Points Miles and Bling

Anshul was a hyper mobile professional, with travels across 5 continents. Now he travels mostly on points and loves to share his personal travel gaffes and triumphs on Points Miles and Bling!

Hotel Review: Grand Hyatt Seoul

My final destination of the trip was Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. In trying to optimize on the $1000 USD Delta voucher I had from a recent flight bump, I noticed the best (least cash out of pocket) itinerary on Delta connected through Seoul on to Ho Chi Minh City. My layover options were to either spend 8 hours or 23 hours in Seoul. Obviously, I picked the latter and decided to spend a day in Seoul. Booking Grand Hyatt Seoul In order to save out of pocket cash, paying for one night on points or points+cash was the aim....

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Review: Incheon Airport to Seoul By Bus

Seoul-Incheon International airport, is a major hub in South Korea connecting travelers to several cities and countries in the region and beyond. The airport is located a fair distance away from Seoul and it can take anywhere between 60-90 minutes by public transport. The options to connect from Incheon airport to Seoul city include Airport express train, buses (airport limousines and city buses) and taxis. While the train is normally my preferred mode of transportation, my final destination was Grand Hyatt Seoul hotel which was a taxi ride away from the train station. As it turned out, the airport bus makes an official stop inside...

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Kuala Lumpur food tour in 12 pictures

One of my favorite things to do in a new city is a street food tour. Food tour with a local guide is an extremely enjoyable crash course in culture and people of the land. On a recent trip, I picked a Kuala Lumpur food tour named ‘Flavours of Malaysia – Off the beaten track’, by ‘Simply Enak’. Kuala Lumpur Food Tour This tour covered the Chow Kit Market, also known as the biggest wet market in KL. Chow Kit area is divided into two parts, one the official red light district and the other a popular bazaar or market that houses...

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TripAdvisor ticket selling policy – Stops selling tickets to many animal attractions

In an unprecedented move, TripAdvisor has decided to stop selling tickets to attractions where humans come in contact with wild or endangered animals held in captivity. As an industry leader this update to TripAdvisor ticket selling policy is being hailed as a huge positive step towards animal welfare in the travel industry. TripAdvisor Ticket Selling Policy The ban on ticket sales to certain animal attractions will include Elephant rides, Tiger petting, riding on Dolphins, among other activities used as entertainment which infringe upon animal welfare. This decision was based on rigorous consultation with animal welfare groups and associations. While the sale of...

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Review: Delta Comfort Plus DTW – ICN on Boeing 747-400

Thanks to a recent voluntary flight bump on a Delta award ticket, I had a chance to fly Delta again. Having recently enjoyed Air Canada’s Premium Economy product, I was keen on trying Delta’s equivalent – Delta Comfort Plus. Delta 159
 Detroit (DTW) – Seoul (ICN) Aircraft: Boeing 747-400 Friday, October 7 Duration: 13hr 40min Seat: 23K (Comfort+, Window) Delta Comfort Plus benefits: Sky Priority Boarding Extra Legroom Amenity kit Check-in and Boarding: I had chosen to accrue miles in my Alaska account (MVP Gold status). With reciprocal benefits like priority check-in, boarding and preferred seating for Alaska elites, check-in was...

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WestJet Fast Track Program with World Elite MasterCard

WestJet seems to be doing a Hyatt here, giving out Elite status as candies.  We recently saw an overly generous status match promotion by WestJet where elite status from ANY loyalty program were being matched. Now the latest WestJet fast track promotion for 2016 is all set to add a few more elites. WestJet Fast Track Program The fast track program offers Silver and Gold elite benefits until December 2017. There are three ways to get there: Qualify for Silver status with a minimum $1000 qualifying flight spend on WestJet flights flown between October 3rd and December 18, 2016....

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Air Canada Destination Bonus event is back

Its back, the Air Canada Destination bonus event is a great opportunity for Aeroplan members to rake in hefty bonuses. This bonus event is especially lucrative for Air Canada frequent flyers who are yet to complete their fall and winter travel bookings. Air Canada Destination Bonus event Register and book by November 14, 2016 to earn bonus miles on select flights for travel  until April 30, 2017. Flights in Canada, to the U.S and Sun Destinations earn 50% –  100% bonus miles while flights to Europe, Middle East and India, South America, Asia and Australia earn up to 60,000 bonus...

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Earning Alaska miles on Delta’s Comfort Plus class

The rift in relationship between Delta and Alaska is wider than the Grand Canyon and program members have been bearing the brunt for some time now. Early this summer, the industry was flush with members frustrated at not earning Alaska miles on Delta’s Comfort Plus class.  Delta’s Comfort Plus ‘W’ class  was conspicuously missing from Alaska’s earning chart. While the chart was recently updated, the ambiguity on earning miles in Alaska programs continued to be rife. Earning Alaska miles on Delta’s Comfort Plus class Below is a snapshot of the old Alaska chart that was missing the Delta comfort+ class from the listing. Alaska replied...

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Introducing “City Hosts-” Airbnb’s new feature offering personalized experiences

‘Personalized Experience’ has certainly become the buzzword in the travel and hospitality industry. ‘City Hosts’, is Airbnb’s  latest feature offering personalized experiences by locals in individual cities. AirBnb City Hosts The beta version of this feature is being made available by invite only and my account was targeted last week. The concept looks interesting and offers personalized experiences by locals, at a price (obviously!). It allows users to build their own package where each trip could include single or multiple experiences and stay at an AirBnB home. Experiences can be booked individually as well. The 11 cities currently offering the program are; Cape Town...

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New travel regulation for Dual Citizens

While the political benefits (or lack thereof) for dual citizens are often debated, travelers have always seen it as an advantage. For most, dual citizenship allows a choice of passport one can travel with, to meet immigration requirements. Currently, Canadians with dual citizenship can use the passport of other country, along with proof of Canadian residency, to gain entry into Canada. This is about to change. New Regulation for Dual Citizens Starting September 30th 2016,  Canadians with dual citizenship must use their Canadian passport when entering Canada by air. This regulation does not apply to those arriving by land or sea. It also does not apply...

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