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Return Stay: Conrad Algarve - beating itself as the best!


I had the pleasure to return to my all time favorite hotel, the Conrad Algarve in Portugal. My second stay was better then my first back in February! I cannot put into words how great the service is at this hotel! I have to say that I have been a guest at off peak times for this resort in Southern Portugal and I have already booked my 3rd stay for March. Being off peak might have a ...

Do you have a Hilton Branded Credit Card? How Many Points are You Missing!?!


I started to notice an issue with the correct amount of points posting from American Express to my Hilton account from my HHonors Surpass Card. This card gets you 3 points per dollar for any spend, 9 points per dollar at Gas Stations, Supermarkets and 12 points per dollar at any Hilton Worldwide Hotel (All the Brands in the Hilton Portfolio).

A few weeks back noticed a charge on my ...

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Germanwings: My First Experience - Sorry, “We can not do anything 4U”


The worst thing for any experienced frequent traveler is when you are lied too, told it can not be done, and non-stop finger pointing. 

The worst thing for any airline is an experienced frequent traveler who knows when the airline is withholding real information about flight status, and what can and should be really done.

Monday September 1 ...

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Thai Airways B747-400 First Class - Photo Tour (BKK-MUC)


I cashed in some UNITED miles for a R/T Europe to South East Asia first class reward. Here is a photo tour of the Thai (TG) B747-400 first class cabin on my return flight to Munich. You can also check out my photo tour of the TG A380 First class on my FRA-BKK flight. I have to say I think I like the seat better on the B747, but the A380 bathroom is something I did miss. Much harder to change ...

Lufthansa Group Strike Friday Aug 29 - GERMANWINGS ONLY


A quick update to what we posted early this week here. 

Talks are on going today with Lufthansa and it's Pilots. Pilots at Lufthansa's budget carrier Germanwings (4U)  said they would walk off the job on Friday if an agreement on an early retirement scheme is not reached.

As of late Thursday afternoon in Germany there is no news on an ...

Lufthansa pilot strike 'imminent'


Looks like Lufthansa pilots are ready to strike again. There is no set dates as of yet, but it could be very soon! The Germans are good at giving days and times when they will strike. In the past Thursdays are most common for LH strikes. 

So if you are flying with Lufthansa or Germanwings be on the look out for news on a strike. 

The dispute is mostly over pension ...

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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” ...

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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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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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, ...

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 ...

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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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