US Airways Off-Peak – 30K Miles R/T to Europe

One of the best airline awards around is the US Airways off-peak price to Europe. During the slowest travel time of the year, you can travel from the US to Europe for only 30,000 miles round-trip (35,000 if you do not have the US Airways credit card). There is great value there! US Airways Off-Peak To Europe It normally takes 30,000 miles one-way with the major US carriers to go from the US to Europe. But, from January 15 – February 28, that same amount on US Airways will get you a round-trip ticket. Sure, it is only July, but these seats will be gone before the snow hits the Northeast and it is never too early to start accruing the miles you may need! Details US Airways specifies the dates of January 15 – February 28 as their off-peak award dates. To be eligible for the off-peak pricing, your trip must begin and end during that timeframe. The regular off-peak rate is really 35,000 miles per person, but for all of... ...

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A Churnable 70,000 Point Marriott Offer

Last month, I wrote about how the terms had changed on many Chase cards to allow customers to earn the bonuses again as long as it had been 24 months since the last time they received the bonus. One of the cards I had listed was for a more inferior Marriott link of 40,000 points and a $150 statement credit. With an existing 70K offer, 40K does not really cause a lot of excitement. However, the existing 70,000 point offer had the language in the terms that excluded applicants from receiving the bonus if they had already received it.   Application Link – Chase Marriott Card 70,000 Points After $2,000 Spend (I do not receive a commission for this link) Today, I received a limited-time offer that is also for 70,000 points but you need to spend $2,000 in 3 months instead of the $1,000 the other 70K offer requires. Not that big of a deal, really, when you consider that you can actually get this offer, as long as it has... ...

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Travel Warnings and Alerts – What To Do?

Many people may not realize it, but the US State Department does issue travel warnings and alerts for different regions and countries of the world from time to time. I have had several instances where myself or friends were about to take a trip when the destination country popped up on that list. The question that then comes up is – what to do? Travel Warnings and Alerts Key Link – US State Department Travel Warnings and Alerts When a country is added to this list or has its status on the list modified, most travelers may not know about it unless they have signed up to receive updates. These updates will be e-mailed when the status change occurs and informs the traveler about what disturbances/dangers are present in the country. These warnings are not binding in the sense that they do not prohibit you from entering the named country. The only people that it does prohibit travel to are those that are attached to the Embassies and Consulates – diplomatic personnel and their... ...

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Delta, United, and US Airways All Cancel or Suspend Flights to Israel

With this afternoon’s report of a rocket landing somewhere in the vicinity of Ben Gurion airport, the three US carriers have determined that they will be canceling some flights to Israel. Delta and United have suspended operations until further notice while US Airways has only canceled flights for today. All three airlines have travel waivers in place, however, if you do need to make changes and your flights were not canceled. For Delta, visit this page to see the notice and this page to check on the waivers. For United, it is only on Twitter at this point that they have suspended operations but formal notice should appear on this page (along with the waivers). And, finally, US Airways announcement is that only flights today are canceled but they are deciding whether to continue a suspension past today. For more information, check this page. I am sure that this is a disappointment, especially to the many people who were planning to visit loved ones there or check on wounded relatives/friends. At... ...

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A Visit To Marrakech And A Wonderful Riad

A few years ago, my wife and I were in Europe on a work trip and, because of how the tickets ended up being booked, we had a little flexibility about when we were going to come back. I started to look around and where we could go on the cheap for a couple of days and found Marrakech, Morocco would be perfect. We were in the Canary Islands and flying back through Madrid, so we booked some tickets from Madrid to Marrakech on EasyJet. The total for each of us? It came out to $50 for each of our round-trip tickets! Not bad at all and how could we resist? A Visit To Marrakech We decided we could squeeze three days there, arriving late on a Monday night and leaving Thursday. I wanted to get more of a Moroccan experience with staying there (even though there are plenty of hotels), so we chose to stay in a riad. A riad is, according to Wikipedia, a traditional Moroccan house or palace with an interior... ...

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Did You Win The National Emerald Executive Status?

This past weekend, I held a giveaway for National Emerald Executive status. National has become my go-to car rental agency, primarily because of the choice that is available to me when I pick up a car. Because I enjoy them so much, I wanted to give one reader the chance to try them out as well. After compiling the Twitter entries and the entries on the blog, Random.com randomly selected the entry by Sam who shared: Getting a Camaro because they were out of cars? I would call that a deal! Here is a tip to go along with this post – if you rent often from a car rental agency (a particular office), take note of what they end up giving or what they have in the lot. We have had this happen many times in our family that a local branch did not have any Premium  class vehicles. But, the agency’s website would continue to let you reserve a Premium vehicle. Then, when you showed up, they ended up giving a... ...

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The Triple 7 Quest – 7 Marathons on 7 Continents in 7 Days

The world record for the fastest time of completing 7 organized marathons on 7 continents is 25 days, though many people have now run solo events on 7 marathons on 7 continents in 7 days. To do 7 organized marathons on 7 continents in 7 days was just not possible due to the logistics of finding actual marathons in that timeframe that would work with flights. UNTIL NOW! One of the marathon tour groups, Marathon Adventures, is putting on an event, for the very first time, in 2015 that will give runners that chance to make history together. The Triple 7 Quest As one who ran 5 solo marathons on 5 continents in 5 days (missing the 6th because of logistical problems in Cairo), I can tell you that it is not an easy experience! The travel alone can make you exhausted (I flew over 40,000 miles in that timeframe) and then you are running 26.2 miles every day – without sleeping in a bed! Complicate that even further by the varying... ...

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Great Feature: The New Aegean Airlines Digital Card

Aegean Airlines is the easiest airline in the Star Alliance to earn Star Gold with. They only require 20,000 miles and that can be earned within 12 months of earning the base level, which only requires 4,000 miles. Plus, you earn 1,000 miles just for signing up! Not only is it easy to earn, but it is easy to keep requiring only one flight credited every three years. To read more about this great path to Star Alliance Gold, check this previous post on the subject. The New Aegean Airlines Digital Card One of the great perks of having Star Alliance Gold with Aegean (or any foreign carrier) is the ability to access United lounges while flying domestic itineraries. Not only does have Aegean Gold status give you access to those lounges, but to any Star Alliance lounge in the world. That is a lot of access for so little flying! But, the one big drawback with the program is the amount of time it takes to receive the actual Aegean Airlines... ...

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The Disappearing Chase Sapphire Preferred Dividend – Big Deal or No?

If you have read any mile and point blogs over the weekend, you would have noticed that one of the bullet points for the Chase Sapphire Preferred is being eliminated. This is the 7% dividend that is earned on all Ultimate Reward points earned by the Chase Sapphire Preferred card over the course of the year. Is it a big deal to lose that or no? The Disappearing Chase Sapphire Preferred Dividend Details According to Chase, new customers of the Chase Sapphire Preferred will no longer receive the 7% annual dividend on points earned. For current customers, that will continue to be a feature for earning year 2014 and 2015. This means that the dividend you receive in early 2016 will be the final one for the Chase Sapphire Preferred. What Is The Value? In the card’s early life, the 7% dividend was actually paid out on the bonus as well which made it really a great perk! However, that was really not supposed to be the case and that... ...

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