Author: Palo

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Alaska MVP Gold 75K Status Recap for 2019

I was very fortunate to hold Alaska MVP Gold 75K status from October 2018 until December 2019 via a status match from AA Executive Platinum. Alaska MVP Gold 75K status is their highest tier offering upgrades to First Class, Lounge passes, instant Premium Class upgrades at time of booking, no...

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Happy New Year! 2019 Review

Happy New Year! During 2019 I was able to limit my business travel to just 3 trips domestically, but it was another busy year with over 80,000 miles of flying and visiting 7 countries. Below is an overview of my 2019 travels… Accommodations (22, 1 more than 2018): AC Hotel New...

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South African Airlines Business Class: JNB-CPT A320

South African Airlines offers an option to bid for a Business Class upgrade on your Economy ticket. We decided to give it a try for the 4 of us on the flight from Johannesburg to Cape Town which is a ~2hr flight. The lowest bid was $55 per person so...

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South African Airlink Economy Class: JNB-HDS E190

Getting to Kruger National Park isn’t easy and you have to first get to JNB (Johannesburg) which took ~30 hours of flying from SFO via HKG. With limited airline options in South Africa, you are forced to go with some expensive options compared to other countries in the world. We...

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Inflight WiFi Comparison 2019

It’s now been 11 years since I first started using inflight WiFi. Streaming Netflix with no issues inflight wasn’t possible years ago, but some systems can now handle 50+ Mbps which is plenty of bandwidth to handle HD Video. It’s not always fast or economical so I’ll compare my WiFi...

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Asiana Airlines Business Class: SEA-ICN A350-900

I transferred 95,000 AMEX points to ANA to book my flights for my trip to Japan, I was faced with no award availability in Business Class on ANA. The transfer time of ~72 hours is always a risk with ANA redemptions using AMEX points. Luckily since ANA is part of...

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Free WeWork Subscription with AMEX Business Platinum

American Express is now including a 1 year WeWork subscription for their Business Platinum cardholders which is valued at $2,700. You can now use WeWork offices around the world at no cost. WeWork offers shared workspace providing WiFi, comfy seating, coffee and conference rooms (for an additional fee). Anyone looking...

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Renewing your ID? Get the REAL ID

In less than 18 months, you will be required to present a REAL ID or passport at TSA checkpoints within the US for all flights. Your current non-REAL ID won’t be valid starting October 1st, 2020. If you are renewing your driver’s license, it’s worth the extra hassle to provide...