An Amazing Asian Adventure: Introduction

I had been eyeing a trip to Asia for a little while, since we had most recently done trips to Europe, South America, and the Caribbean. Both the Mrs. Guru and I had a relatively sizable number of frequent flyer miles with American Airlines, and as of now, American has, by far, the cheapest award prices to Asia. For comparison, a One Way Business Class ticket from North America to anywhere in Asia currently only costs 55,000 miles using American miles, but United and Delta both charge 80,000 miles. I knew that eventually, American would be raising their prices, which they just announced a few weeks ago, so it was the perfect time to book this trip while their prices were still way below the competition.

I also had read a lot about Etihad Airways (based in Abu Dhabi, UAE), since they have a First Class that is head and shoulders above any seat on any other airline today. Their First Class on the Airbus A380 isn’t just a seat; they call it an Apartment – and for good reason! Inside your Apartment, you have a huge seat, along with a separate 80” long sofa that folds down into a bed. Here’s a sneak peak of what the First Apartment looks like: Continue reading An Amazing Asian Adventure: Introduction

An Update on Updates

Happy Holidays to everyone – it’s been a while since I’ve had a chance to post an update, but in the mean time, we’ve taken a number of exciting trips.  You may have seen a few recent posts on Twitter or Facebook about the trip we just took to Hong Kong, Thailand, and India, which was a fantastic time.  We also had a great time down in South America, and I never finished our trip to Greece, so I have plenty to catch up on.  I’m planning to cover our Asia trip first, since that’s the freshest in my mind. Continue reading An Update on Updates

Amazing Hotel Discount: $100 off $100+ Stay

Between now and the end of September, you can potentially get a completely free night at a hotel on Orbitz by (a) paying with a MasterCard and (b) utilizing MasterCard’s new secure checkout feature called Masterpass.  If you pay using Masterpass, you can receive $100 off a hotel reservation of $100 or more, which is an incredible deal! One catch is that most major chain hotels are excluded from this promotion, so you will need to look for smaller name hotels, but if you can find one and need to travel in the next 2 weeks, this promotion is tough Continue reading Amazing Hotel Discount: $100 off $100+ Stay

Broadway Sing Off at LaGuardia Airport

We’ve all experienced long flight delays at some point or another, and the ugly weather in the northeast over the past few days has certainly caused a pretty huge mess between Philadelphia, New York, and surrounding areas. Delays like these sometimes bring out the worst in us, but check out this video: during a 6 hour day at New York’s LaGuardia airport, 2 Disney Broadway Casts (The Lion King and Aladdin) had a sing off to pass the time. How cool is this?!

Uber Promotions from Capital One

I’ve written a number of times about Uber, the cashless on-demand car service that is now widely available across the US and in a growing number of international cities as well.  Typically, Uber offers you a sign up bonus for becoming a new member, anywhere from $10-$30 off the first ride you take.  Once you become a member, you can refer others to get the same sign-up bonus, and you also get a referral bonus for yourself. The Sister-In-Law Guru recently forwarded me an email that she received about a new promotion from Uber and Capital One: Huge Uber Sign Continue reading Uber Promotions from Capital One

Delta 20 Minute Baggage Guarantee is Now Permanent

A few weeks ago, I posted about a then-temporary promotion that Delta was offering, where they guaranteed that your checked baggage would arrive within 20 minutes of your arrival, or they would offer you 2,500 miles as compensation if it took longer.  Initially, this promotion was only valid through March 31, but they’ve now made the baggage guarantee a permanent (well, until further notice) offering. Now, anytime you check a bag, you’re guaranteed to have it back in your hands within 20 minutes of your flight arriving at the gate.  If your bag takes longer than 20 minutes to arrive, Continue reading Delta 20 Minute Baggage Guarantee is Now Permanent

Heads Up! Delta Sending Borderline Deceptive Marketing Mail

Yesterday, I received a rather official looking envelope in the mail from Delta telling me that I should redeem my unused miles by May 22: So without explicitly stating it, they’re suggesting to me that I need to redeem my unused miles before May 22…..or else, what?  Will my miles expire?  This is what they’re hoping you’ll think, and it’s what the average person would think. Inside the envelope, they offer me a variety of magazines subscriptions that I can redeem my miles for, with detailed instructions, again repeating this “Respond By” date of May 22: In reality, May 22 Continue reading Heads Up! Delta Sending Borderline Deceptive Marketing Mail

1000 Free American Miles in 3 Minutes or Less

American has created a clever little marketing promotion, where you can earn 1,000 free miles by “attending” AAdvantage University, which entails watching 6 short videos and answering one question after each video. You’ll earn 150 miles for watching each video, and 100 extra miles as a bonus for watching all 6 videos.  The videos are 1-2 minutes in length, but you can fast forward to the end of each video, and just answer the question (see my helpful notes below that I jotted down while I was attending ;-)) You simply click on each “course,” which loads the video: At Continue reading 1000 Free American Miles in 3 Minutes or Less

Free Hilton Points for Changing Your Password Now Working

A few weeks ago, I posted that Hilton was running a promotion where you could earn 1,000 free Hilton points, just by changing your password to encourage users to maintain a more secure account.  Not long after the promotion was supposed to start, Hilton realized that they had a technical glitch, and that they weren’t actually ready to start the promotion yet.  They reached out to me and explained the situation, promising to provide an update when they had sorted out the technical problems. As promised, they did reach out to me to provide an update – they’ve now fixed Continue reading Free Hilton Points for Changing Your Password Now Working

Free Hilton Points and Delta Miles

UPDATE: I received information from Hilton that the promotion below about receiving bonus points for updating your account password is not active yet. They have run into a technical glitch in implementing this promotion, so hang tight on changing your passwords for now. I will remove this update and publish a new post once they let me know that the issue has been corrected on their end so that your bonus points will be credited to your account correctly.

There are 2 interesting promotions going on right now:

1) 1000 Free Hilton Points for updating your online account password
2) 2500 Free Delta Miles if it takes longer than 20 minutes for your checked bag to arrive

Up until now, Hilton accounts have utilized a PIN for logging in. On March 25, 2015 they’ll be changing over to a password system for logging in, since numeric PINs aren’t nearly as secure as alphanumeric passwords. To encourage members to update their accounts and improve security, if you set or update your account password between now and March 8, 2015, you’ll get a completely free 1000 point bonus. Continue reading Free Hilton Points and Delta Miles