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Marriott & Starwood Hotels Merger Complete!

Today, Marriott & Starwood have officially merged. After months of negotiations and talks about the merger might fall apart, it’s officially done. As a very loyal Starwood member (100+ nights this year), I was afraid it would mean poor award redemptions but Marriott did the right thing and is offering...

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Virgin Hotels: Chicago

I typically don’t review hotels but I love the Virgin brand that Richard Branson has created so I had to give it a try and review it! Virgin Hotels currently is only open in Chicago (opened January 2015) but plans to open future hotels in San Francisco, Nashville, New York, Dallas...

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How to Visit Multiple Cities/Countries on 1 Airline Ticket

You can visit multiple cities/countries on 1 airline ticket by using stopovers, layovers and/or open-jaw tickets. These can be very complex to ticket but very lucrative if redeeming miles! You’ll need to research the fare/award rules of the airline as to how many stopovers are permitted. Some airlines will let you add...

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Chase Sapphire Reserve Reviewed!

It’s the hottest new personal credit card on the market as it offers a 100,000 points signup bonus! The Chase Sapphire Reserve card was released last Monday, August 22nd, and is the buzz all around the web. I’ll break it down so it’s easier to make a decision if you should...

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First JetBlue Experience: SFO-LGB Route

In June, JetBlue released a promotion, #GoForthWithJetBlue Points Match, matching the points that you had with Virgin America and giving you JetBlue points if you complete 1 roundtrip flight by 8/31. I had never flown JetBlue and heard they are a competitor for Virgin America which is my favorite domestic airline. The...

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How to Redeem Credit Card Points using Transfer Partners

I often get the question on how to redeem points collected with credit cards and if it’s a good deal. I’ve always stuck with my rationale of making sure you get at least $0.02 per point in value when making an award redemption otherwise you’d be better off with the 2% cash...

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Inflight WiFi Comparison 2016

By now, most flyers are used to having the opportunity to stay connected while inflight. It’s not always fast or economical so I’ll compare my WiFi experiences over the past 12 months amongst multiple airlines and aircraft around the world. It’s come a long way since my last post in...

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Starwood Hotels (SPG) 75 Nights Status

It’s been a busy year of traveling in the first 6 months of 2016. I’ve surpassed 75 nights at Starwood Hotels worldwide thus far. I received the following email after hitting 75 nights and can’t wait to earn more SPG points. I can always use more SPG points so earning...

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Credit Card Application Batch – May/June 2016

Over the past few months I decided to apply for 3 more credit cards as I continue to buildup and diversify my point/mile balances. I applied and was approved for the following cards: AMEX Platinum Card: -100,000 Membership Rewards points after spending $3,000 in the first 90 days (this offer is no...