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What an Interesting Airline Promotion by Qantas Airways!

Premise What an interesting promotion Qantas Airways is currently running. They will take $135 off your booking per person on all eligible flights to Australia. Purportedly to pay for the passport you don’t have. This for flights from the US, and Qantas looks like an excellent experience based on their marketing videos.     How do I get this deal? Visit Qantas at Qantas.com/passportredeem Enter promo code “PASSPORT” Search for your flights and you will see the $135 discount.   More Qantas Deal Details Of course, for those who already have a passport, you will still get the $135...

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All of California: Buy One Flight, Get One Free – Southwest Companion Pass with Just One Purchase!

NOW OPEN TO EVERYONE (IN CALIFORNIA) This is an update of a post from 10/9/17 that was targeted. The current offer is now open to all residents of California! Updated offer from Southwest on 10/19! All California residents are now eligible – sign up for your Southwest Rapid Rewards Credit Card, make a purchase, and get a Companion Pass!     COMPANION PASS PROMO DETAILS You can also stack with the Rapid Rewards points – earn 40,000 points after $1,000 spend in 3 months! Check your email for details. Open (new) Credit Card Make Purchase Get Companion Pass (within...

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Bad Passenger or Bad Airline? Inaugural Delta Anthem Edition

Premise Delta stands accused of preventing a Georgia doctor, Pamela Gaudry from singing the national anthem to honor the casket and soldier being returned to the states on the plane. According to the passenger, the captain asked all passengers to be seated, while the deceased was escorted off by the honor guard. This was on a flight from Philly to Atlanta. She then asked other passengers to join her in singing the national anthem to honor his sacrifice, at which point a Delta flight attendant stopped her. According to Gaudry, the attendant claimed the anthem might make other passengers...

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Hotel Review: SpringHill Suites Los Angeles LAX/Manhattan Beach

My standard hotel reviews include a breakdown by the following topics. Feel free to skip to whichever section you find most interesting. Highlights Lobby & Check-in Room Hotel Space / Ambiance Food & Drink Fitness Miscellaneous   Highlights: SpringHill Suites Los Angeles LAX/Manhattan Beach This close-to-airport hotel is nothing special and serves its purpose well. Close enough to be a short drive, but far enough to lack a airport shuttle, Springhill Suites got the job done. Late checkout, good internet & service, fulfills the basic requirements of any hotel. While I found their breakfast lacking (basic continental), their flexibility...

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These States May Require a Passport Or Non-State ID to Fly Domestic in 2018!

Premise Previously, any state ID was sufficient for flights. But now, you may have to have a passport (or form of identification other than a state ID) to fly commercial, either international or domestic! These forms include: passport, permanent resident/green card, or military ID. Note that previously several state IDs did not meet the minimum security standards and were in danger of not being valid: Kentucky Maine Missouri Montana Oklahoma Pennsylvania South Carolina Washington   Update – Get Your Passport However, the Real ID Act’s compliance requirements had an extention until October 10th 2017, with a new grace period...

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Food & Hotel Review: Westin Convention Center, Pittsburgh

My standard hotel reviews include a breakdown by the following topics. Feel free to skip to whichever section you find most interesting.  Highlights Lobby & Check-in Room Hotel Space / Ambiance Food & Drink Fitness Miscellaneous   Highlights: Westin Convention Center, Pittsburgh This Westin, as all Westins do, meets or exceeds expectations. From the beautiful lobby, to the thoughtfulness and flexibility of service, this hotel was a great experience. Highlights include their service (more detail later), and the amazing quality of their breakfast and room service. This conveniently located hotel nestled in the heart of downtown made for a...

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BREAKING: Southwest Announces They Will Fly To Hawaii

From reddit and southwest.com comes great news! Southwest announces breaking news that they will begin service to Hawaii from the mainland. Details are sparse, but this is welcome news. Also, pair this with the previous promotion on easy Companion Pass! Details Tickets will be sold in 2018, with more details to come. Based on government approvals, we can expect flights starting from the west coast in 2019, or late 2018. For those with companion pass, especially continuing through 2018 and 2019, this will be a great deal. However, the press release has little to no specifics, so we should wait...

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TARGETED: Buy one flight, get one free – Southwest Companion Pass with Just One Purchase!

TL:DR This deal came out Monday, 10/9/17, ending 30th of November. Targeted California residents, get your Southwest Rapid Rewards Credit Card, make a purchase, and get a Companion Pass!   Companion Pass Promo Details You can also stack with the Rapid Rewards points – earn 40,000 points after $1,000 spend! Check your email for details. Open (new) Credit Card Make Purchase Get Companion Pass (within 8 weeks)   Fine Print This is limited to California residents, so if you are one of the lucky 39.25 million people, then be sure to sign up for this promotion! Offer ends 11/30/17,...

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Marriott Moments: Ritz-Carlton Half Moon Bay, Global Cuisine Series

This isn’t your typical hotel review – and focuses on the Global Cuisine Series (cooking class & luncheon) part of my Marriott Moments experience.   Premise: Marriott Moments As mentioned previously, this auction by Marriott Moments mirrors Starwood Moments, which are unique experiences crafted by these hospitality companies for valued guests. This is my first non-traditional points redemption, which is something other than hotel stays or airline miles, and I was very excited when presented with this opportunity, especially as it was at a Ritz-Carlton.   Research: Global Cuisine Series Both Moments programs had an abundance of selection, ranging from...

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Come to Disneyland Paradise: Hotel Menage, Anaheim

My standard hotel reviews include a breakdown by the following topics. Feel free to skip to whichever section you find most interesting. Highlights Lobby & Check-in Room Hotel Space / Ambiance Food & Drink Fitness Miscellaneous   Highlights: Hotel Menage, Anaheim, California I have decidedly mixed feelings about this hotel. On the one hand, the food was quite delicious and reasonably priced in the hotel restaurant, and their service was flexible. On the other hand, the quality of the rooms, property, and facility was well below my expectations. They are remodeling to a Four Points Sheraton Anaheim later in...

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