New American Express Platinum Benefit 1.5 MR per $

Hey big spenders! Short and sweet post…. Now you can get 1.5X Membership Rewards® points per dollar when you use your American Express Platinum Card for purchases of $5,000 or more. You can earn up to 1 million additional points per year with this new benefit.

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FREE Uber All Week in Bali

The on demand car service Uber is offering free service all week on the Indonesian island of Bali.  From 6am May 16, 2015 until May 23, 2015 at 11:59pm all new and current Uber customers will get up to 10 free rides and up to…


EXCLUSIVE: Photos of LAX Emergency Landing

Yesterday morning you may have heard that a United Express/Skywest commuter plane lost a landing gear and made a crash landing on the runway at LAX. Flight UA5316 operated by SkyWest Airlines with 40 passengers and a crew of 4 onboard left Monterey, California  (MRY)…


Silvercar to add Chicago O’Hare in June

Rental car company Silvercar to add Chicago O’Hare International Airport as its next rental location per an article in the New York Times. Silvercar is the rental car company that rents silver Audi A4’s hence the name “Silvercar”. The rental car company became popular because…


Review: Le Méridien Delfina Santa Monica

I had the opportunity to spend a Saturday night at SPG’s Le Meridien Delfina Santa Monica Hotel. This is an SPG category 5 hotel located in Santa Monica California just outside of Los Angeles. I made a last minute booking and the only rooms available…


DEAL: JFK-San Salvador, El Salvador $202 rt

The Flight Deal has broken a story about a very cheap fare between New York  JFK and San Salvador, El Salvador on Copa Airlines for $202 round trip including all taxes and fees. This will earn you 5882 qualifying miles. Tickets must be purchased at…


BREAKING: American Airlines Website Down

UPDATE: Site is back up As of midnight Pacific Time the American Airlines consumer web, and mobile device internet access is down. When logging in users do not get an advisory on computer devices that the services are unavailable but rather get a refresh of…


Silvercar Drops Prices to $39/day

Phoenix or Miami, your choice for only $39 a day! Whooho you can really save with this offer as Silvercar has lowered their prices for the whole month of May 2015. No offer code required, but you can save even more if you use my…


UPDATED Amex Offers for You

One of our favorite Amex Offers For You has updated today. Its the Smart and Final $25 back after spending $50 offer. Smart and Final is a discount grocery store.  Check your American Express online account for the following tab: Have a look in the…


LoungeBuddy $1000 Contest

Everyone loves a contest and at the moment, LoungeBuddy is running a $1k LoungeBuddy credit giveaway where 10 lucky winners will receive $100 in LoungeBuddy credit each. Here is the link to the LoungeBuddy contest – http://www.loungebuddy.com/1kgiveaway/ In addition, EVERYONE can get $10 off of your first…


FREE Museums this Weekend

Bank of America has their monthly Museums on Us® deal this weekend as its the first weekend of the month. Over 150 museums provide free general admission to Bank of American ATM/Debit card and credit card holders. This also applies to holders of Merrill Lynch credit…


Half Off at Starbucks!

You all know what a fan I am of Starbucks, and here is a deal that you can all love, even if you don’t drink coffee. It’s half off all Frappuccino(r) Blended Beverages May 1-10 between  3-5 pm.  And better yet the time is extended…


Delta Airlines Launches Routes to Colombia

Delta Airlines will continue expanding its network in Latin America with service from its largest hub in Atlanta to Medellin and Cartagena, Colombia starting Dec. 19, 2015. The flights are now for sale on delta.com. According to a Delta Airlines press release: “Delta wants to be the best U.S. airline in Latin America by providing a comprehensive…


Costco’s Incredible Refund Policy

I have written about Costco‘s incredible refund policy in the past, and written before about buying a diamond engagement ring online at Costco.com using a MasterCard or Visa rewards card to test returning the item in store to receive a cash or check refund.  This test worked well…


BizAir Shuttle Announces Launch of New Route CRQ-LAX

Biz Charters, dba BizAir Shuttle has announced via Facebook the launch of daily scheduled air transport between Carlsbad-San Diego North County (CRQ) and Los Angeles (LAX) effective on May 7, 2015.  This service will attempt to replace the United Airlines/SkyWest Airlines service that was cancelled…


Breaking News: Free Starbucks Worldwide!

Due to a failure of point-of-sale registers all Starbucks stores are remaining open and providing free drinks to everyone worldwide! Store staff are unable to ring up customers on the cash register and are instead taking and making hot and cold beverage orders and not charging…


Save $0.40/Gallon or more on Fuel

Kroger Grocery stores which includes Dillons, Fred Meyer, Frys, QFC, Ralph’s, and Smith’s has a fantastic deal through April 28, 2015. You can earn up to $0.40/gallon off of up to 35 gallons of fuel at Shell gas stations buy purchasing a minimum of $100…


BREAKING! Mr Pickles has Flown Away

Greetings! I am proud to announce the I have taken my blog independent and am relaunching today as Team Pickles I intend to develop this website to include more trip reports, special tricks to increase your miles and points balances and to offer a fresh…


Cocktails at Amex Centurion Lounge SFO

Last Friday I had the opportunity to experience the American Express The Centurion Lounge at the San Francisco International Airport Terminal 3. There has been so much hype about the American Express Centurion Lounges as it has been heavily pitched by overzealous bloggers who are also pitching the…


Last Flight of United Express; Welcome Surf Air!

The End of an Era My favorite little airport is my local airport in Carlsbad, McClellan-Palomar Airport which is serviced by United Express. The staff there for the most part is great, friendly and very efficient with making things happen. It is truly a small…


BBVA Compass Bank Severs Relationship with AAdvantage

BBVA Compass Bank bought Guaranty Bank in 2009 during the banking crisis.  Guaranty Bank customers who had the American Airlines AAdvantage miles earning checking accounts were allowed to keep their accounts open under the BBVA Compass Bank banner, new customers and old BBVA Compass Bank customers were…


Let’s Meet for Pho!

It’s a San Diego FlyerTalk get together!  Sunday, Dec 7, 6pm “Let’s get together over excellent Vietnamese food at our long time favorite, Pho T Cali. It’s easy access just west of I805 on Clairmont Mesa. We hope you can come. Everyone is welcome, whether…


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