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California Pacific Airlines: SJC-CLD ERJ-145LR

On November 1st, California Pacific Airlines made their first commercial flight from Carlsbad, CA (CLD) to San Jose, CA (SJC). They are a new airline servicing northern San Diego County being headquartered out of CLD. Currently with only 4 planes in the fleet, it’s hard for them to make up...

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Credit Card Application Batch – 2018

During 2018, I decided to apply for 2 more credit cards as I continue to diversify & build up my point/mile balances. I applied and was approved for the following cards: American Express Gold Card ($250/yr, not waived 1st year): 50,000 AMEX points after $2,000 spend in 90 days 20% back on US...

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Singapore Airlines: The Private Room Lounge SIN

After landing in Singapore from my long haul from SFO via HKG, I spent some time in The Private Room Lounge while I waited for my flight to Bali. Access to the lounge is only for Singapore Airlines customers traveling in First or Suites Class. You aren’t able to bring...

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Singapore Airlines First Class: SFO-HKG-SIN B777-300ER

I was very fortunate to find Singapore Airlines First Class availability during the time I needed to travel and I couldn’t wait to fly! Using my Chase Ultimate Reward points, I transferred 118,000 points to Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer. The one-way ticket from SFO to Bali via SIN was 118,000 miles...

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How to handle IRROPS due to Weather & Mechanical delays

The winter months are coming here in the US! Over the past 12 months, I’ve had a handful of issues due to irregular operations (IRROPS) while flying around the world. They are never fun, but you have to start thinking quickly as to what your options might be and beat...

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Live Airport Security Wait Times

Long security lines can often cause a headache for travelers, but TripIt Pro has a solution. They introduced real-time wait times for select airports earlier this year. I was able to test it on a trip from Denver (DEN) and it was very accurate. I knew what to expect even...

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United Polaris Lounge SFO

I was on my way to Singapore from San Francisco while flying Singapore First Class so I decided to stop into the new United Polaris Lounge @ SFO. Access to United’s Polaris lounges are restricted to business and first class passengers flying United Polaris or business or first class on Star Alliance partners....

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Priority Pass Restaurants

Are airport lounges becoming too crowded or is the food quality poor? Try a new Priority Pass restaurant! Priority Pass membership is included with AMEX Platinum and Chase Sapphire Reserve which most frequent travelers are carrying these days. I was able to try Timberline Steaks & Grill @ DEN a...

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British Airways Business Class: DME-LHR B787-9

On my way home from the World Cup in Russia, I was lucky to find award availability on British Airways in Business about 2 months prior to the flight. It’s the only flight from Moscow to London operated by a wide-body plane with lie flat beds. Most European flights in...

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iWiFiTravel MiFi (Hotspot) Rental for International Trips

XCom Global closed their doors earlier this year unexpectedly, but we are now in luck. Some former employees decided to bring it back to life under a new company, iWiFiTravel. I’ve reviewed and used XCom Global on many trips which has proven to be very valuable. Still today, using a...