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Dear Mr. Smisek... an open letter

 

 

 

 

 

Sherpa Note:  I wrote this post almost a week ago but wanted to give United a chance to respond first.  Their auto-responder email I received back said they would come back within a shocking... SEVEN days!  I'm going to say that again, they pledged to respond within 7 days.  As of this post they have not responded at all.  To be fair to United, it's only been six days and I will be happy to include their ...

Would you spend $69 to save yourself $338? - Mattress Running

I mentioned before in this post that my stay at Radisson Sukhumvit was to take advantage of what I deem to be the best hotel promotion of the year.  It's already paid off in spades.

I have widely published my itinerary repatriating to the United States in the coming months.  It drops us at LAX and the Sherpa and Sherpstress would like to spend a couple of "free" days on the best coast (East-coasters feel free to roll eyes... now).  We booked onward air travel three days later, but ...

Sometimes it's NOT too good to be true

There have been quite a few mistake fares the past few months.  Some have gotten more press than others and I think it's important for my readers to have an idea of what has happened.

A few Sherpa readers who have taken action on these great deals have been disappointed with those that were not honored. It seems to help perpetuate the theory that, "If it seems too good to be true, it probably is." This is counter to something I've always said (no I haven't) "Those who think ...

See the Sherpa Here: How Driving to Your Assignments May Earn You a Free Trip to Tokyo

The Sherpa was kindly asked to guest blog for Medical Solutions last week and wanted to link the article here.  Medical Solutions is a travel nursing organization that offers travel nurses support in placement, facilities, benefits and continuing education as well as hospitals and clinics that need nurses to fill vacancies.

These travel nurses are a different kind of road warrior and hopefully my article will help some realize the immense potential they have to travel like a pro and ...

Top Tier Hotel Status Offer - Intro to Status Matching

UPDATED: 

The offer is gone, and it was gone fast.  Congrats to those who got in on it! The offer is back, but it will likely go away again soon, see it here.  Part Two (Intro to Status Matching) is maybe one of the most useful things a new frequent flyer can master.  If you haven't already take a close look at the latter half of this post.

 

This post is going to be broken into two parts.

Part One

Accor Hotels is offering free top tier ...

Dear Sherpa: What's the deal with credit card churning?

A great question came in via TheTripSherpa's facbook page, which you should both "like" (as in hit the button and let's be friends) and "like" (as in enjoy and find a way to directly connect with the Sherpa at all times if you wish).

Cue Casey Kasem voice:

JQ writes -

Dear Sherpa:

What's the deal with churning credit cards?  I'm new in collecting miles and whatnot but was thinking about doing a couple of more cards (if there are good sign-up ...

I just booked Denver flights, with three nights hotel for $43!

UPDATED:

Uh oh.  At the time of posting I was not aware (though I should have been) that the offer code was provided for the National Foundation for Blindness - that has the Sherpa feeling a little guilty.  Then Travelocity decided to cancel the reservations because the Sherpa (and others didn't qualify).  But that has more than just myself a little irritated.

If you were Travelocity and sent out an email stating that this was an intended promo code for NFB members and that ...

Dear Sherpa - [Yet Another] Deal Site has $128 RT tickets, Scam or Legit? - UPDATED Now even Scammier than before

UPDATED

Tried to contact Groupalicious -

Just to be clear, that "Los Angeles Office" appears to be in Seattle?  Weird.  You can see I tried by Twitter as well:

And then this auto-reply with possibly the best answer to a very straight forward question:

And winner for epic quote of the year, One Stop Travel:

Q:  Is there a catch?

A:  That depends on what you call a catch.

I keep looking around for those Candid Camera ...

Forget 4 Miles to Hong Kong - I'm Taking You There Free!

Boy did we have an exciting week last week trying to secure those HK tickets for 4 miles and $35?  Some are still holding out hope, some have given up.  For those that have kissed this one goodbye, this week is for you.  By coincidence, the Sherpa and Sherpstress were in Hong Kong last week while the whole mess was taking place. Though you may be a little disappointed United is not currently planning to honor those tickets you can still get a great trip report the next few days - ...

Radisson Suites Sukhumvit Bangkok - Should you complain about an upgrade?

 

I read blogs all the time, whining about small details which mars otherwise great service, and roll my eyes.  Then I became one of them...

This is only my second ever stay in a Club Carlson property, and after a status match I had received I was quite excited about the visit.  It was the last possible day to post a stay for the Radisson Big Night Giveaway campaign and the rates were still really affordable.

Once I completed the purchase of $65 ...

