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

Live and Let's Fly
First Class Satay: Singapore Airlines vs. Malaysia Airlines

Each week, my Meal of the Week  feature examines an airline meal from my travels over the years. This may be a meal from earlier in the week or it may be a meal... Read More

View from the Wing
Marriott-Starwood Merger Day: Quit Gnashing Teeth

Marriott's new loyalty program has launched, but as of this writing they're still working through the IT. They told us to expect things to be down throughout Saturday. ... 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

Loyalty Traveler
Rome sights video slideshow

Rome, Italy June 2018 video slideshow Colosseum, Trajan's Market, Alter of the Fatherland, St. Peter's Square, St. Peter's Basilica, Pope Francis, Castel Sant'Angelo,... Read More

Miles To Memories
Marriott Screws Customers with Travel Package Mapping & Why They Should Refund Points!

Marriott made some customer unfriendly decisions with their travel package mapping and seemingly tricked some members into booking packages that are worth less. The post... Read More

One Mile at a Time
Confirmed: All Marriott Properties Will Be Bookable At Standard Rates

Marriott's new loyalty program is launching today, so it has been quite an exciting day. First it was bad news about Marriott's Platinum upgrade policy. Then it was good... Read More

Points With a Crew
Listen up! Sony Wireless Noise Canceling Headphone for as low as $48

With stacking a few discounted offers, you could get this Sony Wireless Noise Canceling Headphone for as low as $48. I'll show you how! Read More

Points, Miles & Martinis
New Airline Offer Get $160 Back!

Check your American Express account/s for the following Offer for You. This is targeted, so not everyone will find it on their account, but it is worth looking for! Be... Read More

View from the Wing
How Many Points Should You Transfer to Korean Before Chase Loses Them as a Partner Next Week?

Chase points are one of my favorite currencies, and their transfer partner Korean Air SkyPass is one of my favorite frequent flyer programs. Chase points will only... Read More

One Mile at a Time
Weekly Review: August 18, 2018

Hello from Riga! My dad and I are currently on a trip to Estonia and Latvia, and have been having an incredible time. Not only has it been fun to spend quality time with... Read More

You Have Been Upgraded
Ah doch nicht alle Marriott / SPG Häuser zum Standard-Punktepreis buchbar :/

Beim neuen SPG / Marriott Programm sind doch auch üble Überraschungen dabei ... 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

Points, Miles & Martinis
Lucrative 130,000 Bonus Delta SkyMiles with Limited Time Offers

Delta and American Express have increased welcome offers for the Platinum Delta SkyMiles® Credit Card from American Express and the Gold Delta SkyMiles® Credit... Read More

You Have Been Upgraded
Ausnahmen beim SPG / Marriott Platinum Lounge Zugang

Club Zugang bei bestimmten Marken wird nun ausdrücklich für SPG / Marriott Platinums ausgeschlossen ... Read More

Miles To Memories
Southwest Announces New Dynamic EarlyBird Pricing: Cash Grab or Status Quo?

Southwest Airlines has announced a big change to a popular feature for their passengers. Is this a cash grab or will it help customers who want to pay get a better... 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

You Have Been Upgraded
Ah doch! SPG / Marriott Platinum Elite: “Enhanced rooms MAY include … suites”

Mit dem SPG / Marriott Merger wird es nun lustig. Scheinbar wird die Suite Upgrade Regel doch aufgeweicht ... Read More

One Mile at a Time
Marriott Reveals How Travel Packages Will Map To New Program

Marriott has finally revealed how Travel Packages will convert (this is something I've discussed endlessly here, and I finally pulled the trigger on two packages... Read More

One Mile at a Time
Marriott Clarifies New Suite Upgrade Policy

Marriott's new loyalty program launches today, and so far it looks like the transition is going pretty well. It seems like both the Marriott and SPG sites are back up,... Read More

Economy Class & Beyond
TRIP REPORT: Aer Lingus Regional EI3276 Dublin to Birmingham – Donuts on the Mound 2

Donuts on the Mound 2 – Aer Lingus Regional EI3276 Dublin to Birmingham In this donut filled adventure Continuing a new tradition Off to Birmingham Airport Aer... 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

Michael W Travels
Our Experience Taking the Overnight Sleeper Train in Ukraine with Kids

Traveling for a month with a family can be pricey. The Michael W Travels family uses miles and points to help bring down the costs. However, this doesn’t cover all... 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

One Mile at a Time
Hilton Honors Already Poking Fun At New Marriott Loyalty Program

The Marriott Rewards and Starwood Preferred Guest programs are being integrated as we speak, and it sure isn't taking long for Hilton to try and poach elites. I remember... Read More

View from the Wing
Secret Shopping the New Chase Sapphire Banking and Pay to Upgrade Priority Pass Lounge Access

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.... Read More

Points, Miles & Martinis
Southwest EarlyBird Pricing Changes, Alitalia Business Class Review and More

Martini Review of the Week:  It’s Saturday and it’s time for the Martini Review of the Week. Take a look at this week’s top news, deals, and... Read More

Miles To Memories
Chase Ink Preferred No Longer Earning 3X on Plastiq

One card that makes sense to use through Plastiq is Chase Ink Preferred. It has been earning 3X on payments made through the platform but that seems to have stopped in... Read More

Monkey Miles
$600 Biz not enough? Hong Kong Airlines has a cake and champagne service.

Celebrate at 38k feet! You can order champagne and a cake to enjoy while flying on Hong Kong Airlines The post $600 Biz not enough? Hong Kong Airlines has a cake and... 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

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