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TRIP REPORT INDEX

PartTitleCategory
1Trip Report ✈ 20 Day Honeymoon To Asia Using Miles & PointsItinerary
2Review: EVA Air Lounge at New York JFK – not impressiveFlight
3Flight Review: EVA Air JFK-Taipei Royal Laurel Class Using MilesFlight
4Review: EVA Air Infinity Lounge - TaipeiFlight
5Flight Review: EVA Air Taipei-Hanoi Business Class Using MilesFlight
6How to Get a Vietnam Tourist Visa – Faster and CheaperVietnam
7Hotel Review: Sheraton Hanoi – Clueless in Vietnam + My Burned ShirtVietnam
8Hanoi Food Tour: Cobra Wine, Water Bugs, Egg CoffeeVietnam
9Tour Review: Hoa Lu Tam Coc (Vietnam) Boats, Bad Food + Broken BikesVietnam
10Hotel Review: 5 Nights At The Andaman Langkawi Resort, MalaysiaLangkawi
11Langkawi Restaurants: Leave Your Resort For Dinner!Langkawi
12Langkawi Island – Biking to Temurun WaterfallsLangkawi
13Hotel Review: Singapore IntercontinentalSingapore
14Singapore - What do to in 3 daysSingapore
15Review: Singapore Air LoungeSingapore
16Flight Review: Singapore Airlines SIN-MaldivesFlight
17Hotel Review: LVIS Boutique, Male, MaldivesMaldives
18Review: Conrad Lounge, Male, MaldivesMaldives
19Conrad Maldive’s Uber-Expensive Seaplane Transfer – VideoMaldives
20Hotel Review: Conrad MaldivesMaldives
21Hotel Review: Newtown Inn, Hulhumale, MaldivesMaldives
22Review: Maldives Airport Lounge (Leeli Lounge)Maldives
23Flight Review: Male - IstanbulFlight
24Review: Turkish Air Lounge Istanbul: Huge & Amazing!Flight
25Flight Review: Turkish Istanbul - Warsaw Business Class Using MilesFlight
26Review: LOT Polish Airlines Lounge WarsawFlight
27Review: LOT Warsaw-JFK Business Class Dreamliner 787 Using MilesFlight

 

SUMMARY

Sadly, it was time to leave The Maldives and head back to New York (via Istanbul and Warsaw). We were flying business class on Turkish Airlines and were given access to Maldives Airport lounge called “Leeli Lounge”.  This is part of a round trip award flight I booked in business class from New York to The Maldives for 120k United miles per person.

There is only one lounge at the airport in Male, Leeli Lounge, so all the airlines sent their passengers here.  As expected, it was crowded when we arrived but there was plenty of space in the back room.

The food was not great…same goes for the wifi.  I think there were just too many people logged on at the same time.  The wifi only worked after the front desk reset the router.  I was a bit hungry and was craving french fries so I bought some at the Burger King directly across from the lounge (this was my first time buying anything from Burger King as I try to keep it healthy). Read the rest of this entry »

 

TRIP REPORT INDEX

PartTitleCategory
1Trip Report ✈ 20 Day Honeymoon To Asia Using Miles & PointsItinerary
2Review: EVA Air Lounge at New York JFK – not impressiveFlight
3Flight Review: EVA Air JFK-Taipei Royal Laurel Class Using MilesFlight
4Review: EVA Air Infinity Lounge - TaipeiFlight
5Flight Review: EVA Air Taipei-Hanoi Business Class Using MilesFlight
6How to Get a Vietnam Tourist Visa – Faster and CheaperVietnam
7Hotel Review: Sheraton Hanoi – Clueless in Vietnam + My Burned ShirtVietnam
8Hanoi Food Tour: Cobra Wine, Water Bugs, Egg CoffeeVietnam
9Tour Review: Hoa Lu Tam Coc (Vietnam) Boats, Bad Food + Broken BikesVietnam
10Hotel Review: 5 Nights At The Andaman Langkawi Resort, MalaysiaLangkawi
11Langkawi Restaurants: Leave Your Resort For Dinner!Langkawi
12Langkawi Island – Biking to Temurun WaterfallsLangkawi
13Hotel Review: Singapore IntercontinentalSingapore
14Singapore - What do to in 3 daysSingapore
15Review: Singapore Air LoungeSingapore
16Flight Review: Singapore Airlines SIN-MaldivesFlight
17Hotel Review: LVIS Boutique, Male, MaldivesMaldives
18Review: Conrad Lounge, Male, MaldivesMaldives
19Conrad Maldive’s Uber-Expensive Seaplane Transfer – VideoMaldives
20Hotel Review: Conrad MaldivesMaldives
21Hotel Review: Newtown Inn, Hulhumale, MaldivesMaldives
22Review: Maldives Airport Lounge (Leeli Lounge)Maldives
23Flight Review: Male - IstanbulFlight
24Review: Turkish Air Lounge Istanbul: Huge & Amazing!Flight
25Flight Review: Turkish Istanbul - Warsaw Business Class Using MilesFlight
26Review: LOT Polish Airlines Lounge WarsawFlight
27Review: LOT Warsaw-JFK Business Class Dreamliner 787 Using MilesFlight

SUMMARY

The highlight of our honeymoon was expected to be visiting the Maldives.  Most of the resorts require a seaplane transfer and they do take advantage of that.

Wait, how much do I have to pay for a 30 minute seaplane transfer to the Conrad Maldives?  Unfortunately, you cannot pay for the seaplane with points and miles.  It is very expensive and was the single most expensive part of our 20 day Asia Honeymoon trip. I can hardly complain because almost the entire trip was paid for with miles and points.

