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by Hilary Stockton on 7/29/2015

Business Travel

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7/29/2015
If an Airline Changes Your Reserved Seat, Can You Get Your Seat Back? For some travelers, it's news that you are never guaranteed a particular airline seat, even when you have a reserved seat. Why Airlines May Change Your Seat...
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7/27/2015
Stellar hotel housekeeping is great; overzealous housekeeping, not so much. Exasperated TravelSort reader Paul writes "Why is it that whenever I have a 4pm late checkout and even put a "Do Not Disturb" sign on the door, housekeeping still tries...
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7/25/2015
Will your family earn 1 million frequent flyer miles and points this year? Since we're over 6 months into 2015, I thought I'd do a mid-year post on our progress so far with our miles and points earning. For new...
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7/20/2015
    With Chase Refer a Friend you can earn up to 50K Ultimate Rewards points by referring friends as new cardholders to a Chase credit card such as the Sapphire Preferred or Ink Plus (my referral links). I noticed these...
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7/18/2015
What's the takeoff priority for delayed flights? TravelSort reader Jeanette comments on the Airline Passenger Bill of Rights-What Are Flyers' Rights post: "I am trying to find out what entity determines in what order flights leave after a weather delay?...
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7/16/2015
Can a hotel cancel your confirmed reservation? TravelSort reader Jack writes "About 6 months ago I booked a San Francisco hotel to attend an upcoming wedding of a friend, and received a confirmation. Just last week I was asked to...
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7/14/2015
  U.S. AMEX cardholders can get $400 off $2000 or more in Qantas flights, booked on the Qantas U.S. Web site, via AMEX Twitter Sync Offers or via your AMEX Offers when logged into your account. Here are the details:...
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7/12/2015
Declined for the Citi Prestige card? You may actually have been approved, and the declined message may be a system glitch. At least, that's what happened with both my husband and me. Since neither of us was targeted for the...
Square_review-amex_centurion_lounge_new_york_lga_laguardia_airport-seating_by_lounge_entrance
7/9/2015
  This review of the AMEX Centurion Lounge at New York's LaGuardia Airport (LGA) is from a recent June 2015 visit, after a flight back into NYC. Previously, I've visited the AMEX Centurion Lounge in Las Vegas Airport (LAS). Location,...
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7/8/2015
This Review of Hotel de Rome in Berlin, Germany (a Rocco Forte hotel) is part of a trip report featuring Singapore Suites, Air Berlin Business Class, and luxury hotel stays, dining and activities in Berlin and Italy.  For the prior posts,...
Square_75k_citi_executive_aadvantage_card_bonus_offer
7/7/2015
  There's a 75,000 Citi Executive AAdvantage bonus (link on the Best Travel Credit Cards page) offer that, taking into account the $450 annual fee (not waived) allows you to buy AAdvantage miles at 0.6 cents each--nearly half a cent per mile, which is a...
Square_review-virgin_atlantic_clubhouse_new_york_jfk_airport_lounge_sign
7/6/2015
  This Review of the Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse at New York JFK Airport is part of a trip report featuring Singapore Suites, Air Berlin Business Class, and luxury hotel stays, dining and activities in Berlin and Italy. For the prior...
Square_review-four_seasons_chicago-view_from_executive_lake_view_suite
7/4/2015
  This Four Seasons Chicago Review is part of a series of Chicago articles from a recent stay. For the first post, please see Allium Four Seasons Chicago Review and Menu: 6 Can’t Miss Dishes. TravelSort Clients enjoy Four Seasons Preferred...
Square_review-air_berlin_a330_business_class-flat_bed_with_duvet
7/1/2015
This Air Berlin Business Class A330 Review for a recent NYC JFK to Berlin TXL flight is part of a new Europe trip report. It was booked with 40,000 pre-devaluation British Airways Avios.  Air Berlin A330 Business Class Cabin and Seat...
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6/29/2015
American Airlines will NOT refund your seat selection fee, even if your seat doesn't work. At least not in my case. I recently paid $22 to select what AA calls a "Preferred Seat" on a Chicago ORD to New York...
Square_review-japan_airlines_jal_first_class_777-300er-suite_1k
6/27/2015
  This Japan Airlines First Class 777-300ER Review is part of a trip report including luxury resorts and dining in Asia and the Maldives, including JAL First Class from Tokyo Narita to New York JFK, Etihad First Class and Emirates First Class....
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6/26/2015
  KLM’s Pop Up Store landed in NYC yesterday, and is open through tomorrow, Saturday, 11am-7pm at the Openhouse Gallery, 201 Mulberry Street in Soho. Here are the times for tomorrow: 11am: KLM Pop Up Store opens: exhibits such as...
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6/24/2015
  A 3000 Bonus Hyatt Gold Passport Points offer for my next eligible Hyatt stay was in my email this morning, and appears to be a targeted offer, so check your email--perhaps there are even better offers being targeted to...
Square_6_reasons_delta_skymiles_amex_cards_aren't_worth_it
6/22/2015
Delta SkyMiles AMEX cards  aren't worth applying for. They're right up there with Capital One cards as some of the worst travel credit cards (see Capital One Venture Card: 5 Reasons It Isn't Worth It). When there are so many better travel...
Square_review-japan_airlines_first_class_lounge_tokyo_narita-entrance_to_jal_first_class_lounge_and_sakura_lounge
6/20/2015
  This JAL First Class Lounge Tokyo Narita Review is part of a trip report including luxury resorts and dining in Asia and the Maldives, including JAL First Class from Tokyo Narita to New York JFK, Etihad First Class and Emirates...
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