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by Hilary Stockton on 5/24/2016
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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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3/22/2016
What are the best first class lounges that provide access when connecting onward to a business class flight? While some lounges such as the Emirates First Class Lounge in Dubai restrict access to those departing in Emirates First Class or Qantas...
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3/21/2016
  Costco Will Accept Visa Cards as of June 20, 2016. While we've known for awhile that Costco will switch from AMEX to Visa, since Citi negotiated an exclusive card agreement with Costco. The stock market punished AMEX, whose stock...
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3/20/2016
  With Chase about to make it harder to get approved for co-branded cards, should you call Chase reconsideration or not? On FlyerTalk, applicants are divided on whether calling helps or hurts your chances of getting approved. The Case for...
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3/19/2016
  This Bosk Restaurant Toronto Review is part of a trip report on Toronto luxury hotels and dining. For the prior posts, please see: TAM Business Class Review JFK-Toronto Beast Restaurant Toronto Review Trump Toronto Hotel Review Review: LiveToronto Walking...
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3/18/2016
  What is minimum connection time at airports? Where can you find minimum connecting time for a given airport? I'm sometimes asked by clients whether they'll have enough time to connect at an airport, or what is a legal connection...
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3/17/2016
  What are the Best Seats in Cathay Pacific First Class? I've just selected Cathay First Class seats for some clients and also for one of my own trips, and given that quite a few readers may also have booked...
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3/16/2016
  Several AMEX offers are expiring soon for Qantas, Frette, Norwegian Cruise Line and some high end NYC grocery stores. To get these, log into your American Express account and scroll down to the "AMEX Offers & Benefits" section. Trying...
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3/15/2016
  Time to Activate Chase Freedom 5X for Grocery Stores and Wholesale Clubs, for April to June 2016 spend. As a reminder, up to $1500 in grocery store and wholesale club spend during A2 2016 will earn the 5X bonus,...
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3/14/2016
  How long do SPG points take to transfer to AAdvantage? This is an especially relevant question as we get down to the wire for booking Cathay Pacific First Class, JAL First Class, JAL Sky Suite Business Class, Etihad A380...
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3/13/2016
  This JetBlue Mint Class A321 review is from a recent San Francisco SFO to New York JFK flight.  JetBlue Mint Cabin and Seat Selection As I mentioned in my prior JetBlue Mint review, JetBlue Mint Business Class has 12 business...
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3/12/2016
  Which credit cards should you keep? It used to be possible to close a credit card, and a year or two later, apply for the same credit card to earn the signup bonus again. It's become harder to do...
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3/11/2016
  This Shangri-La Toronto Review is part of a Toronto trip report on Toronto luxury hotels and dining. For the prior posts, please see: TAM Business Class Review JFK-Toronto Beast Restaurant Toronto Review Trump Toronto Hotel Review Review: LiveToronto Walking...
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3/10/2016
  New JetBlue credit cards have been announced by JetBlue and BarclayCard, as well as a conversion card for existing JetBlue AMEX cardholders. Here are the details of the cards, followed by a FAQ with my analysis. JetBlue Card Bonus:...
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3/9/2016
  This Review of the Etihad Premium Lounge New York JFK is part of a trip report from Sydney, Australia to New York JFK. For the prior Australia-related posts, including Qantas A380 First Class, Etihad A380 First Apartment, and Emirates A380 First...
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3/8/2016
Which New Travel Credit Cards for a Honeymoon? TravelSort reader Maria comments on the Best Travel Credit Cards page: "We are in the middle of planning a November 2016 honeymoon to Thailand for 2 weeks from Miami. We want to...
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3/7/2016
  Four Seasons Preferred Partner Exclusive Offers range from Four Seasons Golden Triangle, Thailand to the top notch Four Seasons Hong Kong and the newly renovated Four Seasons Lanai. These offers are exclusive to Four Seasons Preferred Partner luxury travel...
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3/6/2016
  This Ritz-Carlton Boston Common Review is from a recent stay in a Deluxe Room with Club Lounge access. Visiting Boston? See all our Boston reviews and posts. TravelSort Clients may book the Ritz-Carlton Boston with Virtuoso benefits: Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability Continental breakfast...
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3/5/2016
  Emirates will fly to Yangon, Myanmar and Hanoi, Vietnam starting August 3, 2016, making Dubai another good way to get to Myanmar and Vietnam.  Here are the new route details: Emirates Flight 388 departs Dubai DXB at 2:50am, arrives...
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