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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 Osaka but you fly with American Airlines, you will be ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...