Majesty of the Seas Not Leaving Royal Caribbean Afterall

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Royal Caribbean International announced today that Majesty of the Seas, the line’s oldest but well-loved vessel, will not be leaving the fleet next year as planned. Instead, Majesty will undergo a major drydock next year, then reposition to Port Canaveral, where the ship will continue to offer 3- and 4-night Bahamas cruises. However, this won’t be your father’s Majesty of the Seas. Highlights of what is to come include New waterslides Poolside movie screen New restaurant options including Sabor Taqueria, Izumi Japanese cuisine, and Chef’s Table Voom interent, the fastest at sea, which will be complimentary for all Majesty of the Seas’ guests According to Royal Caribbean’s press release, the casino will also see upgrades and “suite guests will enjoy…

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The Weekly Recap – July 5, 2015

Good morning from 39,000 feet!! I hope you’re enjoying the remainder of your Independence Day holiday weekend. MrsMJ and I are headed home this morning. We had a great weekend with family and the Portland Craft Beer Festival, but it’s good to be heading home. Here’s a look at last week’s posts at MJ on Travel. Top Reads This Week What Next for Airlines, and For Us? Parting Ways with the Barclaycard Arrival Plus? Maybe – Maybe Not Other Posts Where Have All the Cruise Deals Gone? Up to 50 Percent More Rapid Rewards 75,000 AAdvantage Miles – Citi Executive Card AA First Class Lunch: ORD – PDX Don’t Forget This Admirals Club Benefit Enjoy what’s left of your weekend!…

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Don’t Forget This Admirals Club Benefit

There’s more to an Admirals Club membership than sometimes meets the eye. Of course there’s a comfortable place to wait for your flight with plenty of power outlets, snacks, bar, etc. American is also undertaking a major renewal project of its lounges. But there’s one benefit that I almost forgot about when departing Portland (PDX) this morning. American has partnered with Alaska Airlines to allow Board Room access for Admirals Club members in three locations. Thankfully, I saw the Board Room sign on the way to our gate this morning, which triggered my memory. A same-day boarding pass on an American Airlines flight is required along with your Admirals Club membership card. As a Citi Executive cardholder, I do not…

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Parting Ways With Arrival Plus? Maybe – Maybe Not

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News about upcoming changes to the Barclays Arrival + card landed with a pre-holiday thud. It’s been covered ad-nauseum around the blogs (I read it first on MommyPoints), but the highlights are: 10 percent points rebate for redemption dropping to 5 percent Minimum redemption amount for travel going up to 10,000 points, and 5,000 points for cashback TripIt Pro subscription benefit going away There are other tweaks, but I think these are the biggies. Taken individually, any one of these might not be a bother, but together they are challenging. I’ve redeemed Arrival miles for many of my favorite things including airline tickets, onboard spending bills from cruises, and for cruises themselves. In fact, I’ve recommended the Arrival + as…

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What Next for Airlines, and For Us?

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You are not going to read a lot from me on the latest revelation that the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) is investigating the airlines for possible collusion on pricing. While I do have a strong opinion on that, suffice it to say that I think the DOJ has a difficult case to prove, the issue itself flies just close enough to my day job orbit that I’m going to refrain from a great deal of pontification. I will say that it makes for an interesting headline, but it is likely to be years before anything comes of it, if ever. There’s no real need dwell on it at the moment. I’ll also repeat a quote from a piece I wrote…

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AA First Class Lunch: ORD-PDX

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I know I’ve been writing about American a lot lately, but I’ve experienced an increase in flying on American through a confluence of events. Based on the stats, readers like seeing what’s on the menu, and since I’m on a lunch flight, I thought I’d post. MrsMJ and I are making our way to PDX for the weekend. We had a late start out of Atlanta, but were able to run for our connection and make it with minutes to spare. I haven’t boarded a flight when everyone else was on in a long time, so I guess I needed the practice! But on to the show. I pre-ordered today’s lunch which was a lemon thyme chicken served with a quinoa arugula…

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75,000 AAdvantage Miles – Citi Executive Card

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After way too much dithering, I jumped on the 100,000 mile Citi AAdvantage Executive offer last year. I’m so glad I did, and it’s not just about the miles – more on that in a minute. The top of the line Citi AAdvantage card is now offering a 75,000 mile bonus when you spend $7,500 in the first 3 months. Not quite 100,000, but respectable nonetheless. The annual fee remains at $450. There’s another difference in this offer and some that have existed previously as Miles to Memories pointed out earlier. The bonus miles are not available if you’ve had a Citi AAdvantage Executive card opened or closed in the past 18 months. This knocks out those of us who played…

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Where Have All the Cruise Deals Gone?

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I have endeavored to write a post known as “The Weekly Cruise Deal” for some time now. While I’m still committed to posting about deals from all the cruise lines when I see them, I’m certain you’ve noticed that I’m posting a good bit less than weekly. That’s not from a lack of desire, it’s from a lack of what I consider to be good cruise deals. What happened? There are a few forces at work here, and they aren’t all that different than those in the airline industry. The economy is expanding, unemployment is slowly going down, and people are feeling confident enough to take a vacation leading to increased demand for cruises. Combine that with a bit of…

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Up to 50 Percent More Rapid Rewards Points

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As I’ve been flying Southwest a bit more, I’ve found myself paying more attention to the various marketing emails I receive from them. While I’m sure this isn’t the first offer to buy points I’ve received from them, it is the first one I really noticed. I haven’t purchased points since back in the Dividend Miles heyday, and I don’t have any plans to purchase any now. My advice is always the same, only buy points if you just need a few to top off for an award. Now, if only they counted towards Companion Pass status. However, if you need a few points, might as well pick up some bonus points too. Click here for more details. This offer…

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The Weekly Recap – June 28, 2015

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Hard to believe that the last weekend of June is here and 2015 is nearly half over! It was a busy week on the road for me, and it’s good to be home. MrsMJ and I will be back in the air very soon though. This time – American Airlines to Portland. I nabbed some saver award availability and we are off to see some family for the holiday weekend. In the meantime, here’s a look at last week’s posts here at MJ on Travel. Reminder – 5,000 Bonus Points from Hilton My AAmazing Upgrade Percentage Continues AAdvantage Upgrade Success – A Reader Comments AA First Class Lunch: DFW – DCA First PreCheck Fail in Years Actually Wasn’t Nine Lives…

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