ANA Round-the-World Tickets: Best Use of Amex Membership Rewards?

Booking Round-the-Trip business class awards Star Alliance American Express Membership Rewards points United Polaris seats

ANA (All Nippon Airways), Japan’s largest airline and an integral member of the Star Alliance, offers arguably the most valuable Round-the-World tickets out there. When used correctly, an ANA Round-the-World ticket can shave hundreds-of-thousands of points off the cost of business, first class or even economy class award tickets. This is perhaps the best value…

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Our Favorite ‘Small Luxury Hotels’ In Europe

Point Me To The Plane Contributors David Ghorbanpoor and Sarah Johnson collaborated on this report. Last week World of Hyatt announced a partnership with Small Luxury Hotels of the World (SLH), a group of 500 plus independent boutique properties scattered across the globe. It’s no secret that Hyatt, with just over 700 properties worldwide, lacks…

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Don’t Let Your Travel Override Your Health: 11 Tips

Tivoli City Park in Slovenia

Traveling, as wonderful as it is, can also make staying healthy challenging. Travel often involves lots of sitting on planes, eating too much, and often leaving our best healthy habits back home. In my non-Point Me to The Plane life, I’m a holistic health and fitness coach. So combining traveling with finding fun, fitness-oriented adventures…

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Amex and Chase Hotel Cards Get More Restrictive This Month

It’s about to get more difficult to earn bonus points throuh Chase and Amex co-branded Marriott and Starwood cards. New rules go into effect Aug. 26 that will prohibit an increasing trove of existing cardholders from securing intro bonuses on new cards. A brand new Amex Starwood Luxury card offering is expected on Aug. 23.…

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Delta Shuttle Service Downgrades, or Just a Weird Trip to ORD?

Delta Shuttle Chicago New York La Guardia problems

Delta has long had the ace-in-the-hole on shuttle flights. Between New York City and Boston, Chicago and Washington, D.C., the airline’s hourly flights have advertised perks like complimentary food and alcohol in coach, plated meals in first class and free coffee at the gate.  That makes my experience on the shuttle this afternoon very troubling.…

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