Spotlight : Paris – Travel inspiration

Paris, the cosmopolitan capital of France, is, with 2.2 million people living in the dense (105 km²) central city and almost 12 million people living in the whole metropolitan area, one of the largest agglomerations in Europe. Located in the north of the country on the river Seine, Paris has the reputation of being the […] Read on →

Travel inspiration – Menorca

Minorca or Menorca (Catalan: Menorca [məˈnɔrkə]; Spanish: Menorca [meˈnorka]; from Latin: Insula Minor, later Minorica "minor island") is one of the Balearic Islands located in the Mediterranean Sea belonging to Spain. Its name derives from its size, contrasting it with nearby Majorca. Minorca has a population of approximately 94,383 (2010). It is located 39°47' to […] Read on →

Travel inspiration – Delicate Arch in Utah

Delicate Arch is a 65-foot (20 m) tall freestanding natural arch located in Arches National Park near Moab, Utah, United States. It is the most widely-recognized landmark in Arches National Park and is depicted on Utah license plates and on a postage stamp commemorating Utah's centennial anniversary of statehood in 1996. The Olympic torch relay […] Read on →

Spotlight : Barcelona – Travel inspiration

Barcelona is Spain's second largest city, with a population of nearly one and half million people (nearly five million in the metropolitan area) and the capital and largest city of Catalonia. This city, located directly on the northeastern Mediterranean coast of Spain, has a rich history dating back at least 2,000 years when it gained […] Read on →

Travel inspiration – Bergamo

Bergamo is a pretty town of some 120,000 people nestling in the foothills of the Alps. Widely acclaimed as a city of rare beauty, Bergamo is famous for its wealth of artistic treasures and enchanting medieval atmosphere. It is a real life tale of two cities: Città Bassa, the busy and modern lower city, and […] Read on →

Travel inspiration – Svartifoss, Iceland

Svartifoss (Black Fall) is a waterfall in Skaftafell National Park in Iceland, and is one of the most popular sights in the park. It is surrounded by dark lava columns, which gave rise to its name. Other well-known columnar jointing formations are seen at the Giant's Causeway in Northern Ireland, Devil's Tower in Wyoming, USA […] Read on →

Travel inspiration – Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque

Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque (Arabic :جامع الشيخ زايد الكبير) is located in Abu Dhabi, the capital city of the United Arab Emirates[1] and is considered to be the key for worship in the country. Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque was initiated by the late President of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), HH Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan […] Read on →

Spotlight : W Retreat and Spa Maldives

The W Retreat and Spa Maldives is a fantastic looking property. Unfortunately SPG does not provide any deals booking high-end properties such as this one using points. It's usually a hefty 90,000 (!) Starpoints per night. Cash prizes start at $850 for the property. You can book it with our partner hoteltravel.com. How to get […] Read on →

Travel inspiration – Cabo San Lucas

Cabo is a varied destination that captures the essence of Baja Peninsula in its many resorts, championship golf courses, world-class dining and amazing outdoor activities. For much of its history, Cabo was a sleepy, remote fishing port which was generally accessed either by ship or a three-hour drive from La Paz. In 1977, the airport […] Read on →

Travel inspiration – St. Stefan

Sveti Stefan, pronounced [sv̞ê̞ːtiː stê̞faːn], now Aman Sveti Stefan including the Villa Miločer (pronounced [vîla mîlɔ̝tʃe̞r]; formerly Sveti Stefan Hotel) ("Saint Stephen"; Cyrillc: Свети Стефан, Italian: Santo Stefano di Pastrovicchio) is a small islet and hotel resort in Montenegro, approximately 6 kilometres (3.7 mi) southeast of Budva. The hotel won the Hotel of the Year […] Read on →

US Airways Share Mile Promotion

If you've read some of my other articles, you're well aware that I love US Airways Dividend Miles program. They have some of the best "sweet spots" of any award program out there. Particularly good are the 90,000 mile business class awards from North America to North Asia (China, Japan, Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong, etc) […] Read on →

Spotlight : Monastero Santa Rosa Hotel & Spa

Monastero Santa Rosa luxurious hotel is perched on a cliff with panoramic views of the Gulf of Salerno. We think it's really pretty! You can book it with our partner hoteltravel.com. Nearest airport : NAP Regular Economy fares in winter are about $700 (Turkish Airlines) or you can make use of AAdvantage Economy Off-Peak awards […] Read on →

Route updates from San Francisco

I just discovered BAT – the Bay Area Traveler. And he's been compiling a number of posts of with route updates. United United is pulling the aging 747 from the Melbourne and Sydney routes. That's great news for Economy passengers but not so great news for award travelers since the business and first cabins will […] Read on →

Spotlight: Ayada Maldives Resort

Ayada Maldives Resort is a nicely looking resort in the Maldives. It's not part of any chain but with prices under $250 almost an economy version as far as resorts in the Maldives go. Instead of paying $2,000 for a ticket to the Maldives you can use award tickets. United Mileage Plus gets you to […] Read on →

How to book an award ticket?

Q: What is an award ticket? Award tickets are tickets you pay for (at least partially) with airline miles. Tickets are usually changeable and fully refundable (against a fee if you are no elite flyer with that airline). The airline makes parts of its inventory to award redemptions. Each airline has a different set of […] Read on →