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Credit Card Application - UPDATE

A couple of days ago I applied for a few cards and shared which they would be.  I mentioned that becuase of being out of the country off and on over a recent four-year span, my credit history looks like swiss cheese with holes all over the place.  I wasn't terribly confident in how many of the cards for which I was applying, I would be approved.  I have some preliminary results, here they are.  It's also worth noting that one credit bureau had an old address on file (part ...

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It's Credit Card Application Day - Which Ones and Why I Value Them

I am not quite like other bloggers in that I have only as of late really started to apply for reward earning credit cards with any consistency, though I have carried a few accumulated over time.  My situation was unique, as my wife and I were in and out of the country for four years (mostly out) and this made our credit report look like Swiss cheese, full of holes (or in this case expanses of time). 

I will apply for eight cards on one day, for which I will not likely gain ...

Changes coming to US Airways Mastercard

Just a heads up to cardholder's (the Sherpstress is one), after an unrelated call to the DMSC (Dividend Miles Service Center) I was told that the reps received notice today that there will be changes in the next ten days to the current "Mastercard".  As per the usual marketing banter, agents will "be excited to hear what's next" from the Barclays card.  For me, the timing is perfect because I am about to do another card signup round and the Dividend Miles offer out now is okay, but ...

Malaysia Airlines Flight Loses Contact

First reported by NBC, a Malaysia Airlines 777-200 en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing has lost radio contact.  Though there is no confirmation that the aircraft has indeed crashed, it's never a good sign of course.  There are 239 (227 pax, 12 crew) souls on board and the flight was scheduled to land at PEK at 0630 local time (1730 Eastern Time).  The flight number is MH370. 

Here's to hoping it's just a bit of radio trouble, though I fear that's unlikely. 

-Sherpa

Business incentive program - American Airlines Business Extra

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In case you missed my post from yesterday detailing business incentive programs and their benefit using the Skybonus example, check it out first here. 

My favorite program

Why is American Business extra my favorite program?  The value of American's award chart (especially now with US Airways flights eligible) is much higher than that of Delta.  Additionally, the value per point is significantly higher.  Earning in the program is a LOT less complex ...

Free double dipping - Intro to business incentive programs

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Rocky had a great post about the bonuses currently offered by business incentive programs from Delta (Skybonus) and American (Business Extra).  I have been a member of these programs for years, and I have been preparing a post about them since the bonuses have thrust them into the limelight. Please see my email me at [email protected] for a referral link to either program (Rocky's are all gone now but I still have 10 Skybonus available and 9 Business Extra ...

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Shanghai Psychos

This is why I love travel.  A video has been floating around from some Ukrainians that sneak into a skyscraper under construction and climb to the top.  I'm not ruining the video by saying that as far as you consider the top to be, they go further. As a side note - this also fuels my appetite for the GoPro IPO, I will be  buyer. 

But why does this reaffirm my love for travel? 

1) The beauty of the city as seen through their eyes (or GoPros).

2) ...

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Are you earning miles on absolutely every transaction?

This is a post about getting miles on everything, and I mean everything for which you exchange money.  I get miles on rent/mortgage, insurance, I even get miles when I pay a babysitter.  I will get into that shortly, but first, here is a little background on why I am writing the post.  If you are sick of hearing about credit cards (and don't need anyone else moaning about it) you can scroll down three paragraphs to the dotted line where I get to the ...

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US Airways-American Alliance Update: Best of Both Worlds

A reader received what I considered to be an amazing email today from the New American Airlines.  I am a member of both US Airways Dividend Miles and American Aadvantage (Executive Platinum) and I didn't receive it, but a non-elite did.  Much of the alliance information is exactly what I would expect.  We already knew from previous press releases that US Airways would exit the Star Alliance on March 30, 2014 and on March 31st, would become a full member of Oneworld.  It ...

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New York to Tokyo - A great menu

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When we booked our trip to Bali using 49,500 American Airlines Aadvantage miles in business class (55,000 - 10% rebate due to our Citi card), we wanted to maximize our experience.  We had never flown Japan Airlines and their business product had received good reviews, it seemed like the right opportunity to try them out. 

We arrived at JFK and stood in security for ages.  The Terminal 1 security was under construction so everyone was queuing around scaffolding in a very ...

