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Dominic is a full-time consultant who aims to bring you news and inspiration about the best travel experiences, destinations, and industry insights without all the unnecessary fluff. Focus is on American AAdvantage and Starwood / Marriott loyalty programs.

Four Myths You Might Hear About Award Travel on American

There are a few myths and pitfalls when it comes to booking award travel on American Airlines. For many of you, these myths are common knowledge, but for others that are just starting out, I feel you should know about these to avoid making the same mistakes I have! “A Round-Trip Ticket Will Only Cost 30,000 Miles” This is the most egregious myth you’ll hear when flying American Airlines as of late. American’s flight attendants have been pushing the Barclaycard Aviator Red credit card down passengers’ throats and some of the things the flight attendants say just are not...

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Reminder: Aer Lingus Flights Between Philly and Dublin Start Soon

If there’s one thing I know for sure, it’s that Philadelphia needs more competition when it comes to trans-Atlantic flights. American has a stranglehold on most of Europe and prices these days are higher than I can remember. With what looks to be a glimmer of hope, Aer Lingus announced back in October that they would be launching non-stop flights between Philadelphia and Dublin beginning on March 25, 2018. This post serves as your two month reminder. Prices are relatively decent should you decide to take advantage: This move should be a great relief to Philadelphia-based travelers as Dublin...

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How To Maximize SPG Starpoints in Los Angeles

Los Angeles is one of my favorite cities. The food, culture, and weather make it a top destination and as an SPG loyalist, there are quite a few hotel options in and around the city. Though, If you aren’t careful, you could end up spending way more than you should. Here are some helpful tips for maximizing your Starpoints in Los Angeles and surrounding areas. What Do You Want to Do With Your Time? This is an important question to ask yourself. If you’re traveling to Los Angeles, is it to visit the Hollywood Sign? Santa Monica? Both? Having...

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How to Get American Executive Platinum Status in 2018

American Executive Platinum status is amazing if you’re able to achieve it. Obviously everyone has their own opinion, but I’ve had it for the past year and it’s been life-altering. Unfortunately, my EXP status is going to run out and the end of January, which I’m devastated about. If you’re looking to make a run for EXP status this year, here’s how you can achieve it. Minimum Requirements To earn Executive Platinum status on American you’ll have to hit at least two targets outlined in the red box above. You’ll have to spend at least $12,000 on flights and...

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Check If You’re Targeted For Free American Elite Status

Short post alert. This week American has been sending targeted e-mails to AAdvantage members offering free Gold, Platinum, and Platinum Pro status for a limited time through May 25, 2018. If you didn’t receive this e-mail, it’s highly probably that none of these links will work for you but it’s worth a shot. Gold status — Offer code: HV18G [LINK] The benefits of Gold on American are as follows: Complimentary upgrades on flights 500 miles or less within North America (confirmed as early as 24 hours before departure) Priority through the airport at check-in, security and boarding 7 award miles/U.S....

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American Will Offer Free Booze on Chicago-New York Shuttle Flights

American announced hourly flights Monday through Friday between Chicago and New York LaGuardia. These flights are part of a broader expansion at O’Hare for American and passengers on the shuttle flights will see some exclusive benefits. But let’s face it, out of all the “benefits”, free drinks cabin wide is LEGIT! Dedicated gates for shuttle flights only 15 flights per day; Monday through Friday Complimentary beer and wine for Main Cabin passengers Free plated meals in First on Chicago flights Quick deplaning from front or rear door (not available in Chicago) Alison Taylor, Senior Vice President, Global Sales and...

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Project Fi Introduces Unlimited Data Option

A long time ago I wrote about the benefits of Google’s Project Fi, especially for international travelers. Full disclosure: I’m a T-Mobile customer, though security concerns as of late have me second guessing my decision. One of the issues I had with Project Fi was the lack of an unlimited data option. Well, Google effectively changed that today with the introduction of Bill Protection, which caps your monthly bill at $60, no matter how much data you use. Seems like a nice option. I went ahead and plugged in my current plan details with T-Mobile (2 lines, OnePlus plan for...

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How to Check American Systemwide Upgrade Availability

One of the best benefits of American Executive Platinum status are the four Systemwide Upgrades (SWUs) you receive each time you qualify. SWUs are redeemable one-class upgrades on any American Airlines operated flight. The only issue is that the airline has to make SWU-eligible seats available for you to book them. If you want to upgrade from Economy to Business on a New York — London flight, the eligible seat may not be available. It’s important to have an idea whether or not your flight is upgradeable before you book, as this will undoubtedly save you headache and possibly...

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A United A320 Fuel Cap Nearly Killed a Man

On December 29, 2017 United flight 809 (Tail #N427UA) from Santa Ana, CA to Denver departed at 4PM Pacific initially out over the Pacific Ocean then turned right to cross over Newport Beach. It was at about this time when a fuel cap from the Airbus A320 fell from the aircraft and pierced an elderly man’s car hood just as he was backing out of his driveway. The man was unharmed, but the car was not so fortunate. As pointed out on View From The Wing, the FAA issued a safety bulletin in late 2016 related to Airbus fuel...

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State Department Revamps Travel Advisory Website

The U.S. State Department has updated it’s travel advisory website to make understanding warnings clearer. The new system has four levels of increasing risk and each country has an advisory page with its own rating:   From Skift: The changes represent one of the largest overhauls in the state department travel advisory system’s history and the first significant change to the system in many years, said Michelle Bernier-Toth, acting deputy assistant secretary for overseas citizens services for the State Department’s Bureau of Consular Affairs, during a press call on Wednesday to announce the changes. In addition to the new...

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