Mileage Plus updates.  In Q4 of 2018, United Airlines quietly released some changes to its Mileage Plus program.  As a 1K Member, Team GTE didn’t even get an email notification of these changes.  So, what does that mean?  This means, in 2019, United Mileage Plus members are going to get screwed.   Fortunately, most of the negative changes only affect...
Jiro Sushi was made famous by the documentary Jiro Dreams of Sushi released in 2012. The owner, Jiro Ono's sushi restaurant was the first sushi restaurant to receive 3 Michelin stars and has maintained it's 3-star rating ever since the Michelin guide started including Tokyo in 2008.  This winter, Team GTE was invited through the Ritz Carlton Tokyo for...
All Nippon Airways has maintained a Skytrax 5 Star rating since 2013.  This has made ANA one of the premier airlines for any traveler to fly.  In the last couple of years, ANA has expanded their routes significantly outbound to the US.  San Jose, Houston, Chicago, and New York are all direct routes available to Tokyo.  ANA flies modern wide...
Overview There are plenty of airlines that offer status match programs.  But, for most, it just offers a fast track to achieving the same status and isn't automatic. Southwest Airlines Status Match is one of the few airlines that gives you instant A-Lister status for 90 months when you apply.  It can give you some nice perks like priority boarding,...
People have been asking Team GTE, is The Marriott Rewards Premier worth upgrading to? Chase has recently released a new Marriott credit card coinciding with the Marriott Starwood merger.  The Marriott Rewards Premier Visa is designed to replace the original Marriott Rewards Visa.  For those with the original Marriott Rewards Visa, is it worth the upgrade? Marriott Rewards Premier Plus 6x on Marriott/Starwood...