Should You Add Perth to Your Australian Vacation Itinerary?

Cottesloe Beach hosts Sculptures by the Sea, a popular art attraction in Perth, Australia. EA Given / Shutterstock.com

For the past few years, Perth, Australia landed itself on several top lists, including Travel & Leisure’s Best Places to See in 2017 and Lonely Planet’s Top New Openings of 2017 list. CNN Travel calls it one of the coolest cities in the Southern Hemisphere and included it on the 2018 Best Places to Travel list.…

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Our Favorite Small Luxury Hotels in Australia and New Zealand

Australasia, which consists of Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific islands, conjures up images of pristine landscapes, endless beaches, turquoise water and a vibrant Polynesian culture. There is a limited supply of high-end loyalty brand hotels, even in Sydney, Melbourne or Auckland, so Small Luxury Hotels’ 15 properties are a welcome addition to the…

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What Is United’s PerksPlus? Is It Better Than MileagePlus?

As with its competitors, United Airlines runs a parallel frequent flyer program — we’ll call it a shadow program — for businesses and corporations. PerksPlus is United’s rendition of the corporate loyalty program. Like its rivals, PerksPlus can easily return rewards at a faster rate than employees individual MileagePlus accounts would. I previously reviewed business…

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A New (Unannounced) Flying Blue Partner

Air France – KLM Flying Blue, one of the most versatile and valuable frequent flyer programs for American Express, Chase Sapphire and Citi ThankYou credit card holders, appears to have added a new partner airline, while telling no one. Air Tahiti Nui is one of very few options to get to the French Polynesian Islands.…

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Using Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan to Fly To India

Cathay First Class Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan

As an expat based in India for the most part of last decade, I have narrowed down on ways to effectively use miles to enjoy luxury vacations from the subcontinent without breaking the bank. I hope everyone enjoyed my previous post about using American’s AAdvantage program on flights to and from India. Despite the fact…

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Bangkok Will Have A Contiguous Airport Train Before New York – Point Me Awake

European trains are extensive and easy to use, but each country has their own... Recently, we got a question about how easy it is to use Italian trains...

Point Me Awake is a morning jolt of travel and points infused news. Please, wake up. Thailand will soon have better airport and rail infrastructure than the United States’ largest city. Bangkok is Linking It’s Three Airports With A High-Speed Rail Line Meanwhile, in New York, this morning’s first Boston-bound Acela departure is still somewhere…

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Trip Report: Hong Kong Airlines A350 Business Class LAX to HKG (for ~$500)

My seat for the 15 hour journey, 18A. A "true" window seat. | Image by Chris Dong

A few weeks ago, the travel blogosphere lit up with a $500-and-change round-trip fare in long-haul business class from the U.S. to Asia. Business for the price of economy? A fully flat bed for the price of a sardine can seat? Yes and yes. I took this flight in late August as part of an epic…

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