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Virgin America First Class: San Francisco to New York Roundtrip

Virgin America First Class Cabin San Francisco to New York

Last month, I flew Virgin America First Class from San Francisco to New York and back. I’ve flown Virgin America economy class (or main cabin) dozens of times before and it’s the best domestic economy class product, in my opinion.… Continue Reading

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The World Won’t End If You Can’t Fly First Class Anymore

Thai Airways A380 First Class Seat Tokyo Narita - Bangkok

I have an undeserved reputation in some circles as someone who “kills deals.” To my knowledge, no travel or manufactured spending hack has ever been shut down because of the limited exposure on this blog. I’m aware of hacks that got shut… Continue Reading

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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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Calais Diaries: Day 1 at the Help Refugees Warehouse

Pile of garbage bags filled with insulation material at Help Refugees L’Auberge des Migrants Warehouse

Calais is a small town in Northern France that lies along the English Channel, an hour from London via Eurostar. The town houses the Calais Jungle refugee camp, home to over 9,000 refugees mostly from Afghanistan, Sudan, Syria, and Eritrea. Only a handful… 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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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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Flying Blue is Now a Chase Ultimate Rewards Transfer Partner

Here’s some unexpectedly good news for the day: Chase has just added Air France/KLM Flying Blue as an Ultimate Rewards transfer partner. Why is this good news? For starters, Ultimate Rewards needed a new transfer partner. After the removal of… 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 March

This post is about a week late but better late than never, right? Oddly, there isn’t much happening in March, other than a decent credit card sign-up bonus, a looming devaluation, and a few opportunities to earn and save points… Continue Reading