Tag: Credit Cards

Anatomy of an Award: Labor Day in Berlin on Short Notice in Premium Cabins

A few weeks ago, I decided I really needed to get away for a long Labor Day.  Preferably to a city where I could explore nightlife if I wanted, but also could lose myself walking or sitting at a cafe.  Oh, and I didn’t want to spend a lot of money, I didn’t want to
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Hotel Review: Feeling Welcome at the Park Hyatt Paris-Vendome

I am not a huge Hyatt customer, simply because there aren’t a lot of Hyatts where I want to go, and most Hyatt Regencies/Grand Hyatts remind me of conferences. But some of my favorite hotel stays over the past few years have been at Hyatt properties in Argentina, New Mexico, and Vietnam — particularly Park
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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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Review of the American Express Centurion Lounge at DFW and Changes to the AmEx Platinum Card

When I first got the American Express Platinum card several years ago, at the rate of $450, one of the perks was entry into American, Delta, Continental, and US Airways lounges. When Continental and United merged, access to Continental’s Presidents’ Clubs disappeared, but American Express soon added a free unlimited Priority Pass Select membership –
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Don’t Believe Everything You Read on Blogs: American Airlines is Not the Second Coming of Jesus Christ

If you are a regular reader of a few of the major travel/points blogs, it would be understandable if you thought two things: (1) every two or three days, there is an AMAZING credit card deal you would be a fool not to sign up for, and (2) American Airlines is the most amazing air
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YWW Does East Asia: Trip Report Part 8: Phuket to Bangkok: My Stolen Wallet Drama Rears its Head in Thailand

Thai Airways Flt. 206, Phuket (HKT) to Bangkok (BKK), Airbus A300, Economy, 1h 25min While we were relaxing and enjoying Phuket, I had one of those realizations that gives you a pit in your stomach.  When my boyfriend checked in for his flight from Ho Chi Minh City to Bangkok on Thai Airways, he had
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YWW Does East Asia: Trip Report Part 5: Park Hyatt Saigon Review

Of our three nights in Vietnam, we spent two at the Intercontinental on paid nights, and then switched over to the Park Hyatt Saigon, using my free one night that I get each year as a Hyatt Visa cardholder.  This is a perk that can make the $75 annual fee for the card well worth
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Trip Report: Madrid Part IV: On being pickpocketed early on a Sunday morning in Spain

As suggested by this blog, I’m not a novice traveler.  But I am a bit absentminded at times with my personal effects- while traveling or otherwise.  I’ve lost my wallet three times in the past three years in New York (remarkably getting it back once).  Although I’ve lost things while traveling, I’ve been pretty lucky
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Get those Amexes ready for free money! Small Business Saturday Signup Tomorrow

This year, as in the past several, American Express is running a promo on the Saturday after Thanksgiving — Small Business Saturday.  The terms are pretty simple.  Register your Amex in advance (any Amex but a prepaid or corporate card will do), make an in-store purchase of $25 or more at a small business, get
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Weekend in LA, Part 2: The Andaz West Hollywood and Credit Card Hotel Booking Perks

Prior to this trip, I’d only stayed in hotels in L.A. three times. The first time was in 2006 when I’d one a trip to L.A. from Rolling Stone Magazine to Grammy weekend, and they put me up in the Sunset Marquis.  The second was for clerkship interviews, which were last minute and had me
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