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The trials and errors of the New UNITED - UA to change boarding process back!


Looks like UNITED got hit with some feedback regarding the “new” boarding process that they started a few weeks back.


UNITED posted on it’s facebook page this message

“We’ve been listening to your feedback about the recent boarding changes and starting June 8, we’ll return to boarding by zones on United-operated flights. Continental-operated flights will continue to board from the rear to the front, but in the near future, ...

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Review: Conrad Centennial Singapore Hotel

I had a wonderful 5 night stay at the Conrad Centennial Singapore back in April. I took advantage of the AMEX awards for 4 nights and one Q3FN (Promotional Free Night). before I get into the details of this stay, all I can say is that I was impressed from the time I arrived till the time I walked out the door. I tend to look for negative things when ever I step foot in a hotel, I can honestly say I had a very hard time finding anything negative about the property.

The Conrad ...

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Air France Airbus A380 takes out Bombardier CRJ700

An Airbus A380 operated by Air France hit a Delta Air Lines (Comair) CRJ700 at New York’s John F. Kennedy International airport, spinning the smaller plane and its occupants 90 degrees. Here is the video!

Here is the ATC recording:

None of the 520 people on AF A380 or the 66 on the CRJ700 were hurt. The A380 was unable to fly to Paris and is now immobilized.

The video is just crazy how the A380 just moved the CRJ700 like ...

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Embassy Suites Orlando - Lake Buena Vista - A Review (and it is not good)

My stay at this hotel was shocking, I have never been to a Hilton Family hotel that was so poorly cared for. The bathroom in my suite had inches of hair and muck in the corners. It was disgusting, I went to tell a cleaning lady outside the suite, she looked at me and walked away saying “no English” I then posted my disappointment on Embassy Suites Facebook page and was told by a corporate representative that she would contact the hotel and someone at the hotel would contact ...

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Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress - Orlando, FL - Review

I had the pleasure to stay at the Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress in Orlando, FL. To sum it up, WOW. I was very impressed with this hotel, the grounds, the staff, the rooms, and the Regency Club all very much impressed. The size of this hotel is also just impressive, and the grounds around the hotel make you feel like you are on your own island. The hotel recently completed its $45 million renovation with very modern and fresh to all thel 815 guestrooms and suites. I was impressed with the number ...

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"'We are declaring an emergency" UA497 - Listen to ATC tapes

The Times-Picayune, has posted the audio and transcripts of yesterdays emergency landing of UNITED 497 at Louis Armstrong International Airport in New Orleans. The flight had just departed on its way from New Orleans to San Francisco.

The audio is an example of how professional the crew handled this situation. The plane was reportedly rocking back and forth and returned to the airport within minutes of taking off. You can hear the crew report "smoke" and when the plane ...

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Changes to the Hilton Honors Program starting now!

Some after some calls to the Hilton Diamond Desk, I have been able to confirm some changes to the program. These changes went into effect on April 1st, but due to some "online issues" it has not been officially announced. By the way you can get 2,500 points for the problems with the launch of the new Hilton Pages here... (more on the new Hilton web pages below)

Here are the changes:
Points & Money Rewards:
You can now mix points and money to book a room. ...

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Grab 2,500 Hilton HHonors Points - (no longer available)

There is an active  was a link on The Hilton Honors page that will GIVE you 2,500 HH points.

Thank you for your patience as we upgrade our systems.

OK.. I'll take it, just click here, provide your HH Number and Pin..

The offer is no longer available

Score! 2,500 Points..

Fine Print
Registered members will be awarded a one-time offer of 2,500 HHonors Bonus Points. Please allow 2-3 weeks for your points to post to your account. Bonus Points do not count toward Elite tier qualifications.

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Rumor: Executive Lounge to become a Hilton Brand Standard.

I have gotten some inside info and at this point it is just a rumor and I do not have full details on the matter. There is some information out that all Hilton Hotels will be required to have an Executive Lounge. It is not fully clear if this will be a worldwide standard, a US standard, or International (outside US) standard. Also there is no time line yet.

I think this will be a very nice move for Hilton Diamonds, guaranteed lounge access at every Hilton.

However I do worry ...

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Three InterContinental Hotels in Germany gone as of April 1 2011

Well looks like Germany will be losing three InterContinental Hotels on April 1 2011. This statement can be found on each of the hotels pages, "THIS HOTEL WILL NO LONGER BE AN INTERCONTINENTAL FROM 1ST APRIL 2011"

So time to say goodbye to the InterContinental hotels in Berlin, Cologne & Dusseldorf. I'm told from someone familiar with the matter, that IHG just said, "We are done" and told these hotels that they will no longer be a part of the brand.

The InterContinental in Frankfurt, Hamburg and Berchtesgaden are not effected.

Hilton HHonors New Promo Starting on April 1 2011 - "Grand Nights"

The next Hilton Promo is just ok, you will get 1,000 bonus per night. If you have a good deal of nights between April 1 and June 30 this could add up for you.. There is also no limit. You need to register for this promotion. You can do that here.

