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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


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


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


"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!


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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.



Sherpa Has 24 hrs in NYC


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


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


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. 


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


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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UPDATE - Gone in most markets, still available in Orlando, Dallas, others - Unreal Fare Sale to Rio!


Fares to Brazil usually go for $600-1200 from the US depending on your departure city.  It is unheard of at these rates that tend to be about 40% off! 

Some samples that are being tossed around are:

Orland-Rio $388

New York-Rio $500

Miami-Rio $410


So I thought I would try my hand at it.  It seems to be lately that WAS (all Washington DC airports - DCA, IAD, BWI) have had crazy fares.  I have seen $380 to Moscow, $400 ...

The Dramatic Conclusion to... Ticketless in Malaysia

Concluding my previous posts about being suddenly ticketless and stranded in Malaysia, here is the dramatic close.  If you want to catch up you can read the posts here part 1, part 2, part 3, or you can read the entire post in one sitting (aren't you brave) right... here.

For the quick catch-up, we had just gotten our tickets, went through security, it was not yet 7AM on Sunday morning.

We cleared exit immigration, made our way over to the separate building for departures ...

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Ticketless in Malaysia Continued

Continuing on from my UN-trip Report started here, then here picks up below. For clarity, these were the choices once Air Asia denied our boarding for not having cleared tourist visas in advance of our trip to Myanmar, though according to the government we should have been allowed entry for transit purposes.  None of this was due to our mistake fare pricing or ticket.  Here again are the choices before us:

•  If we find a way to Yangon (there are three flights that ...

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Ticketless in Malaysia


Picking up on my UN-Trip report from last week, here is some more of the story.
It is important to understand the layout here at Kuala Lumpur International Airport(s).  Elsewhere in the world it makes more sense to have separate discount (LCCT - Low Cost Carrier Terminal) and conventional terminals (MTB - Main Terminal Building).  What many airports do when they expand, is instead of building the new airport across town from the convenient old airport, they build on the same ...

You Are Stuck in Malaysia

Me:  "So you are telling me we are stuck in Asia with no way home back to the US?"

Agent: "I'm sorry sir, there is nothing I can do."

... And it's not even 6AM, Sunday morning.

Welcome to the UN-Trip Report

The way this usually goes, I outline all of the reviews that comprised a recent trip.  Each individual report is filled with photos and commentary regarding, food, amenities, annoyances, and clever quips; then each review I put in order ...

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A Trip Report Not to Be Missed

As many of you know, a couple of weeks ago the Sherpstress and myself engaged in a trip around the world, that was full of interesting turns.  Stops in NYC, Tokyo, Hong Kong, Bali, Kuala Lumpur, Yangon, Frankfurt, and Montreal made it an incredible journey.

More incredible in fact, than we had planned or hoped for.  So incredible, that I am throwing out the rules about a trip report.  Here is what the typical trip report looks like:

Introduction - Clever title ...

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Hong Kong - I want to rent this apartment!

We are heading to Hong Kong as part of our trip east, and looking at options for hotels including AirBnB for which the Sherpa and Sherpstress are huge proponents.  Though we would love to stay at the Park Hyatt Tokyo, we are instead staying in a flat across the street.

In all of my searching on AirBnB, I have never found a flat like this...

Check it out!


Where Will You Go In 2014? - Yes 2014!


A reader recently engaged me in a conversation about taking large expanses of time to live abroad for leisure. It seemed that the reader (I'm speculating) was expressing concern or anxiety about what to do when the trip is over, returning back to the States without a place to live, or a job.  This is a very real fear, and something we had to deal with when the Sherpa and Sherpstress returned recently. 

But, despite what you have seen on TV, there are jobs in this ...

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