For Work And Pleasure

Jason is an editor for a magazine by day, traveler by night, and sometimes by day, too. When not traveling for work, he enjoys traveling in his free-time, usually trying to keep to a budget- that's where points and miles come in. He shares his experiences using them and getting the best rates possible, so look for flight and hotel reviews.

Flight Review: Delta Airlines MD88 and CRJ700 BHM – ATL – ABE

The most important thing I learned from this trip when dealing with a connecting flight. Don’t get overly ambitious and change your second flight before your first flight takes off. My first Delta flight was from Birmingham, Alabama, to Atlanta, Georgia. Then I would have an hour and a half layover before flying Atlanta to Allentown, Pennsylvania. My flight from Birmingham was delayed several hours and trying to be proactive, I changed my Atlanta to Allentown flight. Turns out, huge mistake.

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Saving yourself Southwest points and diversifying your point portfolio

Recently I was planning and booking travel for a trip out to Indianapolis and then from Nashville using as little money as possible and as few points as possible. The plan was to fly out to Indianapolis from Philadelphia on Frontier airlines (get excited for that airplane review!). Then the next day I would have a friend drive us from Indianapolis to Nashville. Stay in Nashville for a few days, then fly back on Southwest to Philadelphia.

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Hotel Review: Marriott’s Renaissance Paris Republique

Quick Details Hotel: The Renaissance Paris Republique (A Marriott Hotel) Location: Paris, France Arrived: Wednesday, May 11 Departed: Saturday, May 14 Room Number: 310 Paid: 120,000 Marriott points for the stay, 40,000 per night After we used up all of my fiance’s Marriott points in London, we decided to use up all my Marriott points in Paris. I rarely stay at Marriott hotels anymore it seems, so I felt it was time to start burning up our Marriott points. We chose this hotel for its location and because it was within our point budget. Also, it was a huge bonus that this...

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Train Review: Eurostar from London to Paris

Quick Details Train: Eurostar From: London, England To: Paris, France Departed: Wednesday, May 11 Seat Number: Coach 6, seats 11 and 12 Paid: $75 dollars per ticket for a one way When I was originally booking our European trip I was planning to use United miles to fly from Newark to London, London to Paris, then Paris to London. Using the stop over rule, it would have been the same 60,000 miles. The problem was that the London to Paris flight included a $75 tax per ticket. In addition to the tax would be all the hassles of dealing with...

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Hotel Review: Marriott’s St. Ermin’s Hotel in London

Quick Facts Hotel: St. Ermin’s Hotel (A Marriott Autograph Collection Hotel) Location: London, England Arrived: Saturday, May 7 Departed: Wednesday, May 11 Room Number: 520 Paid: 160,000 Marriott points for the stay, 40,000 per night We decided on this hotel for a couple of reasons. First off, we wanted to stay in downtown London and be able to walk to the main tourist destinations. Secondly, we wanted a place where we could burn most of my fiance’s points (she had some left over from her old job and still had Gold status with Marriott). Finally with her status we received a...

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Flight Review: United Airlines 767 from Newark to London

Quick Facts Flight Number: United 16 Flight Route: Newark (EWR) – London (LHR) Flight Date: Friday, May 6 Depart: 9:10 PM Arrive: 9:20 AM Aircraft: Boeing 767-400ER Seat Number: 23 K (Econ Plus), Upgraded from 32K Paid: 30,000 miles ($5.60 tax) When I originally booked this flight with my fiance, we booked it in the regular economy class. She used to fly a lot for her old job and was able to collect a ton of miles, but before meeting me, she didn’t know how to use them. Since I have become the regular flier in the relationship, we...

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