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Hyatt Regency Sha Tin (Hong Kong) - Life is Much Better as a Diamond Member

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My previous post reviewed the Radisson Martinique Manhattan in New York which was nice, and a suite that was more than adequate, but falls short of expectations for the price paid.  When planning our trip around the world, I came across Mike's post about requesting a Diamond Challenge for Hyatt.  For those of you who are already aware of status and challenges, skip down a paragraph, for those that are not... this may change your life. 

Airlines, Hotels, and Car Rental ...

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Club Carlson Redemption - Radisson Martinique Manhattan

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"Why are you staying at the Radisson?" Mike asked when we met him in New York on a recent trip.  Fair question sir, and there are two good reasons.  The first is that we wanted to keep costs low as possible.  We booked a mistake fare and burned some miles to get there. The only way we can continue with these impromptu trips around the world is by making these trips as inexpensive as possible. Redeeming points is one such a way to keep costs low. As part of the best hotel ...

Getting back to Blogging

As I stated, I had some personal events come up that precluded me from actively blogging for awhile.  But I am happy to report that I am back.  Over the next couple of weeks you will read about New York City, Tokyo, Hong Kong, Bali, Kuala Lumpur, and Rio with tons of hotels and non-hotel stays.  You will see features on Malaysia Airlines business class, plenty of Cathay Pacific business class and Air Canada business class surprise. 

I could go on, but let's just say there is a lot that has been in the works while I was away.  The Sherpa also has some posts coming debit cards, status, a crazy booking through Sherpa Services - all kinds of good stuff. 

If you have any questions or desired posts please email [email protected].  See you really soon!

-Sherpa

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Something I Won't Be Doing in Rio this Week

As you may know, this week I am in Rio with the Sherpstress as part of this ticket mistake/amazing sale.  Whilst I have always been a fan of flying, this is not the kind of flying I am into. Nonetheless, this would certainly be something to tell your kids about. 

If you made it out alive. 

I can't possibly be as lucky or as good as these two.  PSA - the language gets a little rough after 2:20, but then again, maybe they earned it.

Enjoy:

-Sherpa

Sherpa Has 24 hrs in NYC

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As part of this amazing itinerary I had a chance to visit NYC for the first time (outside of an airport) and it was an excellent start to our journey.  In keeping with the UN-Trip report and instead focusing on a series of experiences, here are a few that will be long remembered. 

The Sherpstress and I had decided to try and maximize our layovers on this award and we really made the most of it. I try to write for beginners and experts alike, if you consider yourself the ...

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TopCashBack Follow-up

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If you haven't had a chance yet to take a look at all of my previous posts (because I have written so many lately), then you should read this first as well as the comments that follow.

My opinions are my own, as are my experiences and your mileage may vary.  Some commenters had similar troubles, some had suggestions for other services, and another commenter had no problems at all with TopCashBack (TCB) and their service.

TopCashBack have responded, and before I expand ...

My Disappearance

This isn't a post about me being left behind in southeast Asia again, but as few posts as I have done lately, I could see how you might have wondered. 

About that...

I have been a little slow in posting lately and for that I apologize, but if it's any consolation, I have good reason.  In addition to this blog which is of course of the highest priority, I also have a full-time job which occupies 45-50 hours/week.  On top of that I am also full-time back at ...

Why I Left TopCashBack for Smaller Rebates

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Who would ever leave more savings for less?  The Sherpa would, but for good reason. 

First, for those who are unfamiliar, a rebate website is one that gets a commission from referring a customer who makes a purchase.  The rebate website then passes some of that commission onto the buyer, and keeps some for themselves.  Some of the top players in the category are: TopCashBack, Ebates, and FatWallet.

The principle is the same with all of them.  You ...

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NYC - First Date

Keeping up with my UN-Trip Report, it doesn't get less "trip reporty" than this. The rest of the details of our trip will come soon, but this has it's place, right here, right now. 

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There is a strange excitement for travel that only comes with traveling to a new place. It's kind of like a first date, it can be a little awkward as you find your way around making things both enjoyable and from time to time uncomfortable.

But no one forgets the ...

Just Happy to Be There - Malaysia Airlines Golden Lounge

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Continuing with my UN-Trip report, and trip around the world, here is a quick review of Malaysia Airlines Golden Lounge in Kuala Lumpur. 

 

For those of you that may be unaware, Malaysia Airlines (MH) has just joined oneworld.  This means that you have many more options to Malaysia and much more capacity throughout the continent.  Based in Kuala Lumpur, the airline has several A380s, some European destinations, and only one in North America, LAX.  Most ...

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