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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!

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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

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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

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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?

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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

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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.

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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

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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

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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

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 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!

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 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

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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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UA People, get off the ledge! Marriott Rewards and United MileagePlus status partnership

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After a long weekend of many UA MileagePlus memebers getting ready to jump off the ledge over a twiter post from UA last Thursday.

 

Today, it turns out it is really good news! United MileagePlus has joined forces with Marriott Rewards, to provide unprecedented travel benefits to their most loyal members.

Starting today, through “RewardsPlus,” United Global Services, Premier 1K, Premier Platinum and Premier Gold members can ...

Hilton Newcastle Gateshead - The staff is Miserable & You will be too! - A Review

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Just when I was thinking that Hilton family hotels in the UK were making a turn for the better with some very nice stays in the UK, I got hit with a shocking reality on how bad it can be. After two great recent stays (and reviews are coming) at the Hilton at St. George Park in Burton-Upon-Trent, Staffordshire, and the Doubletree by Hilton Newcastle Airport; I had a very disappointing and troubling stay at the Hilton Newcastle Gateshead Hotel, England.

Now I want to start off with the ...

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View from a UA B747 - The Crash of Asiana Airlines at SFO

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At this point we have all watched the shocking video of the Asiana B777 crash land at SFO, but did you notice the UNITED 747 sitting on the taxi way waiting to enter that same runway to depart?

You can see the UA 747 at the right of this photo. 

That was UA885 at full B747 heading to (KIX) Osaka, I have gotten my hands on an internal United pilots recount of what happened on UA885 as the Asiana B777 crash and ...

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Park Hyatt Istanbul Maçka Palas - A review

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The Park Hyatt brand has always been one to provide the wow factor, and sure you get what you pay for. As the most elite brand in the Hyatt portfolio; Park Hyatt hotels have proven to be a sure thing.

The Park Hyatt Istanbul is a very modern a cool boutique hotel located in a very new and modern part of Istanbul. The hotel is located around many shops and high end international stores. It looks far from most of the tourist stuff in the city and it is a bit off t he tourist ...

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Happy 21st MUC Airport!

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Today (May 17th) is the 21st birthday for Munich Airport (MUC). Munich is one of my favorite airports in Europe. Back in 1992 I got to fly out of the new Munich Airport. I lived in Germany when I was younger and in 1991 we landed at the Old Munich Airport -Munich-Riem Airport (German: Flughafen München Riem). This old airport was very old and as an 11 year old very scary, I never wanted to fly back home because of that old airport.

 

When ...

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Hilton Stockholm Slussen - A Review

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I was a guest at the Hilton Stockholm Slussen last weekend and I have to say I was very impressed with this hotel. This Hilton was once a Scandic hotel, back in the early 2000’s Hilton owned the Scandic brand and they converted many of the better Scandic hotels to the Hilton brand before selling off the other Scandic hotels. The hotel is much larger then it looks from the outside with different wings and really taking up a block of center Stockholm. The location is great, about a 8 min ...

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Most all Lufthansa Flight on 22 April CANCELLED!

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If you are flying with Lufthansa via to or from any Germany airport you will not be having a good time on Monday 22 April. Also most flights in Europe on other airlines are overbooked due to this action. 

Good luck! 

Due to the announced strike actions on Monday, 22 April, nearly all Lufthansa flights within Germany and Europe will be cancelled. Only a select few short-haul flights will operate on Monday, such as in Berlin, where strike actions should end ...