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Vienna, Austria
Salzburg, Austria
Stockholm, Sweden
Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany
Bruges, Belgium
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Bora Bora, French Polynesia
Tokyo, Japan
Dublin, Ireland
Trondheim, Norway
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4 Star Hotel
Modern
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John M. commented on the post Where to Go in December: Best Luxury Travel Destinations and Where to Stay
Just because Vienna and Munich aren't private islands, they certainly deserve mention on a list where upper class December destinations are discussed. At least you'll feel like it's Christmas in Europe; particularly in Germany or Austria. Two destinations on the African continent and none in Europe seems lopsided.
November 27, 2016
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John M. commented on the post Etihad: Upgrade to Business Class Using Miles?
Is this also the case with ANA points?
April 07, 2015
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John M. commented on the post Singapore Airlines Book the Cook Review
If I don't "Book the Cook", what kind of meal should I expect? Could I be, potentially, excluding myself from an otherwise terrific seasonal meal by specifying my preference?
September 14, 2014
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John M. added Prague, Czech Republic as a visited place
January 27, 2014
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John M. commented on the post Miles and More: 50 Percent Off Business Class and Economy Class Awards
Are there any tricks for transferring miles from Amex to Lufthansa/Austrian? Is Swiss part of Miles & More? Can I transfer from Aeroplan? Unfortunately, I transferred a bunch of SPG to Aeroplan and don't have that option anymore.
January 27, 2014
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John M. commented on the post Miles and More: 50 Percent Off Business Class and Economy Class Awards
That's weird. How come I am locked into Austria if I'm flying from IAD? LH flies non-stop from IAD to FRA/MUC.
January 08, 2014
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John M. commented on the post Iberia: 50 Percent Off Awards: Good Deal if Already an Iberia Plus Member
It looks like they're still running a promotion (of sorts), but it's a pretty crappy one. https://www.iberia.com/web/webPartners.do?service=/web/clickBanner.do&language=en&menuId=WPVUEL&paginaOrigen=S&idBanner=234923 I'm still trying to figure out why you can't search an award through their site from the US to any city other than Madrid. I'm not sure why I'm considering Iberia; considering the miserable experience I had in Economy IAD>MAD>BRU>FRA>MAD>IAD circa 2008. They cancelled the IAD<>MAD route in 2010 and now it looks like JFK is my only option. The LH/OS reward discount seems pretty appealing to me.
January 08, 2014
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John M. commented on the post Best EMV Chip Travel Credit Cards in the U.S.
My Amex Platinum has a chip.
May 08, 2013
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John M. commented on the post Best Travel Rewards Credit Cards Bonus Offers - February 2017
I figured, why not earn some rewards if possible.
April 28, 2013
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John M. commented on the post Best Travel Rewards Credit Cards Bonus Offers - February 2017
Thank you, Hilary! Yeah, I whole-heartedly agree with you on not carrying a balance on rewards cards. I just need to make a purchase that I don't quite have the cash for and figure that I can pay the item off in half the time of the typical 0% offer.
April 28, 2013
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John M. commented on the post Best Travel Rewards Credit Cards Bonus Offers - February 2017
Are there any cards with an intro 0% on balance transfers or purchases that you'd recommend?
April 27, 2013
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John M. commented on the post Singapore Airlines Suites Saver Awards for Two Available!
You don't need 2 suites to call it that.
February 12, 2013
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John M. commented on the post Singapore Airlines Suites Saver Awards for Two Available!
Very nice post, as usual; thank you! Do they fly A380 metal between FRA and SIN...ever?
February 08, 2013
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John M. commented on the post United MileagePlus Explorer 65000 Bonus Miles Offer Tips
Thanks, as usual! What is your preference between the Ink Bold vs Ink Plus and why?
January 30, 2013
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John M. commented on the post United MileagePlus Explorer 65000 Bonus Miles Offer Tips
Does the two browser trick work with Chase? Also, can I sign up for a business credit card under the premise of having sold things on eBay/Amazon or do I need an EIN, etc?
