Home Sweet Home! And the Longest Day Ever…


After a long trip to Asia, I'm happy to be writing this post from the comfort of the United States of America. And to make the day even better, it looks like San Francisco decided to welcome me with a beautiful day! Check out that view of the Golden Gate Bridge, the Bay Bridge, and the rest of ...
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Just Witnessed: Family Finagles Its Way Into Maple Leaf Lounge @ YVR


I thought this was a pretty unprofessional thing to witness. I'm currently sitting at the YVR Maple Leaf Lounge near the reception area, and a husband, wife, and their two kids came up to the reception and said, "Hi can we come in?" The receptionist said, "Perhaps - let me see ...
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Oh My! What Have I Been Eating!?

In regard to food, my motto on on this trip has been, "I'll try anything once." So just what have I been trying?!

I've had some pretty delicious food… and some pretty NOT delicious food.

Let's start with the Beijing classic, Peking Duck. Having already ...
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Review: Renaissance Shanghai Zhongshan Park


Let me spoil the surprise for you. I love the Renaissance Shanghai Zhongshan Park. I thought it was a fantastic hotel that enhanced my weekend in Shanghai in every way. As the world's tallest Renaissance, it has only furthered my love of Marriott's Renaissnace brand, no matter what the ...

The Thing That Annoys Me with SPG's New Promo...


Starwood has just announced a new promotion for the second quarter. Stay three nights at an SPG property and get a free night at a Starwood resort, with no cap to the amount you can earn (except the number of nights during the promo period).  A list of all the redeemable resorts can be ...
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16 Days in China: A Night at the Le Meridien Cyberport


My reason for going to China was to do business in Beijing for a couple weeks, but in my efforts to book the cheapest ticket, get the most miles, and have the best chances of my upgrades clearing, it made sense to do a stopover for a night in Hong Kong. There was a pretty good rate at the Le ...
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American Airlines Sues Orbitz

Not even a week after American Airlines finished settling things with Expedia, the company is now suing Orbitz. This suit is due to the fact that Orbitz isn't playing nice with American and using their direct booking pipeline. This battle of online travel aggregators versus travel providers is ...

16 Days in China: The Vancouver International Maple Leaf Lounge


After an enjoyable trip from San Francisco to Vancouver, I had a few hours before heading off to Hong Kong. I went over to the International Maple Leaf Lounge to relax and get some work done. The woman who let me in was very friendly, and she took a look at my boarding pass, looked up my ...
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Expedia to Spin Off TripAdvisor as a Public Company in Q3 2011


I saw this on TechCrunch a couple days ago. Pending approval by the board of directors, TripAdvisor will be its own company soon. I was surprised by this for a multitude of reasons:
Am I the only person that didn't know Expedia owned Tripadvisor in the first place? ...
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16 Days in China: SFO-YVR in Air Canada Executive Class

I wasn't originally going to write a post about this first, short leg of my trip, but I was so impressed with the segment that I decided otherwise. I flew from San Francisco to Vancouver in Air Canada's Executive Class on an EMB190. I was in seat 3F, and I was quite impressed with the seats. The ...
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United Promotion(s) for Bonus Miles



I saw on Flyertalk yesterday that United was sending out targeted promotions for bonus miles. I did not receive one of the e-mails. Here is what it says:
Move business forward. Fly with United.
Whether you fly on United®, United Express®, Continental® or ...
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Our Day Trip to the Taj Mahal


Gosh... This post sure is overdue. It has been almost a year since my visit to the Taj Mahal and my epic trip to India / Thailand, and I can't believe I haven't taken the time to post about the experience earlier! The Taj Mahal is a tough place to visit. Getting to India is often ...
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16 Days in China: The Itinerary


Next Friday, I'm off to China for sixteen days! I'm quite excited about the trip. I have two weeks of business in Beijing, but I have tried to add a bit of "me time" to the trip as well. I'm leaving on the 8th via Air Canada for Hong Kong. And thanks to a friend of mine, that will be in Air ...
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We Will Earn Miles on Flights Booked with Expedia Rewards

Yesterday I wrote about how redeeming flights on Expedia rewards works. I speculated that I didn't think it was possible for Expedia to have worked out an agreement with every air carrier, and I also noted that it was interesting that the "price" in points for flights was exactly ...
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Redeeming Expedia Points for Flights: Here's How it Works!


In the past couple weeks, I've posted a couple times about Expedia Rewards. I won't rehash everything here, but now you can book flights with Expedia Rewards points. I made a few sample bookings today, and it didn't take me long to figure out exactly how it works. Want to head to the ...
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No More Foreign Transaction Fees on Marriott Rewards Premier VISA


Timing certainly is a funny thing. I spent a few days in Canada last week, and I charged items to both my Marriott Rewards Premier VISA card as well as my Starwood Amex. Charges posted to both accounts, and I took a look at the activity online. At first, neither had international ...
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Now You Can Redeem Expedia Points!


Just over a week ago, I asked if you were earning Expedia rewards. Expedia announced their own rewards program a few months back, and it allows you to earn one point per dollar spent on travel at Expedia, with a few exceptions. Most hotel stays booked on Expedia do not earn points at their ...