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Blog Post Archive

Always Remember to ‘Garden’ Your Travel Reservations

It's important to "do gardening" on your bookings, especially ones that you make relatively far in advance. By gardening, I mean tending to the bookings -- checking up on them, and doing minor maintenance. Here are the things that can go wrong, but they are preventable mistakes! Continue reading Always Remember to ‘Garden’ Your Travel Reservations...

You Always Get Upgraded When You Want Upgrades the Least

Last week I needed to be in San Diego for one night. There aren't any non-stops between Austin and San Diego, I rather expected Southwest might have one, but I wound up on American through Dallas. My flight into Dallas was a few minutes...Show More Summary

When 5/24 Doesn’t Apply, and When it Doesn’t Count

Chase has said "we have restrictions related to the number of new cards customers can receive in a period of time." The conventional wisdom is that Chase seems only to want to approve people for this card if they haven’t applied for 5 new cards in the past 24 months. Continue reading When 5/24 Doesn’t Apply, and When it Doesn’t Count...

British Airways Will Start Charging for Water in January, Buy Avios Less than 1 Cent Apiece

A roundup of the most important stories of the day. I keep you up to date on the most interesting writings I find on other sites – the latest news and tips. Continue reading British Airways Will Start Charging for Water in January, Buy Avios Less than 1 Cent Apiece...

Review: New York JFK – Abu Dhabi Etihad First Class Apartment, the Best Flight in the World

I’ve argued many times that the greatest luxury in air travel is space and privacy. As a result there’s no first class product that comes close to Etihad’s First Apartment on the Airbus A380. There’s an inflight chef, an onboard shower,...Show More Summary

A New Trick to Jump the Upgrade Queue on American (But if You Don’t Know It, You Could Lose Out)

American Airlines gate agents are under a lot of pressure to get flights to push back exactly on time. As a result they organize their duties around this goal, at the expense of passengers. There's another wrinkle that several readers...Show More Summary

Free American Airlines Lounge Access if You Have United or Delta Status

Last year I wrote How to Get – and Use – Airline Status Matches. Travel providers are interested in acquiring their competitors’ best customers, but elite status has a lock-in effect. Sure, you might want to defect from United to American or from Delta to Alaska, but it’s pretty tough to do that and start from scratch with a new airline. Show More Summary

The Shocking Fact About Trump’s New Hotel Brand and Free Points

A roundup of the most important stories of the day. I keep you up to date on the most interesting writings I find on other sites – the latest news and tips. Continue reading The Shocking Fact About Trump’s New Hotel Brand and Free Points...

With These Airlines You’ll Want to Eat Onboard — Not at a Restaurant

t’s rarely the case that airlines will provide meals that will be better than what you can get on the ground. The prepacking in the flight kitchen, constrained spaces onboard, and altitude present real challenges. And food is hardlyShow More Summary

$50 Rebate on Hyatt Regency Stays for New and Existing Hyatt Visa Customers

Hyatt's 10% rebate on award redemptions for co-brand credit card holders runs through October 31. They've got another offer for Hyatt Visa cardholders as well: a $50 statement credit for $500 in cumulative spend on the card at U.S. Hyatt Regency properties. Continue reading $50 Rebate on Hyatt Regency Stays for New and Existing Hyatt Visa Customers...

The Huge Downside to Signing Up for Global Entry, and How to Circumvent It

Most US citizens want Global Entry because it includes PreCheck, for an extra $15 gets expedited immigration (of decreasing importance as immigration kiosks roll out), and it reimbursed by more premium credit cards than PreCheck. Frequent...Show More Summary

Uber Looking to Add Flights and 250 Free Avios

A roundup of the most important stories of the day. I keep you up to date on the most interesting writings I find on other sites – the latest news and tips. Continue reading Uber Looking to Add Flights and 250 Free Avios...

Get 2 Free Nights With New Offer for Starwood Business Amex

There's a new limited-time offer for theStarwood Preferred Guest® Business Credit Card from American Express and I think it tells us something about credit card marketing. Through October 19 the card will let you earn a signup bonusShow More Summary

$500 Hotel Credit Giveaway: New Luxury Discount Booking Website

Hotels set their price, and generally they have to offer the same price through their chain's website that they offer through online travel agency sites like Expedia or Hotels.com. Online travel agencies get a commission, but usually aren't able to reduce the hotel's price. Show More Summary

More Great News from Marriott

Last week's big news was that the Marriott acquisition of Starwood closed, and immediately they offered to let members transfer points between accounts and status match. That's great, but today we have more good news. Depending on your...Show More Summary

How Does Earning Marriott Platinum With Credit Card Spending Work?

Marriott has been investing in their rewards program more than I'd have expected since announcing the Starwood merger, which has now closed. I see Marriott Rewards getting stronger. And Ritz-Carlton Rewards status is honored equallyShow More Summary

New Rules Could Be Coming to Limit Emotional Support Animals Onboard

Earlier in the year Hollywood Report said this is the golden age of flying thanks to the ability of anyone -- Hollywood star or not -- bring their emotional support turkey on a plane. For free. Continue reading New Rules Could Be Coming to Limit Emotional Support Animals Onboard...

The Best Card to Get If You’re Over 5/24

Chase is on the record saying that "we have restrictions related to the number of new cards customers can receive in a period of time." In many cases Chase seems only to want to approve people for this card if they haven’t applied for 5 new cards in the past 24 months. Continue reading The Best Card to Get If You’re Over 5/24...

$400 British Airways Discount Extended, Stackable With 10% Off

One of the best deals in travel is the British Airways AARP discount. I love stacking British Airways business class sale fares with $400 off business class fares and even a further 10% discount for eligible Chase credit card holders (using promo code CARDOFFERU). Continue reading $400 British Airways Discount Extended, Stackable With 10% Off...

No, Marriott Elites Aren’t Getting Hosed With the Starwood Status Match. Why Do You Ask?

Reader YMX asked, "Gary, don’t you think the status match is inequitable for current Marriott Golds or Platinums?" I'll lay out the argument, and then offer what I think are pretty compelling reasons why Marriott Gold and Platinum members...Show More Summary

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