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Ehtesham Q. commented on the post One Way Vs. Roundtrip Award Tickets
All airlines do not release award seats at the same time and this creates a problem. What I mean to say is that the start of booking window can have a wide range for different airlines and sometimes you get better choices 7-9 months in advance instead of 10-11 months. Do you agree?
May 18, 2013
Ehtesham Q. commented on the post Which Credit Cards to Keep, Close, Trade and Apply For
Why would you keep Amex SPG? I would dump it every year and switch it with the business version and vice versa. This card is churnable yearly so I do not see any incentive to hold on to that.
November 29, 2012
Ehtesham Q. commented on the post Lufthansa Business Class Review: Short Haul in Europe
Was that fish cooked or raw? From the picture it looks like it is not cooked at all.
November 21, 2012
Ehtesham Q. commented on the post Hilton HHonors: Use Citi and AMEX Cards to Maximize Points
Wonderful post and wonderful timing from a wonderful person. Just in time for my last application o rama for this year. I applied for six cards all using your links, so you should get some credit. Hilton HHonors amex approved online. 2 Citi Hilton HHonors visa using two different browsers. Both applications pending for review. Called the requested number and both approved on the phone. Both applications for Hawaian Airlines visa from Bank of America and Hawaii Bank pending for further review. I don't know if there is any number to contact them or should I wait patiently for the letter? Last but not the least, using your link, Chase Ink card. As expected decision pending, called the number and after some questioning and credit line transfers approved.
November 20, 2012
Ehtesham Q. commented on the post AMEX Small Business Saturday 2012 Strategy and FAQ
Can I buy $25 travel sort gift cards with all the registered Amex cards that I have to be used for a future single hotel booking?
November 14, 2012
Ehtesham Q. commented on the post AMEX Small Business Saturday 2012 Strategy and FAQ
When you say register starting at 12am Sunday November 18. Is that EST? The reason I am saying is that I live on the west coast so for me 12am EST would be 10pm the night before
November 13, 2012
Ehtesham Q. commented on the post Earn 1 Million Miles and Points in a Year Without Flying
Slightly off topic but have you written on how to maximize Hilton bonuses with credit cards(I don't remember seeing anywhere but I may be wrong) I would love to hear your perspective on what to apply for cards in which sequence.
November 07, 2012
Ehtesham Q. commented on the post Qatar Joining Oneworld Alliance Despite Denials, Sources Confirm
If Qatar actually decides to join, when do you think we can make reservations? what is your best guess?
October 03, 2012
Ehtesham Q. commented on the post Four Seasons Hong Kong Hotel Review
Did you use travelsort rate for this reservation or used spg points and do you have any guest status with them?
August 20, 2012
Ehtesham Q. commented on the post Cathay Pacific Business Class Review 777-300ER: NYC to Hong Kong
I thought your son being in first class, you will get plenty of time (chances) to go and visit him and spend some "quality time" with him. But from your post I think you did not take advantage of this opportunity and decided to stay in business class. Did I get it right?
August 17, 2012
Ehtesham Q. commented on the post Current Citi AAdvantage and AMEX Retention Bonus Offers and Tips
Thanks for the useful info. Do you also have a direct number for Chase cards retention department?
July 30, 2012
Ehtesham Q. commented on the post Book Qatar to the Maldives with United Miles Before It's Too Late
I have a feeling that soon you will not be able to see any Qatar flights on United web site as well, so my recommendation is to book it as soon as possible instead of procrastinating till the last moment. On another note, I will wait to hear from you on the great possibilities opening up with Emirates and Alaska Airlines, Korean and Japan airlines.
July 06, 2012
Ehtesham Q. commented on the post St. Regis Bangkok Hotel Review
Thanks for the informative update. I feel sorry for St. Regis Bangkok as you a are a tough customer to impress because of your previous experience as compared to a commoner like me who will take everything with a smile simply because I do not have much to compare. Can I ask you how much did you pay for this stay? I plan to visit Bangkok in March 2013 for 2 nights (3 adults) and would like to know which place would be best value for the money. I do not have any status with any hotel chains.
July 05, 2012
Ehtesham Q. commented on the post ANA All Nippon Airways Business Class Review, LA-Tokyo
Thanks for the post. What is the best, fast and easy way to find out which business class has flat bed seats.Also while looking for award seats, how do you tell if the flight has 3 class of service or just two?
June 23, 2012
Ehtesham Q. commented on the post No ATM Fees: Bank Checking Accounts That Refund ATM Fees
Do you know any web site where you can look for fee free ATMs. I know these are dying breeds but once in a while you will find them.
June 20, 2012
Ehtesham Q. commented on the post Best Park Hyatt to Stay 2 Free Nights with the Hyatt Visa
Thanks for the review. Do you have enough experience to recommend something for Hong Kong and Bangkok? I heard that you get a lot of value for your money in Bangkok specially using cash and points for spg properties in Bangkok. What is your take?
May 01, 2012
Ehtesham Q. commented on the post The 15 Best First and Business Class Airline Awards in 2012
Award # 6 says 135,000 American miles for Cathay Pacific first class between the US and Asia. Now I presume this is not valid for Indian subcontinent or Middle East like Dubai as American Airlines does not allow across the Pacific. Am I right?
March 14, 2012
Ehtesham Q. commented on the post Maximize the Chase Freedom Amazon 5x Ultimate Rewards Bonus
I heard that you can buy Amazon GC from office max with any american express business card and get 5% discount, so in reality it is possible to get 5% discount all year round.
March 12, 2012
Ehtesham Q. commented on the post Alaska Airlines Visa Companion Ticket-No More First Class?
Thanks for heads up. Looks like you were trying to answer someone's question about 5 people going to Hawaii. I am very curious to know that answer too since I have a similar situation?
March 12, 2012
Ehtesham Q. commented on the post 10 Best International First Class Seats for Award Travel
Thanks Ben for the info. I presume that you are mainly a first class traveler but do you think you can say something similar about business class availability and product type
January 31, 2012
Ehtesham Q. commented on the post Maximizing Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan Awards
This for the review (perfect timing) which was definitely due after their weird alliance with Emirates. Any words about their credit card. Whats the maximum bonus available and their partner certificates value.
January 25, 2012
Ehtesham Q. commented on the post Maximizing Awards Using American AAdvantage Miles

Is istanbul considered as Eurpoean award destination on AA ?

December 13, 2011
Ehtesham Q. commented on the post Update: How Much is a Mile Worth?

Thanks Ben for this wonderful post. You need to update as soon as BA comes up with their new super secret award chart. Also can you confirm if we can only use AA miles on Etihad from their cities of origin like Chicago/New Yourk/washington DC or I can have my origin from SFO too?

November 01, 2011
Ehtesham Q. commented on the post Use American Airlines AAdvantage Miles for Etihad First Class

I am confused and surprised on one thing. According to AA chart the amount of miles required for an award between US to Indian subcontinent is 90k miles in first class. Now is that one way only? Etiahd miles for an etihad award for the same route is 180k. This I presume is a return award. Am I right? I am just trying to figure out which strategy will be more economical. In December I am flying this route in Y with the family and wanted to know where should I pool my miles for future such awards.

October 22, 2011
Ehtesham Q. commented on the post How to Maximize the British Airways Companion Ticket

Hi Ben. I read your article two times and still my head is moving in circles. Great post. Do you ever sleep or you are always thinking about something. Anyway I need to print this out and read it a couple of more times before I can make any sense of it, althought I admit I am a little slow too

October 19, 2011