Farewell Conrad Koh Samui…

Farewell Conrad Koh Samui…

I just finished my stay at the Conrad Koh Samui and I'm very impressed by that property. The main theme there are the views, the views and the views. It seems both investors and architects were obsessed with them and privacy. I'll have a full review with many pictures coming up soon. In the meantime […]

Posted on May 7, 2013 by in Travel Deals

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Where to Stay in Reykjavik, Iceland

Where to Stay in Reykjavik, Iceland

To stay in Reykjavik using points, you've got the option of either burning Hilton HHonors points or Club Carlson Gold points. 1. Hilton Reykjavik Nordica The Hilton is a category 7 and standard rooms here start at 40,000 points. Category 7s range from 30,000-60,000. This Hilton is located in the financial district but offers a […]

Posted on May 7, 2013 by in Travel Deals

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How to get to Reykjavik, Iceland using Miles

How to get to Reykjavik, Iceland using Miles

christine zenino Iceland is a country sprinkled with diverse landscape, breathtaking natural phenomena and a rich, lively culture. Despite its name, Iceland is not all ice. It's actually green and offers a wide range of outdoor activities in such varied settings. Lava fields, fjords, geysers, hot springs, and waterfalls make up its varied topography and […]

Posted on May 6, 2013 by in Travel Deals

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Chase Gift Cards with NO fees/ no shipping charges

Chase Gift Cards with NO fees/ no shipping charges

This completely slipped by but thanks to FTU I learned about it – Chase is offering VISA Gift cards with NO fees and NO shipping. From the reports on Slickdeals the credit card transaction does code as purchase not as cash advance when using a Chase card. Citibank and Barclays may be different though. Note […]

Posted on April 29, 2013 by in Travel Deals

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Cheers from the Lufthansa First Class Terminal

Cheers from the Lufthansa First Class Terminal

I had a great time at FTU D.C. – thanks for all of you who came over and introduced themselves! I met many friends from FTU LAX and sincerely appreciate the new connections. I left FTU DC yesterday afternoon and boarded LH417 with the old F configuration for Frankfurt. Even with the old seats it […]

Posted on April 29, 2013 by in Travel Deals

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Air France A380 to start Shanghai service, Jetblue starting Lima flights, Air Tahiti’s new cabin coming Apr 25

Air France A380 to start Shanghai service, Jetblue starting Lima flights, Air Tahiti’s new cabin coming Apr 25

frielp – Air France has decided to match Lufthansa and begin A380 service to Shanghai from on September 2013. Lufthansa just announced it's intent a week ago after they received government permission. – JetBlue is launching service to far away Lima. It seems JetBlue keeps becoming a full service airline building a wider network. I […]

Posted on April 25, 2013 by in Air France/KLM Flying Blue

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How to find Star Alliance availability using partner access

How to find Star Alliance availability using partner access

Richard Moross I wanted to share my experiences finding partner award space on Star Alliance. The following generally applies to United Mileage Plus but it applies to all partner access (i.e. any Star Alliance partner accessing space with another Star Alliance airline). I did not take into account fuel surcharges. Each frequent flyer program determines […]

Posted on April 24, 2013 by in Lufthansa Miles and More, Star Alliance Members, United Mileage Plus

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American Airlines 2013 Elite Rewards

American Airlines 2013 Elite Rewards

Simon_sees I have to admit the American Airlines Elite Rewards program is not something I have put much thought into so far. However the only Elite status I'm actually seriously considering in 2013 is American Airlines Executive Platinum. Ben dissects the new Rewards program which seems amazing. Here's his summary: This year the milestones are […]

Posted on April 24, 2013 by in American Airlines AAdvantage

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I look forward to seeing you at FTU D.C. on Friday!

I look forward to seeing you at FTU D.C. on Friday!

The Frequent Traveler University in Los Angeles was my first one and I really liked the event. It was much more lively than I expected and a lot of fun! I'm all booked to arrive at FTU in Tyson's Corner, VA on Friday evening to join the welcome party. Join us at 6:30 pm this […]

Posted on April 23, 2013 by in Uncategorized

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Expedia to be exclusive booking channel for AirAsia in India

Expedia to be exclusive booking channel for AirAsia in India

Interesting news from AirAsia market entry in India's domestic market – they have partnered up with Expedia India to be the sole distributor of Air Asia tickets in India. Vikram Malhi, country head of Expedia India, said, "As per our joint venture agreement with AirAsia, Expedia will have exclusive online distribution of AirAsia tickets. The […]

Posted on April 22, 2013 by in Travel Deals

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The hotel chain you have never heard of – Joie de Vivre + Hotel Tomo San Francisco Review, Hotel Carlton San Francisco, Domain Hotel Review

The hotel chain you have never heard of – Joie de Vivre + Hotel Tomo San Francisco Review, Hotel Carlton San Francisco, Domain Hotel Review

In the last couple of weeks I have been testing out a number of Joie de Vivre hotels in California and I must say I'm impressed. The company manages 30 hotels mostly Northern California but has been trying to expand to Southern California, Illinois and Hawaii as well. The loyalty program 'Joy of life club' […]

Posted on April 19, 2013 by in Travel Deals

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