A mini bar so sad I couldn’t help myself

I was feeling the time zone differences on my first night in Argentina so I decided to raid the mini bar. This is usually against my better judgement because you are almost guaranteed to be ripped off.

What I found was so sad I couldn’t help but share it. Two bottles of mineral water. That’s it. Thankfully room service had a late night menu which I’ve since ordered from…

The saddest minibar known to man
The saddest minibar known to man

A great deal on Bose Quietcomfort Noise Canceling Earbuds – 25% off!

Bose QuietcomfortOne of the perks of staying up to date with the frequent flyer forums and blogs is you find stunning deals. Sometimes these deals are for something you didn’t know you needed (and probably still don’t), and other times they’re for a remarkable item that will genuinely make your life better.

My experience this week was the latter. Thanks to a recent post on Hack My Trip I was able to get the $300 Bose Quietcomfort earphones for just $222 – that’s 26% less than retail!.

Up until now I had been lugging around my old Quietcomfort headset. It works great as far as noise cancellation, but as the frequency of my travel increased so has the number of gadgets I bring. And I between my work Macbook, personal Macbook, iPhone, iPad, healthy snacks and ziplock bag of 3oz containers there’s not much room left in my little travel backpack.

Getting a great deal on the Bose QuietComfort Noise Canceling Earbuds is a SNAP!

  1. Sync your American Express card with either Twitter and tweet #AmexSharperImg (you can also sync it with Facebook and go to here to find the offer). This will save you give you a $25 statement credit
  2. Sign Up for the TopCashBack shopping portal, and then search for ‘Sharper Image’. You’ll get 12% cash back
  3. Use the promo code AFF30 when checking out on Sharper Image to save an extra $30

All that’s left to do is enjoy the silence that comes without any additional heft.

Anyone want a pair of Bose QuietComfort 15 Headphones? 🙂

Alaska Air I love everything about you except…

I spend a lot of my time in airports and on airplanes escaping the cold and rainy Seattle weather for warmer, and more skydiving friendly,  climes. Many times it is at the bidding of my employer, though just as often it is with my own ends in mind. The amount of time I spend at airports is  perhaps underestimated by my annual mileage. This year I’ll do around 90,000 miles, but so many of those are short trips between Seattle and Los Angeles.

Alaska Air loungeThis year I decided to take the plunge, and sign up for the American Express Platinum. At $450 a year the annual fee is not something to be taken lightly. I felt the few moments of silent bliss in an airline’s board room lounges, as well as the free food and drink would turn out to be ample compensation for the fee. One month in to my Amex Plat tenure I’m not disappointed.

They offset the fee by offering you free Global Entry (worth $100 every 5 years), and up to $200 off incidentals at the airline of your choice (works for $100 Alaska Air gift certificates too). So this comes to $150 this year, a very modest fee all things considered.

Needless to say, I’ve been trying out as many airline board room lounges as my flight schedule will allow in the last month, and have come away disappointed at least once.


Alaska, oh Alaska, what is that hovel you call a board room lounge at Gate D?

In some future post I will wax poetic about all the things I love about Alaska Airlines, but today is not that day. After a few flights on Alaska  over the last month I find myself on a Delta flight to Buenos Aires. At my employer’s behest, but such a wonderful opportunity is not something I would pass up.

Delta flies out of the S Gates at Seatac International. Far away from the usual C/D/N Gates of Alaska Airlines. Thankfully, the American Express Platinum grants free access to the Delta Sky Club board room, which is where I sit as I’m writing this.

When I arrived I was expected a fairly modest affair. Some tea, maybe a cookie, some vegetables and a slightly less cramped and dirty experience than the general seating outside. I was blown away!

Delta’s boardroom at Seatac is a veritable palace compared with the hovel that Alaska calls a board room lounge over in Gate D.

It’s light, quite, comfortable with plenty of room and easily accessible drinks. They even have a bar complete with bartender – which I would enjoy were it not 7:20 in the morning…

Wow! All I can say is – I love everything about Alaska except for that hovel of a board room lounge over in Gate D.