Category: Tips and Tools

South Africa & Namibia Preview #2: Planning My Stay, Hotels, the Protea Prokard Explorer, and IHG PointBreaks

This is post #2 in a series about my February-March 2017 Trip to South Africa and Namibia. With flights booked into Cape Town and out of Johannesburg, I had to figure out how I would spend my 12ish days in Africa.  From talking to folks, it seemed I really could spend the whole time in
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Escape to the Land Down Under, Part 1: Intro, Using AA miles to Australia, and Positioning– DCA SkyClub and DCA to New York on Delta

Last weekend, I got back from a fantastic two week trip to Australia, booked mainly on AA miles. Due to some reasons you’ll read, blogging got a bit delayed. But here’s the first in what I imagine will be a series of 6-8 posts, giving a brief overview of the trip and my positioning flight.
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Of US Airways Credit Cards and a Serious Ethical Deficiency in the Points Blogosphere

My day (and sometimes night) job is as an attorney.  Although we get a terrible rap and are accused of being unethical, the reality is that most good lawyers (and many bad ones) actually think about ethics A LOT.  We have to take a separate ethics exam before we get our license, and many jurisdictions
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Trip Report – Riding the French Rails: Of SNCF and RailEurope

We spent a total of nine days in France, split between Lyon in the Rhone Valley (central France), Montpellier in the South, and Paris. It was a lot of ground to cover in that time, and we purposely picked cities that had relatively short and cheap transportation connections. (We couldn’t do an open jaw flight
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Reminder: Award Booking Service available

Because it’s been a while since I mentioned it,  as a reminder, I do offer an award booking service, where for a very competitive fee, I will help you turn your miles into a dream trip (or any other trip you desire!).  I can help anywhere in the world, with flights and/or hotels.  I’ve used
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Hotel Review: The Panama City Hotel Scene and the Intercontinental Miramar Panama

I had written a really thorough review of my stay at the Intercontinental Miramar. I lost it. So here is a less thorough one reconstructed by memory. There is no shortage of hotel options in Panama City. All of the major international chains have at least one hotel downtown, and there are many others in
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Three Last Hurrahs = Going to the Seychelles and France!

There is a confluence of three deadlines coming up: (1) US Airways miles will be less useful for Star Alliance reward bookings as of March 30.  (The airline says it will retain relationships with some Star Alliance members after that date, but for how long and in what form is unclear). (2) United miles will
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2013 YWW Year in Review and Index

I’m about to hop on my last flight of the year, so I figured this would be a good time for my 2013 travel year in review post.  It’s been a very big travel year for me, though I haven’t been able to keep up on the blog as much as I’d liked.  I still
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Trip Report: Our European Journey Begins: Agent Roulette, JFK T4, and JFK-AMS-VIE on Delta and KLM Business

Our European Journey Begins: Agent Roulette, JFK T4, and JFK-AMS-VIE on Delta and KLM Delta Flt. 70, New York-JFK to Amsterdam, B767, BusinessElite Dep. 8:12pm, Arr. 10:15am KLM Flt. 1845, Amsterdam to Vienna, B737, Europe Business Dep. 11:40am, Arr. 1:30pm As mentioned in my preview post, we were scheduled to fly from Newark to Paris
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The Anatomy of a Summer Vacation: Austria and Finland, Skymiles Burning, and a Lot of Radissons

As I mentioned yesterday, I am getting ready for my big summer vacation to Europe in a week and a half.   I figured I’d give a bit of a preview, explaining how I came up with the routing/itinerary, and asking for any tips readers may have. There are two main legs of the journey,
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