Bing.com Daily Picture - For Once I've Actually Been there!

So who is a better photographer? Me or Bing.com? Today (January 29, 2011) Bing.com has a great shot of the Anhinga Trail in the everglades. Let me reiterate: If you have not been on the Anhinga Trail, do yourself a favor and go next time you're in the Miami area. It's pretty breathtaking. [Sigh...] I think whoever took the pic for Bing.com got a better pic than I did. Here are the two for comparison.

Bing.com:

Me:

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Main Cabin Select: Cross Country with Virgin America


Virgin America doesn't get too much airtime on frequent flier messageboards, podcasts, blogs, etc. It's likely due to their mediocre frequent flier program, lack of any status, and lack of routes around the country / world. I've only flown Virgin American (VX) from LAX-SFO and back before. ...
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Another UPGRD Podcast, Another Day Marriott Rewards Gets Ragged On....

In the most recent UPGRD podcast, Marriott Rewards once again gets called out for being one of the "worst" programs out there! Is it the best? Nope. Can you get some great value out of it? Yup. I don't feel like writing a super long post, but I'd like to tackle a couple ...
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Do You Have a "Jailbroken" iPhone? Here's a Quick Tip!


I know this post will only apply to my fellow geeks out there in travel land, but I use it enough that it's worth sharing. iPhone jailbreaking is the process of hacking your iPhone so that you can run unofficial code on it, allowing you to load a multitude of unofficial applications, ...
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Using Marriott Gift Cheques for Paid Stays Instead of Using Points

If you're a Platinum Marriott Rewards member, you're able to spend 135,000 points to get $1000 of gift cheques (in $50 increments). These cheques can be used to pay your hotel bill at any Marriott owned property. The primary catch is that you can only use them to pay for publicly available rates ...

Thanks for a Great 2010

It has been another great travel year for me. I've finished the year up with over 150,000 miles on United and about 20,000 or so on Alaska. Thanks to both airlines for treating me so well this year and making my travel life easier on me. United, especially, has done a great job this year. Not only ...

Just Had one of United's New Scones in First Class


When United announced that they would be bringing Poppies scones to their flights, I was a bit skeptical. It's not that I have anything against scones, except that they are usually dry and make me feel like I'm chewing on sawdust. Other than that, I find them great. Yesterday morning I ...

Trip Report: Grand Cayman


We took a trip to Miami, Grand Cayman, and St. Kitts a month or so ago, but I haven't had the time to put up a trip report of the various segments until recently. Apologies for the delay. Read on to hear about our experiences in Grand Cayman!
We arrived in Grand Cayman on American ...
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Heading to Miami? Make Some Time for the Everglades!


I just came back from a long vacation in Florida, Grand Cayman, and St. Kitts. One of my highlights had to be my half day down at the Everglades. I think many people don't realize what an amazing place the Everglades is. Furthermore, it's SO convenient to do a half day trip there from Miami. ...

Double Dipping: Use Irregular Operations to Your Advantage

 
When flying somewhere via a connection, it's never fun to see your first flight delayed, making it physically impossible for you to make the second. In many cases, your first reaction might be to just get really upset, think about having to spend the night in your connecting airport, ...
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UA Brings an Old 747 Back from the Dead!


Yesterday (August 10)  I was on the 6AM SFO-ORD flight. UA has been using a 747 more and more often for this route, and I love the fact that I can get a mediocre sleep the night before, get to the airport, flatten out that seat, and sleep like a baby for a few extra hours, getting me into ...
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Review: Phulay Bay, A Ritz-Carlton Reserve


Before I get into my detailed review, I will say two things:
This is, by far, the nicest hotel I have ever stayed at. The UPGRD podcast about Marriott Rewards was completely wrong in saying that there are no good properties to redeem at. On my business trip to India, I decided to ...
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A club away from the hubbub? I think not...

With business travel having picked back up, has anyone else noticed that Red Carpet Clubs are absolutely slammed? Geez I must have been waiting in line for 20 minutes to get into the ORD RCC across from C17 a couple weeks ago, and once I got in, it was tough to find a seat! I know one way UA could thin out the crowd: RAISE THE PRICE! Juuuust kidding - That's the worst idea ever. They've already done enough of that. Just build us another RCC K? OK THX.

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Chennai to Mumbai on Kingfisher Airlines

I really had a great experience on my short hop from Chennai (MAA) to Mumbai (BOM) on Kingfisher Airlines. I found the plane to be very clean. One refreshing thing about most of the Indian carriers is that even on their short haul flights around the country, they still serve a full meal in ...

A Little Generosity + Some Luck Can Go Far!


 
I was flying from LAX-SFO on United this past weekend. I was flying with my girlfriend, and she and I were not on the same itinerary. Thus as a 1K, I was upgraded. And as a Premier, she was not. We wanted to sit next to each other so I just decided to plop down in the middle seat ...
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Review: Hilton Beijing Wanfujing – An EXCELLENT Property


I’m writing this from the Executive Lounge of the Hilton Beijing Wanfujing hotel. Tonight will be my 8th consecutive night, and tomorrow I’m flying home nonstop on United 888 PEK-SFO. I have had a fantastic time in Beijing, but I’m ready to head back to the States. That ...
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Just One Day to Spend in Bangkok? Here’s a Great Way to Spend It!


Getting to India from the United States can be a bit of a journey. Rather than grimace at the thought of all those flights, booking a stopover in Bangkok seemed like a great idea. I could adjust to the time change, explore the city, eat some great Thai food, and then continue on my journey! ...
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