Why Congress Should Mandate All-In Pricing for Hotels Too

As Congress considers whether to allow airlines to hide taxes and fees from consumers until late in the booking process, perhaps a hotel anecdote will be instructive. Hotels and the online travel agencies that sell hotel rooms are not required to breakout all-in pricing on hotel stays and the result ...
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Can I Access An American Express Lounge Without My AMEX Card?

I was in Las Vegas today and giddy to check out the American Express Centurion Lounge that opened last year. Available to American Express Black and Platinum cardholders for free or $50 to other AMEX cardholders, the lounge offers a great spread of food and a comfortable oasis from the airport ...
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An Unrealized Memorial Day Wish

U.S. President Calvin Coolidge, a man of so few words he was referred to by many as "Silent Cal", delivered an uncharacteristically long speech at Gettysburg on May 30, 1928 to commemorate Memorial Day.
The context of his speech was a time in which Americans were looking inward, enjoying the ...

Is it Safe to Travel to Thailand?

A coup d’état has taken place in Thailand with a military junta now running the show. As horrible as that sounds, is it safe to travel to Thailand during this time?
In a word, yes.
King Bhumibol Aduljadej has been on the throne longer than Queen Elizabeth and this marks ...
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United Has Tightened Routing Restrictions on Asia Awards

Exactly one month ago, I wrote a post entitled New, Stricter United MileagePlus Routing Rules for Travel Between USA and North Asia? At the time, I concluded the rumored draconian new routing restrictions on awards between North America and North Asia were merely rumors, but now it turns ...
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FAQs About Waitlisting a Singapore Airlines Award

Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer is now a Chase Ultimate Rewards transfer partner and with that comes the possibility of reasonably priced awards in premium cabins on SQ flights. Singapore has three award pricing tiers on their own metal and often your desired flight will not be available at the saver ...
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4 Years, 28 Countries, 1 Wedding Proposal

I hate to hear my own voice, so it is rare that I make videos when I travel. That's a shame, really, because I've been to over 100 fascinating countries and though I make it a point to get at least one good picture in each country, putting together a collage of videos of my travels over the last ...
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United Airlines Increases Mileage Upgrade Co-Pay on Premium Transcon Routes

United has transformed its premium service (p.s.) fleet that operates between Los Angeles/San Francisco and New York JFK from a three-cabin configuration with older seats in business and first class to a two-cabin configuration with fully lie-flat seats in business class. United has also ...
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Chase Ultimate Rewards Adds Singapore KrisFlyer as Transfer Partner

Chase Ultimate Rewards just got even more valuable with the introduction today of Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer as a 1:1 transfer partner.


KrisFlyer is not a particularly valuable program for most Star Alliance redemptions, but like any program there are award sweet spots. Domestic ...
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Reaching Lufthansa Miles & More After Hours

Lufthansa Miles & More offers a great value on United Airlines redemptions within the USA, particular in business class (35K r/t). The downside is that most partner flights, including United, must be booked by telephone. Like many things German, working hours are limited and forget about Sunday. ...
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Photos: Remembering United's Bangkok City Ticket Office

I was sorting through some old pictures today and stumbled upon a series of photos of United Airlines' former Bangkok city ticket office. United pulled out of Bangkok in March after decades of service to Thailand and left behind, among other things, a dedicated staff of employees at one of the few ...
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Alitalia the Latest Carrier to Cut Service to Venezuela

The situation unfolding in Venezuela fascinates me. There you have a state on the verge of failure with hyperinflation and a government suffering from a foreign currency crunch. The result: airlines are not getting paid for their service and are bailing one by one. The latest Caracas casualty is ...
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United.com Asks for Feedback

Last September we caught a sneak peak at United Airlines' new website in a television advertisement, but eight months later it has yet to roll out. Perhaps United is still working out the kinks and has launched a new survey this week that randomly pops up when you visit united.com--

If ...
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500 Free United MileagePlus Miles in Two Minutes

Earn 500 United miles just for signing up for the United MileagePlus Dining Program before 10 July 2014. No purchase or restaurant visit is necessary--simply complete the online profile and you will be credited the miles.
You can then earn up to 2,500 additional miles by eating at participating ...

Should Members of Congress Fly in Coach?

A Congressman with far too much time on his hands who I will not even dignify by naming has introduced a bill entitled, "If Our Military Has to Fly Coach Then so Should Congress Act.” His rationale is this--
Members of Congress are public servants and should not receive special ...
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Why I No Longer Trust TripAdvisor

A Telegraph story details how consumers are using TripAdvisor as a threat to extract freebies in favor of withholding a bad review. Though I tend to think this particular problem is not as widespread as reported, I still see this as yet another reason not to trust TripAdvisor.
Craig Savage, ...
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Booking My First Class US Airways Award with No Fuel Surcharges

Although the window is closing fast, it is still possible to book British Airways award flights using US Airways Dividend Miles without a fuel surcharge. It took me a couple tries, but I just booked a mega-award redemption with two longhauls on BA without a fuel surcharge.
Unlike American ...
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Top 10 Airline Award Redemptions for May 2014

We have been spared from any major award chart devaluation announcements the last couple months and I trust we are settling into a new era of status quo--there has been enough bloodshed over the last year. But whether the award charts get worse or stay the same, here are my top ten award travel ...
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