• Booking an American flight on Iberia—some notes

    It’s been a while since I last posted an update about the amazing Iberia promotion a few months back. To quickly summarize, if you were living under a rock back in June (ish), Iberia offered 9,000 bonus points for every flight booked on up to 10 flights. At the time, there were a ton of one-way flights within Spain for as low as $27, which all counted as a flight on the promotion. And the best part — the points (eventually) posted to accounts, months before even flying. The main “restrictions” are as follows: Points accrued during the promotion must be used (applied towards a flight), before Dec 1 (flights…

  • My awesome experience with a Southwest flight delay!

    I want to come out right from the beginning and say that I fully understand my excitement about a delay is coming a few days after said delay. Which is basically saying that this would have sounded a bit different had it been written when the wound was still somewhat fresh. But, nonetheless, my recent experiences with a delay on Southwest were so positive that I wanted to quickly write about it here. A little backstory So last Thursday I was travelling home from Tampa to Washington-DCA on a flight that I’ve been taking pretty consistently over the last few months. And to be honest, I don’t know how I’ve…

  • My new Southwest status and the amazing status match opportunity!

    I think the best way to describe my airline loyalty over the past year has been “anything but loyal.” If you simply read back through my blog posts on this website, you probably have no clue where I stand. Jumping out the gates into business travel I was all over Delta. And to be honest, none of that went away. Flying out of Baton Rouge, I was deciding where to connect, rather than if I had to connect. But damn. Hartsfield-Jackson is actually fun to transit through, and overall the service and attitude overall at Delta just far exceed the rest. But then I was planning my move to the…

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    Booking cheap domestic awards through British Airways

    While many believe that the end goal of miles and points enthusiasts like myself  is something along the lines of the Etihad Apartment, or Qatar Q-suite. And to a certain extent, yes, that is absolutely true. Just look it up! But there is also a ton of value in the not-so-glamorous redemptions. Finding your value It all comes down to the fact that everyone gets value out of their points in different ways. Maybe you spend money on shorter domestic flights all year to save up for that fancy business class redemption overseas. Or maybe, you just don’t need that (I mean do any of us, really) — so redeeming miles for…

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    How to upgrade in economy on US airlines?

    As a frequent business traveler, one of the things that I admire most about the big 3 US airlines is the ability to “upgrade” to either first class or [what I call] “enhanced” economy. Since the names are not synonymous across brands, it’s easier to just make my own up. In this post I’ll focus on the big 3 US airlines and their versions of this product Delta – Delta Comfort+ American – Main Cabin Extra United – Economy Plus Even though I remain a strong Delta truther, I now try to fly direct whenever possible. And with my recent move, came an unfortunate transition away from Delta. I decided to sacrifice the…

  • Review: Air Canada Business Class 787-900 MXP-YYZ

    This is a bit of a continuation from my review on Delta One where I flew from JFK to ZRH. And I have definitely been delayed in getting it published. Fortunately, the ending of my amazing family Europe trip was capped with another awesome international business class experience. I am going to be building this into a mini trip report, with some experience sharing posts built in. Hope you all enjoy! Review: Delta One A330 JFK-ZRH My experiences through Europe: France My experiences through Europe: Switzerland My experiences through Europe: Renting a car and flying “domestic” Review: Air Canada Business Class 787 MXP-YYZ As I alluded to in my previous…

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    What should I do with my 90,000 Iberia Avios?

    As an avid miles and points enthusiast I am constantly stalking FlyerTalk forums and the many wonderful points blogs out there. And while sometimes it may seem obsessive, today I was able to stumble across something awesome. Earlier today, Lucky over at One Mile at a Time reported on the amazing Iberia promotion going on. The offer is pretty straightforward: Book a flight before June 24th and receive 9,000 Avios The flight must be on Iberia, Iberia Express, or Air Nostrum You must be an Iberia Plus member, which you can easily join here Tickets must be booked on iberia.com There is a limit of 10 tickets that can be booked…

  • Review: Delta One A330 JFK-ZRH

    This is the kick-off of a short series of posts on my trip across the pond. I can’t say enough about this trip — and I can’t take much credit either. My mom did a lot of planning of our trip, hotels, etc., but of course I decided to book business class to make my way over. So hope you enjoy! Review: Delta One A330 JFK-ZRH My experiences through Europe: France My experiences through Europe: Switzerland My experiences through Europe: Renting a car and flying “domestic” Review: Air Canada Business Class 787 MXP-YYZ I want to preface this review with some background knowledge about myself — for those that may…

  • Delta One vs. Air Canada 787 Business Class

    I recently got back from not only an amazing trip in Europe with my family, but also my first opportunity to try international business class! I’ve spoken a little about the booking process, where I needed to be and when, and what made me decide to fly what I did. But in this post I wanted to briefly put the two products head to head. While these aren’t products that are typically put up head to head, why the hell not. Interested to hear the responses, as I’m hoping that to maybe bring this in as a recurring installment. Let’s first review: Delta One – Airbus A330-200, JFK-ZRH Booked through…