Etihad upgrades Maldives service to A330

Hi folks sorry it’s been quite around here but I just got back from another amazing vacation in my favorite destination of the Maldives (yes I’m the guy that liked the place before it became blogger popular!). We flew there and back using Etihad who I have to say think has the best First Class product in the sky. But the legs between Abu Dhabi and Male are on a relatively small two class Airbus A320 with regional business class and coach. On the way out we had four seats in business and on the way back had four in coach. Both were pretty nice for what they are, as my kids said Etihad coach was better than US domestic first class #KidsDontLie

So anyway I was pleased to see via AirlineRoute that as of October 1st 2014 they are upgrading this service to a wide-body Airbus A330-200 service. As per the seat map this means Etihad’s excellent international fully flat bed business class service on the route. On this trip my wife and I traveled first class but the kids were in business and I went back to check it out and it’s a very nice business class product, with very good on demand dining. So this will be a nice upgrade on this route and one I am sure I will get to try out.

MilesAbound Jr Enjoying his Etihad Business Class Seat

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#MileMadness Update

So you may have noticed that this week my #MileMadness fell over a cliff and I went from being out front to pretty much at the back. What on earth happened? Well first of all I had a ski trip over the weekend and that made MS pretty hard. Not impossible, I did manage a […]

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Ethiopian Resumes Seychelles Service

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Via AirlineRoute (and a note to some other bloggers out there: it’s really not hard to quote your sources when blatantly copying their material), Ethiopian Airlines will resume it’s previously cancelled service to Seychelles in late September 2014. This provides the only option within the Star Alliance network for getting to the Seychelles, and with […]

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Going all cash – should you stop using credit cards for everyday spend?


Pretty much every commercial “blog” in this space help banks to promote the idea that you should get mile/point earning credit cards and put all your every day spend on them in order to earn valuable rewards. There is absolutely no doubt that for those who are disciplined enough in their spending patterns and have […]

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#MileMadness Day 14: Second Week Summary

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For the first week I provided daily updates on the #MileMadness competition, but things have been very busy and I figured y’all would be pretty bored reading about me going from one CVS to another all week. So anyway these numbers are yet to be “audited” but my estimates on the weekly haul are: 121,879 […]

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My thoughts on the new Hawaiian Airlines credit card


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My best secret Manufactured Spending technique revealed in full detail!


I was pretty surprised to see myself on top of the first #MileMadness leader-board, I guess I managed to sneak in just enough of those gift cards at Office Max to keep up with the cool kids. Still I guess I was even more surprised to see some of the reactions on blogs and on […]

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Mountain Collective 2014-15 Tickets Available – Keeps Getting Better!


I have written about this awesome ski past for the past two years. When it first came out it offered two days each at Alta, Aspen/Snowmass, Jackson Hole and Squaw/Alpine Meadows for just $349 for adults and $229 for kids, and it then gave you 50% off of all subsequent days at each of those […]

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#MilesMadness Day 7: First Week Recap

Tonight I screwed up a little by forgetting a couple of cards at home, meaning I came home at least $100 fair trading value of points shorter than I should have. Always make sure you show up to the job with the right equipment. I got the last three $200 Visa Gift Cards at the […]

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#MileMadness Day 6 and TopCashBack Shutdowns


Not a lot to report on Day 6. I got back from California only to find my car battery had died on me. Bugger! Fortunately I recalled reading something about Amex Platinum Roadside Assistance and I called them and they had someone out to jumpstart me within 45 minutes. <Note to assistant: insert endless links […]

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#MileMadness Day 5: Awesome Ski Day

Regular readers will know that I love to ski. I am no particular expert, but I love being out on a good mountain. Well I spent Day 5 with fellow contestant and avid skier MilesPointsAndMaiTais. It was my first time ever at Heavenly, and with abundant wide open runs of creamy snow overlooking the stunning […]

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