About alex

Alex loves to travel and does so a lot. Logging 100,000 flight miles each year over the past 4 years, Alex uses points and miles to power his passion. Alex is continuously striving to experience the far reaches of the globe. In his day job, Alex is a Management Consultant frequently on the road advising Technology organizations. I love thinking about, reading about, and talking about all things travel. Feel free to reach me at pmmalex@gmail.com

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Flying just to fly – First Class Farewell Tour

With the impending February 1 United devaluation and a couple days off of work, I convinced my better half to embark on a First Class ‘Farewell Tour’ of some of our favorite products knowing international first class access will become significantly more challenging than it is in current form. We’ve generated a lot of great…

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Negative Changes to BOA Debit Cards and the Global ATM Alliance

One of our older posts on how to take out money free internationally using a Bank of America debit card with the Global ATM Alliance has received a flurry of comments lately from readers across the globe sharing that they are now being charged a 3% on all transactions. Interestingly the Global ATM Alliance wiki…

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Southwest is getting TSA Pre-check!

Finally!  The US’s largest domestic carrier now joins TSA Pre-check effective today.  It is unclear how soon passengers will have access to use the lines in each airport.  I received my invite to join the program from Southwest today though I am already a TSA Pre member. You can view full information on Southwest’s site…

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Earn 5X at Chipotle!

There are two types of people in this world; those who are addicted to Chipotle and those who have never tried it.  I would most certainly fall under the former.  In the past, I would dutifully pull out my Chase Sapphire Preferred at Chipotle to earn 2X Chase Ultimate Rewards points on dining. Original Chipotle near…

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Best debit cards for US travelers to Japan

Japan is a unique country in more ways than one.  One interesting aspect of their economy is that they are both extremely cash-centric and extremely expensive. Therefore you will need a lot of money on your person since things are expensive and you will only be able to pay using a credit card at a…

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Lufthansa’s easiest A380 first class route

Over the weekend, we covered the most generous route on Lufthansa for releasing multiple first class award space.  I mentioned in the article that the Frankfurt-Osaka is the single best route to find multiple first class awards on Lufthansa’s second best first class configuration, the 747-400. This obviously begs the question, which route is best…

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