Hilton buys 900 Million dollars worth of Mints

Blackstone the owner of Hilton worldwide, has just purchased the small hotel chain Mint in the UK. Mint Hotel, formerly known as City Inn, began just over a decade ago with a single venue in Bristol. It now boasts a chain of eight hotels, including sites in Leeds, London and Manchester. There is ...

Luckily Changes to UNITED Mileage Plus not as dramatic as Rumored!

After the drama of some rumors posted online about what the new UNITED mileage program would look like, many are relieved that the changes are not th at bad, and in fact do give some extra perks to higher status level folks, but taking some things away from the entry level elite members.
I ...

The Power of the Star Alliance..

A bit random.. but I'm sitting in the Scandinavian (SAS) Lounge, in Brussels, getting access with my Continental Airlines status, flying Brussels airlines on a ticket purchased from British Midland International (bmi), getting mileage credited to my UNITED account.. Got to love the power of the Star Alliance.

Hilton Manchester Airport (UK) - "Deluxe Room"

So I typically have a bit lower expectations for airport hotels, well the Hilton Manchester Airport (MAN) in the UK has just reinforced that. Sure I will be here only one night, for a very early flight.. but the little things matter to me. The check in experience was ok but I was not told I was ...

Me, Myself & Irene

Well what started out to be a simple mileage run from London to Denver on UNITED, turned out to be a bit more exciting. I booked the following flights:
with a return
I was using two systemwide upgrades to confirm all the flight including the CO flights, I ...

SWISS to change branding

SWISS International will be changing its branding. A new logo will be adopted starting in October. It shows a SWISS tailfin with its Swiss-cross design, reflecting the livery of the company’s aircraft and enabling SWISS to be instantly recognized as “the airline of ...
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The Hilton & HGI Frankfurt Airport (Germany) will now open in December.

The long delayed Hilton Frankfurt Airport and Hilton Garden Inn Frankfurt Airport is reported to be opening a bit ea rlier then last expected. I’m told now that both hotels will open sometime this December. The dates on Hilton.com have been jumping all around and as of this post still list an ...

Is UNITED the Source of the Leaked Changes to the Mileage Plus Program?

As “rumors” about the new UNITED mileage plus program has hit the Internet, and is now all over frequent flyer blogs and forums some might think the people at the top of UNITED are mad about the “leak”. A confidential insider at UNITED tells me this is “all part of the ...

Envoy Suites Coming to US Airways A333 This Fall

A few weeks back I booked my First flight with US Airways in a very long time, I need to fly from MAN (Manchester, UK) to Seattle and I found a very attractive fare for US Airways Envoy class. It booked as (Z) Business for the over the Atlantic legs and (A) First for the domestic legs. The long haul ...

Really annoyed with Hilton Honors –How you could get screwed.

As a loyal Hilton Diamond for the past 6 years I think I have reached the point were I’m going to jump ship. Don’t get me wrong there are some real nice Hilton Family hotels out there, and they have hotels all over the world. The VIP treatment is very good in Europe and Asia, but when ...

I Miss Frankfurt Airport as My Neighbor

After 5 years living in Germany, I have recently moved to Northern England and this would be the reason for my lack of posting here on UPGRD. Now that life is getting back to normal, I have all my stuff and most importantly I have started to travel and plan to travel again.
After living just 15 ...
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Hyatt Confirmed Bed Type Guarantee Pays Off!

I was a guest at the Hyatt at Dulles airport a few weeks back, I checked in around 930pm and had a king bed room booked. When I walked to the desk I was informed that the hotel was sold out and there was no room with a King bed left.. I really did not care; I just wanted to sleep after a flight from ...

Dreaded call from UNITED EZ-Update Guy

A quick hello from LAX. I’m back state side for a week or so and had time to squeeze in a quick mileage run. Wednesday I did IAD-DEN-LAX in UNITED first and the return was the same routing for the next day. I booked this trip back in March and put some regional upgrade certs on the booking ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...