Free double dipping - Intro to business incentive programs


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 ...

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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 ...

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Are you earning miles on absolutely every transaction?

The following post is available for archival purposes only.  There is an updated debit card post that will show you the current options.  Please read there and continue to earn miles for paying your bills and non-credit purhcases.

This is a post about getting miles on everything, and I mean everything for which you exchange money.  I get miles on rent/mortgage, ...

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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 ...

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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.  ...

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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, ...

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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 ...

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 ...

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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 ...

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 ...

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: ...

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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 ...

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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...