Marriott Platinum Status After Only 19 Nights


In the past, I've made it a goal to keep top tier status on a single airline and a single hotel chain. Historically, that's been United and Marriott. This year I decided i would go for Starwood Preferred Guest Platinum status, in addition to Marriott Platinum, and I got the former a few months ...

Prague Marriott Tries to Screw Users of Gift Cheques

I've posted about the usefulness of Marriott Gift Cheques before. Marriott Platinum members can get $1000 in $50 increments for 135,000 Marriott Rewards points. It's a great value for hotels that have a high rewards category (i.e. require a large amount of points) but have relatively low paid rates. ...

Tylenol PM + 5 Hour Energy: My Travel Cocktail of Choice


Don't let the title mislead you… I don't actually mix the two, and I don't even take them at the same time. However, If i'm flying across the Pacific or the Atlantic, it is usually for business, and thus it's important to acclimate myself to the timezone as quickly as possible. I have ...
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Seen on my FRA-SFO Flight: Name the Caption!

First off, apologies on the picture quality. I know it's blurry, but I was trying to take a picture of a sleeping passenger without getting caught :-).

I've got a couple for ya…

"I didn't know Al Bundy was on my flight…"

"I wonder what that guy is dreaming about!"

"Caught! Red HANDED!"

(and yes - his hand was in his pants, not his pockets)

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Review: Sheraton Stockholm Hotel


As part of our euro-trip, my fiancé and I were meeting a cousin of mine in Stockholm before going to a wedding in Switzerland. The three of us had never been to Stockholm (or Scandinavia in general), and we thought it would be fun to check out Stockholm.
There is not a full-service ...
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LOVING My Middle Seat Near the Bathroom...


What could I possibly be talking about?
Maybe the back row isn't so bad if it's on the top floor of an A380 in Lufthansa Business Class on a 10+ hour flight from FRA-SFO. It's even better when traveling on a non-upgradable Economy Class fare, and all of a sudden, the gate agent angel ...
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Engaged! Honeymoon (and Wedding) Planning Begins!

I'm engaged!
:-)
Here comes wedding planning, something that I'm assuming will be a less than pleasurable experience. However, one thing that I'm REALLY looking forward to is planning the honeymoon! I've been saving points and miles for so long, always keeping a "mental minimum" for what I ...
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I Just Boarded an SAS Flight in Stockholm Without Ever Showing ID...

This was shocking, to say the least. We got to the ARN airport at 5AM for our 6:20AM flight. We used a kiosk to print out our boarding passes. We had two checked bags, and we dropped those off. Those did require ID to be dropped off. Then we went through security - boarding passes were checked, but ...
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ODD: Orbitz Issues Me a Slightly Different Ticket Than I Paid For!

I can file this under "things I've never seen before."
As you might know, I've been really frustrated with online booking sites. They have been showing all sorts of cheap prices, only to actually not have that fare available. I had been looking for a cheap fare for my girlfriend and I to go to ...
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Summary and Commentary: The Fall Hotel Chain Bonuses

Here's what we have so far...
Starwood Preferred Guest: Double points on all stays from September 6th to December 18th. If your stay includes a Sunday or Thursday night, then you'll get triple points instead.
Marriott Rewards: Targeted offer, but if you're a Marriott Elite, you can usually ...
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How I Messed Up My Chance of an A380 LH Upgrade (And How You Can Avoid It)

Grrr… This is annoying… and it's 100% my fault. Well, one could say that it's the fault of complicated fare class requirements along with obscure rules for upgrades with a partner airline, but in reality, the rules were there, and I didn't check close enough.
We're off to Europe ...
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The Miller Brewery Tour: Free Fun in Milwaukee!

I love great tourist attractions. At the top of my list are places like Alcatraz and the Taj Mahal. I also like free things. I especially like free parking. And free beer. The tour of the Miller Brewery Tour in Milwaukee includes all of these things! We just wrapped up a family vacation in ...
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Check Out Donald Trump's Private 757!

 
I just saw this over on Gadling... I think it's hilarious / awesome that Trump's 757 only seats 43 passengers. He must have installed Economy Plus Plus! :-). Some of the stuff is a bit over the top like 24kt gold plated seatbelts. Of course, Google's got Donald Trump beat with their ...

16 Days in China: Hanging Out in the HKG Singapore Airlines SilverKris Lounge

Part of my big trip to China included a night in Hong Kong. While I didn't get to see any of the city, I spent the night at the LMC, and then I went to the airport the next day to relax before my flight to Beijing. My stopover was just used as a day to adjust to the timezone before beginning work on ...
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Marriott to Open New York City's Tallest Hotel

 

(Image courtesy of news.marriott.com)
I originally saw this over at Gadling, but Boston.com reports that Marriott is set to open the tallest hotel in New York City. When I first read the article, I assumed that Marriott would be building some epic new hotel a la JW Marriott or ...

A Look at the MilePoint.com SWAG

Are you posting at MilePoint? Or are you still a FlyerTalker? In order to incentivize people to post at MilePoint, Randy Petersen has created a "store" where you can earn free things, in exchange for being an original member or becoming a silver member. The two things I've qualifed for are the ...
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Boeing Rolls Out the ANA 787 - Flights Begin in September!


(Image ripped off from Brad's Blog)
After countless delays, it looks like the 787 might finally arrive. In fact, Boeing just rolled out ANA's 787, ready for delivery next month. All Nippon Airways will take delivery of the plane in September. If you're looking to redeem miles on one ...
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I'm Annoyed with Pricing Engines' Inaccurate Pricing

My favorite tool for finding flights is Kayak. Kayak will perform a search, with pretty specific parameters you give it regarding stopover airport, takeoff time, landing time, etc. I use it to find flights, and then I typically go to BigCrumbs and then onto Expedia to book the flight, that way I get ...
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