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Hotel Review: DoubleTree Beach Resort Tampa Bay North Redington Beach

1980-01-07-09.32.17

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

2012-11-08-05.03.42

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?

2012-11-26-07.46.10

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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Last Minute Sales and Bonus Points for Holiday Travel

Are you looking for some last minute options for cheaper holiday travel? Here are some sales you won’t want to miss, but you’ll have to be flexible and buy quick! Also be on the watch for Black Friday and Cyber Monday Sales. Alaska Airlines and other Low Cost Carriers have been known to launch some good sale fares for travel for the weeks directly before and after the holiday season.

50% off First and Main Cabin Select flights from Virgin America & Bonus ...

And the New Routes From San Diego Are....

Early this month I got insider knowledge that Alaska Airline was expanding their footprint in the San Diego Market with new routes being Launched in 2013, which routes and new destinations was not disclosed to me, however, Alaska Air has finally announced them publically. I had initially guessed the new route would be to Hawaii and sure enough, my guess was right! Well, short of right. In addition, not only is Alaska launching a new route to Hawaii, they also announced two new routes for San ...

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Redeem Virgin America Elevate Points to Hawaii and Beyond

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Virgin America has launched an exciting new partnership with Hawaiian Airlines and now travelers can burn elevate points on every Hawaiian flight! The new partnership allows Elevate members to exchange as little as 20,000 points (~$4k in spending) for non-stop roundtrip flights to Hawaii on Hawaiian Airlines from any West Coast city that Hawaiian serves!

From the break down I found on the Virgin America website, it appears as though if the flight is nonstop from any of ...

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Virgin America Offers Status Match for American & United Elites

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Virgin America (Vx) which claims to be A breath of fresh Airline is taking on United and American Airline by trying to steal their elite customers by offering them a FREE status match! Virgin America launched their own elite program earlier in an attempt to take on the legacy carriers and to lure business travelers onto their metal tubes and is now offering status matches to encourage people to make the leap.

The Virgin America Elite Program is fairly comparable to the legacy ...

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Getting Bumped on Delta Just Got Worse For Elites - No More Y Class Upgrades

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As much as I love Delta, I also love to hate them! I love 90% of their in flight crew, I think they have some of the best IFE and planes for a domestic carrier (even if they are old at least they are refurbished) and have a great global route map! My upgrades from San Diego clear about 70% of the time as a Gold Elite and the other benefits including the “have one on us coupons” when I print my boarding pass at home outweigh the benefits and the lack of service of other US legacy ...

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Delta Welcomes Xiamen Airways to the SkyTeam Early

2012-11-05-23.27.49

Have you been on a Delta Airplane since Nov 1? If so and you're anything like me you've probably opened up Sky Magazine and flipped through it. On my last flight I was flipping through the magazine and I realized that Delta has a "welcome" message to Xiamen Airlines to the SkyTeam! Which is CRAZY because Xiamen Airlines has NOT officially joined the SkyTeam yet!

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An All New Delta.com

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Have you been over to the new delta.com? It’s updated, refreshed and all new! This is the second time that Delta has updated their main page since the merger with NWA, but this time instead of only a new landing splash page, everything has been made over/refreshed and looks new and improved. Welcome to the digital 21st century delta.com

Delta refreshed their home page but even better is the new My Delta Dashboard. The first time you log in you’ll be ...

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How often do you look out the window when flying?

2012-10-29-12.24.16

Flying coast to coast, I find that 95% of the time my window shade is down. I rarely look outside because after all, in my mind, 85% of this country equals a fly over state, meaning everything from East of the Rockies to the Appalachians (minus Chicago) really isn’t worth stopping at or looking at. I lived in Kansas City, Missourifor a while, which I renamed Kansas Shitty, Misery (sorry guys it wasn’t for me), and I was certain that I was in a fly over state. The entire time I ...

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Need to Get away? iFly want's to take you to Budapest

Lets be honest, with Hurricane Sandy clean up going on and the elections nearly upon us I think just about everyone is ready to get out of town and leave our worries and fears behind. To help alleviate your desire to get out of town iFly is offering a free trip for 2 to Budapest!

iFly KLM’s in-flight and online magazine is quickly becoming one of my favorite magazine of any airline! The reason is really short and sweet, just like the magazine. Each month I get a simple ...

How to get an Easy 1st class Upgrade On Delta

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If you have Elite Status this tip is for you and it doesn’t matter if you’re Silver, Gold, Platinum, or Diamond Elite!

As a frequent flyer, the best part of flying is flying in the front of the plane. Sure, economy isn’t bad when you get an economy comfort or exit row seat; it is what I pay for. I definitely enjoy my first class upgrades, but there’s no way I’m going to pay for them unless they are free, discounted, with miles,  etc. Every now and ...

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How to Order A Special Meal On Delta

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If there’s anything that has taken away from the joy of flying in the last two years, it’s my choice of being a pescotarian. Dietary restrictions at 30,000 feet are not the easiest to deal with and when you’re stuck in a metal tube far above the ground, options are not something you always have. Fortunately, if you’re flying Delta internationally or in first class domestically and you know there will be meal service, then be sure to let Delta know before flying of your ...

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Upgraded on Alaska

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 Alaska and Delta have greatly expanded their partnership and frequent flyer cooperation and mutual benefits since Delta and NWA merged in 2008. However for the first time last week I received and upgrade to first class on Alaska using my Delta’s Gold Elite Status!  Back when NWA was around, I received upgrades on almost every Alaska Flight, however in recent years I have not been nearly as fortunate.

One of the best parts of the Delta/Alaska partnership is Mutual ...

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Air Canada Saves Sailor Floating Aimlessly

Earlier this week an Air Canada flight traveling Vancouver to Sydney received a call for help from the Australian Maritime Safety Authority after an Australian sail boat suffered damage and was drifting away from Austrailia in a remote location in the Pacific Ocean. The airliner notified passengers of the situation and staff barrowed binoculars from passengers on the flight to aid them in their search. The pilot, after deciding they had enough fuel, diverted from their course and detoured to ...