The Pee Pad at the JFK Red Carpet Club Really Grosses Me Out

Sure... males have been known to miss the urinal from time to time. We're all guilty of that one. How does such a problem get solved? Someone comes in and mops the bathroom. At the JFK Red Carpet Club, they have a different solution. There is a cylindrical padding that is pushed against the wall, designed to absorb urine. If this is not the intent of padding, then it is surely what actually happens. This padding often has stains on it, and it grosses me out to think that someone is supposed to theoretically swap this out for a new one regularly. I have always found one of the perks of a lounge to be nicer bathrooms, but the JFK RCC pee pad really detracts from the niceness of that one. United, can we please get rid of that thing?

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A Nice Weekend at the Westin Mission Hills Villas

My girlfriend and I had to do two nights (Thurs - Sat) in Vegas for an obligation, and we wanted to extend the weekend, but given how much we both love the craps tables, we figured it best to leave Nevada in order to preserve our wallets. We wanted to find a spot with a great pool and easy access to ...
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Woot! SFO Gets Another A380!

I have been out of town for about three weeks so I haven't had time to notice any changes at my local airport. However, this morning after I landed, and while I waited for my Fast Track parking bus, I noticed these new flags in the area. Looks like Air France has brought the A380 to ...
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UA Flight Not Available for Check-In? Use the Cargo Site for Plane Swap Info

United.com online check-in is usually pretty reliable. It always "just works," except when it doesn't. Now is one of those times for me. When I tried to check in, I got the dreaded message below:

This is a pretty ambiguous message, and it often means there's a plane swap happening. As you ...
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How Many Vegas Buffets Can You Handle in One Day?

I know my answer: somewhere between zero and one.

Harrah's Total Rewards is hoping you might be interested in two, three, four, or seven! I just saw this ad in the Vegas airport. Now I SUPPOSE I could see the value in paying $45 for a breakfast buffet and a dinner buffet, but I mean, in the spirit of the promotion, that's pretty boring. If you're going to go ahead and grab this sweet deal, don't be a sissy - eat at all seven!

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Have Any Old VISA Signature Card? How About Some HHonors Gold For Ya!?


Random promo that was pointed out to me earlier today... If you have a Signature VISA Card, you can get temporary HHonors Gold status through August. After getting the temporary status, if you stay three nights between now and the end of August, then your status is extended until March 2013. ...

The Lounge Loophole: Getting There Without a Plane Ticket

Interesting situations call for interesting solutions. I'm doing a weekend in Vegas / Palm Springs with my girlfriend, and we're meeting here at the Las Vegas airport. We're flying in from different locations, and while I was able to snag a $49 Southwest LAX-LAS fare at 8:30AM, she was not able to ...
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Video: Star Alliance Gold Gets You a Free Ride to the Air China Shanghai Lounge

Well, I thought this was kinda neat. When I flew Air China Economy Class from Shanghai Pudong to Beijing, I was given a ticket to get a free ride from security to the lounge. I thought it was silly at first, but I decided to give it a whirl, because... well... why not? Turns out the ride was pretty necessary! That lounge was far away!

Slumming it with Starwood in NYC: A Rough Week of Maximizing the Promo

I was in Denver and Washington DC for business last week, and I was able to stay 3 nights in 3 different SPG properties. Doing this not only allowed me to get one free night toward SPG's great promotion that I hate, but it also let me get the Foursquare Check-in Bonus three different times, for 750 ...
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Grossed out by the Four Points by Sheraton Manhattan Chelsea Shower Drain


Let me start off by saying I really hate the Four Points by Sheraton brand. In fact, as a rule, I really don't like Sheratons in general (yes, there are exceptions to the rule). In fact, I wouldn't even be staying at this crappy property if it weren't for the ridiculous $129 rate (In ...
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Have You Seen "The Hangover 2?" Then You've Seen the Krabi Ritz!

The Ritz Carlton Reserve at Phulay Bay is the nicest hotel I have ever stayed at in my entire life. I wrote a review with my thoughts a while back. Well, if you have seen the "Hangover 2," which I saw earlier today, then you have seen some of the Ritz!
The wedding rehearsal ...

UA976 DEN-IAD: Bummer of a Flight - And Are Breadsticks the New Bread?

I typically don't write about my day to day domestic travel, unless something interesting happens. Yesterday, for example, I had great service on a short flight to Denver so I was happy to write a few words about it. I was looking forward to my IAD-DEN flight in First Class today, but it ...
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Triple Mileage Plus Dining Miles Starting on May 30


Just hit my inbox. Triple Mileage Plus Dining Miles from May 30 - June 30. You must register for the promo, but I think anyone who has MP Dining can register.
Mileage Plus Dining, or more specifically, Rewards Network (the company that hosts MP Dining), offers up to 5 miles per ...
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UA 862 SFO-DEN: Free WiFi, Good Food, and Great Service!

Blogging at 35,000 feet sure is fun. I'm currently on UA 862 SFO-DEN, and I must say that this has been one of the more enjoyable flights I've had in a while. I was a bit late to board, and once I made it, I made my way up to 1A, the bulkhead. Before I ever asked, Linda, the friendly flight ...

16 Days in China: Air China's Economy Class

I was able to score some sweet suite upgrades that made my long-haul journey to and from much more pleasurable, but while in China, I had a few segments on Air China in the economy class. I snapped a few pictures, and here's a smattering of them.
My Air China itinerary segments included ...
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QANTAS to SFO: See Ya Later Alligator


I have never flown SFO-SYD on Qantas before (heck, i've never even been to Australia!), but I sure did enjoy seeing that big red kangaroo tail on my commutes from San Francisco down the peninsula. As of yesterday, QANTAS is all done serving SFO. SFGate reports that QANTAS is moving this ...
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Banana Split! Just Noticed Some New Enhancements to United's P.S. Service

I end up flying P.S. about two or three times a month, and thus I notice whenever they make a tweak or change. United seems to constantly tweak the service. Sometimes it gets better - sometimes worse. I noticed a few changes on my business class flight a couple days ago, and I think these are all ...
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United Flyers: We Have a New Jeff Smisek Video

For those of you who fly frequently on United, you surely have Jeff Smisek's pre-security speech ingrained in your head.  This is the video about the upcoming changes, and how he thinks we're going to like them. As of May 1, we now have a new video. Instead of there being a plane in the ...

Video: 431 km/h on the Shanghai Pudong Maglev Train


As part of my journey to Asia, I did a weekend in Shanghai, and that gave me the opportunity to take the Maglev train from Shanghai Pudong Airport to the Longyang Road subway station. According to Wikipedia, this is the world's first Maglev train and has reached speeds of 500+ km/h. I only saw ...