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Travelocity Rewards American Express – Limited Time Offer $100 statement credit

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Barclays Bank is further expanding their offering of credit cards and is now partnering with Travelocity Rewards to provide consumers with a no annual fee credit card that provides up to 3% cash back or money back towards a flight or flight + hotel vacation package. This is not only a great card for people who book a lot of travel through Travelocity, but the card is an American Express card as well! This is a nice change from the typical Visa or MasterCard that Barclay usually ...

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CSA Czech Airlines Madrid - Prague Business Class

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After a lovely week of exploring and partying in Madrid and Barcelona, my trip with my brother across Europe continued. Using a 100,000-mile Delta Business Class award (thanks to being able to book phantom award space on KLM via a long sell) ticket, we were able to stop over in Spain and continue to Prague on CSA Czech Airlines. Thankfully, Delta Award rules allow 1 stopover in route and open jaw routing. So, in this case, we took full advantage of this by flying from LAX-AMS-MAD, MAD-PRG, ...

Air France Reveals Newly Designed Economy & Premium Economy Cabins

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Earlier this year I wrote that Air France would be renovating their entire long-haul fleet and introduce their Best and Beyond initiative . At that time very little about the new cabin was revealed, but AF had promised that the new economy and premium economy cabin would be announced in September and the new business class cabin would be announced come the New Year. With it being the end of September, Air France has finally released a publication with a complete overview of the new economy ...

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Delta Announces a Premium Economy Cabin

Delta Airline currently only offers two classes of service: Business class (or domestic first) and economy class. In addition, on most aircraft, Delta also has a section of the economy class cabin they refer to as economy comfort. Economy comfort by definition is the same as the economy class cabin but provides slightly more legroom and recline. Furthermore, on flights from New York to San Francisco, Seattle, and Los Angeles, along with all international flights, alcohol is also free of ...

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Iberia Business Class Lounge Madrid

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Before a lovely flight on CSA Czech Airlines to Prague from Madrid, my brother and I stopped in the Iberia lounge in Terminal 4 at Madrid-Barajas Airport. The lounge is located just a few steps past security and welcomes OneWorld business class customers, OneWorld Emerald & Sapphire fliers along with CSA business class customers. 

The lounge is a large box with a reception desk in the middle, guests are free to enter the lounge to the left or the right. To the left is a ...

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AC Palacio Del Retiro Marriott Autograph Collection, Madrid

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Luxurious, upscale, independent boutique hotels define the Autograph Collection by Marriott. They are independent hotels located around the world, which promise to offer individuals a unique, customized experience. The historical AC Palacio Del Retiro lives up to the Autograph Collection demands, presenting a supreme location for exploring Madrid and a one of a kind historical hotel experience.

Located across the street from the famous Retiro Park, steps away from the Prado Museum and ...

KLM Business Class AMS-MAD

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I have written about intra-Europe business class in the past, and like I said last time, business class for European flight is truly not worth it and is hardly business class. From what I have seen thus far from my experience, business class in Europe is actually Tommy Class, meaning the middle seat is blocked off/not sold, and there is no difference between the hard product (seat) between coach and business except for maybe a few inches of added leg room. Despite this, if you’re ...

KLM Crown Lounge Amsterdam Schiphol Airport

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After a wonderful flight on KLM from Los Angeles on the beautiful 747, my brother and I had a couple of hours to waste at the Amsterdam Airport. After quickly exploring the plethora of shops, outdoor terraces, replicate airplanes on the roofs, green spaces, and the casino (there’s so much to do at Schipol!) my brother and I decided to visit the KLM crown room.

While at Amsterdam Schipol Airport, my brother and I had the opportunity to visit two KLM lounges. We ...

Delta’s Not So Smart Travel Pack

Have you ever wanted to know what it was like to be a Delta Medallion Member? If so, Delta is now selling “Smart Travel Packs” which basically offers the majority of the Silver Medallion benefits for $199! The Smart Pack is for sale and is available to all Skymiles member and gives you the opportunity to bundle what Delta has unbundled for $199. This $199 fee includes what Delta calls their most popular added benefits, but only provides them to Smart Pack purchasers until January ...

American Express Membership Reward 40% Bonus on Transfers to Virgin America

For two weeks only, American Express is offering a 40% bonus for all membership reward point transfers to Virgin America. Normally points transfer at an abysmal ratio of 2:1, but from September 16 -30, points will transfer at a 2:1.4 ratio or to make it easier, 200 membership reward points will equal 140 Virgin America Elevate points.

Although this bonus opportunity is subpar to the typical 1:1 ratio that is available for Delta Skymiles, British Avios, Air France Flying Blue, Cathay ...

