I Took My First Airplane Flight In 14 Months. Here’s What I Learned

When I think back to last March, flying home New Zealand with a brief pit stop for some work in Las Vegas definitely didn’t seem normal  When I was on the tarmac in Auckland waiting to take-off, the United States closed the borders to anyone arriving from Europe.  That seemed pretty serious at the time.  Still, I told my wife I was coming home and would probably be off the road for four or five weeks.  14 months later and fully vaccinated, I got back on the road last week […]

It Looks Like I’m Chasing Delta Diamond Status Without Getting On An Airplane

It’s been another one of those whirlwind months where nothing happens the way I planned it.  Plenty to catch you folks up on in the near future, but until then we’ve had something of an interesting development in the elite status world.  First, a bit of background. My Road Warrior History, In Brief I started traveling for work back in 2000, with a lull for a few years, then in earnest starting in 2007.  Since then, I regularly clocked 100,000 miles on airplanes each and every year, pandemic years excluded.  […]

Radisson Rewards Program Changes May Be Positive For Members

It was just a couple of weeks ago that we learned the Radisson Rewards program would split in two.  That might seem like an odd decision for a loyalty program.  Ultimately, it didn’t have anything to do with customer preference or the like (it’s actually a regulatory issue). It’s notable (maybe only to me) that Radisson is one of the first hotel chains I have memories of.  My father was a road warrior and used to book us at Radisson hotels for family vacations.  This was back in the day […]

Targeted Awesome Offer, 1,000 Bonus AAdvantage Miles For Each Night At Hyatt!

As we start to return to travel after what seems to be the worst of the pandemic, travel companies are starting to flex their ability to encourage customers to travel.  Early on, though prices were low we didn’t see too many promotions.  That was probably an indication that airlines and hotels didn’t think they could convince people to get out there and book a trip.  We’ve actually seen fewer incentives than I would have expected so far.  Low prices are certainly an incentive, but I don’t think that alone is […]

It’s Time To Stop Losing Sleep Over No-Notice Devaluations

Let’s cover the basics before the pitchforks come out.  Plenty of time for those in a few minutes.  But first, a few clarifying statements: At a high level, the miles and points you earn today will be worth less in the future. Airline and hotel loyalty programs will make changes to the value of those miles and points in a variety of ways.  In many cases they will not provide notice. When programs change value without notice, you will frequently see bloggers and other members of the miles and points […]

Air Canada Launches Cool New Feature: Status Pass!

If you live in the United States and haven’t been paying attention to Air Canada, continue to do so at your own risk.  Since the middle of last year, Air Canada has been announcing new components of a completely reimagined loyalty program under a familiar name, Aeroplan.  While it’s certainly good news for Canadian residents, it’s also good news for US residents. When Air Canada announced the new program last year, there was plenty to be excited about. New status perks and new credit cards were really enticing. In two […]

United Cuts Deep On International Flights at Dulles

The pandemic has yielded plenty of unexpected decisions by airlines and hotel chains over the past year.  Recent moves by United Airlines aren’t all that surprising in general, but the depth of the cuts did surprise me.  It’s clear from these cuts that United doesn’t think international travel will come roaring back as more vaccines find their ways into people’s arms. United Cuts International Flights At Dulles Airport The Points Guy reported on a deep number of cuts on international flights at Dulles Airport.  Dulles Airport, located outside of Washington, […]

VIDEO: Truck Crashes Into Rental Counter

There are a lot of ways to return a rental car when you’re in a hurry. This video is over a year old, but I hadn’t seen it.  And, the potential for driver injury aside, this has to be one of the more amazing/amusing car rental returns I’ve seen: Best comment in the comment section?  “Guy that built those counters should see this!” Thx to David H for sending it along! Did you enjoy this post?  Please share it! There’s plenty of ways to do that below. You can also […]

HURRY: As Low As $245 ROUND-TRIP Business Class To Europe Through This Summer

I’ll keep this short so you can have as much time to book as possible, and I’ll update the post with some more details shortly.  There are business class fares from several US cities to several European cities for as low as ~$250 round-trip.  Miles Talk and View From The Wing have some examples. Remember that you have 24 hours to cancel any flight you book that departs or arrives in the US with no penalty. While this fare is bookable with a few OTAs, my recommendation is to search […]

Quick Reminder: 50 Transactions On Your World of Hyatt Card By Tomorrow

If you’re a World of Hyatt credit card holder and you registered for the February promotion to earn up to 5,000 bonus points you have until tomorrow to get your 50 transactions. There’s not a whole lot of restrictions on what the transactions can be. They do need to be at least $1 each, but in theory could be multiple transactions at the same store if you’re really close to one of these point thresholds.  Because the Hyatt award chart doesn’t stretch nearly as high as Hilton or Marriott 5,000 […]