Palo Will Travel Blog

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Booking Cathay Pacific First Class with Alaska Airlines Miles

With the farewell of Virgin America, my points converted to Alaska Airlines miles. I now value Alaska Airlines miles as some of the best miles to earn given their sweet spots on international award redemptions! Alaska Airlines offers Cathay Pacific awards from the US to SE Asia for 50,000 in...

JPY using Charles Schwab 0

Pro Tip: What to do with extra Foreign Cash?

Upon landing into a country, I typically take out local cash from an ATM using my Charles Schwab card and don’t always spend it all. What are my options to get rid of it? Options: You could spend the cash at the airport prior to departing the country (Excellent option...

St. Regis Moscow 0

Starwood & Marriott Merger Update June 2018

As mentioned back in 2016, the programs weren’t going to merge until 2018. Marriott has announced that on August 18th, 2018, the Starwood and Marriott programs will merge into a single program. All of your SPG points will convert to Marriott points at a 1:3 ratio. Just this week, Marriott...

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American Airlines Business Class: SFO-JFK A321T

To start my journey to South America, we took American’s Flagship Transcontinental Business Class to JFK on their A321T. It was my first time trying their Premium service to JFK from SFO so I was excited to compare it to American’s International Business Class that I’ve flown countless times to...

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LATAM Airlines Strike April 2018

The last time there was an impact to my travel plans due to an airline crew strike was back in 2013 when Croatia Airlines went on strike. LATAM Airlines crew decided to go on strike due to pay disputes which in turn impacted my travel to Patagonia last month. It...

Seat 24F 1

Etihad Business Class: LHR-AUH A380 *Guest Post*

I decided to try a new angle for my content. The following post is a Guest post from my friend, Hans, who was my professional photographer on my recent Maldives trip. Comment below if you’d like to see more Guest posts. Etihad Business Class from London (LHR) to Abu Dhabi...

Embalse El Yeso, Chile 0

Debit Card “Eaten” by ATM Machine

Wow! You definitely learn something new with every trip. On my recent trip to Chile, I was withdrawing cash from an ATM in Santiago and I forgot to grab my card after I grabbed the cash. We were waiting for an Uber and then it dawned on me that I...

San Francisco Skyline 0

TripIt Pro Flight Refund Alerts

I’ve had a TripIt Pro subscription for the past 4 years and I finally received an email regarding a Flight Refund alert. Flight Refunds, a TripIt Pro feature, monitors the price of your flight and will alert you if there is a better fare available (less any change fees). Nobody...

Auckland, New Zealand 1

Pro Tip: How to Defeat Jet Lag

In the past 4 years, I’ve flown on 50+ long haul flights and have learned a few tips to make it easier once you land. Defeating jet lag on flights longer than 10 hours isn’t easy no matter which class of service you fly. Flying in First or Business Class...

Hong Kong 0

Travel Vaccines & Medicine

Traveling internationally isn’t always easy. The first item I lookup are entry requirements followed by which vaccines or medicine I’ll need to take. The best resource is the CDC. You can find the details quickly by just appending the Country name at the end of the following URL (example –...