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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 New York.

If I need to work after a redeye, I refuse to fly into JFK. There isn't a shower there, and I don't feel like going to my meetings stinky with sleepy eyes. Alternatively, if I take ...

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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. Now… where to stay? The goal of this honeymoon is to be as extravagant as possible, while also trying to get pretty much everything for "free" :-). That limits our lodging ...

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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 trip that will take me to Buenos Aires, Argentina and São Paulo, Brazil.

I'm really excited to visit both places. I have heard that Argentina is ...

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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 with the Ability to be Used on Any Fare (United requires at least a W fare) Better Likelihood of Clearing with Domestic Upgrades Being Overall Slighty Disgrgruntled ...
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Booking My Ultimate Honeymoon with Points: San Francisco to 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

Getting to Mauritius on Star Alliance is not as easy as I initially thought. First of all, there is only one Star Alliance carrier that flies to Mauritius, and that's South African Airlines, and they only fly ...

I've Earned 4000+ Miles on United Airlines via the Foursquare Promotion - And I'm Still Going!

I mentioned a couple months ago that United was still running their promotion with Foursquare where you get 50 miles per airport check-in, limited to one per day.

Well, here we are a couple months later, and they're still running it! If you haven't signed up, please do. You can be over a mile away from the airport and the check-in still works. Also, while it's supposed to only work once per day, I have gotten it give me 100 miles for a day, when I ...

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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 reported on perks is the "travel together ticket" (essentially a companion pass for a single award ticket) after $30K of spend. Normally, I wouldn't say this is even close to worth it, but if I'm ...

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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 Las Vegas. "Why on earth would we stay there?" you might ask..

Well, a few years back, The Golden Nugget installed a shark tank, and they put it right smack ...

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St. Regis Mauritius Opens on September 15, 2012 - Category 6 - Bookable Now

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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 it's for real, as the booking system is already open.

There are a bunch of great properties to redeem points at on the island of Mauritius. In Starwood land, ...

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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 HILARIOUS. I won't give too much away. I'll just say that the episode is definitely NOT good for kids, as if you expected otherwise.... and TSA = Toilet Safety ...

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Booking My Ultimate Honeymoon with Points: Intro

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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 something that many young business travelers aspire to attain. Maybe they're consultants or maybe they work in sales, but either way, they spend a lot of time in airplanes ...

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 Marriott's Autograph Collection. The Autograph Collection is a group of boutique hotels that are either historic or unique in some sort of nature. Before the Hotel Icon, my only other Autograph Collection ...

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United Airlines Merged IT System: Issues Still Exist

March 3rd was the big day when United and Continental merged their IT systems. It came and went without a hitch for most.

At first, I thought all was good for me. My EQMs PQMs got transferred over. My lifetime mileage balance was the same, and all of my itineraries were merged. Then as my travel resumed and I began my normal day to day activity, I realized that things were not so unified.

My first hint was my trip to the Red Carpet Club United Club. I got there and gave them ...

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Don't Forget That Old Mileage Plus Number Quite Yet...

I walked into the SFO United Club today, and as usual, I gave them my boarding pass to scan for my membership. Usually this is a two second process, but the agent asked me if I was a member. I said that I was, and she said she needed my Mileage Plus number. I did my best to try and remember my new number, but she stopped me and said, "No... the old one..." I remembered that one.

After I sat down, I logged into the T-Mobile WiFi. Once again, I tried my new number. No go. I tried the old one. Success.

I'm sure there will be similar cases of this over the next couple weeks. It looks like it's not quite time to un-remember that old Mileage Plus number yet! 

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W Hotel Austin Texas Review ~ Corner Suite

We just finished up a long weekend at the W Hotel in Austin, Texas, and we really had a great stay there. This stay was actually a combination of a paid stay for business and a points stay for pleasure. Luckily, we didn't have to change rooms when the stays switched over.

The hotel is situated in the heart of Downtown Austin, not far from most of the office buildings, a plethora of great restaurants, and the Sixth Street Nightlife. It's only a ...

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Analysis of 3/1/2012 Starwood Hotel Category Changes

Thanks to Ben, I noticed that Starwood had posted their annual set of category changes. Starwood, like most hotel chains, assigns a category to each hotel, and this category is roughly designed to reflect the prestige / cost / location of the property. For example, as New York is one of the most expensive cities in the world, the aloft Harlem there is a category 3 category 5 hotel, but while Le Meridiens are typically nice, because Thailand is relatively inexpensive, the Le Meridien Chiang ...

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The Continental Calzone: United Airlines Phoenix to Houston

I don't typically blog about my boring business travel. Every now and then there's something surprising like an emotional support dog or WiFi on a United filght, but today I just felt that not only was the service really great on the United (Continental) flight from Phoenix to Houston, but the food was also great as well. Combine that with the fact that the Continental 737-900 is my favorite domestic plane in the post-merger fleet. That makes for a bloggable flight.

It's been a long ...

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Fun Travel Story: Stumbling on the Grammy Award Maker's Shop

Yesterday, we had the Grammies. My fiance and I plopped down in front of the TV and watched a bunch of people Adele win cool golden record player awards. We couldn't help but reminisce back to the time when we accidentally stumbled upon the grammy maker's shop almost exactly a year ago and got a private tour!

We were on a skip trip to Aspen and Telluride, and we had a day dedicated to driving from Aspen to Telluride. Even though it would only be ...

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Reminder: United Airlines / Foursquare Promotion Still Live - Keep Checking In!

Just a reminder... once you've linked your Foursquare account with United Mileage Plus, make sure to keep checking into airports! I blogged about the promotion initially here.

Once your Foursquare account is all set up, just check into the airport when you're there. Or, if you're like me, you can check into SFO every day when you pass it as part of your commute! United never really said when the promotion would expire, and I thought they would yank it after a month or so. But here we are, two months later, and the promotion is still live. The miles take 6 - 8 weeks to post, but they are finally coming in.

50 miles isn't much, but when you've checked in over 40+ times, that adds up :-). And I'm still going...

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