Palo Will Travel Blog

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June 2015 Updates

Here are the latest developments in the airline industry… -Virgin America is refreshing their RED Entertainment system which looks very promising to enhance the already amazing experience they offer. I hope to see it on the new planes being used for their Hawaii routes launching late this year. -American Airlines...

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ANA First Class: NRT-SFO NH8

Return flight of NH7… NRT-SFO NH8: I arrived to NRT via the Narita Express train. Upon entering the check-in area, I was confused as to where the First Class check-in area was located. I soon located it to be at Aisle Z which was behind Aisle A. The ANA Suite...

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Credit Card Application Batch – April 2015

Last month I decided to apply for a few more credit cards as I continue to buildup and diversify my point/mile balances. I applied and was approved for the following cards: Citi AA Platinum Select World Mastercard ($95/yr, waived 1st year): -50,000 American Airlines miles after $3,000 spend in 90 days...

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Pasmo Card in Japan

I’ve traveled to Japan a few times now and on my last trip I was able to test out one new method to pay for transportation, the Pasmo card. The Pasmo card is a reloadable RFID card similar to a credit card which allows you to pass through the subway...

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ANA First Class: SFO-NRT NH7

As I had a bunch of ANA miles expiring at the end of this year, I decided to make a trip to Japan. For 113,000 miles & $457.50 in taxes/fees, I was on my way. Normally it’s 110,000 miles roundtrip but I had made a change to my reservation which cost...

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Sprint International Value Roaming Plan Reviewed

On the heels of Sprint offering Wi-Fi Calling on iPhones, they released an international roaming plan similar to T-Mobile on April 14th. The cost, $0. You’ll recieve unlimited data and text messaging plus voice calls will run only $0.20 per minute with the International Value Roaming plan. Sprint does state...

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Virgin America to Hawaii & Wi-Fi Calling on Sprint iPhones!

This week there has been 2 new game changing services announced from both Virgin America and Sprint that caught my attention! Virgin America announced service from SFO to HNL (Honolulu, Hawaii) starting November 2nd and from SFO to OGG (Maui, Hawaii) starting December 3rd. They will offer one flight per day. This...

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Virgin America Elevate: Silver Status

Virgin America offers a frequent flyer program called Elevate. Passengers earn points based on the fare amount they paid for their flight rather than the traditional earning rate of the # of miles flown. The earning rate is 5 points per $1 spent on the base fare (excludes taxes). For example, a...

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My New Travel Gadgets for 2015

In the past couple of months, I’ve acquired a few new gadgets to make my travels more enjoyable and fun! I highly recommend all of them. Bose SoundLink Mini Bluetooth Speaker – $399 This very compact portable speaker provides enough sound for an entire hotel room and is nice for...

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Germanwings Flight 9525

My thoughts and prayers for the passengers, crew and family members of Germanwings Flight 9525 (4U 9525) that went down over the Swiss Alps in France today. It was flying from Barcelona (BCN) to Dusseldorf (DUS). Germanwings is a low-cost carrier owned by Lufthansa. -Palo