Southwest Targets Me with Double Rapid Rewards….Again

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A handful of flights have really made a difference with Southwest and me. After a few years of no flights with the airline, things changed. Some flights here and there and all of a sudden I’m getting Rapid Rewards double points offers at what seems like more frequent intervals from Southwest. Granted, these offers have been targeted, but I bring them up here for a few reasons. First, to remind readers that offers are out there and it’s worth a look at your spam filter to make sure you didn’t miss an email. Alternatively, it never hurts to attempt to register. If you’re not eligible, the website will let you know, but I’ve seen more than successful registration for bonus offers…

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Three Weeks On Ocean Cruising, Loyalty, and More

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Yes, I’m back with The Weekly Recap. Actually, it’s a “3” weekly recap since I haven’t posted one while I was away. Stringing together 3 weeks off is quite an accomplishment, and I did take some real time off, including going off the grid intermittently. Now, I’m back. Back to reality, back to the blog, and back to thinking about the next trip! Here’s a look at the last 3 weeks. (Feature image credit: Shutterstock) Via MJ on Travel The End of an ErAA: US Airways Final Flight Paris Highlights So Far Delta and Expedia Expand Partnership Diary of a Trans Atlantic Cruise: The Beginning Best of: AAdvantage Will Be Next But it Could Be Different Best of: Loyalty at…

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A Global Entry Benefit I Had Not Planned On


Global Entry is one of those handful of things that I consider a “must have” in most travelers’ tool kits. For international travel, the benefits are obvious – access to kiosks to complete your entry requirements when arriving in the USA while avoiding the lines with the masses. As about a once per year international flyer, the biggest benefit of Global Entry for me is having a Known Traveler Number for access to PreCheck. The fact that my Amex Platinum reimburses the $100 fee every 5 years makes it a no-brainer to get and keep Global Entry in my situation. (Feature image credit: Shutterstock) One of the things I’ve secretly wished to see is a Global Entry kiosk at cruise ports. In…

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Closing Thoughts on a Trans Atlantic Cruise

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Allure of the Seas arrived Port Everglades very early this morning. We picked up the harbor pilot at 3am, and were tied up alongside around 3:45am, a very early arrival. Reason: All 2,000 plus crew cleared customs and immigration before the guests as this was the ship’s first U.S. arrival in around 6 months. Guest clearance began around 6:30am, and we walked off right at our scheduled tag number time, 9:30am. Easy, and made better by a little sign that said “Global Entry.” Quick blog post coming on that soon. In any event, our Global Entry cards got us moved to the front of the line, and we were on our way to the airport. Overall Impressions Allure of the Seas…

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American’s Latest Move a Sign of Things to Come?

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According to View From the Wing, American AAdvantage has rolled out changes effective February 1, that will result in reduced mileage earning on BA and Iberia flights. This follows information about these now confirmed changes being introduced then retracted several weeks ago. (Feature image credit: Shutterstock) I put a “best of” post up last week that I originally wrote in 2014 for a reason other than the fact that I’m vacationing on a ship in the middle of the Atlantic. I thought the content was relevant to where we are now, especially in light of comments made by American’s President recently, and a repeat wouldn’t hurt. In that post I opined that “I think EQPs could form the basis of a new AAdvantage…

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Best of: Pondering a Future with Delta SkyMiles

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I am currently on vacation. While I am live blogging when appropriate with my Diary of a Trans Atlantic Cruise, I will be posting some select “best of” content from time to time. With everything going on in loyalty of late, it seems like an ideal time to ponder my future as an Atlanta-based flyer. With the exception of the true lover of most things widget, I suppose I blog about Delta Air Lines and SkyMiles as much as anyone. I do live in Atlanta afterall. As we approach the half-way point in 2015, I’m finding myself thinking more and more about my Delta future. In keeping with a promise I made to myself, I haven’t spent a dime on my Delta Amex…

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Diary of a Trans Atlantic Cruise: Halloween

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If you’ve never cruised on Halloween you may not know that it can be a bit of a scene. I’ve known people that bring extra luggage just for the costumes. As I enjoy my morning coffee at Starbucks, I note that there are far fewer people out and about at 8:30am than I’m used to seeing. Could it be the Halloween party last night? Although I should note that there is one guy nursing a beer at the table next to me. Just in case you were wondering, yes, I dressed….as a pirate. At least there was this sunset to start the evening off. I offer the following video without comment….since there are no words.

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Diary of a Trans Atlantic Cruise: Rocking and Rolling

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Four days into 9 days at sea, I have a few trans Atlantic cruise tips to share. First, Happy Halloween! Allure of the Seas is getting decked out for what promises to be a raucous Halloween party tonight. I’ll be dressing as….wait for it…a pirate! Halloween is almost always a big party night on a cruise, and even with an older than average group of cruisers on board, it appears everyone is looking to have a good time tonight. Now, a few lessons learned. So Far So Good But Seas Have Been Less than Ideal I highly recommend you talk to your pharmacist about a good over the counter remedy to combat motion sickness if you’re the least bit prone…

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Diary of a Trans Atlantic Cruise: The First Day

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Good morning from Allure of the Seas, somewhere between Gibraltar and Fort Lauderdale. It’s our second day at sea after departing Malaga, Spain the evening of October 27th. I’m reminded of a verse from the old song – “We joined the Navy to see the world. And what did we see? We saw the sea.” But before you conclude that’s a complaint, it isn’t. The First Day at Sea At roughly 225,000 gross registered tons, Allure of the Seas, is not a small ship bobbing in the ocean. There is plenty to do, and we will talk about that throughout the week. However, the first day of my trans-Atlantic cruise was focused on something I don’t often get to do –…

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Breaking: The 4500 BA Avios Award is No More

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British Airways just emailed with news that the 4,500 Avios award for short-haul travel on American Airlines and Alaska Air is rising to 7,500 Avios. Granted, I’ve been intermittently on the grid for over a week, so perhaps someone knew this was coming. Here’s the text of the email I received. (Feature image credit: British Airways) “We’re going to be making a change to the Executive Club pricing structure for shorter reward flights originating or terminating within the United States of America. From 2 February 2016, reward flights will start from 7,500 Avios, instead of 4,500 Avios, plus taxes, fees and carrier charges (“TFCs”) from $5.60 USD. Only those reward flights that currently cost 4,500 Avios for a one way flight in Economy, 9,000 Avios for Business Class and 18,000 Avios for First Class plus TFCs will…

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