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Preview: IHG Rewards Club PointBreaks Map: March – May, 2015
 
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Club Carlson Winter 2015 Promo: Up to 30k bonus points per stay
 
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How to: Get a Vietnam Tourist Visa for U.S. Citizens
 
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Airbus A380: Current Routes and Operators
 
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Deal Blitz: Hyatt Winter 2015 Promo (up to 65k bonus points) *Targeted*
 
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Planning My Very First Trip to California
 
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Starwood Winter 2015 Promotion “SPG Double Play”: 2x Starpoints
 
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Blitz Deal: 3x Hertz Points From Jan 7 – March 25, 2015
 
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March 2, 2015

Planning My Very First Trip to California

On the eve of Jeffrey’s & my big Asian Adventure, I wanted to spend some quality time with my mom before Jeffrey and I packed up and headed out for months.

Disclaimer: I’m an idiot and haven’t signed up for the referral to make any money off any of the below credit card offers. This is this genuine advice as I see things. I have both of the cards listed below, however, take my advice with caution: I’m far from an expert on financial/credit matters, but happy to help where I can!

My mom had just applied for the US Airways Premier World MasterCard over Thanksgiving, so she received the Companion Certificate in the mail in late December. A little more on the [...]

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February 24, 2015

Preview: IHG Rewards Club PointBreaks Map: March – May, 2015

The IHG Rewards Club PointBreaks preview list has been updated through May 31, 2015 (list source: Flyertalk). Below is a list of all of the hotels that IHG is offering for just 5,000 points a night. Since this is just a preview, is is possible that more hotels will be added when the list goes live on Wednesday. Don’t forget that you can buy 5,000 points for just $35, which basically allows you to book any of the rooms below for just $35/night:

Check our tutorial on how to book rooms for $35 / night

When you’re ready to book (note: booking starts Wednesday, February 25): Click here to go to the PointsBreaks site (the new IHG [...]

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February 14, 2015

Airbus A380: Current Routes and Operators

The Airbus A380 is a behemoth, more like a flying ship than an airplane. Here’s a graphic comparing the A380’s size to that of the Boeing 787:

Unlike the Boeing 747, Airbus’ A380 upper deck covers the entire span of the plane’s body and thus gives it significantly more room–exactly 40% more square-footage than the B747, to be exact. This extra space allows the monstrous plane to hold up to  525 people in a typical three-class configuration or up to 853 people in an all-economy class configuration.

The record-setting capacity, along with the fact that airports must be modified to even accept the jet, have added to the allure and [...]

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January 30, 2015

How to: Get a Vietnam Tourist Visa for U.S. Citizens

As part of our planned Myanmar trip for sometime in 2015 (see related post here for best use of award miles to Myanmar), McCown and I also hope to visit Vietnam. As a result, we had the question that most people have when traveling to a new country: “Do U.S. Citizens/Americans need a visa to travel to Vietnam and, if so, how do you apply?” We found that ALL US Citizens traveling to Vietnam do, in fact, need a visa! Here’s what we learned from the research– hope it helps other travelers!

A. Apply for a Visa in person at a Vietnam Consulate or Embassy

Cost: ~$100 (rates vary by embassy/consulate and are not posted [...]

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January 16, 2015

Deal Blitz: Hyatt Winter 2015 Promo (up to 65k bonus points) *Targeted*

Hyatt Gold Passport’s Winter 2015 promo is now live. While the offers are targeted, all Hyatt Gold Passport members should be eligible for something:

The Deal

Hyatt is offering targeted promotions this season, anywhere from 2,000 on up to 65,000 bonus points depending on the offer received. You’ll have to login to your Hyatt account to check the promo you’re eligible for, but here’s a glance at what’s going around:

Promo 1 “2KSTAY1B”: Earn 2,000 Hyatt Gold Passport® bonus points after your next eligible stay at any Hyatt hotel worldwide during our Stay More Play More promotion.

Promo 2 “5KSTAY2″: Earn [...]

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January 12, 2015

Club Carlson Winter 2015 Promo: Up to 30k bonus points per stay

Don’t miss out on Club Carlson’s Winter 2015 promo, “Extend Your Stay, Earn 30k”:

The Deal

From January 12 – March 29, 2015, you’ll earn:

15,000 bonus Club Carlson Gold Points for stays 2+ nights long 30,000 bonus Club Carlson Gold Points for stays 3+ nights long

…With no limits to the amount of points earned!

How to Get It

Register here Club Carlson: “Extend Your Stay, Earn 30K” by March 29 or before checkout of your first eligible stay. Book your Club Carlson stays, remembering that 1 night stays earn you 0 bonus points, 2 night stays yield 15,000 bonus points and 3+ night stays will earn the [...]
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January 8, 2015

Blitz Deal: 3x Hertz Points From Jan 7 – March 25, 2015

Don’t miss out on Hertz’s Winter 2015 Promotion:

The Deal

Earn 2x points on your first rental and then 3x the Hertz Gold Plus Rewards Points on all subsequent rentals for all rentals from January 7 – March 25, 2015. Normal rate is 1 point = $1 spend; now $1 spend = 2 or 3 points.

How to Get It Register here: Hertz Winter Bonus no later than March 25, but before your first rental All qualifying rentals (see below on what might exclude you from earning) starting after Jan 7 and before March 25 will qualify for bonus Extra points are expected to post no later than 10 business days after return

Analysis

This is a solid promo and better [...]

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January 6, 2015

Starwood Winter 2015 Promotion “SPG Double Play”: 2x Starpoints

Don’t miss out on Starwood’s Winter 2015 promo, “SPG Double Play”:

The Deal

From January 5 – April 15, 2015, you’ll earn:

2x Starpoints on all stays of 2+ nights (for a total of 4x points/$ spent for normal member, 5x points/$ spent for SPG Gold and Platinum, and 6x points/$ spent for SPG Platinum-75) 1,000 bonus Starpoints for every five nights, up to 4,000 Starpoints total (essentially 200 bonus Starpoints per stay)

How to Get It

Register here: SPG Promos: “SPG Double Play” by March 31, 2015. Book your SPG stays, remembering only stays of 2 or more nights will get you the 2x Starpoints [...]
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