about this trip because this is a surprise trip to visit a friend and I’ve had to keep it as Hush Hush as possible until now. But now that I’ve already boarded the plane and am on my way I will let you all ...

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Airline Art: Malaysia Airline Introduces 'Retro Livery'

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This week in celebration of Malaysia Airlines 40th anniversary since the split of MSA into MAS and SIA (yes Singapore Air and Malaysia Airline were once the same airline) MAS rolled out a 737-800 in nostalgic retro 1972 colors, taking the airline back to its roots! The Malaysia Airlines' Boeing 737-800 was re-painted in full colors of the first ever aircraft that took to the skies four decades ago!

"The original livery has the logo featuring the Kelantan wau bulan or moon ...

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Virgin America Opens "The Loft" Lounge at LAX And is Giving Away Free Passes

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This week Virgin America entered the domestic lounge market by opening up their very first domestic lounge that is fully owned and operated by the airline at LAX in T3. The lounge is chic and modern, similar to the airline itself. The Loft is a sleek oasis in the older Terminal 3 where travels can escape or pre-game before and between flights. The lounge is open every day from 0630-2300, so no flight will depart without an opportunity of a proper pre-party in Virgin America ...

2012: The Year I Told Myself I Would Divorce Delta

This year I promised myself that I would stop flying Delta and throw my loyality behind a different Airline, but as everyone knows, when you’re loyal and you like one program, it’s hard to give it up for another. Skymiles has been legitimately good to me over the years and since my loyalty with them began in 2006, (when I started my travels) I haven’t been able to leave them. Ok honestly, my loyalty was with NWA, but I got rolled into Delta and Delta hasn’t been that ...

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MAS Celebrates 40 Years With Contests, Reduced Award Ticket Redemption Costs & Airfare Sale

Malaysia Airlines (MAS) is celebrating their 40th anniversary and the winners of this celebration are the consumers! In order to celebrate, MAS is offering some killer deals to destinations all over the world. In addition, they are also having a blast from the past and reintroducing their original Malaysia Airline System livery on a 737-800 that will take flight on 12/11 from Kuala Lumpur to Jakarta and will remain on the route through 12/31. After the initial few weeks, the plane will ...

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Virgin America Announces Flights from Newark

Virgin America has announced its newest destination and it’s NEWARK! VX will start service April 2, 2013 and will serve the airport three times daily from both Los Angeles and San Francisco. This service will compliment existing service from NYC-JFK.

Right now VX is offering introductory rates on both routes for only $149 each way in economy and are available almost every day in April! This is a great time to buy if you plan on traveling coast-to-coast for Spring Break or need ...

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Win New Years in LA From Hotel Tonight - Contest Ends 12/7

Hotel Tonight is probably one of my favorite smart phone apps when I’m stuck in a city or on a long layover or an unplanned event leaves me in a big city with no hotel. Offering top of the line hotels, boutique hotels, and unique one of a kind hotels (well I guess that’s a boutique hotel) at LOW prices. Hotel Tonight offers hotels at pennies on the dollar in comparison to walk-up rates. I love hotel tonight and have used it a number of time when needing a last minute room for ...

LAX SkyClub Is Currently A Mess, But is Receiving A Rhytidectomy (Facelift)

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The LAX Delta Skyclub is probably one of my least favorite clubs that I use to be a regular to. Thankfully, I’ve moved away from LA to San Diego, so I rarely find myself at the LAX airport, but from time to time I do pass through and stop by the club. Normally if the Alaska Boardroom is open, I make the short trek to T6 and spend my layover in what I find to be the nicest and newest lounge in the airport, however if it’s closed or I don’t have a long layover, I’ll ...

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1000 FREE United MileagePlus Miles from BCKSTGR

There’s a new way to earn points from Social Media outlets and it’s not TopGuest. This time, the new enterprise BCKSTGR is offering United Mileage Plus members 1000 bonus points just for signing up and linking your social media accounts to BCKSTGR!

