Hilton’s Turkish hotel in Norway and two dream hotels that will probably never open

It’s no secret that I love Scandinavia. If you told me I could only ever travel to Scandinavia, I’d miss Paris but I’d be okay with it. The only problem with points-and-miles trips to Scandinavia is that the typical US-based hotel programs are much weaker there than elsewhere in Europe. Well, I should qualify that:Continue reading “Hilton’s Turkish hotel in Norway and two dream hotels that will probably never open”

Some Faroe Islands route news that will probably be out of date by the time I need to book any of these flights

Sometimes I don’t know whether I should write posts like this or just put out a series of tweets instead. If you go back through my past posts about the Faroe Islands, you’ll come across a lot of information that’s no longer true, since — as a tourist destination on the rise — things seemContinue reading “Some Faroe Islands route news that will probably be out of date by the time I need to book any of these flights”

Is the basic Morgan Stanley Amex card worth one of your precious, precious Amex slots?

While the Platinum card gets the majority of the attention paid to Morgan Stanley’s Amex co-brand cards, they do offer a no-annual-fee option for some reason. (I say “for some reason” since Morgan Stanley isn’t known for courting the type of people who would be averse to paying high annual fees — after all, theContinue reading “Is the basic Morgan Stanley Amex card worth one of your precious, precious Amex slots?”

Stuck on you: A review of the Hilton Molino Stucky Venice, a hotel in Venice with a really long name

I have a ton of reviews backlogged right now, so I might as well get to it. We’ll start with the Hilton Stucky Molino Venice, which is not named after a guy called “Stucky Molino,” in case you were wondering. I was disappointed by that fact, but I soldiered on and had a pretty niceContinue reading “Stuck on you: A review of the Hilton Molino Stucky Venice, a hotel in Venice with a really long name”

Could there be any reason to get the Skypass Select Visa Signature card besides maybe to own the libs?

It seems like a lot has happened in the credit card universe in 2018, both good and bad, so I’ll forgive you if you forgot that US Bank pulled a “hold my beer” on the Barclay Arrival Premier and farted out the worst credit card this side of First PREMIER Bank. To be more specific,Continue reading “Could there be any reason to get the Skypass Select Visa Signature card besides maybe to own the libs?”

Maybe the era of dirt-cheap airfare isn’t eliminating the need for points and miles after all

I’ve been thinking about the various threads in this post for a while, but an excellent article by Robert Dwyer on Milenomics this past weekend really helped crystallize everything for me. Go read it, then come back here. I think Dwyer’s article resonated with me because I’ve always gotten annoyed by the idea that there’sContinue reading “Maybe the era of dirt-cheap airfare isn’t eliminating the need for points and miles after all”

Trying to wring a few droplets of value from Flying Blue’s new dynamic award pricing on trips to Paris

You could say I wasn’t happy when Flying Blue announced changes to their frequent flyer program. Anytime a program ditches award charts in favor of dynamic pricing, it’s pretty much a sign that multiple stealth devaluations will follow in short order. Sure, programs like Delta will throw a bone in the form of award salesContinue reading “Trying to wring a few droplets of value from Flying Blue’s new dynamic award pricing on trips to Paris”