An international upgrade on AA (against dire odds)

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Sitting in The Wing lounge at Hong Kong International Airport and obsessively checking the American Airlines app on my phone, the prospects for an upgrade to Dallas didn’t look good. While I had seat 16J secured in economy – an aisle and bulkhead seat with lots of legroom - I was still staring down the very real possibility of 14 and a half hours sitting upright in a cramped aluminum tube. As a savvy traveler and purveyor of advice about points, miles and upgrades, it would have been a colossal failure on my part. (more…)

How will the Brexit vote affect travel to the United Kingdom?

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How will the Brexit vote affect travel to the United Kingdom? - Featured Image

It’s official: the United Kingdom has voted to leave the European Union. There will be several impacts on travelers to the UK, so let’s break down what we know so far and how it will affect travel to the first nation ever to leave the EU. (more…)

How to supercharge car rental mileage earnings

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You’ve probably earned miles from renting a car before, though probably not very many. The rental industry’s standard is to give travelers 50 miles per day for rentals – not exactly enough to get you to Europe in business class. But there is a very simple way to supercharge your earnings from car rentals; right now I’m earning 1,750 miles per rental instead of 200-250. (more…)

Qatar Airways business class [review]

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Qatar Airways business class seat [1]

Have you heard about the rise of the Big Three Middle Eastern carriers? They are setting records for growth, aircraft orders and product quality – and with good reason. Emirates, Etihad and Qatar Airways are three of the best airlines in the world, and have created one of the world’s most important transit hubs from scratch in a little more than a decade. (more…)