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Hotel Review: Radisson Blu Chicago


The Radisson Blu is a rather recent addition to the many high quality hotels in downtown Chicago--one of my favorite cities! It's found north of the 'loop'-- just east of Michigan Avenue and south of Wacker Drive--not far from the Hyatt Regency Chicago and the Fairmont hotels.Thanks to a recently ended Club Carlson promo, I had the opportunity to spend one quick night here. I look forward to a future stay even though one of my favorite Hyatts is around the corner.

The hotel has a very ...

Hotel Review: Grand Hyatt Bali


Yes. I'm yet another person who was out to burn some British Airways miles on a Cathay Pacific trip in F to Asia before the new British Airways Avios regime took over. One of the stops on my Asia tour (my first trip to Asia) was the Grand Hyatt in Bali. Perhaps some of you have seen some of my other hotel reports from Hyatt properties in the U.S. In general I'm a big fan of Hyatt properties and of their Gold Passport loyalty program. Some might even say that I'm a 'Hyatt Fanboy'. While all ...

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It Exists: The Continental...err United... 767 & the 'new' BusinessFirst Seat


Last week I was flying from out of Houston and decided to use a soon to be expired Confirmed Regional Upgrade Region 1...err Premier Regional Upgrade I think they're called now... to upgrade my flight since I was scheduled to be on a 767. The plane was a former Continental aircraft with what I assumed to be the (early?) 90s-era BusinessFirst seat. While these seats are comfy enough, they are not as nice as either of the United Business or new Continental Businessfirst seat. However, I ...

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Hotel Review: Seattle's Hyatt Olive8

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I have had the chance to stay at the Seattle Hyatt Olive8 in the past. It is a very new property located very close to the Grand Hyatt--located one block away---which makes for very convenient 'hotel hopping' to rack up a few stays on a multi-day trip to Seattle.

The Hyatt Olive8 is in a condo-hotel type building. The bottom 16 floors or so are the hotel. The upper floors house permanent residents. The hotel has its own entrance and appears to have no connection to the ...

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35 Hours After Systems Integration--United "Armageddon" or "Business As Usual" at O'Hare?

Matthew spoke a few days ago about the all important passenger systems integration between United and Continental that took place and the possible 'armagaddon' that such endeavours have brought in other airline mergers. That fact that I was supposed to fly from Chicago to Houston on United some 35 hours after this transition had me a little concerned.. So far it turns out to have been for no reason.

I made a few advance preparations to help my travel a little bit easier: ...

Hotel Review: Intercontinental Hotel Boston

I had a couple of IHG free nights that I had to use. Yes...what a dilemma. I wasn't able to redeem them at my first choice hotel in Paris, so I found myself having to use these free nights elsewhere. After much debate, I decided to use them at the Boston Intercontinental hotels. To help given some additional context here, I do not hold any kind of status with either Intercontinental hotels or Priority Club, the rewards program affiliated with the Intercontinental.

After arriving at ...

Flight Report: Continental Newark to Honolulu in Businessfirst 'Lite' Jan 2012


Recently I had the opportunity to upgrade into the Businessfirst cabin of the Continental Newark to Honolulu non-stop. Many speak like this is the 'ultimate long haul ride' from the lower 48 to the islands. Well let's see how it shaped up.

Continental flies a comfortable 767 equipped with the oldest version of their BusinessFirst seats on this route. I am fine with the older seats. While I love the newest BF seats on their planes, these are just fine...especially considering what many ...

5 Comments Read more Glitch Shows United 1Ks as Presidential Platinum


Happy New Year!: Many United 1Ks were greeted with the following in the new year:

Normally we're used to seeing our 'year to date elite miles' drop to zero but I was certainly surprised to see a status promotion to 'Presidential Platinum' elite.

This is a glitch that Continental is aware of and is working on fixing quickly, according to one of  the official "UA Insiders", Shannon Kelly, on is currently displaying many United ...

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The Gran Melia Cancun: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly


Thanksgiving break is short. My desire to be home for Thanksgiving is small. Get me to a beach ASAP. Cancun is a quick flight from my home and it is not incredibly crowded at Thanksgiving. I've even been able to score a lucrative bump voucher or two on the route. (No luck this year on the bump voucher. They were looking for volunteers but it would have been another 36 hours before they could get me home--I'm flexible but not that flexible.)

Cancun is not the best place to go if one ...

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Lounge Review: TAP Premium Lounge at the Lisbon Airport


Recently I had the opportunity to spend some time before a Continental flight in the TAP Premium lounge at the Lisbon airport. This is the Star Alliance Gold lounge in the Lisbon airport, a star alliance hub city. On the one hand one would expect the main international Star Alliance at a European hub city to be very good. On the other hand, my expectations for the lounge were not especially high  based on my very limited experience flying TAP in the past. I was ...

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Hotel Review: Grand Hyatt Seattle

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I have to admit that the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Seattle is one of my favorite hotels in one of my favorite cities. Of course, a big part of that is how frequent Goldpassport Diamonds are upgraded to suites. Evertime I’ve stayed here, save one, I’ve received a complimentary diamond upgrade to a suite. This time was no different.

Unilike some other “Grand” Hyatts I’ve stayed at, this property is in great shape and not needing a makeover. My only ...

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