Mar 26, 2014

Bizarre US Airways Chairman's Certificate Availability

I'm pretty tolerant of low award/upgrade space, and am extremely flexible when it comes to using my miles and upgrade instruments. I'm grateful to even be in the position to use such things, even if not at my ideal time.

But the experience I've had...

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Oct 29, 2013

Trip Report: Thai 747 Royal First Class SYD-BKK

The third flight on my US Airways 140,000 mile Australia redemption was Sydney to Bangkok, forming my return stopover in Southeast Asia. Thai operates two flights daily on 747s, and both routes had tons of first class availability. For as long as I...

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Oct 14, 2013

Trip Report: Asiana First Class Suite JFK-ICN

Back in February I was ecstatic to find award space on Asiana First Class Chicago to Seoul and ANA First Class Tokyo to Chicago on the same award, so I quickly booked a redemption to Australia with a stopover in Asia (140,000 US Airways miles, for...

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Oct 5, 2013

Anatomy of a 2.4 CPM Beijing Booking

Late morning in Sydney I got an e-mail into my inbox from IFTTT, which I use to monitor mileage run posts, that there was a $448 roundtrip fare from Philadelphia to Beijing. Ever since booking a mileage run to Shanghai in December, I decided I'd get...

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Sep 18, 2013

Hyatt Diamond Challenge for United Golds and Above

A few months ago United and Marriott anounced a partnership whereby anyone with United Gold, Platinum, or 1K status could immediately match to Marriott Gold status, which normally requires 50 nights in a year.

Separately, Hyatt has for a while offered...

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Sep 7, 2013

Flying Thai Airways 747 First Class for $79

When it comes to flights, the region I love most is Asia. They've got the best airports in the world, and plenty of outstanding airlines that beat the socks off their embarassing American counterparts. There's also a tendancy to use wide-bodied aircraft...

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Sep 3, 2013

New Blog: Flight Leverage Introduction

Friends who follow my travel escapades have long said I should start a blog, but I've resisted: there's a wealth of other resources with great content, and I was never sure I contribute beyond all the other great blogs out there.

Since leaving my...

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