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On The Road / FREE Hyatt Suite Upgrades
« on: February 01, 2015, 06:06:27 PM »
Have 3 available Hyatt Suite Upgrade awards that need to be booked by 2/28/15 (can be used after that date, but must be booked by then).  Offering them to anyone to use for FREE.  All I ask is that you make your reservation under my Diamond account (which has some nice benefits of its own) and are on either a paid stay or cash&points.

Please PM me if interested. Thanks.

Up In The Air / 16,000 Miles Short for UA Gold
« on: December 29, 2014, 02:29:51 PM »
I have 33,000 EQMs for 2014 on United putting me at 16,000 short for UA Gold in 2015. I'm taking a short flight to Miami this week which will give me an additional 1,000 EQMs.

I'm only being offered to purchase 8,000 EQMs for my maximizer on the itinerary.  What's the best, and cheapest, way to get the 16,000 I need?  Think it's worth it?

Goods For Sale/Trade / JetBlue Travel Credit - FOR SALE - $432.50
« on: November 16, 2014, 10:30:28 AM »
Hi - I have a $432.50 travel credit with JetBlue that expires November 18.  Looking to sell for $375.  Please PM me if interested.


Up In The Air / Book Elite Flyer in Non-Elite Account
« on: March 11, 2014, 09:33:16 AM »

I am UA Gold and my wife has no status.  I have a handful of miles sitting in her UA account that I would like to use.  I am looking to book a paid ticket and use miles to upgrade to First class one way.  If both myself and my wife are on that reservation, will we both be able to get the UA Gold benefits (free extra legroom seat selection, lower change fees, etc) if we're both on the reservation, but its booked using her accounts miles?

Up In The Air / 1,999 Miles Short of UA Gold
« on: November 27, 2013, 09:56:40 AM »
I'm just about 2000 miles short of getting gold status on United for 2014 with no travel plans before the end of the year.  Are there any other options aside for a quick mileage run?  I recall in previous years that you could purchase a ticket, pay for the mileage maximizer than cancel ticket, thereby keeping the paid for maximizer miles.  I tried doing such, but wasnt given the maximizer option for some reason.

Please chime in!  Thanks.

General Discussion / Fedex Rewards
« on: September 24, 2013, 08:29:57 PM »
Anyone familiar with fedex rewards and their uses? In my business, we use fedex a lot and we have currently 200,000+ fedex reward points. Would love to transfer them to SPG or Star Alliance! :)


Up In The Air / Utilizing someone elses platinum account (and benefits)
« on: January 27, 2013, 09:34:50 PM »
A family member of mine is Platinum on United. I was wondering if I could book a flight for 3 people (myself, my wife, and my platinum family member), use their benefit of extra legroom seats and free bags, then cancel the ticket only for the platinum family member the day of travel, or earlier (they're allowed cancellations for free so there's no penalty - I believe..).

Does that work?  Would we be put on the upgrade standby list as if they were flying with us?

Up In The Air / Regional Award Searches
« on: January 10, 2013, 09:06:50 PM »
Is there anyway to do regional award searches for the Star Alliance?  I.e. I am looking to go away for a particular weekend.  I will go virtually anywhere in the Caribbean if I can get there using United mileage in the economy Saver Award category (and prefer nonstop) as long as its on the dates I want.

I don't think there's any way to do this, but if there is....boy would that be helpful!


On The Road / BEDBUGS @ 5 star SPG Le Meridien
« on: August 14, 2012, 08:37:45 PM »
I awoke tonight in the middle of the night in my Le Meridien hotel room (8,000 points and $150 per night BTW) feeling itchy all over my body. After I turned on the lights, I saw little bugs and even spots of blood in various places throughout the bed - clearly a case of bedbugs.

I called the front desk who immidiately sent someone up with keys for another room and I told them I'm leaving my belongings in the original room (bc I wasn't interested in packing in the middle of the night...) I offered to show the person the bugs, but they seemed to be familiar with the problem, and just said its not necessary.

My question is as follows. At a 5 star Le Meridian hotel where hotel rooms cost $500+/night, what should I get for this?  Tomorrow morning, I'm going to make a big issue to the hotel manager, but what should I ask for? Is asking for SPG platinum realistic? More than that too? I took pictures as proof and they definitely don't want those all over the internet...

Please chime in!  This literally just happened...

On The Road / Free Money towards SPG hotel
« on: July 17, 2012, 03:38:05 PM »
I need 3 more nights for my SPG platinum challenge.  If anyone is staying at an SPG hotel in the next week, I will give you $25/night for 3 nights to credit the reservation to my SPG account (which is also Gold right now so could help you out as well...).  Please PM me to arrange.


I received a targeted offer from American Express for a Platinum Business card with a 100,000 point bonus after spending $10,000 in 3 months.  I have successfully gotten approved for 4 cards, using the same offer code and a different entity name/EIN each time within the past 8 weeks.  All of which are real, and active corporations, btw.

I have received 300,000 of the bonus points thus far and the remaining 100,000 should credit any day...  I have been able to do something similar with Ink Bold Business cards and currently also have 6 active ink bold business chase cards.

My question is - to what end?  Is 4 different corporate cards with Amex already pushing it?  What about Chase?

Up In The Air / 0% Premier Qualifying
« on: July 12, 2012, 10:19:04 AM »
I am in the process of booking a multi destination trip - NYC-BOG and PTY-NYC

The return flight from Panama is on Copa Airlines - a Star Alliance member

On Uniteds website, it says that leg of the itinerary will earn me 2200 award miles and 0% Premier Qualifying miles.

Why would I not earn premier qualifying miles on this itinerary?  Is there another way to book this flight so I WILL earn those premier qualifying miles?

On The Road / Free Marriott Nights Availability
« on: June 28, 2012, 06:08:39 PM »
I have 2 free Marriott nights on my account.  I will be in Italy in August and would like to use them, but no free nights are available for my dates at the hotel I want.  I had the same issue with SPG on a cash + points reservation and I was able to have them open that option up for me to make the reservation.

Can I do the same thing with Marriot - ask them to make free night redemption(s) available for the dates/hotel I need?


On The Road / Starwood Friends and Family Credit
« on: June 26, 2012, 10:24:57 AM »
A relative of mine works for Starwood and has helped me in the past make cheaper reservations at SPG hotels.

I am currently in the middle of a Platinum challenge.

If I stay at a hotel with the Starwood Friends and Family discounted rate, will I still earn nights and points for the nights?

Credit Cards And Finance / Apple store
« on: June 19, 2012, 12:40:32 PM »
Which cc is best for a large apple purchase (new laptop)? I know amex had a great promotion at some point a few months ago. Is there anything good out there now?

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