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Some Final Words…

Well, it’s the good news and bad news piece. Good news: My (and a friend’s) other blog, The Travel Game, is doing great. Starting off with a base of readers and competent developer definitely helped. I’m spending a lot of time over there. Bad news: Given the time that I’m spending over there, it has …

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Get Great Value For Your Travel Dollar In Baltimore

Get And we’re back! A little bit later than I expected, but back nonetheless. Every so often, I like to do something different and talk about individual cities instead of the miles and points that you can use to get there. Today, I wanted to look at one of the country’s most underrated locations. It’s …

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Out Of Office Notice

Hi all. I’m going to be out of town for the next couple of weeks. There will continue to be posts on LVA Travel, so keep up there.     Want to subscribe? Just enter your email in the box above (and to the right) and click on the confirmation. GMailers, check your Social or …

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Air Canada, Discover And Posts From The Week

Hmm, let’s see, what’s going on these days? You could be an unfortunate Air Canada customer who got locked on the plane. Anxiety disorder or not, I really wouldn’t want to wake up on an empty plane. And how did they miss a passenger? Certain Discover cards offer 5% cash back bonus categories each calendar …

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Just How Loyal Is Your Loyalty Program?

Some of what we’ve published at LVA Travel: Cash back shopping is a way to make your purchases work for you. Here’s how it works. Will your points and miles expire? Take a look at the expiration policies of some major companies. Added bonus: a picture of a monkey looking into a can. A post …

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Delta Offers “Reclaim My Status” If Your Elite Level Tumbles

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As we all know, life happens occasionally. And if your event results in diminished travel, it could have an impact on your elite status (not to mention numerous other consequences, which are best explored at a different blog). Until today, no network carrier had a plan in place to help. Delta has changed that and …

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IHG Relaunches its Accelerate Promotion

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I love the term “loyalty program.” Kind of makes you seem like the merchant is giving you something for having done lots of business with them. It isn’t. But really, would you participate if they called it a “promotion to influence future travel decisions?” IHG Accelerate Here’s where it gets interesting: The less loyal you …

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Best Western Rewards And Credit Card

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On the weekends, I try to do something a bit different than what I did during the week. It may be something about the industry, or interesting events from the previous few days. For hotel points, I generally talk about the major plans. So today, I’m going to talk about a smaller hotel program: Best …

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Can Airlines Fix Their Own Service Issues? Yes, but…

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Traveling in coach is like visiting the doctor: A best case scenario is that nothing happens. You want your flight to be forgettable. It’s sad that we’ve gotten to this point, and the airlines can take credit for much of the decline in service standards. Recently, I began to think about what it would take …

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Virtual Disney: The Best Of The 3D And 4D Rides

The Walt Disney World theme parks are obviously known for their rides.It doesn’t matter whether we’re talking about slow ones, like “It’s a Small World,” or roller coasters, such as “Space Mountain.” They tend to do everything well. Over the past several years, however, I have noticed a shift in the newer rides. Many of …

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