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US Airways Changes Coming August 1st

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We shared back in June that US Airways is changing their award chart for domestic award tickets. The changes are now only a few days away. The change over will happen on August 1, 2014 and the reason is to align more with American Airlines award chart, which has higher award prices. But ever since American… Read More

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Overview of Kimpton Karma Tier 3 Status

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Each week, we will be taking a look at a hotel or airline elite status level and the benefits that come with it and how to leverage earning the status. So far we have looked at Hilton Gold, Hilton Diamond, Starwood Gold, Starwood Platinum, Hyatt Platinum, Hyatt Diamond, Marriott Silver, Marriott Gold, Marriott Platinum, Fairmont Premier, Fairmont Platinum, Omni Platinum, Omni Black, Club Carlson Gold, Club Carlson Concierge, and Kimpton… Read More

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This month marks the three year anniversary of Hertz’s award-winning loyalty program, Hertz Gold Plus Rewards. In honor of the anniversary, we are giving away a chance to win 1 of 3 sets of 300 Hertz Gold Plus Point prizes. Hertz recently upgraded their loyalty program so members can more easily achieve and retain status in elite tiers, earn… Read More

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Rooms for 5,000 points with IHG PointBreaks Through September 30th

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IHG Rewards typically announces a new PointBreaks list every few months, where you can score some of their hotels for only 5,000 points per night. They just announced a new list which includes over 150 properties, which is valid for stays now through September 30, 2014. Some highlights include: INTERCONTINENTAL CALI INTERCONTINENTAL REAL GUATEMALA HOTEL INDIGO RALEIGH DURHAM AIRPORT… Read More

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Delta Studio

Delta has just announced a new feature for their First Class flyers, free access to Delta Studio. Delta Studio is Delta's version of all things in-flight entertainment which includes movies, satellite TV, HBO, Showtime games and songs.   The free access to the in-flight movies  isn't new, that has been around for a while. But what… Read More

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Check-In and Choose Your Own Room with Hilton from your Smartphone

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Hilton is rolling out some great enhancements to their mobile apps and mobile site, that will now allow for mobile check-in from your phone, room selection, and check-out. Earlier this month, we wrote about how Starwood Plans to Roll Out Mobile Keys but Hilton's announcement show they want to get into the digital world as well. Hilton plans… Read More

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Delta Site Down – Free Booking Over Phone?

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Update: Appears the site is back up. Anyone get a free direct booked ticket while it was down? Delta's website is currently down. This not only tells me that Delta's website is temporarily broken, but some could argue that was already the case with their award booking engine. Instead, it tells me that for a limited… Read More

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Delta MD88

Listen to this exchange between a Delta Pilot and the Air Traffic Controller in Atlanta. The pilot is taxiing out to the runway when this exchange happened. Click on this link and fast forward to 30:20 in the recording to listen to the start of the rant. In summary, the pilot of Delta 2224 felt… Read More

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What To Say In Paris…To Just Get By

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Like a lot of folks growing up in the states, I didn't learn a practical second language that I could use on a day to day basis. Speaking with friends from Europe, its second nature to know three or more languages. For all intents, they can't graduate without being able to speak a third language… Read More

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Paris Hotels – Pay Any Rate That You Want

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I've known Paris hotels to be quite expensive. For example, the time I used Hyatt points to stay at the Park Hyatt Paris, the going rate was close to 1,000 Euros. But thanks to an innovative idea by a few three and four star hotels in the 9th and 11th arrondissement districts, you can pay literally… Read More

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The TSA Wants To Pay You $15,000 If You Can Help Them

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The TSA has always been oblivious to public opinion… until now. They are running a contest, where they want people to submit ideas on a model on how they can improve the speed of their checkpoints and are willing to pay $15,000 to the best idea. According to the contest, the TSA is looking for “the… Read More

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Southwest Buy Points 40 Percent Bonus 2014

From now through July 31, 2014, Southwest Rapids Rewards is offering a 40% bonus on purchased or gifted points. Buy or Gift Southwest Points here The points price through this promotion comes out to ~$1.96 cents per point. Given that points can be redeemed for ~$1.42 cents, the only reason this promotion makes sense is… Read More

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Upcoming Giveaways Here At Points, Miles & Martinis

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We love giving away travel prizes to readers here at Points, Miles & Martinis. It's been a while since we've ran out last giveaway so we've lined up some pretty cool travel prizes to giveaway. In the coming days keep and eye out for an option to enter and win one of the following: 1… Read More

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Good Morning From the Delta SkyDeck at JFK

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Good Morning! Hope everyone has a great Sunday! I'm on my way to Lake Tahoe and here are a few morning shots from the Delta SkyDeck at JFK today. What are your plans today… Read More

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How To Get Etihad Gold Status

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Now through July 29, 2014, Etihad is accepting applications for status matched for Etihad Gold Status. Techincally this is only for Australia residents (but who says you can't register with an Australia address, and then always change it later). Benefits of Etihad Gold Status include: You and a guest can relax with a guest in one… Read More

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Will JetBlue Start Charging for Checked Baggage?

JetBlue does a good job of winning the customer by combining the no frills aspect of low-cost carriers, but adding twists such as satellite music, free live TV, friendly enough in-flight crews, and allowing the first checked bag of up to 50 pounds free of charge. But the “always free” bag could be coming to an… Read More

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I recently stayed at the Occidental El Embajador in Santo Domingo while on a 4 day business trip. This was a new property for me, in a city that I frequent quite often. I booked a room on the Royal Club level, for an extra $20 a night to ensure that I received one of… Read More

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SPG Double Elite Qualifying Stays/Nights Promotion (Targeted)

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Starwood Preferred Guest has launched a targeted promotion for stays from July 15, 2014 through October 15, 2014. Members who are targeted and enrolled in this offer will earn double elite qualifying nights and stays. If you are eligible, you must enroll by August 31, 2014 and note that retroactive credit is not given to stays prior to… Read More

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