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Alitalia Business Class B777 Trip Report Rome - Los Angeles


After a wonderful vacation all around Europe with my brother, it was time to return home. I was able to secure one business class seat from Rome nonstop to LAX on Alitalia. Before this trip, I never had flown Alitalia and despite the mix reviews, I was excited to fly the Italian carrier. My flight the night before from Frankfurt on Alitalia was less than memorable, but I thought that it was only bad because it was an intraEurope flight and I was hopeful that a transatlantic flight would be ...

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Black Friday & Cyber Monday Travel Deals

Black Friday & Cyber Monday are almost upon us and I wanted to share some amazing travel deals that you can find online this week. If you are looking to make a great escape and want to save some money on your next getaway, be sure to check out these online deals! I have listed below some hotels, flights, trains, travel ideas, along with website that sale travel accessories that are specifically having Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales. Do note that some of these sales are good all ...

American Airlines And US Airways to Merge December 9th

The good ol’ days of American Airlines may soon be coming to an end as Doug Parker and the board of directors from US Airline stroll into Dallas on December 9, 2013.

For those of you who might have missed it, today:

the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York approved the settlement of the lawsuit reached with the U.S. Department of Justice and certain states relating to the merger of AMR Corporation and US Airways Group, Inc. The court also ...

American Express Small Business Saturday


Every year, the saturday after thanksgiving, American Express partners with small businesses across the country to promote Small Business Saturday where American Express gives card holders money back for using their American Express cards at small businesses across the country. This year, Small Business Saturday is Nov. 30 and American Express is giving registered card holders $10 back for spending $10 or more in a single transaction at any qualifying small business. 

Although ...

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GOGO Inflight Internet Deal: 55% off!


Since my traveling this year has not been as frequent as years pass I have not yet signed up for a monthly unlimited GoGo inflight wireless subscription. Because of this, when I do have work to do on a plane or know that I will be traveling a lot, I try to snag the best deals possible on gogo inflight wireless. The prices have constantly gone up over the years since it was first rolled out (and once even free) but good deals like these ones remind me why I still use gogo at times!

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10% off British Airways Flights until 12/31 with your Visa


One of the perks of the British Airways Chase Visa card is the 10% discount on British Airways flights. Most bloggers will tell you that you have to use the BA Chase Visa to get the 10% discount, however I have tested and proven that you do not have to use the BA Visa to get the 10% discount, but instead you can use ANY visa card! Just use promotion code CARDOFFERU at check out and enjoy 10% off your flight. The only requirement is that you pay with a Visa card!

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Advice Needed: Delta Gold VS American Platinum

Most of my flying this year has been made up of either short flights or long haul flights on award tickets. My days of flying 100,000 miles+ a year on revenue tickets are gone (maybe), and honestly I have NO clue what next year's flying will be like for me. With that said, I need to decide if I want my final revenue trip of this year to be on a Skyteam member or on a OneWorld airline. Either way, I will re-qualify for mid level Delta or mid level American and be a low level elite on the ...

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50% off Virgin America + Buy 1 get 1 Free Loft Passes

There is a lot to be thankful for this Thanksgiving and one thing I am thankful for is Virgin America's award winning service! After all, Virgin America makes flying fun again and constantly shakes up the travel industry by offering amazing deals and great in-flight experiences!

Today Virgin America launched a two day sale where you can save 50% off travel on Virgin America over the Thanksgiving holiday if you purchase a first class or Main Cabin extra ticket by 11:59pm on November ...

Griffen Gate Marriott Presidential Suite, Lexington Kentucky


After spending a month at the Griffin Gate Marriott in Lexington, Kentucky I was more than ready to head back to the west coast.However, during my last few days in Kentucky, my boss came back into town and was upgraded to the Presidential Suite during his stay. Since we didn't have a work space in Lexington, we ended up using his room as our office and I must say I was quite impressed with the top floor suite and it's contemporary decor. A full review of the Griffin Gate and their normal ...

American Airlines Giveaway: You Chance at a Share of 3,210,000 miles


To celebrate the new A321 that will be gracing the skies between New York, JFK, Los Angeles and San Francisco starting in 2014, American Airlines is giving away 25,000 miles to a number of registered AAdvantage miles members who like the American Airlines facebook page. To register, all you have to do is like the American Airline facebook page, and if you already have liked the page, then just fill in your name, email, and AAdvantage number to register to win! 