January 30, 2013
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John M. commented on the post W New York Downtown-NYC Hotel Review
It's disappointing to hear that the Cool Corner Room was so small. It makes me very nervous to book there with no guarantee to even be upgraded to that small room. It's equally weird that a corner room has no WTC view. I wonder if they upgrade SPG Platinums to suites there.
January 30, 2013
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John M. commented on the post United MileagePlus Explorer 65000 Bonus Miles Offer Tips
So let me take back my prior comment. Oddly enough, United/Chase do not furnish a phone number on the higher mileage offers (probably to dissuade people like us). Hilary was on point that having some mileage in your account would cause one to receive the higher offer. Problem is, I've recently moved near a United hub from a US Airways hub and had ZERO United miles. If you're impatient like me or don't want to take a chance for this offer to expire and don't want to lay out money to "try", you'll want to get some miles in there ASAP. That's what led me to BCKSTGR; a social media marketing platform where you can earn up to 600 free United miles (until 1/31...HURRY). Once you join their site (bckstgr.com), you'll get 200 miles each for linking your Twitter, Facebook, and Foursquare accounts to it. After signing up, I went to bed and woke up the next morning with my 600 miles and 50,000 bonus offer for the MileagePlus Explorer card. Bravo to Hilary/TravelSort and the Intrawebs!
January 29, 2013
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John M. commented on the post Starwood $25 Award Certificate for Gold and Platinum SPG Elites
I'll use it toward the ridiculously expensive parking in/around the W in Boston. ($46/night if you valet with the hotel. $28/night is the "cheap option".) When you think of it, what good is $25? It wouldn't have even bought me the "upgrade" of my supposedly "complimentary" continental breakfast for my platinum amenity at the Westin Grand Berlin.
January 25, 2013
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John M. commented on the post Lufthansa First Class Award Availability and Booking Strategy
You're awesome at this. Great post, again!
January 25, 2013
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John M. commented on the post United MileagePlus Explorer 65000 Bonus Miles Offer Tips
So I just called the phone number on my 30k offer and they immediately rattled off what the offer was without me saying a word. When I asked about the 65k offer, they said that I'd not called the correct number. Presumably, if someone shares the number to call on their 65k offer a good time will be had by all!
January 25, 2013
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John M. commented on the post Lufthansa New First Class Review
Interesting. I'm showing no (I) availability on the 25th on SQ from JFK-FRA. My searching is obviously inferior. Maybe I need to invest in KVS or yield to a pro like you. It's a labor of love until you crack the code. You're right, I'll also need to carefully consider all that you've put forward on your http://travelsort.com/blog/earn-1-million-miles-and-points-in-a-year-without-flying post. I have a lot to learn and could likely benefit from using your service as a novice luxury traveler. I think I have a long hill to climb; being that I only get 28 days of vacation per year (working for the man). Right now, I hold the Elevate Visa (No status...yet), SPG Amex (Plat SPG), USAir Silver, and 2x Amex Plat (180k). I'm thinking about the United MileagePlus Explorer (although I've not received the 65k offer) because of the signing bonus (only seeing 30k) but I think I'd rather have the MileagePlus Club for the membership to SA lounges and Hyatt Plat/Avis Prez. I originally thought that I was doomed living near IAD as a UA hater. Using them to fly on other SA metal to my preferred destinations in Germanic EU, though, is not a bad thing. I also find myself going to Scandinavia a lot and settled on Icelandair Biz for a trip last June. It was far from luxurious but sure beat flying coach. I suppose my caveat to using your service is somehow calculating if the award spend, fee, and time > outright purchase of a restricted Biz ticket. This is so complex!
January 24, 2013
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John M. added Vienna, Austria as a favorite place for its beauty and culture
January 24, 2013
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John M. added Salzburg, Austria as a favorite place for its beauty and culture
January 24, 2013
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John M. added Stockholm, Sweden as a favorite place for its lively vibe and culture
January 24, 2013
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John M. added Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany as a favorite place for its winter sports and lively vibe
January 24, 2013