Points Miles and Bling

Anshul was a hyper mobile professional, traveling across 5 continents, to recruit international students for Canada. He loves to share his personal travel gaffes and triumphs in using points and miles. For him, it's 99% planning and 1% execution.

Best Diamond suite upgrade! Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur

I had always wanted to experience the Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur, it has a reputation of punching above its category. The ‘Grand Suite’ room is well known (among frequent travelers) for being an ideal candidate for a diamond suite upgrade. Late last year, an opportunity to be in KL popped up and the suite upgrade calling was loud and clear! Booking Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur The hotel is really well priced and offers a great value for cash booking. A standard room can be had for ~$175 USD while the ‘Grand Suite’ room regularly prices around $375/night. I booked a...

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LifeMiles promotion 2017: Purchase with 125% bonus

Bonus promotions are coming in thick and fast, its hard to keep pace. Earlier today I wrote about the SPG promo stack and IHG 100% bonus and now the first LifeMiles promotion 2017 is out – up to 125% bonus. This promotion is definitely not their highest and we have seen up to 150% bonus on purchased LifeMiles. LifeMiles Promotion 2017 The first promotion of 2017 (until Feb 28th, 2017) offers three tiers of 2×1 purchase category, with a maximum additional bonus of 25%. The cost of purchasing is $33 USD/1000 miles (before 2×1 bonus). To take advantage of the 25% additional...

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SPG promo stack and IHG 100% bonus

SPG Promotions 2017 Earlier in the year, SPG had announced a promotion called ‘SPG Double Take‘ which allowed members to earn 2X starpoints on first 3 stays between Jan 16th – April 17, 2017. SPG is back with a targeted offer of up to 7500 Starpoints, for stays between February 15 – May15, 2017. My account was targeted with this offer and I am over the moon! Given that the timelines for the above mentioned promotions overlap, I can stack these offers for a great return on my paid stays (T&C confirm that this offer CAN BE COMBINED with other SPG promotions...

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Kuala Lumpur airport – KLIA express VIP Service

The express train that runs between Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) and KL Sentral station is the quickest and most efficient way to get into the city. Most hotels in Zone 1 are a short taxi ride from KL Sentral station.  On my last trip to KL (Malindo Air Business Class review here), I used the KLIA VIP service which includes the express train ride to KL Sentral, porter service, limousine ride to the hotel and a meet and greet service. A complete door to door airport transfer for passengers arriving in KL – the KLIA express VIP Service. KLIA...

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Brazil files WTO complaint against Canada, over subsidies to Bombardier

Brazil has filed a World Trade Organization (WTO) complaint against Canada,  over subsidies to Bombardier. Brazil has been threatening to file an official complaint since Bombardier Inc. won a major CSeries order (75 aircraft) from Delta Airlines Inc. last year. The Skinny In 2016, Bombardier received $2.5 Billion US in government support – $1 Billion (from Quebec government) for its C-Series program and another $1.5 Billion (from Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec, the largest pension fund in the province) towards its rail business. Earlier this week, Canadian federal government announced another $372.5 million to Bombardier, in interest-free loans. The bulk of...

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Special meals – What’s the deal with Hindu meals?

Special meals are offered by most airlines and cater to passengers with restrictive diets based on religion, diet or medical needs. Special meals have to be pre-ordered, ideally at the time of booking or at least 24-48 hours ahead of the flight. On a recent Cathay Pacific flight, my friend was in for a rude shock when his Hindu meal contained meat. So really, what’s the deal with Hindu meals? Hindu Meal inflight As it turns out a ‘Hindu meal’ in Cathay is categorized as a “Non-vegetarian, Indian-style meal prepared according to Hindu customs that contains no beef, veal...

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Air Canada and Silver Airways sign interline agreement

Air Canada seems to be on a fast track of ‘network expansion’. Adding to its recent codeshare agreements with Virgin Australia and Cathay Pacific, Air Canada has now formed an interline agreement with Fort Lauderdale, Florida based Silver Airways. What is an interline agreement? Interline agreements, different than codeshare agreements, allow passengers to book and travel through the entire network on a single ticket. It also allows passengers to complete  the entire trip without having to gather bags or check-in again. Air Canada and Silver Airways Interline agreement The agreement includes Silver Airways’ Florida and Bahamas network (does not include Cuba network)....

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Air Canada Business Class FRA-YUL on Boeing 777-300ER

This Air Canada Business Class review was part of my journey back from Dubai. Originally booked in Premium Economy, I had the perfect opportunity to use Air Canada e-upgrade credits and upgrade to Business Class. For 11 e-upgrade credits, I was able to confirm an executive pod from Frankfurt to Montreal segment of my trip. Flt AC 875 Frankfurt (FRA) – Montreal (YUL) Aircraft: Boeing 777-300ER Duration: 8hr 18min Seat: 9D (Business Class – Executive Pod) BOARDING: AC 875 was boarding from gate B48 in terminal 1. With Zone 1 priority, I was anticipating  a smooth boarding process. At the boarding area however, a sea of...

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Beware! Glitch in IHG Accelerate 2017 dashboard

While IHG is not my primary hotel chain, I do enjoy earning easy points through the ‘Accelerate’ programs, offered quarterly each year. IHG Accelerate 2017 was no different, I registered in December in hopes that my stays in early January would yield easy points. It seemed possible in theory, until I discovered a glitch in their system combined with my gaffe in not reading the terms and conditions closely/literally. Glitch in IHG Accelerate 2017 My IHG Accelerate 2017 (Q1) offer was a total of 44,100 points and included some easy-to-achieve points with ‘weekend stays’ and ‘book and stay once’ offers....

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Elephant in the room, Masala Dosa Burger – lets talk!

Food and travel cannot exist without each another. As a frequent traveler, one of my guilty pleasures is experiencing the localized menu at McDonald’s around the globe. Be it ‘McFalafel’ in Egypt, or ‘Shaka Chicken’ in Singapore, or Babur Ayam McD in Malaysia, I have tried several bastardized versions of local cuisines at McDonald’s. It took me a while to appreciate that the local population does not mind these versions of their food because it is different from ‘their regular’. Credit where its due, McDonald’s has excelled in the art of monetizing this cultural misappropriation (if you will) of local cuisines. So, as...

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