The Two Million Mile Honeymoon Luxury Travel at Budget Rates

Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac (Quebec City) Riverview Junior Suite

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The Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac is the most photographed hotel on the planet (for good reason) and is often regarded as the symbol of the city of Quebec as it dominates the city’s skyline. Opened in 1893, this grand hotel recently underwent a multimillion dollar Read More

Le Meridien N’Fis (Marrakech, Morocco)

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This past week we were fortunate enough to spend four nights at Le Meridien N’Fis in Marrakech, Morocco.  Arriving by train, the hotel was in a great location for us, only a mile away down the beautifully landscaped boulevard of Mohammed VI, and we were Read More

Lufthansa Business Class ATH-MUC & TAP Business Class MUC-LIS

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Using miles to book short Business Class flights within Europe is usually a terrible value because “European” Business Class Seats are simply regular Economy Seats with the middle seats left unoccupied.  However, flying Business Class also enables you to access the Business Class Lounge before Read More

American Airlines Flagship First Class 777-300er JFK-LHR

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Flagship First Check-In One of my favorite aspects of flying First Class is that your vacation essentially starts in the departure lounge, rather than on arrival at your destination.  Well, at select airports American has decided to start your vacation even earlier with their new Read More

American A321 Flagship First Class LAX-JFK

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As I mentioned in a previous post (United’s BusinessFirst Transcontinental Service) the competition is really heating up on the cross-country routes between New York and California.  The newest service between NY and CA began in January when American Airlines started replacing their old 767′s with their Read More

Radisson Hotel Fisherman’s Wharf (San Francisco)

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The Radisson Hotel Fisherman’s Wharf is a recently renovated hotel located directly across from Pier 39, a popular shopping center and tourist attraction in San Francisco.  The nights we were staying standard rooms were going for about $300 per night, but we were able to Read More

United BusinessFirst JFK-SFO

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Over the past year premium service between New York and California (LAX & SFO) has been an area where competition is heating up between the major airlines.  Less than a year ago neither United nor American offered a true lie-flat bed on these routes, but Read More

Antarctic Cruise aboard the Celebrity Infinity – Aqua Class Stateroom

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New Blog Category: Splurge Most of the luxury travel we have been fortunate enough to experience has come to us at little or no cost through the savvy accumulation and redemption of points and miles.  Though we have booked hundreds of thousands of dollars (yes Read More

Avianca A330 Business Class SCL-BOG-JFK

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Avianca has a very small presence in Santiago but, thankfully, they do have a dedicated Business Class Check-In line which allowed us to bypass the long Main Cabin line and get checked-in and through security in a matter of minutes.  In fact, our quick check-in Read More

Radisson Plaza Santiago – Presidential Suite

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This is the ninth time I have booked a Standard Room at a Club Carlson hotel and, to their credit, they have never given me a standard room.  Generally we get a Business Class Room or a Mini-Suite but this time they pulled out all Read More

Park Hyatt Mendoza

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The Park Hyatt Mendoza is a luxury hotel with a great location right alongside Plaza Independencia, the central square of Mendoza.  Mendoza, located in the foothills of the Andes, is the capital of the Argentine wine region and is often referred to as the Napa Read More

Sheraton Iguazu Resort & Spa

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The Sheraton Iguazu Resort & Spa is a nice hotel in an absolutely amazing location.  Rooms start at about $400 per night but we booked two nights with a Starwood Preferred Guest “points and cash” rate of 6,000 SPG points and $110 per night, which Read More

American Airlines Flagship First Class 777-200 MIA-EZE

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Most of the flights we have booked for this year are in Business Class but we were also lucky enough to snag pairs of First Class seats on four longhaul flights in 2014.  This year, in addition to dozens of Business Class flights, we will Read More

American Airlines 757 International Business Class CUN-MIA

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For our short flight from Cancun to Miami we had the pleasure of flying in Business Class onboard American’s 757 with the international configuration of angle-flat seats.  These planes are most often used on 7+ hour flights to and from Europe but sometimes you’ll get Read More

The Plaza Hotel (New York City)

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For Dhara’s birthday this year we had the great fortune of staying at The Plaza Hotel in New York City.  On the weekend we stayed standard rooms were going for almost $900/night but for our stay we were able to cash in one of two Read More

Best Hotel Credit Cards (other than Club Carlson)

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In an earlier post I’ve said that I focus my miles and points earning on only four loyalty programs: United Airlines, American Airlines, British Airways, and Club Carlson.  While it is true that I focus primarily on those four programs, I have already burned through Read More

Free Christmas Giveaway: United Club Lounge Passes

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Have a flight coming up on United Airlines?  Want to spend your layover in the United Club Lounge with free drinks, snacks and wi-fi instead of out in the crowded terminal? Well, I have a number of extra United Club Lounge Passes that I have Read More

Radisson Martinique on Broadway (New York City)

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The Radisson Martinique on Broadway was a rather unique redemption for us compared to what we usually spend our points on.  For 2014 we have already booked over 2 million miles and points worth of travel and the criteria we used when spending all those Read More

Lufthansa A330 (New) Business Class MUC to JFK

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This was actually the second leg of two back to back 9hr flights onboard Lufthansa’s A330 with refurbished fully flat Business Class seats.  Our first leg (overnight from BOM to MUC) had a full dinner and breakfast service but we slept through every minute of Read More

SWISS Business Class A330 ZRH to BOM

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I didn’t write a full review of the Swiss Lounge in Zurich because we slept in on the morning of our flight and really didn’t really spend much time there.  The standout feature of the lounge is the “Longest Airport Bar in the World” which, Read More

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