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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Booking My Ultimate Honeymoon with Points: Intro

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."


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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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 ...

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! 


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 ...
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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 ...

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 ...

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 ...
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0 for 4: ROUGH Week with Upgrades on United Airlines!

Ouch! I haven't had this many consecutive upgrade-less flights since before I was a 1K with United four or five years ago.
Tuesday, Jan 31 - UA 252 SFO-DEN, A320
No Upgrade
Thursday, Feb 2 - UA 1663 (CO Operated) DEN-IAH, 737-800
No ...