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Using United Miles to Visit Japan and New Zealand

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Back in January (and before the great devaluation), my friend and I decided to use the last of our remaining United Airlines Mileage Plus miles for a trip to Japan and New Zealand. The all business class award redemption cost my friend 135,000 miles and my first/business class award cost me 147,500 miles. If we were to book these exact same trips now, his trip would cost him 160,000 and my trip would cost me 260,000 miles! How nuts is that?? Details on how we ...

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Lounge Review: Air Canada Maple Leaf Lounge at Montreal

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There are three Air Canada Maple Leaf Lounges at Montreal Trudeau Airport (Domestic, Trans-border and International). This review is for the Air Canada Maple Leaf Trans-border Lounge located airside near gate 75.

Open to Star Alliance premium class passengers, Star Alliance Gold card holders and Maple Leaf Club members, the Air Canada Maple Leaf Trans-border Lounge is small but offers a decent place to eat, relax and ...

Lufthansa Senator Lounge at Frankfurt (A, B and Z Gates)

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Lufthansa has some great ground services for first class passengers but those services are only offered to first class passengers flying on Lufthansa or Swiss Air operated flights. Because I was flying Asiana Airlines first class from Frankfurt to Seoul, I wasn't granted access to the Frankfurt First Class Terminal or any of the First Class lounges. 

Lufthansa has three levels of lounges, First Class, Senator and Business ...

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Big Travel with Small Money - Tips on How to Earn More Miles and Points

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A few weeks ago, Daraius from Million Miles Secrets sat down with me for an interview on how to travel big with small money. We talked about the Pursued Adventures blog and I got to share some of my tips and tricks on how to earn more miles and points. I have been very fortunate to travel around the world on the cheap and I wanted to share these stories and tips with you guys so you can enjoy these amazing trips as well. 

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Lounge Review: Asiana First Class Lounge at Seoul Incheon

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This lounge visit was part of my trip to Turkey and China. My index including trip reports for Air Canada, Asiana, Thai Airways and Turkish Airlines, and lounge and hotel reviews can be found here. 

The Asiana Airlines First Class Lounge at Seoul Incheon Airport is located in departure area #4 near gate 42. It’s located on the fourth floor of the international terminal and is only available to first class ...

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Amex Membership Rewards 25% Transfer Bonus to JetBlue

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If you love JetBlue as much as I do and you want to experience JetBlue's new MINT product, then you should take advantage of this promotion from American Express Membership Rewards. From now until September 15, 2014, you can receive a 25% bonus on your Membership Rewards points transfers to JetBlue TrueBlue points. The promotion link can be found here. 

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Lounge Review: Air Canada Maple Leaf Lounge at CDG - Paris Charles De Gaulle

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The Air Canada Maple Leaf Lounge at Paris – Charles De Gaulle Airport is located airside in terminal 2A near gate 37.  Open to Star Alliance premium class passengers, Star Alliance Gold card holders, Maple Leaf Club members and Priority Pass users, the Air Canada Maple Leaf Lounge at CDG is small but offers a decent place to relax and be productive before your flight. The lounge is open from 7:00 AM to 2:30 PM daily. Because this is the only Star ...

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Hotel Review: Westin Bund Center Shanghai, China

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Shanghai is China’s largest city by population and is the country’s global financial hub. Situated along the Yangtze River in East China, Shanghai is a major metropolitan city with high-rise commercial buildings, beautiful architecture and an amazing skyline that rivals the likes of New York and Chicago.

The Westin Bund Center is located in the heart of downtown Shanghai and is two blocks away from the Bund, a ...

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Hotel Review: Hilton Istanbul Bosphorus

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Istanbul is a fantastic city and I definitely recommend everyone visit here at least once. This hotel review was part of my trip to Turkey and China. My index including trip reports for Air Canada, Asiana, Thai Airways and Turkish Airlines, and lounge and hotel reviews can be found here. 

If you have never visited Istanbul before, here’s a little information. Istanbul is the largest city in Turkey and is the ...

One Year Anniversary Swag Winners!!

A couple weeks ago, I ran a giveaway to celebrate my first blog birthday. The original post can be found here. 

