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Using Miles & Points To Travel Where You Want To Go
Using Miles & Points To Travel Where You Want To Go

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Visiting the Lyon Air Museum #travel #AvGeek #military @LyonAirMuseum1

Located on the west side of John Wayne Airport in Santa Ana, California, sits what would look like an ordinary aircraft hangar. That is for someone sitting on a plane just after rotation during take off. It is indeed a large aircraft hangar but it is also…
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Falling Short of Retaining Elite Status #travel

It’s the end of the year, you’ve finished flying for the year, your frequent flyer miles have posted and you’re short miles to retain status! “Oh no! How did I let this happen?”, you think. That was me last week. My last flights of the year posted to my…
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Travel Misadventures-To Boston via Meacham Field? #travelmisadventures #westcoastdo

Travel Misadventures – Introduction Several weekends ago, I attended the #WestCoastDO, organized by Saverocity.  It was a one day event in Scottsdale, AZ, mostly about manufactured spend (MS).  I am not going to dedicate a post about the #WestCoastDO, as…
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.@AlaskaAir Mileage Plan Changes for 2015 #mileageplan #travel #thisisnotadevaluation

With nearly all other major US-based airlines’ frequent flier programs, changes to Alaska Airlines’ Mileage Plan program are not surprising.  When I first saw the email with subject “What’s in Store for 2015 Mileage Plan Members”, I thought the worst.  I…
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Hotel Review: Crowne Plaza Redondo Beach #travel #ihg

As I mentioned in my Rant Against IHG, I recently had a 2 night stay at the Crowne Plaza in Redondo Beach, CA. I was there for a friend’s wedding and was with several of my friends under different reservations.  The Crown Plaza Redondo Beach isn’t a large…
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#New Post: Rant: Changing IHG Hotel Reservation #travel #hotel

It seems like IHG (Intercontinental Hotels) has been making blog headlines lately.  They’ve had a number of not so minor IT issues and recently changed the terms of a possibly lucrative promotion midway through the promotion period.  I can somewhat…
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Review: Lakehouse Hotel and Resort #travel #blog

The Lakehouse Hotel and Resort is a charming hotel on the shore of Lake San Marcos, near Carlsbad, CA.  It is on the small side with only 142 rooms, which includes suites and lake-side cottages. I recently had the pleasure of staying there for 2 nights…
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Last weekend, I went to my first frequent flyer/miles & points conference – the First2Board Sessions in Seattle (more specifically Sheraton in Bellevue).  This was the second First2Board Sessions.  All of my friends and family that asked me why I was…
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Critique de Vol: Air Canada Rouge A319 #aircanadarouge #travel #french

Quand Air Canada a annoncé leur filiale en solde, Air Canada Rouge, je dois dire que j’étais presque curieux. Au lieu d’ajouter de nouvelles routes ou de compléter la route existante d’Air Canada avec Rouge, ils ont remplacé leur couverture principale…
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Flight Review: Air Canada Rouge A319 #aircanadarouge #travel

When Air Canada announced their low-cost subsidiary, Air Canada Rouge, I must say I was almost intrigued.  Instead of adding new routes or supplementing Air Canada’s existing route network with Rouge, they replaced existing mainline coverage with Rouge. …
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