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by Greg James on 2/12/2016
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1/22/2016
  Earn 3X AAdvantage miles for restaurants and theaters through 3/31/16 if you've received a targeted bonus offer, so check your snail mail. While we've mostly been focused on redeeming AAdvantage miles ahead of the 2016 AAdvantage Award Chart Devaluation, I'm...
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1/21/2016
  This Review of the Park Hyatt Sydney is from our recent Australia and New Zealand trip. For the prior Australia-related posts, including Etihad First Apartment to Sydney and Qantas First Class to Melbourne, please see: Review: Qantas First Class...
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  What are the best Singapore Suites on the A380, Singapore First Class and Singapore Business Class award flight redemptions from the West Coast to Asia? TravelSort reader Mark writes "Without going into too much detail, could you provide your...
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1/19/2016
  This Eichardt's Bar Queenstown Restaurant Review is from our recent visit to Queenstown, New Zealand. For prior posts in our trip report on New Zealand luxury lodges and fine dining, please see: Review: Eagles Nest, Bay of Islands, New Zealand...
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  $450 in AMEX and Citi Prestige airline fee credits have posted to my accounts, helping justify these cards' hefty annual fees. As I wrote in AMEX Platinum vs. Citi Prestige: Which Travel Credit Card?, the nice thing about the Citi Prestige is that...
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  This Matakauri Lodge Dining Review is from our recent visit to Queenstown, New Zealand. For prior posts in our trip report on New Zealand luxury lodges and fine dining, please see: Review: Eagles Nest, Bay of Islands, New Zealand...
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    The American Express Platinum or the Citi Prestige: which is the better travel credit card? Previously I compared the Chase Sapphire Preferred to the Citi ThankYou Premier, both of them good travel credit cards which also waive the...
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This Review of a Milford Sound Flight and Cruise with Real Journeys, New Zealand is from our recent visit to Queenstown, known as the adventure capital of New Zealand. For prior posts in our trip report on New Zealand, please see:...
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  Which New Travel Credit Cards Do We Plan to Apply for in 2016? I'm getting ready to apply for a few new credit cards, although it will probably take a couple weeks until I get around to it due...
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  This Review of Matakauri Lodge in Queenstown, New Zealand is from our recent stay is this Virtuoso luxury lodge, with its gorgeous views of Lake Wakatipu. For prior posts in our trip report on New Zealand, please see: Review:...
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1/11/2016
Belmond Bellini Club is the preferred partner program of Belmond (formerly Orient Express) Hotels, Trains and Cruises. Most Belmond hotels are also Virtuoso members, so for TravelSort Clients' shorter Belmond hotel stays I usually reserve with Virtuoso benefits. But there's...
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1/10/2016
  This Things to Do in Akaroa post is from our visit to this small but picturesque town on the Banks Peninsula, during our stay in Christchurch, New Zealand. We visited Akaroa as part of our trip to New Zealand's...
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1/9/2016
  Which Southeast Asian countries require a visa, and which of these offer visa on arrival or e-visas? I'm regularly asked this by clients who haven't traveled recently to Southeast Asia, so I thought a post covering current visa requirements...
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1/8/2016
  This Otahuna Lodge dining review is from our recent stay at this Virtuoso and Relais & Chateaux boutique property in New Zealand. We visited Otahuna as part of our trip to New Zealand's North Island and South Island, including...
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1/7/2016
  I have a few Etihad First Apartment Booking Tips, based on client and reader questions after I wrote Etihad First Apartment A380 Awards Available Abu Dhabi to NYC. 1. Be Flexible with Dates: There Are Still a Few Days with...
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1/6/2016
  This Review of Otahuna Lodge near Christchurch, New Zealand is part of a New Zealand trip report featuring Virtuoso luxury lodges, fine dining, and things to do in North Island and South Island (Christchurch and Queenstown). For the prior posts...
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1/5/2016
  Use Chase Refer a Friend to earn 50K Ultimate Rewards points by referring friends as new cardholders to a Chase credit card such as the 50K Sapphire Preferred and the 60K Ink Plus (my referral links).  You can also go directly to the general Chase...
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1/4/2016
  This Paihia Dive Review in New Zealand's Bay of Islands is part of a New Zealand trip report highlighting Virtuoso luxury lodges, fine dining, and things to do in North Island and South Island (Christchurch and Queenstown). For the prior...
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1/3/2016
  Are airline credit cards or hotel credit cards a better deal? The Wall Street Journal recently posted an article from Scott McCartney's The Middle Seat column, entitled "Time to Rethink Your Airline Credit Card," which claims that cards tied...
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1/2/2016
  This Review of Gables Restaurant in Russell, New Zealand is of New Zealand's oldest restaurant, and is part of a New Zealand trip report, including luxury hotel and lodge stays in the Bay of Islands, Christchurch and Queenstown. For...
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