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by Hilary Stockton on 5/2/2016
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4/13/2016
  JetBlue Mint is expanding to Seattle, San Diego, Las Vegas, Fort Lauderdale and the Caribbean (St. Lucia, St. Martin, Aruba and Barbados). I'm happy to see greater competition on these routes, since JetBlue's Mint product is better than most...
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4/12/2016
  What Are the Best Adults-Only Luxury Hotels and Resorts? While we take our current 8 year old everywhere (including on our recent 10th wedding anniversary trip to Bora Bora and New Zealand and in Singapore Suites and Etihad First...
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4/11/2016
This Four Seasons Bora Bora Restaurant Reviews and Menus post is part of a new trip report on Bora Bora and Tahiti luxury resorts, dining and activities. For the prior posts, please see: Review: American A321 Business Class New York...
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4/10/2016
  There's no Citi ThankYou Premier bonus public offer and Citi has made it harder to earn signup bonuses again. TravelSort reader Susan writes "I wanted to apply for the 40K Citi ThankYou Premier card on your Best Travel Credit...
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4/9/2016
  You can buy AAdvantage miles for 1.8 cents each through April 28, but is it worth it after the 2016 AAdvantage Award Chart Devaluation?  Here are the tiers: Buy 6000-9000 AAdvantage miles: 1500 bonus miles Buy 10,000-19,000 AAdvantage miles: 3500...
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4/7/2016
  This Four Seasons Bora Bora Review is part of a new trip report on Bora Bora and Tahiti luxury resorts, dining and activities. For the prior posts, please see: Review: American A321 Business Class New York to Los Angeles Paradise! Can...
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4/5/2016
  A 50,000 Lufthansa Miles & More World MasterCard bonus offer has returned, and I've added it to the Best Travel Credit Cards page.   Here are the offer details: 20,000 Miles & More miles after first purchase Additional 30,000 Miles & More...
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4/5/2016
  This American Airlines A321 First Class Review is part of a trip report on Bora Bora, Tahiti and New Zealand luxury resorts, dining and activities. For the prior posts, please see: Review: American A321 Business Class New York to Los...
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4/4/2016
  The Farm at Cape Kidnappers in Hawke's Bay, New Zealand was a highlight of our 10th wedding anniversary trip, which also included Four Seasons Bora Bora. We loved New Zealand so much our first trip last November, which included...
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4/3/2016
  I had my best Premium Economy flight today. Granted, I normally try to fly at least business class for international flights, but this was a relatively short international flight and I decided Premium Economy was all my son and...
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4/2/2016
This Air Tahiti Nui Business Class Review from Los Angeles to Papeete is part of a new trip report on Bora Bora and Tahiti luxury resorts, dining and activities. For the prior posts, please see: Review: American A321 Business Class New...
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4/1/2016
Alaska Mileage Plan increased Emirates A380 First Class awards 67%-100% with no notice effective March 30, 2016, which Alaska's Q&A rather petulantly blamed on "travel hacking" and below-market award levels making the previous award rates unsustainable. First, here are the...
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3/31/2016
What are the top first class awards to Tokyo, and best luxury hotels to stay at? TravelSort client Jonathan writes “We are planning a 10th year wedding anniversary trip to Japan in Spring 2017 and would love to travel first...
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3/30/2016
This Los Angeles International Lounge Review at LAX TBIT before an Air Tahiti Nui flight is part of a new trip report on Bora Bora and Tahiti luxury resorts, dining and activities. For the prior posts, please see: Review: American A321 Business...
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3/29/2016
Free in-room hotel coffee is something I take for granted, even though I don't always use it. And generally, since I focus on luxury hotels, it's either a Nespresso machine or more rarely an Illy espresso machine. Now, I still...
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3/28/2016
  This Residence Inn LAX Airport Hotel Review is part of a new trip report on Bora Bora and Tahiti luxury resorts, dining and activities. For the prior posts, please see Review: American A321 Business Class New York to Los Angeles and Paradise!...
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3/27/2016
Several March Deals are worth mentioning before they expire soon: the 35K SPG AMEX offers, Chase cobranded cards such as the British Airways Visa, and the Alaska Mileage Plan buy miles up to 40% bonus offer. Here are the details:...
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3/26/2016
Welcome to Paradise! Can you guess the place and the resort? I'm currently doing a site inspection at a resort my clients love for honeymoon and anniversary trips, but increasingly families are asking about it too. It's no wonder it...
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3/24/2016
  There's a 75K AMEX Business Platinum bonus offer available online as a targeted offer. To get it to appear, I recommend using a Chrome incognito window or private browser, if using Safari. Initially you may get only the public...
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3/23/2016
  This review of American Business Class on the A321 from New York JFK to Los Angles LAX is part of a new trip report. It's rare that I fly transcontinental business class, or even any domestic flight cross-country, since...
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  What are the Top 10 Things to Do at Four Seasons Bora Bora? Without question, the resort is very relaxing, and it would be easy to simply destress by sleeping in and relaxing at your overwater bungalow. But while that...
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  Getting New Zealand award tickets in first class or business class is tough, especially if you're looking to travel during the peak summer season of December to February, or even the shoulder season before and after that. TravelSort reader...
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2/29/2016
Update: per Zach, the new Chase Freedom Unlimited is in ADDITION to the current Chase Freedom and will not replace it, and both cards will continue to be able to transfer points to Ultimate Rewards partners, if you have a...