It really has been an incredible journey and I can't thank you guys enough. From the 42 comments submitted, the two random winners (courtesy of random.org) were:

Marilyn B. #3 commented, "Like your trip reports best, and also your informational posts on things like how to ...

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Hotel Review: Hilton San Francisco Union Square

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The Hilton San Francisco Union Square is a great hotel and I would definitely recommend it to anyone needing a hotel near the downtown area.  The Hilton Union Square is located at 333 O’Farrell Street at the intersection of O’Farrell and Taylor Street.  The hotel is actually pretty large and encompasses one square city block with O’Farrell Street to the north, Mason Street to the east, Ellis Street on the south and Taylor Street to the ...

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Lounge Review: Thai Airways Royal Orchid Spa and Royal First Lounge at Bangkok

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This lounge visit was part of my trip to Turkey and China. My index including trip reports for Air Canada, Asiana, Thai Airways and Turkish Airlines, and lounge and hotel reviews can be found here. 

Thai Airways has some of the best ground services available for their first class passengers and the Royal Orchid Spa and Royal First Lounge are fantastic places to rest, relax, work and dine before or after your ...

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Lounge Review: American Airlines Admirals Club at SNA

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The American Airlines Admirals Club at John Wayne Orange County Airport is located in terminal A near gate 8.  Open to Admiral Club card holders and those wishing to pay the $50 entrance fee, the Admiral Club is small but offers a quiet place to relax and be productive before your flight. You do not need to fly American Airlines to use this lounge.

There are only two lounges at John Wayne Airport. The other lounge ...

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One Year Anniversary and Swag Giveaway!

Time really does fly and we can’t believe it will be a year since we started Pursued Adventures! It has been an incredible and amazing journey around the world and we could not have done this without the support of our readers. We have had so much fun meeting and interacting with you guys and we want to thank you for your loyal support.

To celebrate, we will be giving away a $50 Amazon gift card to TWO lucky readers and ...

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Lounge Review: Korean Airlines Skyteam Lounge at LAX

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This lounge visit is part of my first and business class award trip to Turkey and China. My index including trip reports for Air Canada, Asiana, Thai Airways and Turkish Airlines, and lounge and hotel reviews can be found here.  

The newly renovated Korean Airlines (KAL) Skyteam Lounge at LAX is pretty popular and has been reviewed by others before including fellow UPGRD blogger, Rocky. His review of the lounge ...

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Lounge Review: Alaska Airlines Board Room at Seattle

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The Alaska Airlines Board Room at Seattle-Tacoma Airport is located in terminal D near gate 1.  The lounge is open to Priority Pass, Lounge Club and Alaska Airlines Board Room Club members traveling on any airline, American Airlines Admiral Club members traveling on American Airlines operated flights and Delta Sky Club members traveling on Delta or Alaska Airlines operated flights. Single use day passes are also available for ...

TSA Increases September 11 Security Fee For Airfare Travel

Get ready to pay more for your flights because starting next week, there will be an increase to the TSA September 11 Security Fee. It’s not a huge increase but something worth noting if you travel frequently or travel with a family.  Effective July 21, 2014, the September 11 Security Fee will be increased from $2.50 per flight segment with a $5.00 cap to $5.60 per ONE Way with NO cap. On the surface, this increase doesn’t seem like a big deal but ...

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Evolve Money No Longer Accepting Credit Cards

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In case you missed it, Evolve Money is a free bill pay servicer that allowed you to pay your bills using cash, Visa/MC gift cards and bank debit cards. And for a while there, they actually allowed some credit cards to fund your Evolve Money payments. None of the American Express credit cards worked but certain credit cards such as the Barclay Arrival Plus World MC, Chase Ink Bold MC and Citi American Airlines Executive MC all worked. The charges to your ...

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Winner of the JetBlue Birchbox Amenity Kit!

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I recently ran a giveaway to celebrate JetBlue's new Mint product. In case you missed it, the original post can be found here. 

A winner was selected out of all the entries and the winner is Elisabeth G.! Her answer was, "Thank you so much for this giveaway! To be honest, I've only flown business class once. We flew American Airlines to London. The amenity kit was ok, but nothing amazing."

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Hotel Review: Elara Las Vegas, A Hilton Grand Vacations Resort

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