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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 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 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

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

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January 7, 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 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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January 5, 2015

Interactive Flying Blue (Air France and KLM) Award Map

Looking to take a trip with Flying Blue miles from the US? Take a look at our interactive award map below to find and select how many Flying Blue miles you might need for that next trip!

The legend shows the award prices for economy but if you hover over a country you can see the award prices for Economy, Premium Economy, Business and First classes:

 

 

And don’t forget, you can always transfer points from the following programs into Flying Blue:

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December 31, 2014

Traveling to Myanmar Using Miles and Points

McCown and I are working on researching a trip to Myanmar for sometime in 2015 and have been scouring the internet trying to learn all that we can about how to get there, what to see, where to stay, etc… We’ll have a few points related to our Myanmar trip planning over the next few weeks, but, first of all: What’s the best way to get to Myanmar using miles or points from North America? 

Map of Myanmar/Burma. Yangon = home of the main international airport for the country. Mandalay, Bagan and Inle Lake are popular tourist destinations within the country.

There are essentially 3 major international entry points for Myanmar: [...]

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