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Virgin America Launches LAX- LAS

If you’re an LA based flyer and you’re like me, weekends in Vegas just got cheaper thanks to ANOTHER airline entering the LAX-LAS market. For years, Southwest, Northwest (Now Delta), US Airways, American, and United have flown the 34 minutes between the two cities, shaving over 2.5-4 hours off travel time; depending on the time of day and traffic. The competition has always been fierce and EVERY Los Angeles area airport connections vacationers and business travelers travel to Las ...

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Getting Away on Miles: Thai Airways International Business Class Lounge

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Airport layover for business class travelers or those who belong to an airline lounge are normally more pleasant than those who get stuck wondering around terminals trying to find a peaceful place to relax amongst thousands of other travelers. However, flying Thai Airways in Business Class means you get added luxuries that most airlines and airports do not offer, this luxury I am talking about is a massage!

Brad described this tranquil and lavish spa experience in full detail ...

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Delta's new Skymile Program includes Medallion Qualifying Dollars

If you have not heard the rumors on FlyerTalk and Milepoint, then don’t worry, you didn’t miss much. Yet, some of those rumors came true today, when Delta officially announced their new requirements for Elite Status for the Skymiles 2015 program year. Delta is NOT moving to a revenue-based program and changing Delta Skymiles to a point-based program similar to Virgin American and Southwest Airlines; however, they are adding a new revenue-spending requirement.

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Getting Away on Miles: Thai Airways Business Class Phuket to Bangkok

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Dear readers,

Although this is a trip report post, I’m not writing it because it was an amazing trip, I’m writing it only because of the airplane I got to experience!  After all, HKT-BKK was not much different from BKK-HKT on Thai Airways. The service was the same, hot towel, pre departure drinks consisting of OJ, purple lime juice, or water. We took off, reached 30K feet and were provided with a single meal option, hot coffee or tea, juice, or water and before we ...

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Getting Away on Miles: Thai Airways International Phuket Business Class Lounge

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It doesn’t matter if you’re flying Air Berlin, Silk Air, Virgin  Australia, Thai Airways, or any other international airline through Phuket, there’s only one lounge in the international departure hall and it’s the Thai Airways Royal Silk Lounge. The lounge is quite petite and only has a capacity of 60 people. However, thankfully, when I visited the lounge in the morning, it was quite empty, for only Thai Airways had a flight departing at that ...

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Getting Away on Miles: Thai Airways Business Class Bangkok to Phuket

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Two days in Bangkok was not enough time to experience the city for everything its worth, but it was enough time to show my partner around and then get away before things went sour or get out of hand. Despite not having time to show my partner everything Bangkok has to offer (I’ve been there at least 7 times), it was probably for the best because we saw the major tourists sites and the things we didn’t see were available to us in Pa Tong Phuket. So we headed to the airport to board ...

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$40 Voucher for Transiting in Singapore

Singapore Airlines and their regional subsidy, Silk Air, is trying hard to compete with their South East Asia competitors and discount carriers and are now offering passengers connecting in Singapore a free $40 voucher to be spent at almost any shop within Changi International Airport. The Changi Transit program was first launched on October 1, 2012 and has offered travelers a $20 voucher since the program’s inception, however now through June 30, 2013, Singapore airlines is doubling ...

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Getting Away on Miles: Thai Airways Domestic Bangkok Business Class Lounge

2012-12-19-17.18.33Thai Airways has a number of Royal Silk lounges in the Suvarnabhumi Bangkok International Airport ranging from their domestic lounge to their more posh first class lounge and they even offer a Royal Silk Spa free for business class and first class passengers. Each Royal Silk Lounge serves a different purpose and depending on what lounge one visits, I would say there is a vast difference in offerings as well. On my way from Bangkok to Phuket, we arrived at the BKK Airport slightly earlier than ...

Getting Away on Miles: Thai Airways Business Class Seoul to Bangkok

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After a day stopover in Seoul, it was time to continue on to Bangkok. My travel companion and I had not received our boarding pass from Asiana in Manila, so we headed to the check-in counter in Seoul. It was about 3.5 hours before our flight, but with several flights departing from Seoul, the Thai Airways counter was open, but nearly deserted since their next flight was still 2 hours away from departure. We walked up to the business class counter, was greeted by a very friendly employee who ...

Hotel Review: Amantra Resort & Spa Koh Lanta, Thailand

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The Amantra Resort and Spa, located on the longest and one of the most beautiful beaches on the more remote and laid back island of Koh Lanta Yai, is the perfect place for couples or families to escape to when seeking out a moderately priced resort in Thailand. Located directly on the beach, this modern, yet simple family run resort will meet the needs of just about anyone traveling.

