Month: January 2015

United 747-400

Risk of Traveling Standby: My disastrous trip home!

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Booking American Airlines Awards: Getting Started, Earning and the Chart

Booking American Airlines Awards:
1. Getting Started, Earning and The Chart
2. The RULES
3. Booking Awards on American Airlines and Partners

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My Starbucks Rewards: Perpetual Star Machine


CLICK HERE FOR UPDATED POST after Program Change! (4/24/16)

In our last post we discussed the basics of the My Starbucks Rewards program.  Now that we … Read More!

US Airways First Class (A320)

How I got US Airways Gold Preferred…in 2 1/2 months.

Having status with airlines definitely has its perks. My airline of choice thus far in my life has been US Airways. This isn’t necessarily by choice, although they don’t … Read More!


Wallabies and Penguins in Melbourne

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Flight Review: Iberia Business Class MAD-MIA

Iberia Business Class: MAD-MIA
After a wonderful trip to London and Paris it was finally time to head home. We left the Hyatt Paris Madeleine early in the morning in … Read More!


My Starbucks Rewards

As many of you know, Starbucks, like many other companies has a loyalty rewards program called My Starbucks Rewards.  It is easy to sign up for this program simply by … Read More!

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Was this the last Airline Shopping Portal to reward Visa gift cards at Staples?

One way that people are able to gain large amounts of Chase Ultimate Rewards points is by using their Chase Ink Plus or Chase Ink Bold cards at office supply … Read More!

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Stay in a downtown rooftop Airstream Trailer Park!

Grand Daddy Hotel, Airstream Trailer Park!

This is a bit of a blast from the past for me but it came to mind the other day so I wanted to … Read More!

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Hyatt Paris Madeleine rebranded as new Hyatt Centric?

Today Hyatt announced their new “lifestyle” brand Hyatt Centric which will lauch with 15 hotels this summer.  This is meant to be a cool brand for the “modern explorer.”

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What is Manufactured Spending?

Manufactured spending.  I guess the simplest way to explain MS is to say that it is spending money without spending money.  It is a term used by many people … Read More!

Jetstar A330-200

Sydney-Melbourne: Jetstar Airways

In case you missed the two previous posts in this series of my trip to Australia with my buddy Dave, you may want to them before you read this one!… Read More!

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Hotel Review: Hyatt Paris Madeleine

Hyatt Paris Madeleine!
The next stop on our London/Paris trip in May 2014 was another wonderful hotel, The Hyatt Paris Madeleine! This Hyatt is on Boulevard Malesherbes in the … Read More!

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American Express Platinum: Why pay $450 when you can pay $0?

The American Express Platinum card is a very high end charge card (can’t carry a balance) that is chock full of great travel benefits.  Because of these great benefits the … Read More!

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Hotel Review: Park Hyatt Paris Vendome

Park Hyatt Paris Vendome!
After a great few days in London we were off to Paris for the rest of our trip!  Getting in the cab at the train station … Read More!