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Mar122019

Trip Report – Porto del Colombo Hotel Chania, Crete $39/night

My trip last week from Warsaw to Chania, Crete initially formed in mid-January when searching for the lowest priced itinerary to Greece.  The primary purpose of my 10-day trip to Europe was flying four Aegean flight segments, then fly home to California from Stockholm or Oslo on a cheap SAS ticket to earn Aegean Miles+Bonus…

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Mar072019

Tracking Aegean flight path Chania to Warsaw with my iPhone photos

Yesterday I flew Aegean Airlines from Chania, Crete to Athens and Athens to Warsaw with window seats on both flights. Something I was surprised to learn a couple years ago is the file information on photos taken with my iPhone provides locational information even when the phone airplane mode is turned on. Open map link…

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Jan072020

How I managed 65 hotel nights in 2019 at $53 per night.

Each year I examine my hotel stays for the calendar year adding up what I earned and burned and the cost for my hotel nights to estimate my hotel average nightly rate. For 2019, I spent $3,444 and booked 65 hotel nights for an average nightly rate of $53. After 30 years traveling with the…

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Oct112019

Beyond United Mileage Plus. Star Alliance Gold elite cost me $2,075 in 2019.

All the news this morning about how United Mileage Plus will require more spend to earn elite status in 2020 motivated me to analyze my 2019 flights. I dropped United Mileage Plus in 2014 and joined Aegean Miles+Bonus frequent flyer program. I currently hold Aegean Miles+Bonus Gold elite membership. This elite level provides Star Alliance…

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Aug072019

International Hotel Reviews

Austria Ramada Salzburg City Center (2016) Comfort Hotel Star Inn Vienna Schonbrunn (2018) Best Western Plus Amedia Wien (2016)   Bahamas Atlantis Resort Paradise Island, Nassau (2012) Atlantis Resort Aquaventure Park (2012) Sheraton Nassau Cable Beach (2012)   Bulgaria Ramada Sofia (2017) Sofia Hotel Balkan, Luxury Collection (2017) Ramada Plovdiv Trimontium (2017)   Canada InterContinental…

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Jun112019

Feb 27-March 8, 2019 Barcelona, Warsaw, Crete, Stockholm

A $209 one way ticket flying United Airlines from my California home airport of Monterey MRY to Barcelona via SFO made a trip to Europe in late February an opportunity to finish my two year quest for Aegean Miles+Bonus Gold elite with Star Alliance Gold benefits. I booked a Ryanair flight for Barcelona to Warsaw…

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Jun092019

Loyalty Traveler Travels

This is a collection of posts from countries and states, cities, hotels, airports, parks and museums where I have traveled on Loyalty Traveler trips over the past decade. My trip reports focus on cost of travel, hotel and flight reviews and destination descriptions and impressions. Cost of air and hotel travel in 2018. My 2018…

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Apr042019

How I earned Star Alliance Gold elite for $1,400 in 15 flight segments

This week I was upgraded from Aegean Miles+Bonus Silver elite to Gold elite with Star Alliance Gold benefits like Business Class check-in lines, extra baggage allowance and worldwide lounge access, including United Airlines lounges in the U.S. Bottom line is I basically earned Aegean Miles+Bonus Gold and Star Alliance Gold elite with three round trip…

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