I Have Decided to Keep My Chase Sapphire Reserve

Written by Island Miler @ Jeffsetter Travel

To keep or not to keep the Chase Sapphire Reserve – that is the question. Well, after much thought, I have decided to keep my Chase Sapphire Reserve, at least for now. Here’s why. With its annual fee now at $550, the value proposition of the Chase Sapphire Reserve has become less clear. So, determining […]

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Revisiting Tasty n Alder Portland for Dinner

Written by Island Miler @ Jeffsetter Travel

When I travel, there are certain restaurants I always need to go to. So, revisiting Tasty n Alder Portland for dinner with my mom and grandparents was a priority for me. Last time I was in Portland way back in 2015, our friends suggested we meet up at Tasty n Alder for dinner. And, damn, […]

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First Auberge Resort in Hawaii Opens

Written by Island Miler @ Jeffsetter Travel

After over a year of redevelopment work, the Big Island’s Mauna Lani Bay Hotel & Bungalows has re-opened. This also marks the opening of the first Auberge Resort in Hawaii. Auberge Resorts is a small luxury hotel brand. The brand consists of 19 properties at the moment, 14 of which are in the United States. […]

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Important Superstar Blogging Update!

Written by NomadicMatt @ Nomadic Matt's Travel Site

Posted: 1/15/2020 | January 15th, 2020 Hey everyone, Some community news today: As you know, we have a media school called Superstar Blogging, with courses on travel blogging, vlogging, writing, and photography. We started this program over four years ago to help people learn and master the skills needed to succeed in the online travel […]

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Final Flying Honu Enters Service This Summer + More

Written by Island Miler @ Jeffsetter Travel

Currently, ANA has two Airbus A380s flying between Hawaii and Japan. But, the final Flying Honu enters service this summer, adding even greater capacity between Japan and Hawaii. Plus, Southwest’s VP of Network planning talks about the Airline’s Hawaii service. The Last Flying Honu ANA’s final Flying Honu and their third Airbus A380 is now […]

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Na’au Hilo + PAI Honolulu Collab Dinner

Written by Island Miler @ Jeffsetter Travel

I’m always on the lookout for unique dining experiences – especially those unique to certain locations. Well, a recent Na’au Hilo + PAI Honolulu collab dinner presented exactly that kind of experience. It was an opportunity to, literally, taste Hawaii. Backstory I’ve been following Na’au since they first appeared on the Hawaii food scene back […]

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Which Airline Was Most On-Time in 2019?

Written by Island Miler @ Jeffsetter Travel

Apparently, the figuring which airline was most on-time in 2019 is big business. Two companies compiled data to answer this question but, somehow, drew different conclusions. Cirium Rankings Cirium (formerly FlightGlobal) is a data and analytics company serving the travel industry. In their 2019 data analysis, they came to the conclusion that Russia’s Aeroflot was […]

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Why You Should Get a Southwest Card Now

Written by Island Miler @ Jeffsetter Travel

It’s been nearly a year since Southwest Airlines entered the Hawaii market. And with them came a whole new world of award travel options. So, here’s why you, and Hawaii residents especially, should get a Southwest card now. Last year, I took my first-ever flights on Southwest Airlines. I found the experience to be pleasant […]

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CONFIRMED: Chase Sapphire Reserve Devaluation 😭

Written by Island Miler @ Jeffsetter Travel

I have some sad, sad news. Those rumored changes to the best all-around travel credit card are true. And, in my opinion, this is a straight-up Chase Sapphire Reserve devaluation. But, there are other options available to you. Annual Fee So, let’s get the biggest stink out of the way first. Yes, the annual fee […]

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Chase Sapphire Reserve $550 Annual Fee?!

