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by Hilary Stockton on 3/28/2015
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12/19/2014
  This Asiana First Class Suite Review is part of a trip report covering luxury travel in northern Thailand and Siem Reap, Cambodia. For the prior post on JFK lounge access when flying Asiana First Class, please see SWISS Lounge JFK...
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12/18/2014
  Time to play devil's advocate: are there Russia travel deals as the ruble falls, making this a great time to visit Russia? Thanks to low oil prices and economic sanctions against Russia, the Russian ruble has roughly halved in...
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12/17/2014
  Starwood Hotels will offer free WiFi for all SPG Members starting February 2, 2015, and this benefit combines with Starwood Luxury Privileges. This is great news for all SPG members, especially for those who stay at Starwood hotels sometimes,...
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12/17/2014
This SWISS Lounge at JFK Terminal 4 Review is part of a trip report covering Asiana First Class and luxury travel in northern Thailand and Siem Reap, Cambodia. I was looking forward to another flight in Asiana First Class, although Asiana's...
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12/16/2014
  There's a 140K Ritz-Carlton Rewards Visa offer, but annual fee is NOT waived, via Ben. Is this 140,000 Ritz-Carlton Rewards bonus offer worth it? Let's look at the details of the offer, then I'll give my take, plus a...
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12/15/2014
  There's a 40% AMEX transfer bonus to British Airways Avios through January 31, 2015. To put this in context, there have been very few good AMEX transfer bonuses in the past year, and the last time an AMEX Membership...
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12/14/2014
  What's great to eat in Germany? While Germany may not instantly spring to mind as one of the great foodie countries, it offers plenty of wonderful dishes, both gourmet and hearty comfort food. Here are a few of my...
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12/13/2014
  When should you book hotels for Christmas, New Year's and Thanksgiving travel? TravelSort reader Sam writes "We were disappointed not to be able to book our first choice hotel, the Four Seasons Maui at Wailea, for Christmas this year....
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12/12/2014
  PenClub, The Peninsula Hotels' Preferred Partner Program, offers special amenities and perks if you book a Peninsula Hotel with TravelSort (see How to Become a TravelSort Client), via TravelSort's affiliation with Cadence, a PenClub member, or via another PenClub travel agency....
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12/11/2014
  This Japan Airlines (JAL ) Sky Suite Business Class Review from Tokyo NRT to New York JFK on a 777 is part of a trip report including Qantas First Class, British Airways Business Class, Cathay Pacific Business Class, and luxury hotels and...
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12/10/2014
Hyatt's 2015 Category Changes have been released, and fortunately there are no major devaluations: no new categories, like last time (see Hyatt Award Chart Devaluation: New Category 7 for 30K Points, Pricier Awards). Key details: You can make reservations from now...
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12/9/2014
  The 2015 Chase Freedom Calendar 5X Categories have been announced (well, at least some of them) and they're better than last year--slightly. I am very happy to see grocery stores return as a Q1 category after a 2 year hiatus, since...
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12/8/2014
What are the Best Credit Cards for Award Flights to Germany? A TravelSort reader writes: "I travel 2-3 times a year to Hamburg, Germany. I would like to use miles and points to pay for flights. I live in NYC, mainly...
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12/7/2014
This Japan Airlines Business Class Lounge Review, Tokyo Narita Airport is part of a trip report including Qantas First Class, British Airways Business Class, Japan Airlines Business Class, and luxury hotels and dining in London, Dubai, and Hong Kong.  For the previous...
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12/6/2014
  Recently a Cobblers Cove dinner and meet and greet with Executive Chef Michael Harrison enabled me to experience first-hand the delicious Barbados influenced cuisine of Cobblers Cove's award-winning Camelot Restaurant. Cobblers Cove is perhaps better known to British visitors,...
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12/5/2014
There are discounted United partner business class awards to Europe and Maldives / Central Asia through March 2015, per Dan. This is likely a glitch and won't last long, so if you're planning award travel to Europe through March 2015...
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12/5/2014
  Can you check through baggage on separate tickets? What are the baggage policies for United, American, Delta, and Alaska when you're booked on separate tickets? Baggage interline agreements are only part of the equation, since even if an airline...
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12/4/2014
  There's a 50K US Airways MasterCard signup bonus offer now available as a public offer, so I've updated the Best Travel Credit Cards page with it. Previously, there were some reports of targeted 50K Dividend Miles offers, but this...
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12/3/2014
This Cathay Pacific New Regional Business Class Review is part of a trip report including Qantas First Class, British Airways Business Class, Japan Airlines Business Class, and luxury hotels and dining in London, Dubai, and Hong Kong.  For the previous posts, please see:...
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12/2/2014
  A 60K Citi Gold AAdvantage bonus offer is being targeted to some AAdvantage members. This is better than past 50K Citi Gold AAdvantage targeted offers, as well as the current public offer of 25,000 AA miles after $750 in purchases...
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  This review of the Anantara Golden Triangle Elephant Camp and Resort is from our recent stay during a trip riding elephants in Thailand and visiting Angkor Wat and other temples in Cambodia. For prior posts in this trip report, please...
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  There's a 50K United MileagePlus Explorer Business Credit Card offer targeted to most United MileagePlus members. While United MileagePlus miles aren't as valuable as they were over a year ago, before the United Award Chart Devaluation that increased awards...
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  "How do you earn your frequent flyer miles and points?" is a question I get on a regular basis from TravelSort Clients and readers, who also want to know how we manage to fly all of us in international...
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1/23/2015
  This review of Dining by Design at the Anantara Golden Triangle Elephant Camp is part of a trip report including Asiana First Class and luxury resorts and dining in northern Thailand and Cambodia. For the previous posts, please see: SWISS...
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  There's an Emirates devaluation: the no Emirates chauffeur service for partner tickets is retroactive, and there is no easily bookable Emirates first class awards via Alaska Mileage Plan after March 2015 (and the little award availability before the end...
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1/4/2015
  Buy $400 in Visa Gift Cards from Staples with 5X points using your Ink Plus, and get a $20 Visa gift card via Staples' easy rebates, via Dan. Here are the details: Buy at least $300 in Visa gift...