First Class to Hong Kong for 4 Miles and Why I Didnt Alert My Readers

This is going to read a little bit like a confession.  Firstly, I have never flown in a 747.  Secondly, I have flown business class on a two class international service, and first class domestic which is little more than a wider leather seat - but never international first.  For most of my readers, they wouldn't really mind business or first, both are lie flat beds, but for me there is a big difference between the two.  See the image above, those are two seats, the Sherpa and the ...

Mileage Checking Accounts - Bonus Miles vs. Cost and Hassle

It's common knowledge that airline/hotel credit cards have huge bonuses and that's where you get the best head start for your mileage account.  Look at the British Airways Chase 100,000 Avios bonus for a great example.  If you use your BA Avios account for short US domestic redemptions (stop doing that) then this card might as well stop listing a 100,000 mile bonus and just round it to a bajillion, see this post about how 9,000 Avios = one free roundtrip US ticket (less than 650 ...

Great Deals to Ireland! $454 ORD-DUB all-in

Hat tip to The Points Guy, check out the great prices to Ireland right now.  These won't last, get after them.  Here is what I found when I had a check from Chicago-Dublin.

The Sherpa nearly booked this for himself and the Sherpstress, in fact I am still thinking about it, but @DeltaAssist recently declined my status match request (they had their choice of BMI, Aer Lingus or BA), which will be the subject for another post.  The rep I spoke with claimed they don't status ...

Hong Kong - Many Firsts

I have wanted to go to Hong Kong for a very long time.  There are so many reasons why it is amazing, but for those of you that are less familiar, here are some key things that make it stand out:

- Under lease from Britain until 1997, they speak English and Cantonese.

- Two Systems/One Government, that was the tagline at the time of the handover and still is today, a mostly free democracy and capitalist region (Hong Kong) governed by Communist Beijing, excellently ...

Le Meirdien - LM01

The Trip Sherpa and the Sherpstress had to be the two least loyal hotel guests in the entire travel industry.  So much so that your Sherpa is just short of elite status on... Hotels.com - Eeek!  Don't get the wrong impression, there are some advantages to booking on Hotels.com, and for Europe and parts of Asia, sometimes the boutique hotels are often the only way to go.

And then we stayed in the Le Méridien, Bangkok.

And it ruined us.

Outside of these doors ...

Crediting to Another Airline - Intro to Alliances

Choosing an airline frequent flyer program in which to focus is as much about the airline you fly as it is the Alliance they are in. If you have saved your miles and signed up for a credit card bonus because you have always wanted to go to Hong Kong but you fly with American Airlines, you will be able to redeem your miles but it will be with one of their partner airlines in the one world Alliance because AA doesn't fly there.  Alliances allow airlines to offer you the world in a ...

PRE-Radisson Suites Bangkok Sukhumvit - Introduction to a "Mattress Run"

 

Mattress Run - Staying in a hotel for the specific purpose of gaining hotel loyalty points, or elite status.

Most readers would be asking themselves the appropriate question, "Why would anyone stay in a hotel just for points?" This answer is really simple actually.  For my hotel expense of $69, I will get in return 52,380 due to a promotion, that's almost enough points to stay in this hotel twice for free (28,000/night).  The promo makes this stay buy one, get ...

Dear Sherpa: What's the best credit card for me?

Often friends, family and clients will write to the Sherpa and ask for advice, the Dear Sherpa section is where I do my best to guide them to the right travel decision.  Some of my fellow travel bloggers get referral fees for credit card signups (and they disclose it), but I am not so lucky just yet, so please note that I am not a financial adviser or professional, I am not paid for any recommendations I give, this is my opinion alone and your acceptance or rejection of such advice is of ...

Best Hotel Promo of 2012...

You probably are familiar with Club Carlson hotels, you just had no idea that was the name of the chain.  Radisson Hotels, Country Inns & Suites, Park Inn (mostly Europe), Park Plaza, the very swanky Radisson Blu, or the very limited, Hotel Missoni (just two locations).

Here is how this promo works, when you stay one night at a Park Plaza Hotel, you get 50,000 bonus points that you can spend across the Club Carlson brand.  But what does that mean to the average traveler?  Free ...

8 Countries and Three Continents for less than $1,000

Here is an example of how I used numerous tools to save loads of money and book myself the most round-about journey home, for when our time here in Thailand expires in September of this year.

1.) We were lucky enough to get in on this deal (hat tip to Matthew at UPGRD.com), and though our tickets were originally cancelled, after a little bit of patience and a passionate email into Vayama, Korean and Vayama reinstated our tickets from RGN-BKK-ICN-LAX in business class, for $445 each ...