Will a Certain Fellow Blogger Please Calm Down About Lufthansa?

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From the desk of the Devil's Advocate... I was at FTU Advanced this past weekend and had an absolute blast meeting and chatting with folks and exchanging ideas about loyalty programs. It's great to be able to talk endlessly about our hobby without anyone getting bored. In many ways, it was a perfect weekend... until the very end. That's when a certain blogger decided he was going to play Devil's Advocate as his routine for the final panel. … [Continue]

Who Flies There?

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I led three sessions at FTU Advanced last weekend, and all of them were open ended. But for the most part I was leading people through different tools like ExpertFlyer, Award Nexus, and ITA Matrix. I'll spend some time over the next couple weeks revisiting the most common questions to help … [Continue]

Hacking Award Seats to South America – All 132 Routes

Consider GIG-GRU, EZE-MDZ and LIM-CUZ are 4,500 avios, but can be upwards of $500 cash fares due to taxes.

Given our past attention to places farther from home, we round out the next part of this series with a look at award seats and routes to South America. Part 1 - Hacking Award Seats to Europe - All 403 Routes Part 2 - Hacking Award Seats to Asia - All 177 Routes Part 3 - Hacking … [Continue]

Hacking Award Seats Down Under – All 31 Routes to Australia/NZ

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Over the past two weeks, we looked at finding the routes with the least demand to Europe and the Asia: Hacking Award Seats to Europe - All 403 Routes - Part 1 of 5 Hacking Award Seats to Asia - All 177 Routes - Part 2 of 5 In this next short installment, we look at some of the … [Continue]

Kimpton Revamps Loyalty Program: Karma Rewards

Introducing Kimpton Karma

Last year I matched to Kimpton's loyalty program, InTouch, and made good use of it with stays at Hotel Vintage Plaza in Portland, EPIC Hotel in Miami, Lorien Hotel & Spa in Alexandria, and Alexis Hotel in Seattle. Alexis remains my favorite, though it didn't hurt that my wedding party … [Continue]

Did Hyatt Outwit The Devil’s Advocate?

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From the desk of the Devil's Advocate... I am thrilled to report (and I am sure you are all thrilled to hear) that this past Friday I successfully completed my Hyatt Diamond Trial. As a result, I now have Diamond status with Hyatt until the end of February 2016. [If this weren't a … [Continue]