Review: Cedar Rapids Marriott

Review: Cedar Rapids Marriott

Last week I took my first official business trip to Cedar Rapids, Iowa, for a three day course at the Cedar Rapids Marriott. I arrived in Cedar Rapids on Sunday evening after a four-hour drive across the great state of Iowa. The Cedar Rapids Marriott had a small entryway with a couple of seats in the middle and the check-in desk along the right.

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American Express' Revamped Gold Card

American Express' Revamped Gold Card

Last week American Express launched their revamped Gold Card and it immediately became one of the hottest credit cards on the market. The new Gold Card offers an industry best 4X points on purchases at US restaurants and supermarkets, and is a much needed addition to American Express’s mid-tier portfolio.

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Preparing For My First Flight With Norwegian

Preparing For My First Flight With Norwegian

Norwegian has taken their low-cost carrier business model internationally with outstanding success. Skytrax not only named them “Europe’s Best Low-Cost Airline” but “The World’s Best Low-Cost Long Haul Airline” as well. The business model for Norwegian (and other low-cost carriers) is simple: only pay for what you need. Instead of wrapping up all of their costs into one ticket price, they break them out individually and let the customer decide if they want to spend the money or not.

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I Get to Take My First Real Business Trip

I Get to Take My First Real Business Trip

If you’ve read my small “About” section then you probably know that I spend the majority of my hours working as a Commercial Banker and not a travel blogger. Since I work for a local bank I hardly ever have to do any traveling. Instead, I spend the majority of my work days in my office or driving around town to visit clients.

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Travel Tools: Mobile Passport

Travel Tools: Mobile Passport

I started my “Travel Tools” series to try and improve YOUR travel experience. I want to keep you up-to-date on the travel apps and services that can help make your travel experience more enjoyable. In my last two installments I discussed the benefits of tracking your loyalty programs through Award Wallet and I explained how to use FlightAware’s free flight tracking service. This week I want to take a closer look at the Mobile Passport.

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2018 Travel Plans: Budapest, Hungary

2018 Travel Plans: Budapest, Hungary

A couple of weeks ago I asked you guys to help me decide which city I should visit in Europe. I got some great feedback and want to thank those of you that reached out to me with your suggestions. After much deliberation Elizabeth and I decided that we’re going to visit Budapest, Hungary this fall! Budapest was towards the top of our list initially and it just happened to fit perfectly into our schedule and our price range.

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I've Officially Booked a Flight in Qatar Airways' New Qsuites!

I've Officially Booked a Flight in Qatar Airways' New Qsuites!

When Qatar Airways revealed their new business class cabin last year, it was only a matter of time before they were officially awarded the title of "World's Best Business Class." Outfitted with their fully enclosed "Qsuite", double beds, and "The Quad", it's no wonder Qatar Airways has adopted the motto "First in Business".

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Travel Tools: FlightAware

Travel Tools: FlightAware

I think the key to an enjoyable travel experience is being informed. People tend to have their worst experiences when a flight is unexpectedly delayed or cancelled and they have no idea what to do next. This lack of information is the exact reason I started writing my "Travel Tools" posts. My goal with these posts is to provide you with some tools that keep you informed and help streamline your travel experience.

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What's Your Favorite City to Visit in Europe?

What's Your Favorite City to Visit in Europe?

I'm currently in the middle of planning my next international trip for later this fall. I've been waiting on a few sign up bonuses to post to my American Airlines AAdvantage account, but after that I should have everything I need to book my trip. I’m just missing one minor detail…Where should I go?!

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