My TripIt Review – Manage Your Trips & Points In One Place

March 25, 2012

I’m a big fan of cool software and web apps that make my life easier. In the travel realm, my absolute favorite is TripIt — a free web & mobile app that allows you to track all of your upcoming trips in one place. TripIt also has a premium/paid version ($39-$49 per year, depending on […]

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My Review: The W Hotel Bed

March 24, 2012

For the last two nights, I’ve been sleeping on a W Hotel Bed at the Silicon Valley W Hotel. I’m doing this as I continue my search for the best hotel bed for my very own bedroom at home. Stephanie has been right here with me, so we can both test the beds and recreate […]

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The W Hotel Bed vs. The Westin Heavenly Bed – Part One

March 23, 2012

I love hotel beds. It’s always been a dream of mine to transform my home bedroom into a hotel-like-tranquil-sleep haven with all the luxury trimmings of my favorite hotel rooms. And now, I’ve decided to make it happen and change my sleep experience for many years to come. My Hotel Bed Reward I like to […]

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Card Review: Barclay’s US Airways Mastercard

March 22, 2012

During my recent credit card application churn, I was approved for the US Airways MasterCard. Why I Got the Card – 40,000 Bonus Miles and More! I’ve actually never even been on one US Airways flight… ever. That’s sort of hard to believe, but then again there are dozens of airlines I’ve never experienced. I […]

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My March 2012 Credit Card Churn

March 21, 2012

Without a doubt, the single best way to get loads of airline/hotel points & miles is to apply for credit cards offering huge sign-on bonuses. The second best way is to use those same credit cards responsibly to earn points & miles for your normal spending. And, of course there’s nothing better than double- and […]

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Card Review: Chase Ink Bold Business Credit Card

March 20, 2012

In my last app-o-rama, I put 2 Chase Bank cards at the top of my list — the Sapphire Preferred and the Chase Ink Bold card. Both of these cards offer a very nice 50,000 point initial bonus that can be used anywhere inside the Chase Ultimate Rewards Mall. Since I was approved for both […]

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Virgin Atlantic Announces New Award Flights on Virgin America

March 19, 2012

Here’s some exciting news, released just today by Virgin Atlantic: “…We’re excited to announce that you can now use your Flying Club miles for domestic travel on Virgin America! That means the Virgin travel experience you love expands to travel in the US to over 18 destinations.” This new feature now allows you to book […]

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Flight Review: OAK-BUR Roundtrip on Southwest

March 17, 2012

For our recent trip to LA, Stephanie and I purchased two round-trip tickets on Southwest: OAK-BUR and BUR-OAK. As I mentioned in my review of OAK airport, we make this trip pretty frequently between northern and southern California. We typically prefer to fly either Southwest or Virgin America to earn miles with the same carriers. […]

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Airport Review: Oakland International (OAK)

March 16, 2012

Today, Stephanie and I are flying OAK-BUR on Southwest. Living in San Francisco usually means we can choose between 3 accessible airports — San Francisco (SFO), Oakland (OAK), and San Jose (SJC). At this point, I’m still pretty undecided on which of the three airports I like most since each outweighs the others in different […]

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