If you sign up now you’ll get the following bonus:

400 miles for joining 200 miles for connecting your Bckstgr account with Facebook 200 miles for connecting your Bcksgtr account with Twitter 200 miles for ...

JAL Starts NRT-SAN: Plenty of Award Space

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On Sunday, December 2, history was made when San Diego International saw their very first non-stop flight from Asia, land and depart on their short single runway near downtown. The Boeing 787 made this flight possible and in addition, one of the largest cities in America finally received their first transpacific non-stop flight. You can read all the details about why San Diego hasn’t had non-stop flights and why the 787 makes it possible in my previous post, SAN finally goes nonstop ...

Hotel Review: DoubleTree Beach Resort Tampa Bay North Redington Beach

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Fine white sand between your toes,  70-80+ degree weather, glistening blue water year round, a beach side pool overlooking the water for those who don’t enjoy ocean swimming, a tiki bar and a beach side restaurant all in one place can only mean you’re at a phenomenal beach resort and of course the one I’m talking about is the North Redington Beach Doubletree Beach resort in Florida. The resort sits not even 100 feet from the sparkling Gulf of Mexico on one of ...

Hotel Review: Marriott Renaissance Vinoy St. Petersburg, Fl

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When Traveling to the Saint Petersburg area on Business or if a big golfer, then the Renaissance Vinoy Golf resort is definitely a must stay place! The timeless Historical hotel with its Mediterranean Revival design was the most impressive and expensive in the state of Florida when it opened in the 1920s and has had a long history. Today, almost 87 years later, the Vinoy has been remodeled but retains most of its charm in its location on Tampa Bay, just steps away from Downtown Saint ...

Thanksgiving Travel. I Survived WIth AA, Did You?

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Thanksgiving travel: it’s supposed to be one of the busiest travel weekends of the year, with millions of Americans traveling from coast to coast making the trek back home to spend time with their family. Unlike many, I decided to sit out the holiday and have a friendsgiving with my friends in San Diego. It was absolutely awesome and I ate myself sick (#FirstWorldProblems). Yet, despite spending Thanksgiving in my hometown, I decided that I would fly to Hawaii on the Monday following ...

Double the Sign Up Bonus on the Virgin America Visa

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***AT THIS TIME THE VIRGIN AMERICA CREDIT CARD IS NOT ACCEPTING NEW APPLICANTS. EXPECT A NEW VIRGIN AMERICA CARD TO BE LAUNCH IN THE COMING WEEKS****

Early this month I had written about the Virgin America Status Match that VX is currently offering for United and American Airline Elite Members. This limited time offer will grant you a status match with VX until April 30, 2013. After this time if you want to retain either Gold or Silver status for the rest of 2013 you must earn either ...

OpenSkies Joins OneWorld 12/1

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The BA owned and operated airline, OpenSkies, will FINALLY be joining OneWorld as an affiliate airline under BA on December 1, 2012. Thus meaning, all OneWorld frequent flyers will be able to earn and burn miles on flights from Paris Orly to New York’s Newark airport.

The airline has had an interesting history since 2007 when it was known as L’Avolin and launched it’s first all business flight from Paris to Newark. In 2008 when BA bought the airline and renamed it ...

Traveling Today or This Holiday Season? I wish you the best!

Are you traveling today or this weekend? If so, I honestly pity you, especially if you’re on one of the crowded domestic flights! Nevertheless , if you are traveling take a minute and remember, most people who are traveling this weekend are not frequent flyers. They are not use to the TSA, not use to being man handled, stripping down, emptying their pickets etc. The idea of taking off their shoes may be foreign to them and everything else will be as well. The baggage fee requirements ...

Get To Know Your Flight Attendants and Reap the Benefits!

Do you fly the same routes often? Do you live in a non-hub city and see the same flight attendants time after time? Do you have friends that work for the airlines? If so, consider yourself lucky! Twice in my life, I have lived in a city with a small flight crew base. The first time was when I lived in Seattle where I flew between Asia and Seattle every month or so and now, in San Diego where I fly almost every week from a non-hub city to a hub city and beyond. Flying the same route often has its ...
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