Written by Island Miler @ Jeffsetter Travel

Rumors abound that my favorite all-around travel credit card is seeing some imminent changes. And the biggest of those changes is the Chase Sapphire Reserve $550 Annual Fee jump. Yikes! Today, we all know that the Chase Sapphire Reserve comes with a $450 annual fee. That’s high, but as I’ve covered in the past, it […]

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Ethics in Writing: The Case of Saudi Arabia

Written by NomadicMatt @ Nomadic Matt's Travel Site

Posted: 1/8/2020 | January 8th, 2020 As I scrolled through my social feeds recently, I noticed, set against desert backgrounds, a number travel “influencers” extolling the beauty and virtue of Saudi Arabia.1 But the majority weren’t there to take advantage of the new tourist visa and explore on their own. No, they weren’t there to […]

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Review: Residence Inn Portland Downtown Pearl District

Written by Island Miler @ Jeffsetter Travel

After hitting all our major sites in Seattle, we headed for Oregon, which is someplace my grandparents had never been to. And, for our base of operations while there, I chose the Residence Inn Portland Downtown Pearl District. Much like our first hotel in Seattle, I chose the Residence Inn Portland Downtown Pearl District because […]

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Hawaii National Parks Increased Their Entry Fees

Written by Island Miler @ Jeffsetter Travel

If you’re visiting one of Hawaii’s National Parks this year, know that two Hawaii National Parks increased their entry fees on New Year’s Day. Fee Increases Two of Hawaii’s most popular National Parks, Haleakala National Park and Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, instituted higher entry fees on January 1, 2020. The increase is necessary to keep […]

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Hotel Review: Alohilani Resort – Waikiki

Written by Island Miler @ Jeffsetter Travel

As I mentioned in my 2019 Honolulu Marathon introduction post, I chose to book away from the big hotel chains this year and stay at the Alohilani Resort. And, despite a few bumps, I was pleasantly surprised. If you’ve been coming to Hawaii for a long time or live here and don’t know what the […]

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Aloha 2020 – A New Year, A New Decade

Written by Island Miler @ Jeffsetter Travel

Happy New Year, everyone! It’s not only a New Year but also a new decade. So, I’d like to start off by saying aloha to 2020 and give you guys a preview of what to expect in the coming year. As I enter my fourth year writing for the Jeffsetter team, I first want to […]

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My Year in Review – 2019 Edition

Written by Island Miler @ Jeffsetter Travel

For me, 2019 was another relatively busy travel year. Unlike the previous year, though, I didn’t go anywhere new. Everywhere I went this year was repeats. There’s a good reason for that, though. Also, I purged cards this year. So let’s do a my year in review – 2019 edition. Biggest Hawaii Travel Topics of […]

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Revisiting the Future of Flight Aviation Center

Written by Island Miler @ Jeffsetter Travel

Last year, Snohomish County gave the Institute of Flight the boot. So, while revisiting the Future of Flight Aviation Center this past April, I was interested to see how the center changed under its new operator. As you’ll recall, last year Paine Field’s airport director, Arif Ghouse, proclaimed that the exhibits at the Future of […]

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Southwest Flight 1470 Kona – Honolulu

Written by Island Miler @ Jeffsetter Travel

For our flight back to Oahu, we flew Southwest Flight 1470. And while both flights were mostly the same, the ground experience was, well, drastically different. Not in a good way either, might I add. Now, things weren’t bad because of Southwest. No. Things were bad because of the State of Hawaii and Keahole Airport. […]

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Breakthrough Photography x4 Circular Polarizer

Written by Island Miler @ Jeffsetter Travel

Earlier this year, I reviewed the excellent Breakthrough Photography 4x Neutral Density filter. So, now, I’m going to review another photo bag essential from them, the Breakthrough Photography Circular Polarizer. Breakthrough Photography markets its filters as the most color neutral and sharpest filters in the world. And, judging by the performance of their x4 neutral […]

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Merry Christmas from Hawaii 2019

Written by Island Miler @ Jeffsetter Travel

Well, another year has come and gone. So, I’d like to wish you all a Merry Christmas from Hawaii 2019. Believe it or not, we’re actually having “winter weather” here in the form of Hawaiian snow (rain). Much like last year, I find myself at home for the holidays once again. Now, that’s not a […]

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