Review: Dragonair Business Class Lounge Hong Kong Airport

Seating area at the Dragonair Business Class Lounge, Hong Kong Airport

Review: Cathay Pacific First and Business Class Lounge San Francisco Review: Cathay Pacific Business Class San Francisco to Hong Kong At 12 hours, the flight from San Francisco to Hong Kong in Cathay Pacific Business Class just wasn’t long enough.… Continue Reading


Why I Use Amex Gift Cards for Manufactured Spending

Cash back on American Express Gift Card

I get tons of questions about my manufactured spending habits, specifically about why I choose to buy American Express Gift cards, convert them to PIN-enabled Visa gift cards, then unload them via Redbird or money orders. Why not just purchase… Continue Reading


My Week in Manufactured Spending: (Slow) Race to the Finish Line

Slow and steady wins the race

I don’t know if it’s the weather (depressingly cloudy, yet unbearably hot), but I’ve been in no mood to do much manufactured spending lately. Don’t get me wrong, I still do it – but the way the average kid does… Continue Reading


Points and Miles Checklist: Things To Do in September

Things to do list

It’s almost September, which means many of you will be rushing to Target for your monthly Redbird loads. I don’t know about you, but I’m ready for the weather to cool off so I can actually leave the house without risking a… Continue Reading


Review: Cathay Pacific Business Class San Francisco to Hong Kong

Cathay Pacific Business Class Seat San Francisco to Hong Kong

Review: Cathay Pacific Business Class Lounge San Francisco I’ve read tons of trip reports covering Cathay Pacific First Class, but not too many in Business Class and certainly not on this route. I was looking forward to 12 hours of… Continue Reading


British Airways Opens Business Class Award Space on San Jose – London Route: Should You Book It?

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Recently, British Airways announced a new route between San Jose and London, starting May 4, 2016. As is usually the case when an airline announces a new route, a ton of award space has opened up for next summer. Booking… Continue Reading


Issues with Unloading Vanilla Visa Gift Cards

Vanilla Visa gift card

In a recent post, I mentioned using Vanilla Visa gift cards to purchase money orders at Walmart. Some readers have been asking me how that’s possible, after Walmart banned the use of gift cards for money order purchases a while… Continue Reading


Review: Cathay Pacific First and Business Class Lounge San Francisco

Cathay Pacific Lounge San Francisco

I was pretty excited earlier this year when I managed to book five tickets to Hong Kong on Cathay Pacific Business Class, all departing on the same day. My parents and sister would be traveling on the 12:30 AM flight out… Continue Reading