Travel on Halloween & Save 31% on Southwest Airlines

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Southwest Airlines is giving travelers who travel on Halloween the opportunity to take 31% off their cheapest fares (aka "wanna get away" fares). The entire Southwest Airlines & AirTran route map is on sale, excluding international travel. The good news is, travel to/from Puerto Rico is included in the sale, which means travelers could have a tropical vacation for 31% off!

Do note that roundtrip travel is required, but a 31% savings if you travel on Halloween (which is a Thursday) could make a long weekend get away completely worth it!

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Delta Phantom Award Tickets ARE BOOKABLE

I have been planning a graduation trip for my brother to Europe for months. The trip has been booked since April, but given the opportunity I was hoping to fly business class instead of economy. Despite this, finding transatlantic award space on Delta or their partners is nearly impossible. For weeks I had seen award space on KLM and even Virgin Atlantic, yet when I tried to book it the webpage it would error out. I would then call Delta and their agents would tell me the flights I was ...

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KLM Business Class LAX - AMS

 Transatlantic award space on Delta is extremely difficult to find at the low-level threshold of only 50,000 miles each way in business class. It’s even harder to find on Delta’s partner, as very few seats are actually made available by Air France, KLM, Alitalia, etc. Yet, somehow (another blog post to come later) I was able to score two business class seats on KLM from LAX to Amsterdam this week! Thus meant my brother’s graduation trip to Europe would be flown in KLM ...

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Now Available: Track MQDs on Delta.com

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Delta has updated Delta.com to show each person their Medallion Qualification Dollars when logged into their skymiles account. Although MQD requirements will not be required for status until the start of the 2015 program year, this enhancement to the skymile page allows users to track their MQD to see if they are on track for meet the minimum requirements, which will be extremely important starting January 1, 2014.

  In order to track your MQD, log into your skymiles account using ...
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Alaska Airline MileagePlan Discount Awards

Do you want to get away for less fewer miles than usual this fall? if so, check out Alaska Air Mileage Plan discount fall awards with one-way domestic awards starting at only 7,500 miles and trips down to the sunny beaches of Mexico for only 12,500 each way! Normal awards costs are 12,500 miles each way on Alaska Air within the USA and Canada, not including Hawaii, and 17,500 miles to/from Mexico. Thus, this late summer/early fall award travel sell which is for travel now through October 31 ...

Air France Lounge at LAX

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The Air France Lounge at LAX is located in Terminal 2 where Air France’s non A380 flights depart, along with all KLM, Alitalia, and Aeromexico flights. The lounge is in the same location as the old NWA lounge and after Air France took it over after the NWA/Delta merger, all Air France did was clean it up a bit. Despite this, it is still far below the Air France standard found at other airports worldwide.

Bar & Cafe

The self-serve bar includes a decent selection s of ...

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Griffin Gate Marriott, Lexington KY

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The Griffin Gate Marriott offers a full service hotel within a stone throw of Lexington Horse Park, Downtown Lexington, the University of Kentucky, and Keneeland Horse Track, making it a great jumping point for exploring thoroughbred & bourbon country. The large 7-story hotel offers all amenities one comes to expect from a Marriott including a full service bar, restaurant, spa, pools, gym, valet, large ball rooms and more.

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An Early Upgrade on Alaska

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Traveling on Alaska as a Delta Elite has been great since the NWA merger with Delta. Premerger only NWA Elite Gold & Platinum passengers received upgrades on Alaska, but after the merger was completed and some technical issues were worked out, Delta and Alaska reached an agreement to upgrade each other’s elite passengers within the check-in window (meaning 24 hours before departure). My upgrade percentage on the Seattle – Los Angeles and Seattle – San Diego routes have ...

The Club at Blue Grass Airport

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The Lexington, Kentucky Blue Grass airport surprisingly has a small airport lounge. Although it is independently owned and operated, it allows airline club members of US Airways, American, United, and Delta to visit the club free of charge. In addition, the club allows American Express Platinum card holders traveling same day on American, US Air or Delta visit the club free of charge!

The small club is located above the gates in the center of the terminal. It is conveniently located ...

American Airlines Is Giving You 150,000 Miles & More!

American Airlines is giving you a chance to win 150,000 AAdvantage miles and a $2000 pre-paid gift card! The unplug getaway contest is encouraging Americans nationwide to unplug their electronics, let their batteries run dry and soak up the sun or culture of spots all over the world! Rather it be Seoul, Dusseldorf, Lima, or San Pablo, the idea is to get you away from home and away from the norm!

Sign up is easy, and winning is even easier. You do not have to do anything but sign up! ...