Virgin America Announces Elite Status


I'm a huge fan of Virgin America. I think the airline makes a lot of sense for infrequent travelers. You're not competing with status-holding members, and you get Wi-Fi, in-seat entertainment, and some of the best food / drink options in coach. I blogged about a flight I had in Main Cabin ...

Review: The Carlton Hotel in New York City


I stumbled upon The Carlton Hotel by accident. I spent a week in New York for business, and my company had a rate at the Sheraton Tribeca for $299/night. Despite Starwood definitely being my favorite chain, there was a Marriott promotion going on so I needed some Marriott nights. I looked ...
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United Award Ticket Glitch: HKG to SFO in First Class for Two Passengers: 8 Miles + $66.60 in fees

Apparently United's site has a glitch on it right now (thanks to Gary @ View from the Wing for the link). I just bought an "alternate" flight home for my honeymoon for only 8 miles and $66.60 in fees. It has been ticketed. Think they'll honor it?

Give it a shot - apparently this glitch affects awards starting in China.

UPDATE: Okay... nothing to see here... the ticket deducated the proper amount of miles from my account. Apparently this has worked for a couple people, but it isn't working anymore.

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United Airlines Flight 53: BusinessFirst Houston (IAH) to Buenos Aires (EZE)


I was quite excited for my first trip south of the equator! Business had me headed to Buenos Aires and Sao Paulo. Before talking about my flight, a couple words of caution for those visiting Argentina or Brazil:
1) You don't need a VISA for Argentina, but you do need to pay a "reciprocity ...
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Kevin's Photography v. Bing.com: Part 3!

While I still don't use it much for searching, I love Bing.com for the daily picture. Every now and then the Bing.com photo is a place that I've been before / photographed. I like to rate myself against their professional photography skills and see how I stack up.
Bing.com won the first time. ...
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Grumpy Flight Attendants & No Blankets: My Redeye from LAS to EWR Last Night

I was originally scheduled to be on a 2PM United P.S. flight from LAX to JFK last night. My upgrade was confirmed, and I was looking forward to peace & quiet, wifi, and a good meal. Instead, my plans changed. I had an awesome day of golf with my dad and brothers, but I had to take a redeye to ...
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Booking My Ultimate Honeymoon with Points: Lodging in Mauritius

Introduction
Flights from San Francisco to Mauritius
Lodging in Mauritius
Flights from Mauritius to Luxor
Egypt Lodging
Flights from Cairo to the Maldives
Maldives Lodging
Flights from the Maldives back to San Francisco
So we've made it to Mauritius. ...
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Business Trip to Buenos Aires and São Paulo ~ South America, Here I Come!


Despite having traveled pretty extensively for the past ten years of my life, I have never yet been south of the equator! Taking a look at the map, it looks like the closest I've gotten is Krabi, Thailand and Chennai, India. That will all change in July. I'm off to South America for a business ...
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A Rebuttal to Matthew: Why I'm Staying with United


Matthew wrote a great post a couple days ago about how he'll be making the jump to American Airlines for the rest of the year.
His primary reason for switching includes the following:
Frustration with United's IT System Integration More (8 on AA v. 2 on UA) Systemwide Upgrades ...
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Exploring the Value of the British Airways "Travel Together Ticket"

The frequent flier world has been abuzz recently with the announcement of another 100,000 British Airways points sign-up bonus credit card. Many people, including myself, decided to pick this card up. This card requires $20K of spend in order to get the full 100,000 point bonus. One of the less ...
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The Tank @ The Golden Nugget Las Vegas: Shark Tank / Swimming Pool Combo


Work has brought me to Las Vegas this week, and my fiancé and I decided to make a fun weekend out of it. We came to Vegas on Friday. I'm currently staying at the Westin Casuarina (she has since departed), but on Friday night we stayed at the Golden Nugget on Fremont Street in Downtown ...
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St. Regis Mauritius Opens on September 15, 2012 - Category 6 - Bookable Now

 
Our October honeymoon begins in Mauritius, and we were really hoping to be able to book at the brand new St. Regis Mauritius. Thankfully, now we can! The St. Regis Mauritius has had its fair share of delays. The opening has been pushed back multiple times, but it looks like this time ...
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New South Park Rips on the TSA Pretty Hard - HILARIOUS


South Park is back with its 16th season, and I couldn't be happier. I've been watching since Season 1, and it's actually the only TV show I watch regularly (although I do love Modern Family as well). Episode 1 of this season took a particularly hard stab at the TSA, and it was absolutely ...
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Booking My Ultimate Honeymoon with Points: Intro

Introduction
Flights from San Francisco to Mauritius
Lodging in Mauritius
Flights from Mauritius to Luxor
Egypt Lodging
Flights to Cairo to the Maldives
Maldives Lodging
Flights from the Maldives back to San Francisco
I think the "ultimate free honeymoon" is ...

United Goes Cheap: First Class Hot Nuts in Dixie Cups

Really, United? A cheap little paper cup for my hot nuts?

I hope this was a simple error in stocking the flight, rather than a foreshadowing of more of Jeff Smisek's changes that he "thinks we'll like."

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A night at the Hotel Icon in Houston, Texas

I'm always hesitant to give a full review of a hotel after just a one night stay. So while this won't be a review per se, I'll share my experience at the Hotel Icon in downtown Houston, which I thought was a fantastic hotel that I'd look forward to staying at again. The Hotel Icon is part of ...
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