Review: AMEX Starwood Preferred Guest Luxury Card

My gosh, I really don’t want 2019 to come at all… it will mean the end of Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG), the best hotel chain in the world. SPG has always had a special place in my heart due to their uniqueness, luxury, incredible redemption opportunities, and elite benefits. Ever since Marriott acquired SPG, it hasn’t been the same, sadly. I’ve stayed at a number… Read More

Hi, I’m Back

Wow… where do I even begin? This past summer was… something different. A combination of way too much (regular and very boring) work, little travel, and no blogging. I don’t know how I feel about the past few months, but one thing is for sure – the future looks much, much better. If you are new to my blog (which I suppose some of you… Read More

Why I Now Plan and Book Before I Travel

I used to not plan any of my trips at all. In fact, I would literally book a random, one-way flight for the next day with no hotel reservations and no further flights or anything planned… not even with the slightest idea of where I’d be going next. This worked for a good number of months until I found myself stranded in Bali last year… Read More

Coming Soon: Redeem Avios on Fiji Airways

Fiji Airways will soon join oneworld connect – the airline won’t be a full oneworld member but will rather be a connecting partner for oneworld and the goal is to transport passengers from/to oneworld airlines on Fiji Airways throughout the South Pacific. For most oneworld elite members (Sapphire and Emerald), this won’t mean much as the only benefits that will apply will be Priority Check-In… Read More

Review: AMEX Starwood Preferred Guest Luxury Card

Hi, I’m Back

Why I Now Plan and Book Before I Travel

Coming Soon: Redeem Avios on Fiji Airways

United’s MileagePlus Restrictions are Killing Me

United Airlines devalued MileagePlus a few years ago and basically destroyed all of the value the programme had. Before the changes, the programme was actually amazing and my favourite use of Chase Ultimate Rewards points. However, first came an award chart devaluation whereby some awards went up 100% in cost and then came a major restriction in routing rules – basically if it doesn’t show… Read More

Only Use Credit Cards with Transferable Points

The future in the miles and points hobby is incredibly cloudy and uncertain – devaluations after devaluations.. you can only blame the economy for doing so well. In the past few years, we’ve only seen devaluations after devaluations with little enhancements to frequent flyer programmes. In fact, the most devaluations and negative changes to frequent flyer programmes have happened in the past five years –… Read More

The Best North American Lufthansa First Class Route

Lufthansa First Class is an incredible way to fly – end of story. No other airline is able to provide such an amazing and consistent First Class experience from the moment you arrive at the airport to the moment you end your journey. The issue is that Lufthansa is still removing First Class from many aircraft and their new aircraft going forward won’t feature First… Read More

Book Now: Lufthansa First Class for ~€2k Round-Trip!

Lufthansa First Class is the best way to fly – from the incredible ground services in Frankfurt and Munich to the inflight experience, you will never want to fly anything else ever again. Lufthansa First Class is generally bookable using miles starting around 14 days before departure if you are using Star Alliance miles, if you are using Miles & More miles, you aren’t subject… Read More

Most Relaxing Destination: Fiji

It is no secret that I love travel (obviously). I’ve been very lucky to be able to travel around the world and visit some incredible destinations. I’ve been on every continent already and have visited dozens of countries (I probably should count them). My most memorable trips are those that I’ve taken with family and friends – not the ones where I travelled alone. There… Read More

New Partnership: Alaska Airlines and Aer Lingus

Alaska Airlines, Seattle’s Hometown Airline, has formally announced a few days ago their new partnership with Irish airline Aer Lingus. This should come as no surprise given that Aer Lingus is introducing flights to Seattle as of 18 May. The Irish airline also serves Los Angeles and San Francisco – Alaska’s gateway cities. In total, Aer Lingus serves 13 cities in North America from Dublin. The new Alaska… Read More

American Express Cards I Currently Have

American Express is my favourite card issuer – they have generous sign-up bonuses, fantastic card benefits, their points transfer to a number of airlines and hotels, their customer service is amazing, and they have their own airport lounges. On top of that, just about anyone will be approved for an American Express card as long as your credit history is clean and you have some… Read More

British Airways Executive Club will become Revenue-Based

Air France was the first European airline to announce a switch to a revenue-based frequent flyer programme, whereby members will earn miles based on the ticket price and not the distance flown/booking class. Air France also announced that in the future, revenue-based redemptions will be introduced – the cost of the ticket in miles will change as the revenue price changes. Lufthansa was the next… Read More

Fantastic SWISS First Availability (Miles & More)

SWISS International Air Lines, the premium carrier in the Lufthansa Group, offers First Class on all long-haul routes. Lufthansa only offers First Class service to select destinations and therefore it is increasingly becoming harder and harder to book Lufthansa First Class. However, SWISS First Class awards remain wide open for Miles & More Senators and HON Circle Members. LX First isn’t as popular as Lufthansa… Read More

Lufthansa Improves First Class Upgrades

Lufthansa recently announced a positive enhancement to Miles & More upgrade awards on Lufthansa flights. Specifically, all Lufthansa revenue Business Class fares are now eligible to be upgraded to First Class using miles or eVouchers. Previously, only the more expensive tickets purchased in Business Class were eligible for upgrades. Lufthansa First Class is the way to fly and I’m glad there are more opportunities to… Read More