Contests: American Airlines, Hawaiian Host and Zippy’s!

American Airlines is advertising their complete vacations service, AAVacations (book your hotel and flight together!) with a contest. They’re giving away 3 $5,000 vouchers good for vacation packages. This contest is going on now until March 22, 2017 and it’s open to residents of all 50 states and D.C. 18 years old and older (19 in Alabama and Nebraska, with some additional exclusions). All you need to provide is your name and email. See contest rules for more information.

AAVacations Logo. Image Credit: courtesy of American Airlines.

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Tips, Tricks & Tactics: Travel Hacking an Interisland Flight on Hawaiian Airlines

T and I and the two kids had to go to Hilo for the day for a family commitment. Trip report to follow (maybe), but most of you guys have been interisland and know the drill.

Prices were a little over $100 each way in coach, so for 3 round trips (and one lap-riding kid) we’re talking $600+. So, obviously, we started looking into points and miles options. Continue reading “Tips, Tricks & Tactics: Travel Hacking an Interisland Flight on Hawaiian Airlines”

Tips, Tricks and Tactics: Eating Your Way to Points and Miles

First thing, I’m a real hardcore food snob (and T is getting there). So hardcore, I would rather eat Zippy’s or Jack in the Box or home lunch for 364 days just so I can go to a super awesome place on day 365. There, I admit it. Now the healing can begin (by sending me to Japan)!

Prelude aside, let me introduce you to Carval Cafe, located at Waterfront Plaza (née Restaurant Row). It’s convenient for me at lunch and they serve a decent plate lunch — maybe 2 or 3 notches above your regular one.

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Strategies: Two Simple Trips with Credit Cards

Okay, I think I’ve shared enough of the basics to talk some simple trip strategies. These strategies may or may not result in a (mostly) free trip but a highly subsidized one. But if you plan ahead (and get the right card — by which I mean I hope you got a Chase Sapphire Reserve VISA Infinite (review) when the bonus was 100,000 UR points), you can still do very well.

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Review: Barclay (American Airlines) AAdvantage Aviator Red World Elite MasterCard

The new iteration of the Barclay (American Airlines) AAdvantage Aviator Red World Elite MasterCard has arrived. New, because this is the first time the card has been offered to the public (having previously been a conversion from the U.S. Airways Premier World MasterCard after the merger of the two airlines). It has one of the easiest bonuses to earn in all of credit cards: make one purchase, pay the annual fee, earn 40,000 AAdvantage Miles.

Before getting to the review, a story about the previous iteration of this card: Continue reading “Review: Barclay (American Airlines) AAdvantage Aviator Red World Elite MasterCard”