Five Ways to Earn Frequent Flyer Miles Without Flying

This is part of my introduction series for new readers that may not know of these ways to use miles and points.  
Here are five easy ways to earn frequent flyer miles without actually flying.  Before you know it, you will be looking back through the curtain at coach as the flight ...
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Maserati and National Partnership Continues After the Rental

I opened my mail recently and saw a letter from Maserati to me.  Though I may "ball out of control" in terms of miles and points, I certainly don't get a lot of mail from Maserati or Bentley.  After my awesome experience with National, I was pretty pumped to see what they had to ...

Inspired by British Airways: London to Kuala Lumpur

British Airways has produced amazing short videos in the past.  Before I include links of those, this one just came to me in an email yesterday from Heathrow and I think it looks stunning.  I wasn't aware they were starting a new route to Kuala Lumpur and I am not sure what the appetite is ...

How to Drive Like a Boss with National Car Rental's Maserati


Previously, I posted about my experience renting the Maserati Ghibli from National Car Rental, but I didn't really post the details of the rental itself or the costs.  In this installment, you will learn how you too can rent a Maserati and feel invincible.  
National carries the ...
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Driving a Maserati with National


I'm not really a Maserati guy, but there is something to be said for a little flash from time to time.  
I'm an Executive Elite with National, and I am a fan of the brand.  When I get to an airport I walk to the Executive aisle, I pick a car I like (usually a Tahoe or Denali) ...
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URGENT! Chairman's Upgrade Certificates Premature Expiration!

Chairman's Preferred status holder with US Airways (there are many from the challenges offered last year) receive two one-way upgrades and matching companion upgrades every year.  American Airlines indicated that these would need to be spent prior to their loyalty program mergers anticipated in ...
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The Value of Points - Even Hotel Employees Don't Know What They Are Worth

Scenario
Let me just give you a little glimpse into an interaction I had at a Hampton Inn where I recently stayed for two nights. The first night did not go well.  I had access to a two room suite.  In the bedroom, the headboard of the bed was on the far wall when entering the room. ...
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American Airlines $450 Business Class Fare to China Update

I intended on posting an update regarding the great deals that were available for business class flights from Washington DC airports to Beijing on American Airlines for select dates in April/May and September, however, by the time I completed my purchase the deal had all but closed up.
To ...
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UPDATE: Merged Already? Did American Airlines Match My US Airways Status?

I have a quick update regarding my previous question on whether or not American and US Airways had already essentially merged in regards to frequent flyer program status.  To recap, on American Airlines specifically I only earned 28k EQMs and just 38k PQMs on US Airways (though it was through a ...
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Merged Already? Did American Airlines Match My US Airways Status?


The most dreaded day of the year for most status chasing frequent flyers has to be March 1st.  Most programs allow you to earn from January 1st of a given year until December 31st of the same, but they will let you keep your status another two months following until the end of February. ...
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Great Drone Tour of Hong Kong outskirts

I came across this today courtesy of Gizmodo.  The context is unnecessary (transferring chocolate across the territory by drone) and a little corny.  The views however, are outstanding! For those that have not yet been to HK, here is a little view as to why you should leave work right now ...

Gett - An Uber Alternative

While in New York for the New York Times Travel Show we thought we would try some Uber alternatives. We had some Uber referral credits (I'm not pumping their service but if you want to sign up via my link I won't be mad) and used the service from the airport to our first hotel. for short trips ...

Is the Grand Hyatt DFW the Best Airport Hotel?

Our exceedingly excellent stay...  
Victoria
When we arrived at the front desk we were met by Victoria, a front desk expert.  She was exactly what I, as a Hyatt Diamond member, and Hyatt as a hotel chain want in that first initial contact with the hotel.  She offered a ...

A tour of Hyatt Hotels

After many years of wallowing around in the mire of other programs, I have become a fully-fledged Hyatt enthusiast.  I tried SPG, Hilton, IHG and even Club Carlson.  They all have their place and time.  I don't always have a choice of where I stay, but when a Hyatt is available, I am ...

Cuba is more or less open... tomorrow!

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Either as a fault of tricky wording, or of tricky policies, it appears as though Treasury bans on travel, ...
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Park Hyatt Milan - Above and Beyond

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There are good hotels experiences, there are great hotel experiences, then there is the Park Hyatt Milan. ...
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Mileage Earning Debit Cards Revisited

After lots and lots of emails and comments from a post written over 10 months ago, it seems like it is time for an update.   But before we get into that you should sign up for our email list here.  
So let's start fresh on this debit card ...
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Exclusive: SPG Opens an Opulent New Milanese Property

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