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Free Global Internet Access with the Kindle 3G

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Update: Amazon has put a 50MB/month limit on international data (Hat tip to Matt)

Happy Holiday! I have limited access to the internet I'm on a month long vacation in Asia so my apologies for not having any post lately. Despite my intention to be disconnected from the rest of the world, I catch myself checking Facebook several times a day thanks to an unintended feature on the Kindle 3G Keyboard that I got a couple of months ago. And the best part: it's totally ...

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Good Morning from Frankfurt!

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Guten Morgen! I'm sitting in the Lufthansa Senator Lounge in FRA, en route to Singapore on the infamous SQ 25 JFK-FRA-SIN. Here are some picture on the JFK-FRA segments:

 

A full trip report (including booking process) will be ready after I arrive in SIN. Singapore really lives up to its hype!

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Free Megabus Tickets

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Megabus is giving away 200,000 free tickets for travel between January 9th and February 28th (US and Canada only). Winter is a slow travel season so I find plenty of free seats available:

 

There is a 50¢ booking fee per transaction so it's better to book multiple tickets at the same time. 

Even though Megabus may not be a glamorous way to travel, I'll take it in a heartbeat for $0 50¢, especially for travel within the tri-state area.

(Hat tip to Pearls of Travel Wisdom)

Saving Money with Car Rentals for Young Adults

Owning a car for young adults is expensive. Besides the cost of the car and maintenance, insurance companies charges ridiculous rates to get coverage. If you live in a city and only need a car a couple times a month, car rentals could be more cost effective than owning a car. Below is my analysis of Hertz and Zipcar, the 2 big names in the car rental industry:

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One of the biggest secrets is that Hertz allows anyone to rent car as long as you ...

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Happy Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving is the season of gratefulness or thankfulness and it reminds me how lucky I am. I am fortunate to have the opportunity to travel, to have an education and to have a place to live. I highly recommend everyone watch the PBS documentary aired yesterday about poverty in America through the eyes of children; it shows us another side of your society that we don't usually see:

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Staying Warm and Hydrated When Traveling

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Every time I prepare for a trip, I go through my checklist of what I need except for 2 things: water bottle and jacket. I lost count of how many water bottles that I lost and they all take a lot of space from my backpack. I'm also dread of bringing a jacket with me, they are usually heavy and way too big to fit in my backpack. So the result is I get dehydrated and I have to carry my jacket by hand every time.

Living in Seattle taught me two things:

1. You need a REI ...

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Discounted First Class Tickets Can Save You Money This Holiday

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Airlines usually price domestic first class similar to international business/first class, so they are very expensive and as a result few people buy them. However, recently I have noticed the decrease of discounted first class prices, and in some cases it makes more sense to buy them rather than economy tickets.

Take a look at an example below:

My client is an infrequent traveler, she has no status with Delta and she will check 2 bags. If she goes with an economy ...

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A Different Way to Mileage Run: San Diego

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What is the definition of a mileage run (MR)? Generally speaking, it is getting from point A to point B for the sole purpose of racking up miles and elite status for the least amount of cost. I enjoy taking MR since I like to fly and I can turn off my cellphone for a day to be disconnected from the world. However, there are only so many lounge visits and airplane meals that one can take before getting bored. I have been trying to figure out how to make it more fun, and I think I found it this ...

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Earn 5% Cash Back and Miles for Hurricane Sandy Donations

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I hope everyone is safe and sound after the historic Hurricane Sandy. I was pretty lucky that Philadelphia got little damages and minimal disruption. Unfortunately, there are millions of people without power and/or heat and who even lost their houses and love ones. If you are making to donations to help out folks, it certainly won't hurt to earn some cash back and miles along the way. Discover card has 5% cash back up to $1,500 purchase limit for online ...

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United Version of Hurricane Sandy: Babysit Your Award Reservation!

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So I survived Hurricane Sandy, the first hurricane in my life. In fact, I was a little disappointed with what (little) happened in Philly. I was prepared for no power, no heat and no water for a couple of days, but none of that happened. You see, my school was closed for 2 days (which rarely ever happens), and I'd rather not have heat for a few days than going back to school. So much for me turning 20 soon huh. ;-)

While Hurricane Sandy didn't affect me much (if any), United brought ...

