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China Southern Lost My Luggage: Tips To Protect Your Belongings

Nothing is more of a headache than lost, delayed, or stolen baggage, but what adds to this is poor customer service during such an incident. Recently when flying China Southern from LAX-MNL via CAN, China Southern temporary lost my luggage. Thankfully, my backpack with all my essential items arrived, however my large box full of gifts for my in-laws in the Philippines was lost somewhere between Los Angeles and the Philippines. Having delayed luggage before, I initially was not concerned, but ...

Getting Away On Miles: China Southern Business Class Guangzhou to Manila


After a wonderful flight from Los Angeles and a nice stop in the Sky Pearl Lounge, it was time to board my last flight of the day to get me to Manila. The flight was a short 2.75 hours and would get me to Manila just around 11am. The plane was an A320 and after flying the double decker jumbo A380, this jet seemed tiny! Boarding had already begun by the time I reached the gate (I got slightly lost due to my own stupidity) but everyone was neatly queued in one line and the Sky Priority line ...

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Up to 40K Bonus Miles with the US Airways Credit Card

***THIS DEAL HAS Been Updated, SIGN UP BONUS IS NOW 40k***

US Airways and BarclayCard has announced a limited time promotion where new card members can earn up to 40K bonus miles for just signing up for the US Airways Premier World Mastercard. The bonus is simple: Get 30,000 bonus miles after your first purchase and up to 10K more when you transfer money. The card is loaded with benefits and can be an easy way for you to rack up additional miles with US Airways. I won’t ...

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Getting Away On Miles: Sky Pearl VIP Lounge Guangzhou


Getting Away on Miles: China Southern A380 Business Class Los Angeles to Guangzhou

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United Learns To Tweet


United Airlines has lagged far behind other airlines when it comes to Social Media, especially twitter. While American Air, Alaska, Jet blue, Delta and others have taken a liking to tweeting and can reroute you, check upgrades for you, and everything else via Twitter, United’s twitter account has basically been used for random announcements and advertising. United Social Media has been limited to third party applications, they use to take part in TopGuest promotion a few months ago and ...

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Wine Tasting With American Airlines


Christmas came early for me this year when I was fortunate enough to be invited to a wine tasting event with the American Air Social media and marketing team and AA’s Wine sommerlier Ken Chase. The event was held at II Cielo in Beverly Hills and included Frequent Flyers, Bloggers, and other people who are well known frequent flyers and tweeters/facebookers (is there a term for someone who facebooks a lot) or as I like to call them Social Media American Airline Cheerleaders!

The ...

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United Still Has Issues Booking Singapore Air Award Flights


Booking complicated flights via doesn’t always work. What do I mean by this? when trying to book my christmas vacation, I tried to book Manila-Seoul-Bangkok-Phuket-Bangkok-Singapore-Manila. This is all legal routing per the United’s award travel rules and should book for 35K in business class. However, when I tried booking this online I recieved an error message every time! I can book “round trip” MNL-HKT with long lay overs in Seoul and Singapore or even ...

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

Let’s be honest with each other, as you read 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


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


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!

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


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'


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


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)


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 ...