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Marriott Improves Internet Perk for Elite Members as Hilton Starts to Kill it.


Good news if you are a Marriott Gold or Platinum member! Marriott has changed the rules for free internet for their top their guest. 

As many big chain hotels have started to offer all guest free internet; Marriott has made it standard for the upper tier members of their program to get the “upgraded” speeds for free. The “standard” speed free internet that is becoming common at hotels is close to useless but better than nothing, check ...

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Hyatt Regency Phuket Resort - A Review


Hyatt Regency Phuket is a 5 star resort recently built (partially re-built) on a hillside of Kamala, overlooking Rayee Beach which is south of the main Kamala beach. This 199 room resort offers wonderful sea views from almost every room and balcony. 

I was lucky to spend my birthday evening at this great new hotel. The staff, the rooms, the property itself all what you would expect from a Hyatt. I do have to say the one thing that did stand out to me ...

Brussels Airlines to position itself 'as a hybrid airline'


Brussels Airlines (SN) announced last week its new market strategy, "a hybrid airline which offers a high value for money solution for all market segments and budgets, without having to compromise." Brussels Airlines will also launch a new slogan, "We go the extra smile"

The changes will be on it's European services starting on September 1 2014. I have been able to get very detailed information from Brussels Airlines about these new services and how it will effect status ...

3rd qt Hilton Promo - 3X Points (weekends)


Hilton HHonors is doing Triple Your Trip promotion again, this time for stays between August 1 and October 31, 2014.

You earn double points for weekday nights (Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday) and triple points for weekend ones (Friday, Saturday and Sunday).

You must enroll for this promo and can do so here.

They have not updated the list of Hotels that will not take part in the promo yet. When a hotels choices not to participate, I also choice not to participate in giving them money. 

Not a bad Promo from Hilton this time around, and the points can add up fast with this one. 




Good news about Curio – A Collection by Hilton


So looks like good news about the new Curio – A Collection by Hilton, for VIP members, the perks at these new hotels will be just like at a Hilton branded hotel. This means free Breakfast, free internet, upgrades and lounge access at the hotels under the Curio brand. 

Here are some FAQ's about the new brand by Hilton. 

When will I be able to start earning and redeeming Hilton HHonors points at these hotels?
We are working to get the properties into ...

Updated: New Brand: Curio – A Collection by Hilton



Hilton Worldwide today announced the launch of Curio – A Collection by Hilton. They also outlined some of the first hotels to join the band or collection.

First off I hate the name and the logo, just typical Hilton as of late, lame and mediocre the logo looks like someone spent an hour trying some different fonts. Almost as bad as the clip art logo for Doubletree. 

Created for travelers who seek local discovery and ...

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First time to fly @ 71 & 78


Most every frequent flyer can think back to their first flight, I can recall as a kid flying from BWI to Orlando on Eastern Airlines to see Mickey. 

I was lucky to be able to fly at a young age but I never did think about the people in the world who just never experienced a take off! 

This is a great video about two Dutch grandmothers, An, age 71, and Ria, age 78, who ever given the chance to fly, which they had never done before. Vodafone has ...

Hilton HHonors Category Adjustment - 15 April 2014

Get ready for some changes to HHonors, Effective 15 April 2014, 25 Hilton Worldwide  will be increasing hotel category and 14 hotels  will be decreasing hotel category. Hitlon will be shifting away from the cycle of annual reward category announcements, and now making changes as they want. Something I worry about a lot!

The changes on 15 April include a jump in catrgory at 2 hotels (out of 14) I was a guest at this year and published reviews on. The Conrade ...

A Gem of Hilton Worldwide: The Conrad Algarve - The best hotel I have ever stayed in!


Hands down this was the best hotel that I have ever stayed in, and I have been to a lot. I have been a Hilton guy for a very long time and have seen the ups and downs of the hotels across all the brands under Hilton Worldwide. My stay at the Conrad Algarve was a new high across the board, I never expected any hotel to be so well run, every little thing was thought of before I even knew I wanted it. 

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Hilton Sorrento Palace (Italy) a review


This hotel impressed for sure, I have become a fan of “off season” travel, getting great rates at hotels that are packed during peak times. This hotel is a great example of how an off-season experience can prove to be impressive.

