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The Virgin America and Alaska Airlines Merger Could Close Soon

Update 9/26/16: Following a discussion with the Justice Department, Alaska has confirmed that it won’t merge with Virgin America prior to October 17, 2016. On the heels of the huge Marriott-Starwood news from earlier, it seems that the theme for today is mergers. In April, Alaska Airlines made news when it announced its deal to acquire Virgin…

Review: Inside My Jaw-Dropping Suite at the Andaz Tokyo Hotel

On my most recent trip to Japan, I stayed at several amazing properties — the St. Regis Osaka and the Grand Hyatt Tokyo, Roppongi, among others. One of my favorite properties was the Andaz Tokyo Toranomon Hills, and for good reason. After being upgraded to a Large Tower King room thanks to my Hyatt Diamond status,…

Hawaiian Airlines Sets Its Eyes on Flights to Europe, A380

Hawaiian Airlines CEO Mark Dunkerley spoke this week about the carrier’s plans for initiating flights to Europe. There’s just one problem: The airline doesn’t have any aircraft that can reach the continent. And, based on the current Airbus delivery schedule, it’s going to be a while before it does. Dunkerley is hoping that the Airbus A330-800neos on…

How to Get the Southwest Companion Pass for Just 90,000 Starpoints

See the answers to your most pressing SPG/Marriott Rewards questions in our post-merger Q&A with the heads of both programs. Very early this morning, Marriott closed its acquisition of Starwood — the combined chains now have a total of 5,700 hotels in 110+ countries around the world. Perhaps even more exciting than the number of…

Ink Cash Business Card Offering an Increased Sign-Up Bonus

The Ink Cash Business Card is a great pick for earning Ultimate Rewards points — especially if you can maximize the 5% back/5x categories. (To do so, you’ll also need to hold a UR points-earning card, but with the recently introduced Chase Sapphire Reserve Card, not to mention the Chase Sapphire Preferred Card and the Ink…

How to Link Your Marriott/SPG Accounts and Transfer Points

See the answers to your most pressing SPG/Marriott Rewards questions in our post-merger Q&A with the heads of both programs. In case you missed the news overnight, Marriott’s acquisition of Starwood has now closed. Much to our surprise (and great relief), at the same time, Marriott launched the option to link accounts and transfer points…

Alaska Airlines Visa Signature Card Review

Alaska Airline’s Mileage Plan program has seen some devaluations — including the recent, especially painful price hike for Emirates redemptions — but its award chart still has some sweet spots, including Cathay Pacific first class to Asia and flights from the US to Hawaii. Even if Alaska’s own route network doesn’t align with your travel…

SPG/Marriott Rewards Status Match, Points Transfer and More Available Today

See the answers to your most pressing SPG/Marriott Rewards questions in our post-merger Q&A with the heads of both programs. Update: It’s now possible to link your accounts, earn instant matched status and transfer points. The day has finally arrived: Marriott and Starwood are merging to create one of the world’s largest hotel chains, with more…

Should You Stay at an All-Inclusive Resort in Cuba?

Free drinks! — that’s what immediately pops into my mind whenever someone starts talking to me about all-inclusive resorts. It’s not really my style of vacation, some people say it’s the only way to go. On a recent trip to Cuba, I decided to see what all the fuss is about. Europeans, Latin Americans and Canadians flock…