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Birthday Gifts

Each year around my birthday I get a number of phone calls and cards from friends and family members, but this year I received birthday wishes from a couple of companies that I am not used to hearing from. I wanted to share these wishes and gifts with you, so you all can receive the same benefits that I received this year from loyalty programs.

Marriott Rewards provided me with 1 elite night credit Austrian Airline gave me €10 voucher Alaska Airlines gave me 15% off my next ...

25% Bonus on American Express Membership Reward Transfer to Emirates

American Express and Gulf carrier Emirates have entered into a new partnership which allows American Express Membership Reward points to be transferred into Emirates Skyward accounts. The new partnership allows for transfers to happen instantaneously in 1,000 point increments free of charge. Points usually transfer at a 1:1 ratio, but to celebrate this new partnership, American Express is offering a 25% bonus on points transferred on or before 11/22, meaning points transfer at a rate of 1000 ...

DOJ Approves US/AA Merger

Today is sad day for many American and US Airway flyers as the DOJ has dropped their objection to the US/AA merger and has approved the merger that will create the #NewAmerican and leave the Star Alliance with one less carrier as long as the U.S. Bankruptcy court agrees with the term of the merger.

Under the agreement with the  U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), the States of Arizona, Florida, Michigan and Tennessee, the Commonwealths of Pennsylvania and Virginia, and the ...

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Pay to Boost your American Airline Elite Status for 2014


As the year comes to an end, AA is letting people pay to boost their status to the next level for a fee depending on the number of elite miles currently earned in their AA account. If you are within 5,000- 9,999 miles of Elite status you can Boost your status for a fee. The costs increases from a few hundred dollars to well over a thousand dollars depending on how many Elite miles you are trying to buy or the Elite status you are trying renew. 

Do note that there are a ...

40% off 2nd night at some SPG hotels


This winter, now until Feb. 28, 2014, if you stay 2 or more nights at participating Four Points, Aloft, or Element Hotels across the United States and Canada you can save 40% off the second night by booking and paying for your hotel with any MasterCard! All you have to do is book your travel online and use promotion code ZB4. This is a great way to stay longer and enjoy the endless perks that MasterCard offers! The full list of particpating hotels can be found here.

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Double MQM & RDM on Delta's New Route From Seattle


As Delta and Alaska fight over the west coast, Delta is trying to lure more people onto Delta's airplane by offering unlimited double miles on all new North-South routes from Seattle. Double miles will be earned at 200% miles flown instead of the normal 100% and will count towards both elite status and redemption.

To be eligible for this promotion you must register and you must purchase your tickets before 12/31/13 and fly before the end of next October. However, before you ...

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Delta Expands even FURTHER in Seattle, Alaska Watch out!


Delta is not playing nice with their codeshare partner Alaska Airline and they are proving they are serious about turning Seattle into more than just a gateway to Asia, but instead as a major focal city. Today, Delta announced three new routes from Seattle including flights to Portland, Anchorage, and San Diego.  This annoucement is just one of many that came on the heels of new routes to Asia, Europe, and up and down the west coast. 

Delta will now compete with Alaska ...

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And The Winners are...


Thank you to everyone who commented and took part in my giveway of 300 points towards National's One, Two, Free promotion. I have used to select two lucky winners and the winners are DWH & Denise.

You will both be contacted shortly about the winnings and how to have the 300 points deposited in your emerald club account!

Thank you to everyone who took part!

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LAST DAY: National Car Rental Giveaway


Last week I wrote about a promotion where I have teamed up with National Rental Car to give away 300 points or the equivalant of 1/2 the credits needed towards a free car rental day to promote and celebrate the One, Two, FREE promotion. TODAY is the LAST day to win one of the two prizes of 300 points that I will be giving away.


Give Away Details: To help celebrate the “1, 2, Free” promotion, National has given me 600 points to giveaway in order ...

Virgin America New In-flight Safety Dance & 20% Off Flights

Air New Zealand watch out! Virgin America has teamed up with what I'd call America's best dance crew and created what I would say is the most creative in-flight safety video of 2013. Buckle Up To Get Down, the Pop and Lock, or the #VXSafetyDance attempts to grab passengers attention through sarcasm, rapping, break dancing, and gospel singing nuns. Be sure to check out the newest and oddest safety video of any U.S. carrier and to celebrate use promotion code GETDOWN to take 20% off ...

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