Last Flight of United Express; Welcome Surf Air!

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The End of an Era My favorite little airport is my local airport in Carlsbad, McClellan-Palomar Airport which is serviced by United Express. The staff there for the most part is great, friendly and very efficient with making things happen. It is truly a small town airport and is North San Diego County’s gateway to…

BBVA Compass Bank Severs Relationship with AAdvantage

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BBVA Compass Bank bought Guaranty Bank in 2009 during the banking crisis.  Guaranty Bank customers who had the American Airlines AAdvantage miles earning checking accounts were allowed to keep their accounts open under the BBVA Compass Bank banner, new customers and old BBVA Compass Bank customers were not allowed to open an American Airlines AAdvantage earning account.…

BREAKING NEWS: Cadillac/American Promotion and 7500 Easy Miles DEAD!

If you have not already called and scheduled your test drive of a Cadillac for 7500 free American Airlines AAdvantage  miles like Carolina Travel Girl  then it is too late.  AS of Saturday afternoon the recorded message on the Cadillac Concierge toll free line for AAdvantage reservations all of the allocated reservation spaces have been taken.…

San Diego FlyerTalk Meetup Lunch Nov 1st

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San Diego (Oceanside) Lunch, Shakeys, Sat, Nov 1, 12:30pm StartinSanDiego and kirax2 are organizing the next San Diego FT meal. This time, it’s moving north to Oceanside. Shakey’s Pizza 4141 Oceanside Blvd at College Blvd Oceanside http://www.yelp.com/biz/shakeys-pizza-parlor-oceanside-2 Please confirm or send regrets on thread. http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/communitybuzz/1620767-san-diego-north-county-meetup-nov-1-oceanside.html Maybe I will see you there??? [The US Airways Premier…

Waldorf Astoria sold to Chinese company for $1.95 billion

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The iconic Waldorf Astoria hotel in New York City has been sold to a Chinese insurance company for US$1.95Billion dollars. The Waldorf Astoria first opened in 1893 and has been a NY landmark.  Conrad Hilton purchased the luxury hotel 65 years ago. The new buyers are reported to intend to restore the hotel to its…

FREE Amex Premium Car Rental Protection

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Yesterday another blogger posted about Amex Premium Rental Car Liability protection and how he routinely pays for the protection on all rental cars. The rental car insurance is between $17 and $25 per rental occurrence depending on the state that you reside. American Express requires you to sign up for the insurance plan in advance…

BREAKING: W San Diego Suffers Major Damage

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W San Diego entrance

The W San Diego Hotel located at 421 W B St., San Diego, CA 92101 suffered major water damage on Monday evening reported by San Diego Fire Rescue as a water line on the third floor cooling system ruptured.  Flooding  occurred on the Third, Second and First floor including the elevator shafts, elevator cars and elevator pits.  Hotel management claims that guest rooms were not impacted and guest are not being evacuated at this time. The hotel did offer to accommodate guests at the Westin San Diego or the US Grant Hotel, a Luxury Collection property.  Both are within a few blocks of the W San Diego Hotel.

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W San Diego lobby prior to flooding on August 18, 2014

Guests interviewed on the local news channel claim to have only access to the stair wells for entry and exit. Television news footage showed water flowing freely out of third floor window and into the underground parking garage.

The W Hotel chain is a member of Starwood Hotels.

Link to local NBC news coverage with video.

Link to local CBS news coverage with video.

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Walmart Ties Money Orders to Travel

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Many advanced travel hackers have been purchasing money orders at Walmart for some time using a payment instrument that results in the accumulation of thousands of frequent flyer miles. Recent changes to the purchase methods have eliminated many prepaid debit cards from being utilized as payment instruments.  It can be assumed that these changes are…

Future Innovation United Airlines vs American Airlines

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Grand Slam Hotel EasySavings With MasterCard

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National Park Pass To Unlock America The Beautiful

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HawaiianMiles With A 30 Percent Transfer Bonus

Dreaming of taking your next vacation to Hawaii? Aloha! For a limited time, when you convert your Club Rewards points to HawaiianMiles you’ll receive a 30% bonus!  Promotion is valid till August 7, 2014, at 11:59PM EST. Although the Diners Club PROFESSIONAL card has been closed to new applicants for sometime, the card continues to offer up…