Points Miles and Bling

Anshul was a hyper mobile professional, traveling across 5 continents, to recruit international students for Canada. Now he travels predominantly on miles and points and loves to share his personal travel gaffes and triumphs.

Points Sale: Hilton 50% discount on purchased points

Hilton is offering an incredible 50% discount on points purchase, the best I have seen this year. The 50% discount kicks in when buying 5000 points or more. This is as good an opportunity to top up accounts towards a redemption or buy points outright for a planned stay. Hilton 50% discount is available until October 5th, 207. Hilton 50% discount on Points purchase Purchase Hilton Points with 50% discount I value Hilton points at 0.6 CPM and the 50% discount purchase yields 0.5 CPM, a good value! The Hilton 50% discount is available between September 5 and October...

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Alaska Sweepstakes – 100K Miles? Yes, Please.

Alaska Mileage Plan has released The Epic Escape 2017 Sweepstakes , a chance to win up to 100K Miles and $2500 cash!! The Sweepstakes began on September 5, 2017 and end September 22, 2017 at 11:59 p.m. ET. Alaska Sweepstakes – How to Enter Prizes: GRAND PRIZE: 100,000 Miles and $2,500 awarded as a check. THREE FIRST PRIZES: 20,000 Miles You can enter by completing the The Epic Escape 2017 Sweepstakes registration form and receive one entry. No Purchase necessary to participate in the sweepstakes.  Additional entries can be earned by: Opt-in to Email Communications: Available once registered Complete an online qualifying transaction...

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Passenger drones are here and Dubai is winning the sky taxi race!

We have all been there – stuck in traffic and wondering if there was a way to fly across the city instead. Now, the race is well and truly underway to launch viable passenger drones or sky taxis – the future of public transport. I analyse some players, hurdles and solutions. Players in the passenger drones – sky taxi race Given the recent success of electric cars and the ever-improving recharging speeds and capacity, most of these companies are exploring electric propulsion. Volocopter Dubai (Of-course!) seems to be leading the pack. In June, Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) of Dubai...

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Review: Swiss Business lounge Zurich (ZRH) Terminal E

I travel a lot between Canada and India, and flying throne seats on Swiss Business Class with a layover in Zurich is my comfort zone. However, the tired Swiss Panorama lounge in terminal E, operated by swissport were a major let down until 2016. The new Swiss Business lounge Zurich is an absolute game changer, arguably, the best business lounge in the world! Swiss Business lounge Zurich The lounge is a long passage with stylish wooden flooring and seating available on both sides. The seating in the lounge is of a wide variety, with wooden tables and chairs, bar stools...

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Canadian Passport becomes Gender Neutral

Canada is finally adopting a Gender Neutral Passport – The Ministry of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship announced that starting August 31, 2017, Canadians that they don’t identify as either male or female can indicate their sex as ‘x’ on their passports. The ‘x’ denotes an unspecified gender. Gender Neutral Passport – Canada This initiative is part of a federal mandate to allow individuals to identify their sex as ‘x’ on government issued documents which until now only offered “male” or “female.” These policy changes (Bill C-16) aim to defend the rights of transgender people and make it illegal to...

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Review: ANA Business Class Tokyo (NRT) – Washington DC (IAD) on Boeing 777-300

My ANA Business Class Tokyo to Washington flight was a spectacular experience in delectable food and Japanese hospitality. Its not often that I meet cabin crew that are interested in sharing the cultural nuances of a traditional meal, all while ensuring my safety and comfort. The ANA crew on this flight elevated my experience from great to wow! Flight: NH 2 Tokyo Narita (NRT) – Washington DC (IAD) Aircraft: Boeing 777-300 Duration: 12hr 40min Seat: 11 H ANA BUSINESS CLASS – BOARDING AND SEATS After a quick bite and a shower in the chic ANA lounge in Tokyo Narita (NRT), I headed to...

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Score! Alaska mystery bonus is back up to 50%

Alaska mystery bonus is back, with up to 50% bonus! Alaska has targeted several Mileage Plan accounts with a 50% bonus, including ones without any history of purchase! Both accounts I manage, have the 50% bonus offer, which is perfect timing since I was planning Cathay business class redemption to Australia and India – needed a top-up. This is the highest bonus I have seen with Alaska MileagePlan and is available until October 5th, 2017. Alaska Mystery Bonus As usual, it is a tiered offer and the 50% bonus kicks in when buying a minimum of 40K miles (60K with bonus)...

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List of airlines that offer free transit hotel

Free transit hotel can be of great convenience to travelers with long layovers, especially if they don’t have access to airline lounges. As an airline service, it is also the least advertised perk. Before you jump the gun in excitement, free transit hotel offered by airlines come under strict terms and conditions (no surprise there). The list below is by no means comprehensive or complete, I have compiled them based on personal/shared experiences and some research. Airlines that offer free transit hotel Before we get to the list, note that complimentary hotel night/s are provided only when the airline...

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Free Russia e-Visa for citizens of 18 countries

As of August 1st 2017, Russia has started issuing e-visas to citizens of 18 countries, for visiting Russia’s far east. The Russia e-visa is part of an initiative by the The Ministry for Development of the Russian Far East to boost tourism and development. New Russia e-Visa The new e-visa will be valid for visiting Russia’s far east regions of Primorye, Khabarovsk, Sakhalin, Chukotka and Kamchatka. E-Visa applications can be made online and will be processed within 3 days. This e-visa will allow travelers to enter Russia through the border crossing in the Free Port of Vladivostok or Vladivostok International Airport (VVO)....

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Cheap flights to India from US and Canada, starting $575

Another round of cheap flights to India, starting at $575, this time mostly on Star Alliance and Sky Team airlines. Most of these fares are available from September to November travel window. These are deep discounted economy fares booking into lower fare buckets which fetch 25% – 50% of flown miles. I have highlighted cities and fares under $700 USD. All fares listed below were searched using Google Flights and prices verified directly through the airline websites. Cheap flights to India, from US: New York – Mumbai (Turkish):  $610 USD Washington DC – Delhi (Delta/KLM):  $630 USD Washington DC – Mumbai (Delta):...

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