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Combating the Herd Mentality in This Hobby

Park Hyatt Maldives on points and miles

There is a tendency in this community to follow the herd. That’s normal in any group – people look towards each other for advice and in this case, that pertains to how we earn and redeem our miles. There’s nothing innately wrong with… Continue Reading

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Why $400 Economy Fares to Asia Don’t Excite Me

Cheap $400 flights to Hong Kong Asia

Over the past couple of months, we’ve seen some incredibly fares between the West Coast and Asia. Back in July, The Flight Deal shared a $330 roundtrip fare between San Francisco and Hong Kong. Since then, lots of other fares… Continue Reading

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Air France KLM Lounge at San Francisco International Airport

Seating Area at the SFO Air France KLM Lounge

Just over a month ago, I set off on a trip to Thessaloniki, Calais, and London booked with points and miles after finding business class award space on AirBerlin a few days before departure. My first stop on this adventure was the… Continue Reading

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Off-Peak Saver Awards to Europe Still Bookable for 20,000 Miles via Alaska Mileage Plan

One of the best things about the American Airlines’ pre-devaluation award chart was the ability to book off-peak saver awards to Europe for just 40,000 miles roundtrip. These prices were valid October 15 – May 5 and those who had… Continue Reading

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Why Alaska’s Devaluation of Emirates First Class Awards Isn’t So Bad

This morning I woke up to some pretty bad news – no, there wasn’t another attack in Europe but rather Alaska Airlines increased the number of miles required for Emirates first and business class awards. Without warning. To me, this… Continue Reading

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Points and Miles Checklist: Things to Do in February

By now most of you have probably thrown out or forgotten your list of New Year’s Resolutions and you need something more feasible to focus on. It’s a good thing you found this hobby and can direct your energy on a… Continue Reading

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Targeted: 15,000 Bonus Miles for Barclay AAdvantage Aviator Cardholders

Just in time for next year’s American Airlines AAdvantage devaluation, Barclays is offering a very generous spending bonus to targeted AAdvantage Aviator MasterCard cardholders. Members who spend $500 per month in January, February, and March 2015 will each 15,000 bonus… Continue Reading

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Review: Cathay Pacific First Class Hong Kong to San Francisco

Cathay Pacific first class seat flight 872 from Hong Kong to San Francisco

My trip ended on a high note with a First Class seat on Cathay Pacific flight 872 from Hong Kong to San Francisco. I have to say, it was even more fun because my brother and sister (both of whom… Continue Reading

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2016 American Airlines AAdvantage Changes: The Good and The Bad

It wasn’t enough that Marriott had to devastate pretty much everyone by announcing its takeover of Starwood. Now American has decided to kick us while we’re down by announcing their 2016 AAdvantage award program changes, which will go into effect on March… Continue Reading

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Review: Cathay Pacific The Pier First Class Lounge at Hong Kong Airport

How I Booked a $90,000 Trip to Singapore, Bali, and Hong Kong for Less Than $1,500 Out of Pocket Cathay Pacific First and Business Class Lounge San Francisco Cathay Pacific Business Class San Francisco to Hong Kong Dragonair Business Class… Continue Reading