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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US Airways 7 Day Upgrade Window - What's the Point?

As a recent US Airways Chairman, I am adjusting to their system.  My general rule of thumb is that I add my frequent flyer account to whichever airline I am flying.  For example, this week I am flights to Tulsa (on American) and to Omaha (on US Airways) and have put my respective numbers ...
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BREAKING - No more Hyatt Diamond Challenges

I have been able to confirm with Hyatt that as of 10/31/14 they no longer offer Diamond Status challenges or status matches. That's not to say that they absolutely won't match again in the future or re-introduce a challenge, but in it's current format, the Diamond Challenge is no more.   ...
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Points for Apple Payments?

I am certainly an interested Apple consumer, maybe a fanboy is a better description. As I await the all-but-certain two iPhone 6 models announced tomorrow and an iWatch (if we believe the 3.4 million rumors) I am just as excited about their payment system.  
Purportedly integrated into the ...
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URGENT! PSA - Burn Your Short Haul Avios

A discovery was made by Gary Leff of Boarding Area's View From the Wing Blog that Iberia (owned by British Airways parent company IAG) have changed their short haul redemption rates and created a new American Airlines only award chart.  
As Gary points out this is a devaluation of 333% ...
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Credit Card Prom Date Issue

As I mentioned yesterday, I would be applying for a couple of cards and I wasn't entirely sure about which ones I would do. Doctor of Credit had mentioned on one of my last posts that I should submit the appropriate documents to have a couple of bureaus frozen before applying for any US Bank credit ...
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Credit Card Apps - Jeans and T-Shirt edition

I am easily a newcomer to the credit card side of the world of miles.  Though we have held cards for many years, April was my first true go at it.  There are only a few cards I will be going for and only a couple offered by UPGRD.com.  Full disclosure, some of the links I post will ...
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A New Role for Malaysia Airlines

First of all, MH17 is a terrible tragedy that has hit at least one family twice in five months.  The families of those concerned have the compounding emotion of not only their loved ones perishing, but also of outrage that the death of their loved ones were preventable on multiple fronts. ...

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 ...
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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 ...