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Pro Tool: ExpertFlyer Premium

It’s taken me a few years to finally buy into ExpertFlyer‘s Premium subscription but it paid off within the first couple of days. I signed up for their 5 day free trial of the Premium subscription to test out the SWU (Systemwide Upgrade) alerts for American Airlines. The email and...

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Status Matching Airline Elite Memberships

By this time of year, you most likely know if you will be re-qualifying for elite status with your favorite airline. If you know you won’t make it then you should consider status matching to a competitor. Leverage your existing status to get a competitor to earn you business in 2017....

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Upgrading to International Business Class on American & United for Cheap!

Ever wonder how all those travelers are in Business or First Class as you walk to the back of the plane to sit in your Economy seat? There is a trick that someone who doesn’t fly frequently can take advantage of to fly International Business Class after buying an Economy Class ticket. I’ll show...

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How to find Restaurants & Bars in a New City using Mobile Apps

When I travel I’m always challenged with finding an excellent place to eat or drink. Sometimes recommendations from friends are helpful but when you just want something nearby your hotel it can be helpful to use a mobile app. With over 125 nights on the road this year I really...

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Alaska Airlines Space Bins & JetSmarter Trial

Alaska Airlines Space Bins Recently, I was onboard a new Alaska Airlines 737-800 from PDX (Portland) to SAN (San Diego) and noticed the new Space Bins & Sky Interior. With the upcoming merger with Virgin America, it appears Alaska will complement them well with their new planes which feature Sky Interior. The Space...

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Travel Health Insurance

A loyal California-based reader, Jon, asked if I could do a post on how he is covered when traveling overseas from a medical perspective. Luckily, I haven’t needed any medical attention during any of my trips but I know what my coverage will be if I do. There are 2...

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SPG Ambassador Status: 100 Nights @ Starwood Hotels

Last month I achieved SPG Ambassador Status after staying 100 nights at Starwood Hotels during 2016. This year has been the most I’ve traveled in my life mainly due to increased business travel but the benefits will pay off for my upcoming leisure travel. Starwood gives you a preview of what the service...

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Singapore Airlines Business Class: SIN-DUS A350

Singapore Airlines is one of the first airlines to fly the new Airbus A350 which is to compete with the Boeing 787 (Dreamliner). Qatar Airways was the launch customer last year with service from Doha and now 9 airlines (Qatar Airways, Vietnam Airlines, Finnair, LATAM Brasil, Singapore Airlines, Cathay Pacific,...