Review: Andaz Maui at Wailea


Gary Leff and I agree that the Andaz Maui at Wailea is the best hotel on Maui. I'm going to go out on a limb here and say it may be my new favorite hotel anywhere. I just got back earlier this month after redeeming a Hyatt points + cash award (12,500 points and $150 per night), which I upgraded using a Diamond suite upgrade. Amazing value. Read to the bottom to learn how you could win three free nights! I'll admit to some trepidation. … [Continue]

Citi Prestige Makes Changes Official: Flight Points, Companion Pass Gone

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Recently one of the regular cards in my wallet has been the Citi Thank You Prestige card. Even though it's a premium card that comes with a high $400 annual fee, I've found the benefits to be worth the expense. I've especially enjoyed the Flight Points benefit, which if used properly can … [Continue]

United and Delta’s Revenue-Based Programs Are Bad News for Corporate Travel

I was in New York last year with a day to spare and decided to look for some new travel startups. One of them was Rocketrip, and I had a nice chat with its CEO, Daniel Ruch. The basic concept behind Rocketrip is that it helps companies incentivize their workers to reduce corporate travel … [Continue]

Will a Certain Fellow Blogger Please Calm Down About Lufthansa?


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 … [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]