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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Park 'N Fly SFO is a Zoo (Thanks to FastTrack Closing)


I parked at Park 'N Fly SFO last week for my trip to the UK. Driving by FastTrack to get there was somewhat of an odd experience, as that lot had always been completely full. Now it's one big huge empty lot. However, there were maybe fifteen cars on the lot, which I did find humorous. When ...

Review: Hilton St. Anne's Manor; Verdict: Skip

Every travel year has its ups and downs. I'll just have to add my stay at the Hilton St. Anne's Manor to the list of downs. The disappointing part about the Hilton St. Anne's Manor is that it could be a really classy, unique property, but it will take a bit of renovation to get it to that point. ...
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Kevin's Photography v. Bing.com: Part 2!

Microsoft's Bing.com search engine may leave something to be desired, but I love their daily pictures, and thus it remains my homepage. Every now and then, MSFT decides to stick a picture up there that is eerily similar to one I've taken before. I like to compare my photog skills to ...
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A Great Trip Across the Pond: 9/25 UA930 SFO-LHR in Business

I was a bit surprised to hear the agent at the Red Carpet Club tell me that I was number one on the list for an upgrade to London. Being on a on a U fare, I was only one higher than W, which is the minimum fare class needed for an SWU. I figured there would be some 1K or GS with a higher fare code ...
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Air India's Star Alliance Application Suspended


Today isn't the best day for Air India. USA Today, and many others, are reporting that Air India's application to join the Star Alliance has been halted. It's interesting news. The Star Alliance press release says the following:
The member airlines of the Star Alliance network ...
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The Worst International Business Class Seatmate

Seatmates in International Biz matter way less than seatmates in Economy. Generally, you don't share an armrest, and if you do, it's quite large. If the seatmate happens to be obese, at least the wide seats with high walls keep them from pouring over onto you. If said seatmate is stinky, typically ...
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Ritz-Carlton to Build First "Reserve" Property in the US (Puerto Rico)


(Image courtesy of PR Newsire)
It looks like Ritz-Carlton is going to be expanding their "Reserve" line of properties with an addition on Dorado Beach in Puerto Rico. According to a manager at the Ritz-Carlton Reserve Phulay Bay, The Reserve line is designed to be a complete luxury resort ...
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