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The Short Final
Are You Bilingual? What Are Your Best Tips for Learning Languages?!

I really, really need to learn Italian. My girlfriend and her family are all fluent so you know if I want to be “a part of the family” I can’t be the... Read More

Rapid Travel Chai
Marriott Travel Packages Went ‘Worst-Case Scenario’ – Why? (A Cost-Benefit Analysis)

Marriott withheld the news on their Travel Packages until it was too late to do anything about the 'worst-case' scenario that they just dropped on their customers. Why... Read More

Point Me to the Plane
Delta SkyMiles Flash Sale: 50,000 Round-Trip to Australia

Delta Air Lines appears intent on adapting Pavlovian tools of psychology and deploying them against me. Push the lever and wait for some undefined reward to pop out. On... Read More

Point Me to the Plane
Hyatt Has a ‘Mystery Bonus’ Points Offer. What’s the Mystery?

It may be called a Mystery Bonus Offer, but to me it’s not much of a mystery because when Hyatt has a sale on their hotel points, I don’t have to scratch my... Read More

The Short Final
Flight Deal: Miami to Milan Non-Stop for Under $400!

Love some Milan? Hell, love you some Italy? Then you’re going to want to jump on this deal. Not only are you probably paying less than the cost of your phone+cable... Read More

Point Me to the Plane
Lisbon’s Incredible Pastry Culture: It All Starts with Pastel de Nata

Pastries were everywhere in Lisbon. I’ve never seen so many pastry shops, pastelarias, and so many different kinds of pastries. King of all: Pastel de Nata, a... Read More

Point Me to the Plane
Multiple Best Ever LTO Sign-Ups: 175K SPG, 105K IHG, 230K AAdvantage, 180K Ultimate Rewards, Best Ever SkyMiles, 60K Citi Thank You

Wow, there are several pretty incredible sign-up offers right now as banks aggressively compete for their piece of the points/miles segment. The majority of these are... Read More

Point Me to the Plane
Using American AAdvantage Miles on Flights To and From India

As an expat based in India for the most part of last decade, I have narrowed down on ways to effectively use miles to enjoy luxury vacations from the subcontinent... Read More

Live from a Lounge
Last Week At The Lounge: August 18, 2018

Last Week at the Lounge, we announced the dates for our Mileage Mentor MasterClass, SpiceJet started to offer IFE, Amex started to offer even more dining privileges.... Read More

The Wandering Aramean
DLD 206: London Calling, with some IROPs chaos along the way

Daytime flights from the east coast of North America to London can be great. But starting on the west coast can make them a mess. Fozz and Stephan both did that last... Read More

The Short Final
A Beginner’s Guide to a Vietnamese Food Menu

Vietnamese is one of my favorite cuisines. In fact, when I’m not stuffing my face with the food of my Italian heritage, I’m usually eating at a Vietnamese... Read More

Live from a Lounge
I got myself the Jet Airways ICICI Sapphiro Credit Card

I received my new Jet Airways ICICI Bank co-branded credit card and in the first week of holding the card have gotten myself 10,000 JP Miles and a free movie ticket,... Read More

The Short Final
Great Deal! Rome, Venice, and Florence By Train on Italo for Just €20

Have you ever traveled to Rome and wished you could see other cities in Italy for cheap? Well, now is your chance to check three amazing cities off your bucket list... Read More

Point Me to the Plane
World of Hyatt Free Night Certificates (Cat 1-7) – Now w/ Point + Cash Incentives for Helping Reader

A Point Me to the Plane reader signed up for the World of Hyatt card last year to score 2 free night certificates. His wife and daughter signed up for the same,... Read More

Rapid Travel Chai
From My Home to You: A Shanghai Home-Cooked Meal

China is my first travel love. My wife is Shanghainese and we've assisted her mother to launch Wang's Table, an Airbnb Experience welcoming you to her home for an... Read More

Live from a Lounge
Deal: Early Bird Discount Mileage Mentor MasterClass Delhi NCR

Proud to present the Mileage Mentor MasterClass Delhi/NCR. Signup for a day of talk all things miles, points and credit cards, and get yourself on the pointy end of the... Read More

Point Me to the Plane
Is United MileagePlus the Best FF Program or Worst. I’m Confused

Two days, two news releases. United MileagePlus is the worst frequent flyer program, United MileagePlus is the best frequent flyer program. Why do we even read anymore.... Read More

Jeffsetter
Earning Hawaiian Award Flights Post-SkyPass

Korean SkyPass has long offered the best value when redeeming points or miles for travel to and from Hawaii.  But since transferring points to SkyPass won’t... Read More

The Short Final
Hong Kong Airlines Says They Will Honor Crazy Deal…But I’m Skeptical

After yesterday’s crazy Hong Kong Airlines deal was published, multiple news outlets prefaced it by saying “if this deal is honored.” I reached out to... Read More

Live from a Lounge
American Express Dining Perk: free EazyDiner Prime dining discounts

American Express Cardholders are eligible to get exclusive benefits with a dining program called EazyDiner Prime, which is being offered to all Amex Cardholders. Perks... Read More

Live from a Lounge
One Vistara Aircraft I am definitely chasing!

Vistara is planning something special for their 22nd Aircraft, and I am looking forward to getting on this aircraft. This should be the first non-commercial special... Read More

Rapid Travel Chai
My Marriott Travel Packages Decision

Marriott Travel Packages go way up in price from August 18, 2018. I've finally made my decision on what to book and how much to gamble. Here it is. The post My Marriott... Read More

Rapid Travel Chai
Chicago Seminars 2018 Registration and Hotel Booking Now Open

Chicago Seminars is back for its 9th year, returning to the Holiday Inn Elk Grove on October 19-21, 2018. Registration is now open. See you in Chicago! The post Chicago... Read More

Point Me to the Plane
Using Points and Miles To Get To Portugal

Portugal is rising in popularity as a “must see” European destination. The country has been overshadowed by its Iberian Peninsula counterpart, Spain, for... Read More

Point Me to the Plane
Four Often Missed Sites in Buenos Aires

Buenos Aires is a fascinating city and according to many lists, the most visited city in South America. On a recent trip to Argentina, I decided to explore four... Read More

The Short Final
Costs to Consider If You Took Advantage of Hong Kong Airlines’ Amazing Flight Deal

You may have heard the news, Hong Kong Airlines published an amazing fare deal for a round-trip flight to China for less than $600…in business class. While the... Read More

Point Me to the Plane
World of Hyatt Free Night Certificates (Cat 1-7) + Incentives for Helping Reader

A Point Me to the Plane reader signed up for the World of Hyatt card last year to score 2 free night certificates. His wife and daughter signed up for the same,... Read More

Live from a Lounge
Join us for at Points And Pints Mumbai on September 1

Mumbai, we are all set to host the first Points & Pints meetup of the season in Mumbai. Looking forward to meeting all of you. If you haven't found out the details... Read More

Live from a Lounge
Kerala Floods cause Kochi airport shutdown for 10 days!

Kochi Airport has been flooded so bad that the airport has been shut down for the next ten days. Here is all the information we have about how the Kerala Floods have... Read More

Jeffsetter
Review: Flock and Fowl Las Vegas

Flock and Fowl Las Vegas is another place that’s long been on my list to-try in Sin City.  So I was going to eat here no matter what. Admittedly, I... Read More

Live from a Lounge
JetPrivilege sale being explored to a Private Equity investor?

Bloomberg is reporting that Jet Airways is looking for a potential sale of a part of their stake in the JetPrivilege loyalty program. Blackstone, the private equity firm... Read More