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British Airways 747-400 (Business Class) – Riding Up Top

Boeing 747-400 There are a few planes in existence that I want to fly solely because the planes themselves are cool.  For example, I redeemed airline miles to fly first class on Etihad’s A380 this upcoming winter.  That aircraft features a shower and individual couches for first class passengers, plus a bar.  Earlier this month I flew Qatar’s A350 which is one of the newest/most advanced planes in the sky. View from the upper deck of a 747-400 at 36,000 feet Another plane I really wanted to fly was the 747, specifically on the upper deck of the 747.  The…


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Enter to Win 90,000 United Miles (90 Winners) — United’s 90th Anniversary

[This photo was taken as I waited in a nearby park for the London Imperial War Museum to open.] Kudos to View From the Wing for Finding this Deal In celebration of it’s 90th anniversary, United Airlines is giving away 90,000 miles to 90 lucky winners.  Entry is simple, just fill out a short form (the screenshot is below).  You must enter by midnight (EST) on April 25st!  The winners will be notified on April 27th.  After entering the form, you’ll be directed to a pretty cool history of United Airlines. There are many awesome ways to use 90,000 United miles.  Here is a…


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Qatar A350-900 (business class) — A Wonderful Experience

Qatar A350-900 in Philadelphia, PA I recently traveled to the Middle East and I could fly a number of aircraft for an identical price.  I opted for the Qatar A350-900, which Qatar recently started flying to the United States–January 2016.  The A350 is one of the newest commercial aircraft in the sky so I was excited to see what it had to offer.  The seats, service, and food were the best that I’ve had on an airplane to date, hands down!  I flew from Philadelphia to Doha, Qatar, and I was in the air for approximately 12 hours!  Not a terrible way…


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Approx. $2,000 round-trip, business class flights to Europe!

[Deals like this tend to expire quickly so this article may be out of date after April 17, 2016] Kudos to onemileatatime.boardingarea.com for finding this deal! Various airlines are offering an excellent deal where you can fly for under $2,000 from the US to Europe.  These fares are available on several alliances including OneWorld (which can be credited to American Airlines).  American Airlines offers one of my favorite elite programs with perks that include complimentary first class upgrades and reasonable award flight redemption rates.  You can credit the flights below to American Airlines’s or Alaska Air’s frequent flier program.  In addition, you’ll want to use a…


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Best Credit Card Strategy for Couples (Beginner to Moderate)

Advertiser Disclosure:  some links to credit cards and other products on this website will earn an affiliate commission. Recently, two couples interested in traveling more asked me how they could use credit cards to maximize their miles and points earnings.  As I discuss in my Step 1: Strategy page, credit card spend is only one portion of a larger travel strategy.  You should not apply for a new credit card if you cannot pay it off in full every month (the monthly fees will negate any extra value that you would receive in points) or your credit score cannot withstand a…


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Hyatt Place Baltimore (Inner Harbor/ Fell’s Point)

While in downtown Baltimore, I stayed at the Hyatt Place in the Inner Harbor/ Fell’s Point area.  I knew I wanted to stay either in the Harbor or Fell’s Point areas and basically looked for the best hotel that I could find within my price range.  Hotel pricing in downtown Baltimore is interesting.  The Four Seasons runs $399 per night and the next best hotels are typically under $200 per night.  I quickly ruled out the Four Seasons and considered my other options.   Booking the Hotel I tried to take advantage of Hyatt’s Best Price Guarantee (I previously wrote…


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Cheap Round-trip Fares to Milan, Italy – $467 on American Airlines!!!!

[Deals like this tend to expire quickly so this article may be out of date after March 19, 2016] Kudos to theflightdeal.com for finding this deal! American Airlines is offering an excellent deal where you can fly for under $500 from the US to Milan, Italy.  American Airlines offers one of my favorite elite programs with perks that include complimentary first class upgrades and reasonable award flight redemption rates.  You can credit the flights below to American Airlines’s or Alaska Air’s frequent flier program.  In addition, you’ll want to use a credit card–such as the Chase Sapphire Preferred, Citi Prestige, or Citi Advantage Platinum–that offers additional…


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Downtown Baltimore, Maryland

Given that Baltimore is only an $8, one hour train ride from DC, it’s a great weekend destination.  I originally booked it to take advantage of two tickets for a free tour of the Heavy Seas brewery that my father won at an auction, but I realized after booking the trip that Heavy Seas has an alehouse, not a brewery, in downtown Baltimore.  Alehouses typically serve beer while the breweries typically brew beer.  I brew my own beer so I like to tour breweries and try their experimental beer. Although the media may not portray Baltimore in the best light, the…


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Verizon Points: How Much are My 150,000 Points Worth? (Part 1)

Update:  click here to read Part 2 after reading this article. I recently checked my Verizon points account and was astonished to learn that I had over 150,000 points!  If these points were American Airlines miles, I could fly round-trip to anywhere in the world that OneWorld alliance partners fly to.  I could also fly round-trip to Europe in business class or I could fly on the Ethiad A380-800 in First Class (complete with showers!).  These are all excellent uses for American miles. Unfortunately, Verizon points are not American miles and they cannot be transferred to American.  In fact, Verizon has no transfer…


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Starbucks is Making it Rain (Before the Storm)

I recently posted about how you can acquire a Starbucks Gold card for about $50.  I followed my own advice and reached Gold status last month (the card is delivered 4-6 weeks after) which comes with pretty cool perks.  After every 12 purchases you get a free drink of any size and not to mention the occasional 25% off and other assorted coupons that arrive regularly in your inbox.  Since I typically buy a small coffee (~$2) and redeem my award for a very large frappuccino (~$6), the Starbucks Gold card was pretty valuable to me.  Almost predictably, Starbucks announced within…