The Perfect Lazy Day In Fort Lauderdale, Florida

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Waking up to that amazing Floridian sunshine has got to be one of the best ways to start a holiday! What makes it even better is starting the day slowly with an amazing breakfast and boy does The Diplomat do a mean breakfast! Like seriously, it’s the kind that makes you sneak extras out so … Continue Reading

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SkyBonus University: The Easiest 2,000 Points I’ve Ever Earned

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Last fall, I joined Delta’s SkyBonus program as a way to earn additional award points. As Ben has previously written, SkyBonus is essentially a way for businesses to earn additional points for the flights their employees take on Delta.

These act as a completely separate currency and earn points on top of the SkyMiles earned, so they don’t get in the way of employees earning miles. If you’re a business owner, it’s a win-win.

However, you do need to be an actual business owner to take advantage of the program – and there are some caveats. In addition to needing an Employee Identification Number (EIN), you need to spend a minimum of $5,000 a year on the program in order to stay active, and you need to fly a minimum of five employees.

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9 Trips In Europe To Take This Summer

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Summertime is holiday time. Countries literally seem to shut down for weeks at a time while everyone heads off for holiday (here’s looking at your France and Italy) and so it comes as no surprise that this is one of the best times to plan that amazing trip you’ve been dreaming about doing in Europe. … Continue Reading

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Review: Etihad Business Class A330 Paris To Seychelles

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Before I get into this review, I just wanted to clarify that this flight was supposed to be operated by Air Seychelles. However, shortly after we booked, Air Seychelles announced a major restructuring, which would include them canceling their Paris to Mahe flight. We were supposed to fly them just a couple of weeks before they discontinued service.

However, Air Seychelles ended up returning their A330s to the leasing company early, so for the last several weeks of the service, Etihad operated an A330 on the route on Air Seychelles’ behalf, given that they have a stake in the airline. I had no clue what to expect in terms of the onboard experience, whether we’d have an Etihad crew or an Air Seychelles crew, and what the amenities would be like.

We boarded through door L2, where we were greeted by one Air Seychelles flight attendant and one Etihad flight attendant. As it turned out, the Air Seychelles flight attendant at the door was the only representative from the airline onboard, and everyone else was from Etihad. We turned left into the business class cabin, which featured 22 seats in a staggered layout (these seats were spread across six rows).

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Nigeria’s Azman Air Acquires An Etihad A340-600

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There’s a whole world of airlines out there that are somewhere between totally fake and mostly real.

On the totally fake front, you have US Global Airways/Baltia, the oldest startup airline in the US. I peg their chances of ever flying at somewhere around 0.00001%.

Then you have Global Ghana Airways, which announced in September 2017 that they’d begin flying between Accra and Chicago as of November 2017. The airline didn’t have a plane or any sort of approval from the government, which seem like things you’d want to have if launching a new airline with only a couple of months notice. As you may have guessed, the airline still hasn’t flown.

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Tips For A Smooth Airbnb Experience

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Airbnb has completely changed my approach to accommodation while travelling. I love a five star hotel as much as you guys do, but cannot regularly justify $500+ for a standard room, no matter how nice the property is.

I travel every few weeks so I am regularly looking for affordable, comfortable accommodation.

As I explained in an earlier post, I will often still choose a hotel if it’s a one night stay, or if I’m staying near an airport, as I want the convenience of 24 hour check-in and easy assistance if I need it.

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How Much Are Ultimate Rewards Points Worth?

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Chase Ultimate Rewards points are one of the most valuable and widely collected points currencies out there. Personally I’ve long stated that I value these points at roughly 1.7 cents each, and I’ve received a lot of questions over the years about how I come up with that valuation. In this post I wanted to take a closer look at how I arrived at that number.

Let me start by saying that while there’s a right and wrong way to go about valuing points, there’s not actually a widely agreed upon valuation of points. So just as I say that Ultimate Rewards points are worth 1.7 cents each, some may say that they’re worth 1.5 cents each, while others may say that they’re worth 2.0 cents each, and they’re not necessarily any more right or wrong than I am.

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Weekly Review: May 12, 2018

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I spent this past week doing a quick round the world trip to review new products, and now I’m spending a week on the ground in the US, which means I’ve been planning my next couple of adventures, which I’m still finalizing the details of. In a couple of weeks I’m headed to Italy and…

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Tons Of Air New Zealand Business Class Awards In June & July

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Business class award space on Air New Zealand has been quite sparse lately. In the last several months, I’ve seen business class award space to/from Los Angeles (LAX) on Air New Zealand pop up here and there, but not chunks of space.

However, No Mas Coach found that they have released a nice block of award space in June and early July. On some days, you can even continue to Australia and save a ton of miles.

There are tons of ways to book these awards, but I’d go with Virgin Atlantic Flying Club miles. A non-stop business class award from LAX to Auckland (AKL) is 62,500 Flying Club miles while adding a connection to Sydney (SYD) — or other cities in Australia — will reduce the mileage requirement to only 45,000 miles one-way.

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A Series Of Unfortunate Events #2: Credit Card Required At Check-In

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I was thrilled to read the news that Steph has joined the OMAAT family this week. Her guest post on her stressful experience at China Eastern check-in was my favourite guest blog post. I kept imagining myself in that situation — it’s like an escape room –- you have to solve an equation before check-in closes in order to be able to leave!

In honour of Steph joining I thought I would share my most stressful check-in experience.

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