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I’m Sorry: My Mobile Passport Failure

Whenever someone asks me about my favorite travel related app I always tell them the same thing; Mobile Passport. What Is Mobile Passport? For those of you who don’t already know, Mobile Passport is a free app which helps to expedite re-entry into the United States. The app is incredibly easy to use and most…
It Might Be Time To Revisit The Citi Prestige Card

The past few years have been confusing to say the least. Back in 2014 I began a job in which I was traveling at least 50% of the time, often more. Back then I’d often find myself sitting in loud and crowded gate area waiting for my flight. During a particularly long delay I became…
Hotel Review: The Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong

When I planned my HKG over MLK weekend I booked flights which allowed for a two night stay in Hong Kong. Having never been to Hong Kong I wasn’t exactly sure where to stay. I searched for hotels for a few days trying to figure out the perfect place to book. With each search I…
My Metal American Express Platinum Card Fell Apart

A few weeks ago I wrote about an issue I’ve been having with metal credit cards. The issue I’ve been experiencing is as the cards age, they start to fall apart. Unlike a traditional plastic cards, metal cards are typically a piece of metal with two info panels stuck to either side. It seems overtime…
Wow: Bose Sent Me A Soundlink Micro!

My relationship with Bose began way back in 2008. I had just left for college and when I returned home for winter break I discovered a pair of unopened Bose headphones in my dad’s office. He had been given a set as a corporate gift that year and didn’t know what to do with them.…
Lounge Review: Cathay Pacific The Arrival Hong Kong International

After the nearly 15 hour Cathay Pacific Premium Economy flight from Chicago I had finally arrived in Hong Kong. I arrived just before 8PM local time. During my short stay in Hong Kong I remained on Chicago time so my body thought it was closer to 6AM. Since I slept for about 8 hours in…
Is American Airlines Concierge Key Worth It?

For many, the first time they ever heard about American Airlines’ Concierge Key program was in 2009 with the release of “Up In The Air.” In the movie, Ryan Bingham shows his Concierge Key card to Alex Goran as seen below. Up until that point many didn’t even know such a program existed. It wasn’t…
Review: Cathay Pacific 777 Premium Economy Chicago To Hong Kong

During Cathay Pacific’s Black Friday sale the airline offered 60% off round trip fares. During that sale I was able to purchase a round trip Premium Economy from the United States to Hong Kong for just $1,100. By comparison that same flight today is approximately $2,200. I understand $1,100 is still a lot of money…
Travel Tip: How To Tell If You Bought An American Airlines Special Fare

I’ve written a few times now about American Airlines Special Fares. Essentially, Special Fares are fare codes in which you accrue AAdvantage Elite Qualifying activity based on mileage flown rather than price paid. I particularly love Special Fares because they allow you to earn a decent amount of EQD on deeply discounted long haul fares. Buying…
Is Mileage Running Legal?

So, I know what you’re thinking, of course it is, and you’re right. Mileage Running is perfectly legal, but that doesn’t mean that customs agents aren’t going to give you a hard time when doing it. Over the past few months my international travels have increased exponentially. In the past year I’ve been around the…