Free Airport Lounge Access With Priority Pass

Free Airport Lounge Access With Priority Pass

Priority Pass: Get access to airport lounges with many different credit cards.  These credit cards will typically have an annual free, but some will have no annual fee for the first year.  Having access to a lounge before a flight makes the stress of travel much more...
Award Booking Strategies: Tokyo To LAX in ANA Business Class

Award Booking Strategies: Tokyo To LAX in ANA Business Class

After spending a month in Japan, it was time to go back to life in Los Angeles. I knew I had to get back, but I didn’t book a flight in advance.  This left me in a predicament.  I had to find a way to get back from Tokyo to Los Angeles with limited flight...
Getting Paid To Stay At Hotels: First Cabin Nagasaki

Getting Paid To Stay At Hotels: First Cabin Nagasaki

Some people work hard at trying to make more money. I find it easier trying to save more money.  So I find sales and promotions that I can take advantage of the save money while traveling…and it works out even better when I’m getting paid to stay at...
Award Booking Strategies: Avoiding United’s $75 Close-In Fee

Award Booking Strategies: Avoiding United’s $75 Close-In Fee

I needed to fly out from Okinawa to Nagasaki and was planning on using United miles.  United has a deal for intra-Japan flights at a flat rate of 5k miles and $0.  Although, if you book within 21 days, you’d be hit with a $75 close-in fee.  I was within that 21 days...
Award Booking Strategies: Using United Miles from OKA to NGS

Award Booking Strategies: Using United Miles from OKA to NGS

While in Okinawa, I quickly put together a rough idea for a cross-Japan train trip using the JR rail.  First, I’d need to acquire a JR Pass so the trip could be more affordable. Next, I had to get from Okinawa to Nagasaki and concluded that using united miles was the...