Transportation: AirAsia X Coming to Hawaii!

So, have you ever been riding Allegiant Air to Las Vegas, sardined into your bargain basement seats, and thought, “man, I really want to fly international this way”?

Well, cousin, you’re in luck. Because, as my astute colleague, Island Miler of Jeffsetter, and other outlets have already reported, AirAsia X is coming to Hawaii, flying Kuala Lumpur to Osaka to Honolulu. The airline is a long-haul  international low-cost carrier based out of Malaysia. If you want to find out more about the airline, its parent, AirAsia, and the Airbus A330 3 x 3 x 3 seats you’re going to be crammed into (psst, no complimentary luggage, meal service, or entertainment at all), click the links above.

AirAsia X A330-300. Image Credit: YSSYguy via Wikipedia (Creative Commons)

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Trip Report: Two Simple Trips (to Japan) with Credit Cards

My cousins are not great planners. Fortunately for them, I am a great planner. These are their stories.

Two travelers, two cards. It was late November when J and D mentioned they wanted to go to Japan in March but they hadn’t started planning. After I got over the shock, we jumped into action. We starting searching for cheap flights and hotels (not cheap, no availability), and in the mean time, I had them both apply for the Barclay Arrival Plus World Elite MasterCard (review). As the cards were en route, we found non-stop roundtrip economy flights on Korean Air for around $920 each and held them for 14 days without paying (which is a nice feature). And as this was going to be a Tokyo only trip, so we eventually found an inexpensive no-frills business-type room at the Pearl Hotel Yaesu, about an 8 min. walk from Tokyo Station (Yaesu North Exit), 8 nights, $1,100. Which, for late March with last minute planning, was about as good as you could ask for. Cards arrived in the mail, they started making their minimum spend, and $3,000+ each later, they exchanged their 46,000+ miles earned (40,000 bonus plus spend) for $460+ in credits for a total of $920+ in savings. Continue reading “Trip Report: Two Simple Trips (to Japan) with Credit Cards”