The Hawaiian Airlines fare sale on direct flights from JFK to Honolulu is still live with several dates in December, January, and February pricing at $382 inclusive of taxes and fees.  Hawaiian allows you to search by month, making it easy to find dates where the sale pricing is still available.  United has not matched… Read full article

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Akbar Al Baker, Qatar Airways CEO, announced in Athens yesterday that the airline intends to launch Doha-Athens-JFK / JFK-Athens-Doha flights in Spring 2013 using either B787 or A380 aircraft. The flights come at a time when both United and Olympic Airways have recently cancelled their direct JFK-ATH flights. Delta will continue operating the route using B767… Read full article

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I wrote back in July about AA’s generous status match to Executive Platinum status for Delta Diamond members.  A few days after the post, readers started reporting that AA had stopped the match.  Well it appears it is back! Several readers are reporting success, most being matched in under 24 hours.  Check out the original… Read full article

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Travel + Leisure has released their annual list of World’s Best Airlines. This year one US domestic airline has actually made the list, that honor going to Virgin America.  No huge surprises, though it seems that Asiana’s new cabins (including the addition of suites) have really helped their ranking.  I think Swiss and Turkish deserved a mention as well…. Read full article

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Red algae has taken over and closed Bondi Beach as well as several other Australia beaches, to swimmers.  The high ammonia levels can cause skin irritation and residents and tourists have been advised to avoid swimming.  Check out these crazy pictures from ABC News… Photos courtesy of ABCNews

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Tyler K has emailed once again with this great deal, 25,000 SkyMiles for $41.95 via Vinesse Wine Club.  Essentially, the web address to earn 5,000 SkyMiles for signing up for the wine delivery service needs to be changed to bring up the 25,000 mile offer. The last time this happened was in September when the deal (mistake?)… Read full article

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If you weren’t lucky enough to be one of the first Cyber Monday shoppers on Gilt’s website yesterday, you may have a second chance to purchase an entire Virgin America flight from SFO-LAS. The flight, christened #nerdbird will be heading to the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) on January 7th and Gilt has now opened up… Read full article

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Graham Hughes, a 33 year-old British Adventurer, has completed his Guinness World Records trip traveling 160,000 miles to all 201 sovereign states in just under 4 years, and spending less than $100 per week. The trip began from his home in Liverpool on January 1, 2009 and covered all 193 UN member states as well… Read full article

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Travelocity’s Black Friday deal continues into Cyber Monday with 50% off on hotel stays in New York, Florida, and Hawaii. A 3 night minimum stay is required to take advantage of the discount and you can apply code TURKEY10 for an additional 10% off the sale price. Combine this sale with the AMEX Sync promo… Read full article

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Hope everyone had a nice holiday weekend, here we go… American Flight 1384 from Barbados BGI to JFK Female Passenger 1 – Wow, you got so much color down here, how long were you in Barbados for? Female Passenger 2 – I was here for 6 nights but this is my natural color Female Passenger… Read full article

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Quick reminder to all readers, registration is still open for today’s Small Business Saturday event!  The promotion allows you to enroll each of your American Express cards in order to receive $25 back when you spend $25 or more at a qualifying small business location (or local Charity) on Small Business Saturday. Enrollment is limited… Read full article

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