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by Hilary Stockton on 4/29/2017
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4/28/2017
  Well, that didn't last long: less than 7 months after the AMEX Business Platinum added a 50% points rebate perk, AMEX is reducing it to just a 35% points rebate June 1, 2017, per Reddit. I called AMEX for...
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4/27/2017
  60K Citi AAdvantage bonus offers are available and have been added to our Best Travel Credit Cards page. 60K bonus AAdvantage miles (or 120K miles if you're approved for both cards) are a great deal if you're eligible for...
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4/26/2017
  You can triple dip at some restaurants depending on their participation in Yelp Rewards and Restaurant.com. Generally, the restaurants I want to go to aren't part of the frequent flyer dining programs, which I tend to ignore. Mostly, I'm...
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4/25/2017
  This Amanemu Review is from our recent stay at the newest Aman Resort, in Ise-Shima, Japan, which recently celebrated its one year anniversary. It's perfect paired with the stunning Aman Tokyo, offering the contrast of a tranquil retreat in the Ise-Shima National...
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4/24/2017
  What are the world's best airline first class cabins and experiences? There are so many aspects that go into a great first class airline experience, but the factors that tend to be most important to my clients are seat...
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4/23/2017
We took the Premium Express Shimakaze train from Nagoya to Ise Shima, to reach our next destination, Amanemu. There is no shinkansen service to Ise Shima, so, apart from helicopter, the fastest way to get there from Tokyo is by...
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4/22/2017
  Ritz-Carlton has several great Virtuoso and STARS offers for stays now through the summer, or in some cases, through the rest of 2017. For Ritz-Carlton hotels and resorts that are Virtuoso members, I recommend reserving with Virtuoso benefits, since...
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4/21/2017
  K'shiki at the Mandarin Oriental Tokyo is where breakfast is served, and is also home to Pizza Bar on 38th, which my husband and son will add a review of soon. If you enjoy a high quality buffet as an option,...
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4/20/2017
  Guaranteed Early Check-In and late Check-Out are some of the top requests clients have, especially if arriving in the morning after a red eye flight, or departing on a late night flight. In general most hotels have a 3pm...
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4/19/2017
  The Japan Rail Pass is useful if you'll be taking the shinkansen and other JR trains in Japan. We used our Japan Rail Pass on 5 different trains while in Japan, including 2 shinkansen journeys, 2 limited express journeys,...
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4/18/2017
Transfer AMEX Membership Rewards points to Virgin Atlantic Flying Club with a 30% bonus. In general I ignore Virgin Atlantic Flying Club as a frequent flyer program, both because Virgin Atlantic isn't a product I want to fly (what's the point...
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4/17/2017
  This review of Aska in Brooklyn, NYC is from our recent visit, to celebrate our anniversary. Aska is the newest Michelin two-star restaurant in NYC, and one of only 10 NYC restaurants with two Michelin stars. Aska Location, Getting...
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4/16/2017
Can you transfer AAdvantage miles into AMEX Membership Rewards points or Chase Ultimate Rewards points? Reader Michael writes "I have a lot of American Airlines miles from a Citi AAdvantage card, is there a way to transfer those points to...
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4/14/2017
  Sushi Sora is the Japanese sushi bar at the Mandarin Oriental Tokyo, with just 8 seats, helmed by Chef Yuji Imaizumi. I had a chance to try it for lunch during our recent stay at the Mandarin Oriental, although...
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4/13/2017
Is Hyatt Explorist elite status worth it, for the Club Access Awards? TravelSort reader Laura writes "I finally received my Hyatt Explorist match from MGM Gold. Apart from the 20% bonus points, the main benefit seems to be the 4...
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4/12/2017
  This Mandarin Oriental Tokyo Review is from our recent trip to Tokyo. As with many Tokyo luxury hotels, the Mandarin Oriental Tokyo offers some of the best service of any Mandarin Oriental property, and we had occasion to put...
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4/11/2017
Etihad Guest has devalued its Brussels Airlines Award Chart with no notice, per Ben, unfortunately eliminating one of, if not the best business class award ticket deal to Europe. I wrote in Book Brussels Airlines Business Class with Etihad Miles that...
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4/10/2017
  Four Seasons Kyoto has a 3rd Night Free and other great offers for the summer, which is Japan's off-season due to the heat and humidity. I recently enjoyed a stay at the hotel, and it's a fantastic base from...
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4/9/2017
  This Sushisho Masa Tokyo Review is from our recent visit to it, one of Tokyo's top sushi bars. It may not have a Michelin star, but rumor has it that this is because the Michelin inspectors have been barred...
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4/8/2017
  It's possible to buy AMEX Membership Rewards points, in conjunction with a points transfer. This post will discuss how to buy Membership Rewards points, how much it costs, whom you can transfer points to, and when it's likely to...
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