THE EXPERIENCE

We were excited about the seaplane – it was our first time taking off and landing on the water.  Check out the video above to see for yourself.

They made us wait a couple hours until enough people arrived to fill up the plane. Waiting in the airport was not comfortable at all — it would have been nice if they brought us to the Conrad lounge sooner. I asked a few times and each time was told that we would be heading to the lounge shortly.  The Conrad lounge was very nice which I will cover in a separate post.  If you arrive in the evening, you may need to spend a night in Male like we did. It’s also good to do in case there are some travel delays/problems (I would be more upset if I miss my first day at the Conrad).

Finally, it was time to board the seaplane.  Everyone walked out on the docks and passed a few planes.  I made sure to secure the iPhone… anything dropped could easily fall into the water.  As we step into the plane, I noticed the interior of the seaplane was, well… very cramped. There is not much space or leg room…but we are heading to paradise right?

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Get 1,000 Hilton points just for changing your password by March 25.  

1,000 Hilton HHonors Change password get 1000 bonus points

Hilton posted this offer on this Flyertalk post.  After I logged into my Hilton account I saw the above alert.  They are going to force you to change it anyway so if you do it now you will get 1,000 points.  The points will arrive 6-8 weeks later according to the FAQ. If you needed some activity to keep your points active, this is for you!  Quick and easy. Read the rest of this entry »

$8 Lyft Line Rides in New York City – Check Your Email

Posted: 12th March 2015 by TheRewardBoss in Ground Transportation
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$8 Lyft Line Rides in New York City$8 Lyft Line Rides New York City

I have been using Lyft Line since it came out.  The rides are much cheaper than regular Lyft plus a nice perk – I get a fixed price quote (regular Lyft does not give any quote at all).  Now, those who receive this offer can ride for only $8 if you stay within one of two Happy Hour Happy District zones. You can even go into Brooklyn and Long Island City!

Check your emails to see if you are eligible.  Perhaps they are trying to compete with Gett’s $10 midtown rides.   Hat tip to Dave for forwarding this.  I haven’t been selected for this offer yet but I emailed Lyft to see if they would add it for me (I will post an update when they respond).

For a limited time, Lyft Line rides that start and end within the same Drive Happy District – either Zone 1 or Zone 2 – are automatically discounted to $8. The discount won’t apply to rides that travel between or outside the districts, so check out the map below to make sure you get the best deal. Pro tip: It’s all about 14th Street.

$8 Lyft Line Rides New York City

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Ride Free: Uber Rolls Royce NYC – Today to Sunday
Uber Rolls Royce

I just registered for Uber’s new promotion and hoping I get to ride in a Rolls Royce tonight.  Just enter code ROYALRIDENYC in your Uber App. If you get it, take some pictures and leave comments below.  

So far I have not been able to get any of the car sharing giveaways in NYC yet like Lyft giving away cases of Chobani yogurt or Uber giving away Starwood points.

 

Here are the details from the Uber blog: Read the rest of this entry »

 

Lyft Extends Deadline For $1000 Bonus… For Some
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Update: 3/7/15: Check your email! Lyft sent out emails around 1pm about the $1000 bonus payments saying a) “Your bonus for the $1000 promo is on the way.” or b) that you are still eligible but need to do something additional.

Lyft has extended the deadline for new driver applicants who applied and passed their DMV and background check by March 5!

Unfortunately, based on yesterday’s polling results and many online complaints, most applicants have are stuck in the approval process.  Lyft will be contacting those who applied about their eligibility by Friday evening.

I received the following apology email from Lyft:

Lyft Extends $1000 Bonus Deadline Lyftgate Read the rest of this entry »

Lyft Lyftgate $1000 Promo TheRewardBoss.com

UPDATE 3/13/15: The first lawsuit has been filed in California: see LA Times & The Examiner.  At around 8pm, if you were eligible, Lyft sent an email with the number of people you referred and the amount of your bonus.

UPDATE: Lyft EXTENDS deadline to March 12 for those who applied for this promotion and pass their DMV and background check by March 5. Read more here.

PEOPLE ARE ANGRY ABOUT LYFTGATE

Bad publicity is building: see ForbesTwitter, Uberpeople, Jetsetter, Slickdeals, Facebook, and BuzzFeed. Today is the last day for drivers to be approved so they could complete 1 ride and earn a $1,000 Bonus both for themselves and for those who referred them. Many have reported delays with the background check while others were approved but the Lyft app still does not allow them to drive!  There is even chatter about a class action lawsuit on RedditUberpeople and Twitter (with a hastag #Lyftgate and #Lyftthedeadline).  (Update: On Slickdeals, at least one person reported doing their first ride while one of my readers emailed to report that he completed his first ride around 5pm on 3/5/15.)

POLL: Were you Rejected or Approved for Lyft's $1,000 Driver Promotion?

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The following is a list of the Top 5 Credit Cards for Travel Rewards for March 2015.

If none of these cards are what you’re looking for, check out the credit card offer directory and tools here.

Top 5 Credit Cards for Travel Rewards - Billboard

 

THE TOP 5 Credit Cards

1) US Airways Credit Card

Links to Apply

  • Direct Link (50,000 Bonus + 10,000 Anniversary Miles Offer for “Preferred” Elite Members only*)
  • Direct Link (50,000 Bonus Offer, No Anniversary Miles)

*The offer is meant for US Airways Preferred Elite members.  Applicants who are not Preferred are getting auto-rejected

Annual Fee: $89 (not waived)

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