Trip Reports

Live and Let's Fly
Review: Iberia A330-200 Business Class from Madrid to Los Angeles

Iberia, Iberia. I have separated this report into two parts: the flight itself, and what happened after the flight. You’ll read why I walked off the plane... Read More

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PSA: Southwest Airlines Travel Funds can Only be Used by the Passenger Named on the Ticket

Grant is the Southwest Airlines maven around here, so you’d think I would know better. But I just had an epic fail with Southwest Airlines and want to save you... Read More

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What do I do When I’m Stumped Booking an Award Ticket?

Do you ever get frustrated when you’re booking an award ticket? Or trying to use points for hotel rooms? Or are those the stupidest questions ever? Of course you... Read More

Contest: 2 Singapore Airlines tickets to Hong Kong!

We are thrilled to announce that TravelSkills and Singapore Airlines have teamed up to offer TWO round trip tickets between San Francisco and Hong Kong to... Read More

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$10 Off Frequent Traveler University (FTU) Expo & Signature Tickets (Chicago November 17-19)

Good morning everyone. Today, tickets to the Frequent Traveler University (FTU) Travel Expo and FTU Signature go on sale. Some of your/my favorite travel bloggers will... Read More

One Mile at a Time
Review: BRA Economy Class Avro 100 Gothenburg To Stockholm Bromma

Last week I took my second ever flight on Swedish-based BRA. I know, the name is ridiculous. Bra means "good" in Swedish, so get your minds out of the gutter. Last week... Read More

Miles from Blighty
REVIEW: Malaysian Airlines KL to Seoul – run for the crew!

The main Business Class toilet was redesigned for 'Crew Use Only' on my recent overnight flight from KL to Seoul. The post REVIEW: Malaysian Airlines KL to Seoul –... Read More

Grab a Mile
Our Stay in a Million $ Lake Como Villa

Sometimes the best places to stay aren’t available on points. Sometimes there are far greater experiences to be had outside of a hotel. This is one of those... Read More

The Gate
The Lower Falls of Johnston Canyon

I was already admiring the natural beauty of Johnston Canyon in Banff National Park in Alberta before even approaching the lower falls — and then I turned off onto... Read More

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Trip Report: Hyatt Ziva in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico (All-Inclusive Resort)

The Hyatt Ziva Puerto Vallarta is a beautiful resort. I went at the end of August and booked a club room – I don’t have Hyatt Diamond status. I greatly... Read More

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The Real Story Behind the Siesta Culture

When you’re in certain European countries, thanks to the concept of a midday siesta, conducting business or even going out for a meal can be a challenge. Recently,... Read More

Trip Report: What’s a Marriott AC Hotel like?

AC Hotels is one of Marriott’s newest brands. It started out in Spain in 1999, spread throughout Europe, and is now making a move on the U.S. where there are 10... Read More

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A Penny for your Thoughts: Tips for Getting the Best Currency Exchange

Last week. I wrote about My Simple Currency Exchange Rate Philosophy and helping my nervous friend find a more relaxed approach to spending money when he travels. Reader... Read More

Monkey Miles
Trip Report: 10 days in England for a Christening

Taking a trip for a Christening in England led to some great hotel experiences, a new business class product, and my first time in Sweden. Most of was so nice... Read More

Ultima Llamada
Resumen de mi Reciente Viaje a Sicilia. Algo de Historia, Playa y Mucha Comida!

Hace un par de semanas volé a Sicilia para visitar amigos y empezar el veranito europeo en algunas de las playas más lindas de la isla. Este es un breve... Read More

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PSA: Stop Using SMS / Text for 2 Factor Authentication (2FA) Access Codes Due to SS7 Vulnerability

Many people are becoming aware of enhanced security measures taken by banking, internet, email and other institutions. Commonly known as "two-factor authentication" or... Read More

One Mile at a Time
Review: Lufthansa Lounge Paris Airport

Our last night/morning in Paris was rather exciting, as I had to change our Lufthansa flight twice as Ford spent the early morning in the ER (everything was fine in the... Read More

Review: ANA Business Class Bangkok to Tokyo on 787-9 Dreamliner

This was my first time flying ANA Business Class and I absolutely loved both, the hard product and the service! It was the second leg of my four segment trip back from... Read More

The Gate
Miscellaneous Helsinki

After I checked out of the Hilton Helsinki Strand, I visited Suomenlinna — at least one future article will cover my visit to that United Nations Educational,... Read More

The Gate
Flamingos at Lake Nakuru National Park in Kenya — and Other Waterfowl

The copiousness of algae in Lake Nakuru — which is located in the Great Rift Valley and is part of Lake Nakuru National Park in Kenya — attracts dozens of... Read More

The Gate
Johnston Canyon: An Introduction

After visiting Gap Lake, I returned to Trans-Canada Highway 1; passed the town of Banff; and exited at the Johnston Canyon and Castle Mountain exit to drive leisurely... Read More

Monkey Miles
Trip Report: 5 cabins 5 stars Miles traces his roots in S.E. Asia

See an extensive look at Miles' New Years trip through Southeast Asia flying on some of the world's best cabins and staying in 5 star hotels. The post Trip Report: 5... Read More

Live and Let's Fly
Review: Iberia A340-600 Business Class from London to Madrid

For years I’ve had my eyes on an evening Iberia A340-600 flight that operates from London Heathrow to Madrid. Last month, I finally had the chance to fly it.... Read More

The Reward Boss
Hiking Near New York City – Mt. Misery and Rattlesnake Hill – Easy Inexpensive Weekend Trip

  Hiking Near New York City No plans for a weekend? Don't stay home! We have some amazing hiking near New York City. I will go to the ends of the earth (like... Read More

Review: Trenitalia Executive Class Frecciarossa Rome to Milan

Review: Trenitalia Executive Class Puts Amtrak to Shame In early June, I decided to take a brief trip to Italy.  This was the first trip I’ve taken in months... Read More

One Mile at a Time
Review: Shangri-La Paris

Paris s a city with a lot of top notch luxury hotels, though they come at a steep cost. The good news for points enthusiasts is that there are some great points... Read More

One Mile at a Time
Review: Hawaiian Airlines Premier Club Lounge Honolulu Airport

Spoiler alert: it's terrible. Virtually everywhere I went in Hawaii, I found amazing hospitality, and everything had a local feel to it. After I returned, it took me a... Read More

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Reminder: Sacramento Travel Hackers Meetup @ In-N-Out Burger (Saturday June 17 from 12-2pm)

Good afternoon everyone, happy Friday. This is a just a friendly reminder that I will be in Sacramento this weekend for a wedding and will have a Sacramento Travel... Read More

One Mile at a Time
Review: Dining At Aman Sveti Stefan

I've never been to an Aman that didn't delight in the food department, and this property was no exception. Breakfast and lunch were served at the piazza, located towards... Read More

Travel Codex
Review: Hotel St. Marie New Orleans

We broke our journey to Gulf Shores with two nights in New Orleans’ French Quarter.  The Big Easy features a ridiculous number of hotels, so picking one took... Read More

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Italian Vacation Part 3: Hotel Mozart in Rome, AquaSalata Fish Restaurant & Villa Borghese Gardens

Are you taking advantage of Europe being on sale these days? I know many readers are heading over the pond. If Italy is in your plans, either now or sometime in the next... Read More