With the Hilton HHonors™ Grand Nights promotion, it won't be long before your points add up to an unforgettable experience with the ones you love. Book and complete a stay by June 30th, 2011 and earn 1,000 extra HHonors points each night. And with more than 3,600 hotels in 82 countries around the world, you'll always come back with a tale to share.

So it is better then nothing...

Hyatt Place hotels coming to Europe

Hyatt and HILLGATE Properties, a Dutch real estate developer, announced Hyatt Place hotel in the Netherlands, near Amsterdam’s Schiphol airport. The hotel will open in Mid-2013 and will be the first Hyatt Place Hotel in Europe.

Hyatt Place Amsterdam Airport, with have around 330 rooms, will be located in Hoofddorp, close to Amsterdam Schiphol airport.

Currently there are over 160 Hyatt Place hotels in the U.S. and around 30 under development throughout the U.S., India, Panama and Costa Rica according to Hyatt. Hyatt Place Amsterdam Airport will be the second Hyatt property to open in Netherlands, with the expected opening of the new Andaz Amsterdam in 2012.

It will be nice to get more Hyatt brands in Europe, but I would really like to see more Park Hyatts or even Hyatt Regencys in Europe.

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SCORE! First Class Reward on Lufthansa A380 - LOST! Thanks Mothernature!

About a year ago I was able to book two 1st class rewards on Lufthansa with my UNITED miles; shockingly on the A380. This was just days before LH zeroed out all the reward seats in First on the A380. I was shocked that I was able to score these seats. I went a long time before telling anyone, I had a feeling that somehow I would brag too much and LH or UA would take these seats away. I did have some Dreams Nightmares of my A380 First class seats going away..

Well about 3 weeks ago I ...

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Grand Hyatt Cairo no longer a Hyatt effective immediately.

Just posted on Hyatt.com, looks like the Grand Hyatt Cairo will be losing the Hyatt name effective immediately. It is not clear if the Hotel will be run as a new chain or as an independent hotel. But as of today, it is no longer a Hyatt.

Unresolved Contractual Disputes Force Hyatt Exit; Egypt Remains Important to Hyatt Despite Its Exit From the Grand Hyatt Cairo.

From a statement posted on Hyatt.com,
“It is unfortunate that the contractual disputes have not been ...

Lufthansa.com stops selling flights to NRT (Tokyo)

As I have been reporting Lufthansa has pulled its flights from Tokyo but they are saying that it is a temporary move but as of this blog post you can not book flights from Frankfurt or Munich to Tokyo. The only statement on Lufthansa.com is this, "Lufthansa is re-routing all its Tokyo/Narita flights from Frankfurt and Munich to Osaka and Nagoya via Seoul until further notice till Monday, 28.03.2011"

What is going to happen to the A380 that was on the FRA-NRT route, will LH put it on a different route, or just let it get some rest in FRA?!??!

Here is what I'm getting when trying to book a flight to NRT from FRA or MUC:

Airlines Dropping Tokyo: Radiation Risk

Alitalia joined Lufthansa in keeping flights away from Tokyo as nuclear workers in Japan flight a meltdown at reactors damaged by the earthquake and tsunami.

Alitalia will divert its 14 weekly Tokyo trips from Rome and Milan to Osaka. Alitalia’s switch to Osaka was “to guarantee maximum regularity of flights,” Alitalia said today that passengers scheduled to fly to Tokyo will receive as much as 130 euros ($182) in compensation.

Lufthansa said it’s ...

VIDEO: Inside Tokyo Narita Airport During Earthquake

Check out this crazy video from inside Narita Airport during the big earthquake on Friday. You can see the Star Alliance check in area shaking for over 2 minutes! This video was posted on youtube by tsurukokemomo.

The press is reporting that Ibaraki Airport reopened today. Hanamaki Airport and Fukushima Airport will operate for the transportation of relief and rescue supplies to the affected areas. Tokyo Narita resumed normal operations on Saturday.

Lufthansa scans Japan flights for radioactivity - Pulls A380

"This is a precautionary measure for us," a Lufthansa spokesman told news agency AFP.

At the Lufthansa hubs in Frankfurt and Munich all flights from Japan were checked by airport fire departments but no radioactivity has been detected so far.

A source at Frankfurt airport said that only Lufthansa had taken the measure.

Lufthansa has also pulled the A380 from the FRA-NRT route till further notice, they have also set up a revised timetable:

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Major Cruise Lines: Little Impact From Tsunami

As frequent travelers we all wonder about how others are being effected by events like today's Earthquake and Tsunami in Japan and thinking I could have been there, or I was there last week... I know many of us started to look at the flight status of our airline to see what went on during today's events. When I first turned on the TV around 8am in Germany I was shocked to see this tragic news. I must admit my first thought was, what about my cruise in Asia in about 40 days. I jumped online to ...

VIDEO: Delta Skyclub at Narita Airport during Earthquake.

Check out this crazy video inside the Delta Skyclub at NRT during the big Earthquake, the video was posted on CNN's iReport.

Reports are the everyone was ok in the lounge and were evacuated from the building. Lots of broke glass and as you can see in the video something fall from the ceiling.

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