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Great Deal: $1,300 Roundtrip Oneworld Business Class Tickets From Paris To New York

Here’s a great deal for readers on the other side of the Atlantic who are oneworld loyalists (or crazy people on this side of the Atlantic who are willing to position themselves). 😉
Premium fares in the New York to Paris market have been driven down by La Compagnie, the discounted all business class airline flying between the two cities.
Well, at the moment oneworld airlines are offering especially good business class fares when flying roundtrip from Paris to New York. Roundtrip tickets are available for just ~$1,300. The basic details are as follows:
Check out these great oneworld business class fares from Paris to New York, starting at $1,300 roundtrip
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Is The Chase Sapphire Preferred Or Reserve Better For You?

For the past several months, one of the hottest new cards on the market has been the Chase Sapphire Reserve℠ Card. The card has offered a sign-up bonus of 100,000 Ultimate Rewards points upon completing minimum spend, and in many ways has overshadowed the Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card, which I consider to be the all around best mid-range credit card in the market.
The online increased sign-up bonus on the Sapphire Reserve has finally been changed, so I figured I’d take a look at which card is better in light of that.
The Sapphire Preferred is offering a sign-up bonus of 50,000 Ultimate Rewards points after spending $4,000 within three months, plus an additional 5,000 Ultimate Rewards points when you add an authorized user to the card that makes a purchase within three months.
With the recent introduction of the Chase Sapphire Reserve, which card is better for you -- the Preferred or Reserve?
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Deal On iTunes Gift Cards: 15% Off + 5x Points

While I try to keep the blog pretty strictly points and travel focused, there are some deals that I think are worth sharing. For example, for me any discounts with Amazon, iTunes, or Starbucks are more or less good as cash, as I’d spend money with them anyway (of course there are limits to how much “credit” I want with iTunes or Starbucks, but I spend a good amount with Amazon).
Anyway, since I’m always on the road, I get all my entertainment through iTunes. I download shows and songs to entertain me when I’m flying onto my iPad/iPhone, rather than relying on what the airline provides.
While you can usually earn 5x points on iTunes gift cards by buying them at an office supply store with the right credit card, at the moment there’s an opportunity to stack that with 15% off.
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Review: Air Canada Premium Rouge 767 Tampa To Toronto

My flight was departing from Tampa to Toronto at the ungodly hour of 9:45PM, which is way past my bedtime. On the plus side, at least it wasn’t a full-on redeye, as I’d have a comfortable bed to look forward to upon landing.
I arrived at Tampa Airport at around 8:30PM, and the entire process of getting to the gate was a breeze, given that most flights had already departed for the night. Perhaps the most entertaining aspect of the experience was that the lady in front of me used her iPad as a mobile boarding pass, which really makes me wonder whether technology is actually making our lives easier or not.
My flight was departing from gate E72, though the inbound plane arrived behind schedule, at 8:55PM. While boarding was scheduled for 9:05PM, it only ended up starting at 9:25PM.
Review of Air Canada's 767 Premium Rouge product. What are the seats, entertainment, service, and food like?
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Two Weeks Of Unlimited Flying In Norway For $398

Norway is quickly climbing my list of favorite countries in the world. The entire country is basically one big national park. Or rather one big national park where every food vendor is a farm-to-table restaurant.
So the scenery is gorgeous and the food, all of it, seemingly no matter where you dine, is fresh, natural, and real. It seems they just don’t tolerate crap in their food like we do back here in the states.
OK, so the place is a little on the expensive side. But it’s actually a lot cheaper — at least for Americans — than it was a few years ago thanks to the strengthening of the dollar. When we visited Bergen in 2013, some of the prices were just plain silly. Now they are just on the expensive side, kind of like if you were visiting New York City.
Anyway, Wideroe is back with their annual fly-all-you-want around Norway for a fixed cost in the summer of 2017.
Fly all you want around Norway for a fixed price this summer on Wideroe's Explore Norway ticket
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Introduction: Flying With Royalty (Or Not)

In 2016 my goal was to review as many new airlines as possible, and that’s something I want to continue into 2017. So I figured I might as well get my year off to a good start, and plan a heck of a trip for the first week of the year.
The primary motivation of this trip was to review as many new airlines as quickly as possible, though I was also excited about having stopovers that allowed me to briefly visit two countries — Jordan and Brunei — for the first time.
I only planned this trip in late December, about a week before I was due to takeoff. Let’s briefly look at the planning process.
Introduction to my next big trip report, covering travel on EgyptAir, Royal Jordanian, Royal Brunei, Emirates, and more!
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Amazing Deal! Free Flights And Hotels With JetBlue Vacations! Act Fast!

