Monday, February 24, 2020

Booking an Award Ticket: An Anxious Ordeal

The process of booking an awards ticket is characterized by highs and lows. The life cycle goes as follows: The seed is planted:  You're at work bored. You see a display banner ad about visiting a...

Etihad First Booked! Cairo to LA via Abu Dhabi

I wrote about the trepidation of booking an award ticket a few weeks ago. That was based on the true story of trying to find a flight back to the US after I hopefully...

Booking EgyptAir: The No Points Problem

After running 26.2 miles in the Athens Marathon, I'll still be a ways away from my next destination, Egypt. Pre United devaluation, I would've flown EgyptAir on Star Alliance but that option is no...

The Psychology of Points Transfers: MRs to Avios

I genuinely enjoy when multiple bloggers share their opinions on when faced with devaluation. It makes the decision of what to do less daunting. Cue in the Geico Final Countdown commercial because the devaluation of...

SPG Best Rate Guarantee: Didn’t Work for Me

Nothing is worse than paying for a room only to find out that it was available for cheaper. Major hotel chains have a Best Rate Guarantee (BRG) program that seeks to assure guests that...

Keep Vs. Cancel: $800 British Business RT

Yesterday I dropped the ball on the British Sale by tending to my real job and not my points profession. By the time I got around to looking for flights, all the deals were gone....

Welcome to St. Tropez! Thanks to Avios

This is the debrief for the Trip Report: That Champagne Lifestyle which evolved from a mileage run to London, to frustration at not getting in on the British sale quick enough, to despair from dealing...

Maximized! IHG Rewards Free Night in Tahiti

It's annoying when I read about the best uses of free night awards only to find there is no availability. For example, not that I have any genuine interest in staying at the Conrad...

Finalized! 5 Nights at Hilton Moorea for 280k Points

In the end it all came together. 8 nights in Tahiti for $103 + the incidentals like $1,000,000 for a burger. My first choice was to stay at the Hilton Bora Bora but good...

Skyscanner: Why I’m Going to Warsaw Before Athens

Next week I'm off to London on Virgin Atlantic Upper Class from the D to LHR in the hopes of running the marathon in Athens the Sunday after. The original plan called for taking a...
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