Japan Airlines JAL First Class – ORD-NRT

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By: Joe I recently had the pleasure of flying Japan Airlines First Class from Chicago to Narita and back. I had originally booked Business Class awards using AA miles some 11 months out and luckily within the last few weeks …

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Grand Hyatt Baha Mar review – Part II, Amenities

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Great pools and lots of space to spread around at this brand new property.

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Grand Hyatt Baha Mar review – Part I

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Beautiful brand new property in Nassau.

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(Targeted) Amex Offer – 2.5 Amex points per dollar, no strings attached

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Earn 2.5 membership rewards points per dollar spent (targeted)

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Not up for spending $220 on Sydney Bridge Climb? Do this instead.

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By: Michael Last year as I was planning my trip to Australia I read this interesting review by Pizza in Motion about having climbed the Sydney Harbour Bridge. I have to admit I didn’t even know climbing the bridge was a …

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Virgin Australia Business Class LAX to Sydney flight review

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By: Michael Recently we had the opportunity to fly Virgin Australia Business class on their 777-300 from Los Angeles to Melbourne during our westbound flights around the world. I was very impressed with the experience, and enjoyed the flight very …

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CBP makes it right and restores my Global Entry!

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By: Michael Well I have to admit I never saw this coming and never expected such a quick resolution, or even a resolution at all. After my incident involving Customs and Border Protection (CBP) at LAX, which led to my …

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My Global Entry clearance was revoked – You won’t believe why

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By: Michael UPDATE 6/5/2017: A CBP officer called me on this date and noted this article had caught CBP’s attention and noted that he had reviewed my particular situation and concluded my Global Entry had been revoked for an invalid …

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Z Ocean Hotel South Beach Review

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For our 5-year wedding anniversary we decided to take the quick hop from Tampa to Miami for a quick weekend getaway and stay at the Z Ocean Hotel in South Beach. The hotel is an all-suites IHG property (it’s technically …

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Hyatt Regency Cartagena – Review

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Last weekend my family and I visited the Hyatt Regency Cartagena, a brand-new property I had not even realized had opened until my wife brought it up to my attention. We found a cheap fare to get there from Fort …

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