Review: American Express Centurion Lounge Las Vegas

We had read such great things about the American Express Centurion Lounge in Las Vegas so we were excited to check it out.  American Express Centurion Lounges are supposed to be really nice compared to other US airport lounges.  There are currently 3 American Express Centurion Lounges in the US (in Dallas-Ft. Worth, New York LaGuardia and Las Vegas) but they will be expanding to Miami and San Francisco in the next several months.

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Lounge access is not something that is super important to us since we usually do not get to airports early enough to spend much time in lounges but it is nice to have someplace to relax when we have a layover.  So was this lounge as great as they say?

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New Frontier Routes from Chicago O’Hare + One Day Sale Starting $29 One-Way!

As of today, Frontier Airlines has started service at Chicago O’Hare.  Flights between Chicago O’Hare and Washington Dulles started today.  Flights to Cleveland, Denver, Atlanta, Phoenix and Salt Lake City will begin in October and flights to Orlando will begin in December.  Here is an article from USA Today which offers more information.

In addition, for one day only (Monday, September 15, 2014) there is a sale offering tickets from Chicago O’Hare as low as $29 one way.

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Tickets must be purchased by 11:59 pm Eastern time on September 15, 2014 for domestic, nonstop travel on:  Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays, September 22, 2014 through January 28, 2015. The following blackout dates apply:  November 21, 2014 through December 1, 2014, and December 19, 2014 through December 28, 2014, and January 3, 2015 through January 4, 2015.

I’ve never flown Frontier Airlines but would definitely consider it if the price was low enough.  Has anyone flown Frontier and if so what was your experience?

$25 American Express Gift Card Winner!

Thanks to everyone who participated in our $25 American Express gift card giveaway!

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The winner selected at random is @PhillipEmerson.  Phillip, we will be contacting you to send your prize.

For those of you that did not win or did not get a chance to enter, we plan on having more giveaways in the next few months including another $25 American Express gift card, United Club lounge passes and a United First class amenity kit.

Did You Enter Our $25 American Express Gift Card Giveaway? [Giveaway Ended]

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In case you missed it last week, we are giving away a $25 American Express gift card to thank our readers.

Here is how to enter:

1) Follow @travel_sisters on twitter.

2) Use the hashtag #TravelSistersGiveaway

3)  Copy this tweet:  Giveaway: $25 American Express Gift Card  http://goo.gl/iF51uX via @travel_sisters #TravelSistersGiveaway.

OR follow us and tweet us anything you like as long as you use the hashtag #TravelSistersGiveaway.

The entry period ends tomorrow, September 11, 2014 11:59 pm Central time.  The winner will be chosen by us randomly and announced on Friday, September 12, 2014.  Only one entry per person.  Sorry must have either a US or Canadian address to enter.

For those of you not on twitter we will be having more giveaways in the next few months with other methods of entry.

Good luck and thanks for reading!

Win a Trip to Antarctica!

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Columbia’s TurboDown to South America & Beyond Sweepstakes is offering one (1) winner a free trip to Chile and Antarctica for 2.  The grand prize trip package includes:

  • Two (2) round-trip economy tickets from the U.S. to Punta Arenas, Chile
  • 5- day land trip (including ground transportation, meals and lodging) near Punta Arenas in the Torres del Paine National Park
  • 5-day EcoCamp trek in Torres del Paine National Park for 2 (including lodging and meals)
  • 10–12 day Antarctic Explorer discovery expedition to the Antarctic Peninsula from Quark Expeditions for 2, including lodging and meals while onboard the ship and various activities
  • TurboDown jackets and other Columbia Sportswear gear
  • A $5,000 USD check payable to the grand prize winner to assist with personal tax liability that the winner might incur.

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How to Travel for (Almost) Free, Beginner’s Guide to Travel Hacking: Which Hotel Loyalty Programs Should I Sign Up for?

This is the third post in our How to Travel for (Almost) Free, Beginner’s Guide to Travel Hacking series.

Index:
Introduction
Which Frequent Flyer Programs Should I Sign Up For?
Which Hotel Loyalty Programs Should I Sign Up For?
How to Earn Miles and Points by Shopping Online
Earn Miles and Points for Eating Out
Earn Miles and Points Through Online Survey Sites and Other Methods
Applying for Credit Cards In Order to Earn Large Sign Up Bonuses
How to Meet Minimum Spend Requirements on Credit Cards
Learning about Category Bonuses on your Credit Cards
Using Manufactured Spend
What is Churning and Using it to Earn More Miles
How to Minimize Annual Credit Card Fees
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There are several ways to earn hotel points (such as credit cards, dining rewards programs, shopping portals, taking surveys and other partners) without actually staying at hotels.  This post addresses which hotel loyalty programs you might want to consider earning points with if you are looking to “travel hack” your way to free accommodation

How to Decide Which Hotel Loyalty Programs to Focus On?

This post compares various hotel loyalty programs and some positive and negative aspects of these programs, but the choice also depends on YOU (your travel goals, preferences, current travel habits, future travel habits and other factors).

Questions to Ask Yourself:

Following are some questions to ask yourself in order to help decide which hotel loyalty program(s) to focus on:

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Tokyo, Chengdu, Taipei and Shanghai: Introduction

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Index: 
Introduction
American Airlines Flagship Lounge – Chicago
American Airlines – First Class – Chicago to Tokyo Narita
Akasaka Excel Hotel Tokyu
Two Days in Tokyo
Asiana Business Class Lounge – Seoul, Korea
Asiana Airlines – Business Class – Seoul Incheon to Chengdu
Fraser Suites Chengdu
Chengdu, China: Pandas, Pandas and Pandas!
Air China (Star Alliance) First Class Lounge – Chengdu, China
Air China – Business Class – Chengdu to Taipei
Forte Orange Hotel Kaifong (Taipei)
Taipei: Highlights
Eva Air Lounge – Taipei Taoyuan
Eva Airlines – Business Class – Taipei Taoyuan to Shanghai Pudong
Marriott Executive Apartments, Shanghai, Tomorrow Square
Chinese New Year in Shanghai
Dragonair/Cathay Pacific Lounge – Shanghai Pudong
American Airlines – First Class – Shanghai Pudong to Chicago
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Earlier this year we visited 4 cities in Asia as part of our annual “sister trip”.  Our itinerary was as follows:

Tokyo- 2 days
Chengdu- 2 days
Taipei-6 days
Shanghai-2 days

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