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DoubleTree Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe


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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…


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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…


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Half Off at Starbucks!


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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…


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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…


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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…


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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…


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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…


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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…


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National Car Rental Discount Contract ID’s

H/T to  the slickdeals website National Car Rental Discount Contract Codes have pulled from a popular travel forum. They have published the list and I have also included the data here for your benefit. Remember only use codes that you are qualified to use. •…


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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…


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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…


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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…


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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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BREAKING NEWS: Cadillac/American Promotion and 7500 Easy Miles DEAD!

If you have not already called and scheduled your test drive of a Cadillac for 7500 free American Airlines AAdvantage  miles like Carolina Travel Girl  then it is too late.  AS of Saturday afternoon the recorded message on the Cadillac Concierge toll free line for AAdvantage…


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How to Get 4% CASH Back on American Express Gift Cards

 The Deal BigCrumbs is a cash back shopping portal which pays cash back for purchases in the various stores listed on their web portal. I was introduced to them by a fellow FlyerTalker while at the first Chicago Seminars in 2010 and I run banner ads…


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San Diego FlyerTalk Meetup Lunch Nov 1st

San Diego (Oceanside) Lunch, Shakeys, Sat, Nov 1, 12:30pm StartinSanDiego and kirax2 are organizing the next San Diego FT meal. This time, it’s moving north to Oceanside. Shakey’s Pizza 4141 Oceanside Blvd at College Blvd Oceanside http://www.yelp.com/biz/shakeys-pizza-parlor-oceanside-2 Please confirm or send regrets on thread. http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/communitybuzz/1620767-san-diego-north-county-meetup-nov-1-oceanside.html…


143k American AAdvantage Miles in 3 Simple Steps

Before you read this please take a moment to sign up for my email notification on the right side go this blog. I periodically send out SECRET information to subscribers. My next SECRET newsletter will show you how to find hotel conference rates even if you…


Waldorf Astoria sold to Chinese company for $1.95 billion

The iconic Waldorf Astoria hotel in New York City has been sold to a Chinese insurance company for US$1.95Billion dollars. The Waldorf Astoria first opened in 1893 and has been a NY landmark.  Conrad Hilton purchased the luxury hotel 65 years ago. The new buyers…


FREE Amex Premium Car Rental Protection

Yesterday another blogger posted about Amex Premium Rental Car Liability protection and how he routinely pays for the protection on all rental cars. The rental car insurance is between $17 and $25 per rental occurrence depending on the state that you reside. American Express requires…


More HILTON Amex Devaluations

  Hilton Honors was once the go to program for rapid hotel point accumulation, but over the past years the program has rapidly chiseled away both the benefits and redemption of points value. Benefits came from both the Hilton Honors Program and the relationship with…


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