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Monthly Archives for October 2011.

Beaches and Mountains: Thai Airways First Class Lounge Bangkok, Thai Airways First Class Bangkok to Paris


Trip Report Index As we deplaned from our Phuket flight there was an agent standing in the jet bridge holding a sign with our names on it. She introduced herself and explained she would be escorting us to the first class lounge. Usually they pick you up in a golf cart, though the walk was…

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New blog page with best credit card offers

For years I’ve been suggesting credit cards to friends/readers without getting any sort of a bonus for them (occasionally select credit cards had “refer-a-friend” bonuses through which I referred people, though that was very rare). And sometimes I even got emails from readers wanting to sign up for credit cards I recommended, asking me if…

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Photo #334

It’s time for a reader photo. Thanks to James for sending in this one. Correct Answer: Quito, Ecuador Winner: Ralph If you’d like your photo featured, please email it to me at, along with the correct answer.

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Elite benefit reciprocity to be announced between Alaska Mileage Plan and American AAdvantage next week

According to JonNYC over at TravelingBetter (who’s literally always right), the following benefits will be announced late next week for American AAdvantage elite members flying on Alaska Airlines: Priority Check-in and Boarding – Gold, Platinum & Executive Platinum Express Security Line – Platinum & Executive Platinum Preferred Seating – Platinum & Executive Platinum Bag Fee…

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American offering double miles on Chicago/Dallas to Los Angeles/San Francisco

American has just announced double elite qualifying and redeemable miles for nonstop travel between Chicago/Dallas and Los Angeles/San Francisco for trips booked and flown between October 27, 2011 and March 31, 2012. The offer is only valid for AAdvantage members with addresses in California, Illinois, and Texas. Roundtrip travel is required, though it doesn’t have…

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My stance on tipping hotel housekeeping…

A couple of weeks ago I posted a new poll question asking whether y’all tip housekeeping when staying at hotels. The results so far? 44% Yes 36% No 20% Only for special requests Anyway, the reason I asked the poll question to begin with is because this is a question I’m often asked by readers.…

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