Weekly Review: August 22, 2015

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Hello from somewhere between the US and Dubai (be sure you’re following along on FacebookInstagram, and Twitter for up to the minute Dom 2005-induced coverage)! It has been an insane week of domestic travel for me. It wouldn’t look that bad on a map, but I’ve had four days of domestic flying this week, all of which started at 6-7AM. That’s much more tolling than circling the globe in a week, in my opinion.

Add in some issues I was dealing with in Florida, and I’m certainly in need of a nap. Nonetheless I’m off on a fun adventure, though it’s an abbreviated version of what I initially had planned. More on that shortly!

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Thoughts On Traveling With Infrequent Travelers

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One of the fun things about travel is getting to experience new places with the people we care about, even if it’s just a new place for them. Tiffany walks through some tips for traveling with less frequent travelers, and the suggestions in the comments are quite helpful as well!


How Does SPG AmEx Sheraton Lounge Access Work?

Sheraton-Frankfurt-Club-LoungeAs I’ve written about a couple of times now, there are presently increased 30,000 Starpoint sign-up bonuses on both the Starwood Preferred Guest® Credit Card from American Express and Starwood Preferred Guest® Business Credit Card from American Express.

This increased bonuses coincide with the cards’ benefits being refreshed. As far as I’m concerned, the single most exciting new benefit is that those with the SPG Business AmEx will receive complimentary executive lounge access at Sheraton properties worldwide. This is a benefit which is usually reserved for those who pay as well as SPG Platinum members (which requires 25 stays or 50 nights).

I’ve received lots of questions about how this benefit works, so figured I’d compile all the questions I received about this new benefit here:


Amtrak Switching To Revenue Based Redemptions — Book Now!

amtrak trainAssuming you like riding trains, the Amtrak Guest Rewards program offers some exceptional values. Amtrak currently has a zone-based system, and as Amtrak is a transfer partner of Chase Ultimate Rewards it’s easy to accrue points in the program even if you’re not a frequent train rider.

There are big changes coming to Amtrak Guest Rewards, so if you’ve ever contemplated a train journey, now is the time to book!


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TIPS: Earning Miles & Promos

Register For National Emerald Club One Two Free
$50 Rebate On Uber For Business
Roundup Of Current Hotel Promos
Which Credit Cards Give You Hotel Elite Status?
Register Now For Marriott’s Fall 2015 MegaBonus Promotion
Register To Earn Up To 3x Hilton Points This Fall
How Does SPG AmEx Sheraton Lounge Access Work?
Can You Be Approved For Citi Prestige & Citi Premier Cards?
Top 2 Reasons To Get The SPG Business AmEx
Up To 50% Discount On United Miles

TRICKS: Redeeming Miles

Emirates Or Singapore Business Class — Which Is Better?
DON’T SPEND YOUR MILES THAT WAY!!!
Delta Fixes Partner Award Searches
Korean Air Added As SPG Transfer Partner
Shady Award Night Blocking At Grand Hyatt Incheon?
Amtrak Switching To Revenue Based Redemptions. Book Now!

TRAVEL With Lucky

Dear US Airline Lounges: Please Sell Me Coffee!
Hilarious Pilot Announcement From This Morning
Was I Almost Downgraded On A Paid First Class Fare?
Dear Luxury Hotels: Stop Trying So Hard
Hotel Weddings And The Guest Experience
What Happened To My British Airways Account?!
Thoughts On Traveling With Infrequent Travelers

REVIEWS & Trip Reports

Review: SPG Lakeside Terrace Villas, Beaver Creek, Colorado
Throwback Thursday: Going to HEL with American
Review: Alaska Board Room Los Angeles LAX

NEWS & Updates

Qatar Airways 777 Economy Going 10 Abreast
Finnair Launches Flights To Svalbard!
Man Punches Flight Attendant, Allowed To Continue Flying
Etihad’s The Residence Now Comes With Concierge Service
American Cutting Philadelphia To Tel Aviv Flight In 2016
Insane Video Of A 737 Being Struck By Lightning
SAS Launching Flights To Los Angeles & Miami!
Hilton Takes A Hard Stance On Pay Per View Pornography
Airline Passenger’s Ear Bitten Off Mid-Flight
Hawaiian Airlines’ Cute New Safety Video
REALLY Drunk airBaltic Crew Sentenced And Jailed
Crazy Video Of Unruly Lady Being Removed From Flight
US Airways Plans Commemorative Last Flight For October 16, 2015


Thanks for the kind thoughts this week, and for being along for the ride in general! What is everyone else up to this weekend?

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