JetBlue currently has a really great promotion offer for flight plus hotel vacation packages. For a flight plus hotel package within the United States, you can save $150 off the total itinerary. If you book an international package, you can take $250 off.
The key is that there is no minimum spend requirement.
That means you can end up with free or almost free vacation!
JetBlue has a fantastic promotion running for flight plus hotel packages. You might get a free or really cheap vacation, but you should act fast.
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The Armani Hotel Dubai Is Now Serving Up Gold Cappuccinos

I’ve spent a lot of time in Dubai over the years, and have written a guide about what I think first-timers should do when visiting Dubai. While Dubai is all about glitz and glam on the surface, there’s certainly more to the city than that.
As much as I’m usually the furthest thing from a “blingy” person, in an amusing way there’s something I still love about that side of Dubai.
For example, at the St. Regis Dubai last week I had the “gold mary,” which is the hotel’s signature bloody mary. As the name suggests, it has gold flakes in it.
A Dubai hotel is now serving up gold cappuccinos in their lobby lounge. Here are the details!
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Review: Air Canada Premium Rouge 767 Tampa To Toronto

My flight was departing from Tampa to Toronto at the ungodly hour of 9:45PM, which is way past my bedtime. On the plus side, at least it wasn’t a full-on redeye, as I’d have a comfortable bed to look forward to upon landing.
I arrived at Tampa Airport at around 8:30PM, and the entire process of getting to the gate was a breeze, given that most flights had already departed for the night. Perhaps the most entertaining aspect of the experience was that the lady in front of me used her iPad as a mobile boarding pass, which really makes me wonder whether technology is actually making our lives easier or not.
My flight was departing from gate E72, though the inbound plane arrived behind schedule, at 8:55PM. While boarding was scheduled for 9:05PM, it only ended up starting at 9:25PM.
Review of Air Canada's 767 Premium Rouge product. What are the seats, entertainment, service, and food like?
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Full Service Gyms Are Coming To U.S. Airports

Here’s something I love the concept of, though I’m skeptical of the sustainability of the business model.
The only airport gym I know of in the U.S. is in the American Airlines Admirals Club at DFW, and even that is just a mini-gym with outdated equipment. Still, getting some cardio in is a nice way to kill a long layover. There are some hotels attached to airports with gyms as well, but I’m not sure that counts in the same way.
But could there be a business model to opening independent gyms at airports? Roam Fitness thinks so.
Roam Fitness is hoping to make travelers healthier, and open gyms at U.S. airports. Here's everything you need to know.
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In Light Of IHG's Latest Devaluation...

As I wrote about earlier, today is the last day to book IHG free nights before the cost of reward nights at over 650 hotels changes tomorrow. There’s no denying that the value of IHG points has decreased over the past year.
Early last year IHG increased the number of points required for stays at their most expensive properties, and also increased the cost of stays at many other properties. Now they’re raising the cost for award stays at roughly 500 of their hotels.
So while my valuation of IHG points is going down, in my opinion there’s more value than ever before with the IHG® Rewards Club Select Credit Card, which I consider to be one of the most lucrative hotel credit cards out there. As a matter of fact, for the “average consumer,” I tend to think it’s the single best hotel credit card out there.
The value of the annual free night certificate offered on the IHG Rewards Club credit card is increasing with IHG's latest devaluation.
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Last Chance: Book IHG Award Nights Before Prices Increase Tomorrow

As I first wrote about a couple of weeks ago, IHG Rewards Club is making some significant hotel award category changes as of January 15, 2017. That means if you want to lock in hotel stays at the old rates, you’ll want to book today.
Since IHG doesn’t have traditional categories that all hotels fall into (but rather pricing varies by brand and then specific property within each brand), there’s not one place where you can easily see the cost of all properties. However, here’s a chart of all the hotels that are changing categories as of tomorrow, January 15.
We’re seeing the cost of free nights at over 650 hotels change, and at roughly 500 of those hotels, the price of an award night is increasing. A majority of the changes are for properties in the United States, though there are many non-U.S. properties changing price as well. We’re seeing the cost of free nights change anywhere between 5,000 and 15,000 points per night, which is pretty substantial.
Today is the last day to book many IHG properties using points before they go up in price tomorrow. Here's what you need to know.
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One Mile at a Time
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I am a travel consultant, travel writer, and avid points collector. I travel over 300,000 miles per year and spends around 100 nights per year in hotels. 

I've visited over 40 countries on six continents, and loves sharing tricks about how others can use miles and points to do the same!

In 2010 I founded PointsPros.com, a travel consulting service to help people utilize their miles for dream vacations.  The purpose of my blog is to share my travel experiences – those both in the air and on the ground – and stay updated on the latest in the travel industry, from promotions to program changes to mergers. 
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