The hotel has a number of simple beachfront bungalow style rooms along with a limited number ...

Earn AAdvantage Miles on Qatar Airways

Qatar Airways is busy getting ready to join the OneWorld Alliance with an entry date penciled in for late summer 2013. As the airline prepares to start cooperating with the 11 member alliance, there are a number of steps and hurdles the airline must overcome before completely integrating into the alliance network. Although there are still lots of work to be done, the most exciting news came on January 8th when American Airlines announced that starting February 26, 2013, American Airline ...

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Delta Adds New Domestic Routes This Spring

Last week, Delta announced they would fill some holes in their network by adding thrice-daily service between Los Angeles International Airport and Seattle-Tacoma International starting this spring along with new LAX-Nashville service and they will reinstate Raleigh-Durham to Tampa service. The service to Seattle will be in addition to the current extensive codeshare with Alaska Airline and will be operated on 76 passenger regional CRJ-900s. Although Delta is marketing these as new flights, ...

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Getting Away on Miles: Asiana Boarding Gate Lounge

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The Asiana Boarding Gate Club is located in the satellite terminal that is served by most airlines serving Seoul Incheon Airport except for Korean Air and Asiana. Although Asiana flights fly to and from the main terminal, Asiana still maintains a smaller club for their Star Alliance Partners, known as the Asiana Boarding Gate Lounge. The lounge has a homely atmosphere, with lower ceilings and dim lights, one feels like they are in an old library of a turn of the century hacienda instead of a ...

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Getting Away on Miles: Asiana Business Class Lounge Seoul

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After a very short and comfortable late night flight from Manila to Seoul on Asiana Airlines, my travel companion and myself arrived at the Incheon International Airport slightly rested (we both napped for about an hour of the 3.5 hr flight). Being that it was only 5am, it was still too early to head into Seoul for our day of exploring so we instead headed for the Asiana Business Class Lounge. The lounge is not schedule to open till 7am, however as we sat outside the lounge at 5am we saw the ...

Getting Away on Miles: Asiana Business Class Manila to Seoul

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My travel companion already wrote an excellent article that described our flight from Manila to Seoul on Asiana in Business Class. Although he did a wonderful job, it was his first flight in Business class and definitely looked at things differently than a more seasoned flyer would, therefore I quickly wanted to give a quick recap and review of Asiana Airline.

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Seat: The Business Class Seat on the 767 is an angle flat fixed shell seat. The seat has a 58-62" pitch, ...

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Use Turbo Tax & Earn 1000 SWA Rapid Rewards Points

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It’s that time of year again and although no one wants to think about it, it’s time to start collecting W2s, 1099s, and everything else so we can all start doing our taxes by the April 15th deadline. Although taxes aren’t something fun, Southwest Airlines has teamed up with Turbo tax this year and is offering members of their Rapid Reward program 1000 free points as long as you sign up and file your taxes using their software and links provided by Southwest Airline Rapid ...

Delta Comes to the Rescue: Using SkyMiles

Day in and day out, I feel as though I’m the only pro-Delta blogger left on Upgrd.com and one of the few in the blogging community. Although, I told myself I would divorce Delta in 2012, I am now having 2nd thoughts and in fact I must say Delta has remained my favorite airline in 2012, and only 2 days into 2013, they have proven to me why I should stay loyal to them and continue flying Delta, despite their skypesos program!

I will make this as brief as possible. 2012 was ...

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Guest Post: First Time In Business Class

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My first time getting on a plane was when I was 7 years old; I was leaving the country that I was raised, the Philippines, and traveling to my new home in New Jersey. After that, I’ve traveled an average of twice a year via air and always in economy class, or as I call it, the “regular people class.” As I board plane, I would always walk past business class and constantly wondered what it was like to sit here; but sadly I usually find myself sitting a few rows past business ...

Top 10 Uses For US Airways Dividend Miles

Since earlier this week I posted about the 40K/50K Bonus offer from US Airways when you sign up for the US Airways Credit Card, I thought it would only be reasonable to provide my readers with a top 10 list featuring what I consider some of the best uses of US Airways Miles. This way if you are considering getting this card you could see 10 ways that the US Airways dividend miles program stands out compared to some of its major competitors. On many occasions on the list below, I compare US ...

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Getting Away On Miles: MIASCOR Lounge Manila

2012-12-16-23.41.20Airline lounges are a great place to relax and escape the hectic airport and it’s even better to relax in a lounge before a flight that provides you with personal work space, a relaxing environment and even a few treats or drinks before long flights. Although many lounges in Asia are top notch, this has not been the case of any of the lounges I have visited in the Manila Airport (The Delta Lounge, PAGSS Lounge, Korean Air Lounge). On this trip, I checked out the Miascor Lounge, which is ...
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