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Lounge Review: Admirals Club at PHL

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It is usually a bad sign when an airline's lounge is permanently closed. However, ever since AA closed its lounge at PHL and used British Airways lounge instead, this has become one of the best lounges in the system. The atmosphere, design and the amenities are simply amazing. The BA Galaries, located in Terminal A, is divided into 2 wings, one exclusively for BA guests and the others are for both AA and BA (excuse the horrible picture quality taken by my ...

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Alitalia to Honor 25.000¥ Promotion for some

After cancelling all the tickets booked under the 25.000¥ promotion and (still) blaming the anti-fraud system, Alitalia has just decided to honor tickets that cost at least 0.01€ or more: 

Dear fans of Alitalia,

Thank you all for the enthusiasm with which you have joined the global offer of Alitalia on Facebook. We were the first airline to create a global event of this kind to the Internet population, Alitalia's largest promotion ever.

The ...
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A Guide to Passing Though Immigration Efficiently

While racial discrimination is illegal in 21st century, the color of your passport(s) still has a lot to do with how you get treated at immigration and customs. For me, I have a passport from a 2nd (or 3rd) world country so I deal a lot with immigration agents and immigration laws. Human brains like to take the shortest routes, which means we generalize and profile people; so do immigration agents. While it is unfortunate, you can use it as your advantage instead of letting it beat you. Here ...

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Technology on the Road - Part 3: Staying Connected with Google Voice

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(Click here for the list of the previous topics in this series)

Now that you get the world phone your have your phone unlocked, how do you actually stay connected while on the road? Imagine coming back from a 2 week vacation abroad, your mailbox is flooded with voicemails and missed calls and you probably get more stressed after the vacation. So how do you keep connected at a low cost?

Google Voice: The King of  Personal "VoIP"

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Travel Report of 10/18: Chicago Seminars, 787 and More

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UA Upsell Effort

UA has been selling "ten of dollars" (TOD) upgrades for a while. And to further push for the revenue, they have now started advertising upgrades right after booking:

It looks like the price of the upgrade is based on the difference between the booked fare class and M fare. The ad is just simply way too tacky. But I guess UA prepares its customers to get ready for the nickel and dime culture. So much for the cheap ...

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Is Hotel Loyalty Worth It For Leisure Travel?

I love my Diamond Membership from Hyatt. Arguably one of the most rewarding hotel loyalty programs, I get full breakfast, 4PM checkout, club access, top hotels only cost 22k points/night and also 4 advanced confirm upgrades per year. I have been very happy with them this year and they treat me very well. However, like anything in life, there is always an opportunity cost for every decision I make; I have been wondering what I am missing when I decided to stay loyal with Hyatt. While the ...

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Technology on the Road-Part 2: The Ultimate Cellphone

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(Click here for the list of the previous topics in this series)

Choosing a phone for travel can be tricky, confusing and expensive. In my opinion, a phone for travelers needs to satisfy at least these following conditions:

Can be used both domestically and internationally Reduce the need to have multiple phones Ability take advantage of 4G network Support travel apps GSM network That said, below is the list of the phones that will give you the best bang for your ...
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Technology on the Road - Part 1: Laptops

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Despite the theats from tablets and smartphones, laptops still have their place in the market. Full keyboard, full operation system, etc. are just a few of the unique features that other mobile devices can't replicate (yet). With so many options to choose from, picking a laptop can be a daunting task. Therefore, I carried out a mission to search for the best laptop for travel. And here are my results:

1. Thinkpad X230


Make no ...

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Technology on the Road Series: Introduction

Make no mistake technology has changed the way we live and travel. Wifi at 35,000 feet, enormous amount of travel apps and countless gadgets keep us contected more than ever before. This, however, create unique challanges when travelling, espescially aboard. In this series I'll discuss how technology could help you to travel effectively rather than slowing you down. Below is the topic list:

Part 1: Laptop for travel

Part 2: The Ultimate Cellphone

Part 3: Staying ...

Cathay Pacific and the Mile High Club

Next Media Animation(NMA) is famous for its halarious satire news animated video and they've just come out with another great clip about Cathay Pacific premium passengers joining the (associate) High Mile Club. Check it out below:

I cannot understand how people could treat airplane as their private home. Unless one flies private jet, it is still a commercial plane with many other passengers so common sense does apply!

Cathay Pacific obviously wasn't happy about the ...