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Review: Andaz Costa Rica Peninsula Papagayo Resort – In Short, Go.

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Categories : Advice Travel

The Andaz Costa Rica (Peninsula Papagayo Resort) near Liberia, Costa Rica is spectacular. Front of resort It’s a great value, even more so for top tier Hyatt elites. I booked cash and points. It’s a category 4 hotel, just...

Does a New Study Tell Us Definitively Who Has the Best Award Availability?

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Categories : Advice Travel

IdeaWorks is out with its 2017 award availability study. I’ve savaged the study in the past. However I have to give the author credit, Jay Sorensen engaged in comments and took some of the criticisms seriously. This year’s study...

Delta’s Creepy New Facial Recognition and Is More Paperwork Required for the Laptop Ban?

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Categories : Advice Travel

News and notes from around the interweb: Air Canada’s ‘fraud detection techniques’ cancelled the return trip of a couple, forcing them to lose a day and buy new airline tickets home. They weren’t notified in advance or the cancellation...

Chase Sapphire Reserve Card is Changing the Definition of a Year for its Travel Credits

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Categories : Advice Travel

I receive compensation for many links on this blog. You don’t have to use these links, but I am grateful to you if you do. American Express, Citibank, Chase, and other banks are advertising partners of this site. Any...

Two Days Only Earn 10x Flight Miles, Buy One Get Enough Miles for 2 Caribbean Trips

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Categories : Advice Travel

Book May 16 or May 17 on the Caribbean Airlines website for travel in June or September across their entire route network and earn 10 times the miles in the Caribbean Miles program. This is actually pretty huge, and...

6 Hotel Promotions You Can Register for Now

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Categories : Advice Travel

Marriott’s promotion leaked a week early, you couldn’t register yet but we learned that through September 4 Marriott would offer: 2000 bonus points for each paid stay beginning with your second paid stay during the promotion 2000 bonus points...

American Changes How Domestic Upgrades Work May 20 & Begins Top Elite Upgrades on Domestic Awards

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Categories : Advice Travel

In January American introduced Platinum Pro, a 75,000 mile status tier, and formalized benefits for ConciergeKey members above Executive Platinum. American also started requiring minimum spend for elite status earned this year. Delta and United exempt members based outside...

Changing Planes Mid-Air to Repair a Wheel, and New Lounges for Amex Cardholders

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Categories : Advice Travel

I receive compensation for many links on this blog. You don’t have to use these links, but I am grateful to you if you do. American Express, Citibank, Chase, and other banks are advertising partners of this site. Any...

Airlines Clean Planes Less Often Than You Think, And What About Those Blankets?

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Categories : Advice Travel

The UK’s Sun runs a scare story on germs on planes. (HT: Ken A.) Now, I’m absolutely worried about germs on planes. But much of what’s presented in the piece is flat wrong. They claim “the only deep clean...

Here’s My Seat Selection Strategy

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Categories : Advice Travel

An airplane ride isn’t usually that long, it’s fine to be separated from your travel companion unless that companion is a small child. There are times though that it really does matter to most of us. I got bumped...

Should Coach Passengers Use the First Class Lavatory?

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Categories : Advice Travel

Is it clearly unacceptable for a coach passenger to use the lavatory in a forward cabin? “Use the lavatory in your ticketed class of service, first class bathrooms are for first class passengers.” Or is it clearly fine? “You...

Should You Tip Flight Attendants?

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Categories : Advice Travel

Flight attendants often aren’t well paid, though they do benefit from travel and in some cases scheduling flexibility. Tipping is often against airline rules, but that doesn’t mean your crew won’t accept tips especially if you offer it again...

LEAKED: It Looks Like We Know What Starwood’s Summer Promo Is

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Categories : Advice Travel

Between May 27 and September 4 it appears as though Starwood will be offering double points on weekdays and triple points on weekends under the marketing monkier “Take Three.” W Doha Registration will be required by August 30th, but...

Tricks to Save Money at Amazon and United’s Cockpit Lock Combination is 1-2-3-4-5

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Categories : Advice Travel

News and notes from around the interweb: Tricks to save money at Amazon.com United Airines cockpit door access information made public “Boeing mechanics caused $4 million of damage and could have sparked a mid-flight fire while repairing one of...

TSA: It’s Not Sexual Assault When the Government Does It

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Categories : Advice Travel

In March the TSA announced that pat downs would become more ‘intimate’ and began reaching out to local law enforcement to let them know they’d be getting complaints about sexual assault but to please ignore them. TSA believed that...

30 Photos From Afghanistan That You Won’t See In The News

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Categories : Afghanistan Photo Essays Travel

30 Photos From Afghanistan That You Won’t See In The News Matthew Karsten0 Traveling in Afghanistan Afghanistan Last summer I traveled into the mountains of Afghanistan for a two week backpacking adventure. Not your typical summer vacation destination. Here’s...

The Worst Thing About Each Travel Provider

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Categories : Advice Travel

This is a lightning round, I’m going to give one quick thing that overwhelms everything else and I’m not going to offer a detailed explanation — just a simple statement of the one worst thing about an airline, a...

The Strategy to Deal with Chase 5/24 and the Order In Which to Apply for Credit Cards

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Categories : Advice Travel

I receive compensation for many links on this blog. You don’t have to use these links, but I am grateful to you if you do. American Express, Citibank, Chase, and other banks are advertising partners of this site. Any...

How to Start Turning Around Bad Service at US Airlines

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Categories : Advice Travel

Southwest Airlines flight attendants are unionized. They offer some of the best service in the US airline industry. American Airlines has some fantastic flight attendants, but the service customers receive is like Forrest Gump’s proverbial box of chocolates. American...

When Is The Last Time Airline Frequent Flyer Programs Put Their Members First?

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Categories : Advice Travel

Starwood Preferred Guest developed a fervent following among its most valuable customers — that became uniquely obvious when Starwood was being acquired — because leadership of the program put members at the center of everything they did. When there...