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Booked: Easter Weekend In Hong Kong

By | April 10th, 2017|How To, Travel Booking Hacks|

Introduction: Two months had passed since I returned from my 11-day trip around the world and I was starting to itch for more travel. With Brad leaving for Mainland China in a couple of weeks, I had been spending a lot of time looking at flights to Asia and thought it might be nice to go back myself. Originally I was [...]

Review: Marriott Rewards Program

By | February 21st, 2017|Hotel Reward Program Reviews, How To, Travel Booking Hacks|

Introduction: Late last year Marriott finalized the takeover of Starwood Hotels and Resorts, and with that, became really relevant for Canadian travellers, as well as the largest hotel company in the world. As an individual program, I never found it all that enticing, as I don't find the Marriott brand 'aspirational' (with the exception of some Ritz Carlton properties), earning [...]

Booked: Around The World In 11 Days

By | January 11th, 2017|How To, Travel Booking Hacks|

Introduction I just finished planning my upcoming trip and thought I would write a post on the planning and booking process in anticipation of my departure on January 26th, 2017. This trip has certainly evolved over the past 2 months, when I initially planned to visit Hong Kong for a few days after finding some first class award availability on [...]

Japan Airlines Now Bookable With Alaska Air Mileage Plan

By | January 9th, 2017|How To, Travel Booking Hacks|

Back in June 2016, Alaska Air announced a new partnership with Japan Airlines which included a codeshare agreement and reciprocal mileage earning opportunities. Alaska wasn’t clear on when partner redemptions would be available, however. I’m happy to report that as of December 6th Japan Airlines reward flights are now searchable and bookable using Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan! This new opportunity [...]

Four Seasons Jakarta Best Rate Guarantee Experience

By | January 9th, 2017|How To, Travel Booking Hacks|

Most hotel brands will offer special incentives to book directly; whether its complimentary internet, enhanced rooms, or special rates. It’s clear hotels are trying to shift consumers from using online travel agencies for reservations, which has become the norm for most leisure travellers. A lot of the big brands offer a best rate guarantee – if you find a lower [...]

How To Redeem Travel Points (Beginner’s Guide)

By | November 10th, 2016|How To|

I believe that everyone can benefit from reward programs, whether you want to travel smarter by paying less for economy, or travel better by maximizing points to fly premium cabins and stay in luxury hotels around the world. Through rewards programs, I’ve been able to travel extensively in premium cabins and stay at some of the finest hotels; something that [...]