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  • Dublin, London, India – 2016

      Oct 23 Rapid City Fairfield Inn $49   Oct 24 Delta RAP – MSP – BOS $259 ($250 airline credit from Citi Prestige)   Aer Lingus Lounge – Boston   Aer Lingus Boston – Dublin 37.5k BA avios +… Read More ›

  • Alaska: Wilderness Unbound

    Alaska is absurd. Bears, moose, mammoth mountains, soaring pines, jagged peaks, water streaming past boulders, surging down valleys, crashing against sand. We started in South Dakota, attending a wedding in the Black Hills the weekend prior to departure. This was July of 2014…. Read More ›

  • Hong Kong and Japan: A Combined Effort

    In December 2015, Mom, Dad and I traveled to Hong Kong for two nights, and then to Japan for 8 nights. The idea was mine, but Dad was integral to the vision, and execution. Mom was along for the ride…. Read More ›

  • Sinai: Searing in Sand and Sun

    In the summer of 2009, I devoted two weeks to the Sinai Desert. I loved my initial impressions of Egypt. Serenity and beauty abound. Egypt beams with radiant energy, from the ever-shining sun, and all those damn pyramids. I experienced… Read More ›

  • Athens: On Colorful Footings

    (What follows is the second in a series of articles on a 2009 adventure through Europe and the Middle East. The previous commentary discussed the vibrancy of Jerusalem). As my impromptu quest approached the Balkan Peninsula, a foremost sensation arose: supreme… Read More ›

  • Jerusalem: the Lion of this Kingdom

                                                                                   … Read More ›

  • Fifth Freedom Routes

    A fifth freedom route is the right of an airline to fly between two foreign countries on a route originating or ending in the airline’s own country. KLM flies from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur, a 12-hour flight, and then Kuala… Read More ›

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  • Transferable Points Currencies

    Points that can be transferred to airlines or hotels represent excellent value. Diversifying your portfolio of miles and points often provides unforeseen opportunities. Singapore Airlines partners with all four transferable currencies, while Cathay Pacific, Etihad, and Air France/KLM partner with… Read More ›

  • Giveaway – AA Admirals Club passes

    I’m giving away two American Airlines Admirals Club day passes (expire Dec. 31, 2016). To enter the contest, follow matthewriter.org and leave a comment telling me how you will use the passes. If you already follow the blog, leave a… Read More ›

  • Denver: Early Summer Weekend

    Hilton Garden Inn Denver South Park Meadows Area 20,000 Hilton points   Denver Marriott South at Park Meadows $109 (received 2500 points for MegaBonus promotion)   Candlewood Suites DTC Meridian 10,000 IHG points Denver Botanic Gardens…

  • Black Hills – Marriott Run

    Sunday Fairfield Inn & Suites – Rapid City $49 (Marriott MegaBonus Promo – needed 2 paid nights for a Category 5 Free Night Certificate)   Monday Springhill Suites – Deadwood $68 (MegaBonus Promo – earned a Category 5 Free Night… Read More ›

  • Starwood Preferred Guest Increased Sign-up Bonus

    Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG) has two co-branded American Express credit cards. The sign-up bonus on the SPG personal and business cards is usually 25k points after meeting the minimum spending requirement. Once a year, the sign-up bonus on both cards… Read More ›

  • American Airlines Award Chart Devaluation

    Just a friendly reminder: American Airlines’ award chart will be devalued on March 22. First and Business class are taking the biggest hit. If you have miles to burn, now might be a great time to use them. Awards can… Read More ›