We arrive by car and parked in the hotels gated parking lot and we were greeted by a very helpful Hilton staff member who showed us where to park and how to get in the hotel. It is a little odd that the front of the hotel is on the opposite side ...

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New Years Eve at the Caledonian - A Waldorf Astoria Hotel - Edinburgh Scotland


Talk about a good way to use your Hilton Honors points, I was able to book 2 rooms with points at the famous “Caley” in Edinburgh Scotland. I did not expect to get much by the way of Diamond perks on the cities (and the hotels) busiest night of the year. When I booked these too rooms back in the Summer I needed a room with 2 beds and a room with 1 bed. The only option I had was a “Classic Queen” and “Accessible Twin” I did put in the notes that I did not ...

Waldorf Astoria Hotels to Offer Hilton VIP's More benefits?


A source at Hilton tells me that some changes are coming once again to the Hilton loyalty program. My first reaction was “Oh Great!” as over the past few years any changes that Hilton has given us has been less then great, no matter how they would try to spin it. This source who also tried to convince me that every change in the past was a good thing, told me that “The benefits for Diamond members are currently under review…” and they have gotten a lot of ...

A Review of the Historic Westin "Palace Hotel" - Madrid


This historical hotel in Madrid turned 101 years old on the night I was a guest. I have to admit upfront I’m more of a fan of modern hotels, but this hotel did a very good job at keeping to it’s historical ties while incorporating corporate brands standards.

Over 100 years ago construction started on one of the largest hotels ever known in the heart of Madrid, today his hotel operates under the Westin brand but locally it is still known as the ...

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Sweet dreams, Carlton.


Have you ever put a "request" on a reservation you made online? Did the hotel do anything about your request? Well the Hampton Inn Leesville/Ft. Polk went above and beyond! I ran across this story on Facebook and someone wanted to see if the staff at the Hampton Inn Leesville/Ft. Polk actually read the requests people make online for their hotel rooms. 

Luckily for this guest, Alyssa an employee at this Hampton Inn did find a photo of Alfonso, printed it, ...

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Earn United Mileage Plus Miles for Germanwings (4U) Flights


Starting on 27 October 2013, United Mileage Plus members will earn miles on flights operated by Germanwings, Lufthansa is in the process of transitioning many of its intra-German and European flights, with the exception of those from its Frankfurt and Munich hubs, to Germanwings. By the end of 2014, Germanwings will offer service to over 80 destinations throughout Germany and central Europe.

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Great Hotel - Hilton Copenhagen Airport - A review


The Hilton Copenhagen Airport hotel is truly a part of the airport, and is owned by the airport. The location of the hotel is just a few steps away from baggage claim (T3) and also right next to the Metro to the city center. If you are a Hilton Honors member this is your only option in Copenhagen and Denmark for that matter. The airport and hotel is a quick and easy 15-20 min train or metro ride to the center of the city. Making the Hilton a great pick for a late night arrival, the night ...

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United Airlines Makes My Mom’s 60th Birthday Special


 I have to say I’m very impressed and sure in the grand schema of things it means nothing; but United Airlines did something I would have never expected! I wrote a quick email to an upper level person at UA, just letting them know my mother would be onboard 2 UA flights on her 60th Birthday. My parents and their friends were flying from the east coast to Seattle to get on an Alaskan cruise. I booked all 4 of them a long time ago and got a very good price for round trip BWI-SEA ...

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Hilton London Tower Bridge - A Review - Great London Hotel and VIP benefits!


 I get to London a lot and I’m always searching for the best hotel for the money. As a Hilton Diamond, I look for a hotel that will provide the best benefits. On my latest trip I gave the Hilton London Tower Bridge a try, and I was impressed, it is a very modern, well run hotel with great VIP benefits. After my last Hilton stay in the UK at the down right nasty Hilton Newcastle I'm happy to see this hotel represent the Hilton brand as it should. 

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Tripadvisor.com - A Pattern of Removing Negative Reviews


For the second time this year I have had a hotel review removed from tripadvisor.com , both times these reviews were harsh but very true. Last week I posted here about my stay at the Hilton Newcastle Gateshead in England, I also posted a shorter but very similar review over on tripadvisor.com with the same telling photos. 

The review was live for 3 days until I got this email notice from tripadvisor:


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