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How do you say ‘Starwood’ in Chinese?

There are rumors that three Chinese companies are fighting to buy Starwood Hotels. Bloomberg reports that Shanghai Jin Jiang International Hotels (Group) Co., HNA Group Co. and China Investment Corp. have presented separate proposals to the Chinese government for its approval to make a bid for the hotel chain. Starwood’s stock jumped up almost 10% on…

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Redeeming Barclaycard arrival points for past travel

Barclaycard’s Arrival+ card is one of the most flexible when it comes to redeeming points for travel one has already spent money on. The redeeming process is fairly straightforward. When one logs into the Barclaycards account and goes to the rewards page, one sees as one of the options – ‘Travel statement credits’. This option allows…

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Redeeming Barclaycard rewards

One of my favorite cards that I started using last year is the Barclaycard Arrivalô World MasterCard®. It earns 2x points on ALL purchases – travel related or otherwise. Most there cards give 2x only on travel related purchases or on their own websites/portals. There is also an ongoing promotion to earn 40,000 points after…

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Alliance Wars: The post US Airways – American Airlines world – Part II

In Part I of this post I looked at the impact of the two significant event in the OneWorld Alliance, namely: Qatar joining OneWorld US Airways and American Airline deciding to merge This has made me re-examine my loyalty to Star Alliance. In this post I will look at, or really just think aloud of…

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Activating the Barclay Arrival card TripIt Pro subscription

When I wrote my earlier blog post about the Barclay Card Arrival card, one questions I got from multiple readers was ‘how do I activate my complimentary TripIt Pro Subscription’? One reader thought that it was probably a code that came with the card when it came in and he had probably thrown it away.…

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Review: Heathrow Hilton – Terminal 4: convenience and luxury

I have very rarely stayed at hotels on airport properties. I prefer to stay near where my final destination is. The last time I stayed at a hotel near an airport was in Mumbai, but even that was a few kilometers away. On a trip to London a few weeks ago, I was taking an…

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Chase Ultimate Rewards vs. American Express Membership Rewards

The two most flexible reward programs that are not locked-in to an Airline or a Hotel Chain are Ultimate Rewards from Chase and Membership Rewards from American Express. Both are excellent programs with great redemption opportunities and multiple ways to earn them. This post with compare and contrast some of the key points of these…

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Transferring American Express Membership Rewards – Good options?

I am canceling my American Express® Premier Rewards Gold Card. The fees is due and $175 seems steep, given the recent changes in my card strategy (more on that in a later post). Furthermore, canceling the card makes me (more?) eligible for other sign-up bonuses from American Express, including (fingers crossed) the elusive, by invitation…

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Booking Flights with American Express Membership Rewards

American Express Rewards is one of the best reward programs out there. The flexibility and variety of rewards available is out of this world. I have in the past redeemed Membership Rewards for Macy’s Gift cards (in a convoluted way, though) and for hotel stays. Just last week I redeemed them for airline tickets. The…

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Last minute Elite qualification with United Choices from Chase

Chase Card holders with most United Credit Cards need not lose hope. If you are within 5,000 PQM (Elite miles) of reaching your Elite miles target for the year and you cannot make the last flight you needed to get over the threshold, you have an option! Elite qualification is something some of us have…

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