Diamonds Are a Traveler's Best Friend? Trying out Hilton again.

Even though Hilton gave away Diamond status a few months ago (link), I didn't really have any plans to take advantage of it.  I only decided to take the match at the last minute before the offer expired.  I recently had a trip where I couldn't find any availability without breaking the ...
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Have you had the Westin Experience?

Westin hotels seem to employ an "Experience Specialist" at most of their properties.  I've had a few stays at Westin hotels the last few months, and wanted to share some of these experiences.  It has mostly been positive, but not always.

Westin Los Angeles Airport.  Photo ...
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My 50th State, and other travel milestones

Maybe you have seen various surveys on Facebook tracking now many states people have visited.  At some point, I did some accounting, and realized that I was close to reaching all of the states.  I had been to 48 states, all but New Mexico and Idaho.  I had been meaning to make a trip ...
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Grand Suite at the Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur

7 nights in an amazing suite on a business trip is a pretty excellent way to spend a trip far from home, especially considering I booked a standard room.  I haven't always had great luck using my Hyatt Diamond suite upgrades, but I was pretty pleased in this case with being able to use it for a ...

Having some fun with CBP: the Global Entry Selfie

I'm not one to take a lot of selfies.  That's not to say never, but it seems I have more cranky old man traits than that of a millennial.  There may exist some photos of me in First Class pajamas or in a airplane lavatory, but good luck finding those...One exception to my no selfie 'rule' ...
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New Travel Philosophies in the New Year

2015 was my first full year as a father. As mentioned in my recent post reviewing 2015 travel, I spent a lot more time on the road for work and therefore away from my family than I wanted.  Sure, I love to travel, but moderation is best in most things.

Senso-ji Temple, Asakusa, ...
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2015 in Travel: New Friends and Some Old Ones, and a Lot of Flying

As seems to happen a lot, I ended up flying more than I originally planned this year.  I easily requalified for my new preferred status; American Airlines Executive Platinum midway through the year.  After some long haul trips on United, I stretched a little bit, focusing my bookings on ...
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A Few More Flights to Go After a Year on the Road.

As 2015 is winding down, in this post I'm revisiting my year and what is to come.  I'll have a more complete summary of my 2015 travels later.  

Jacksonville may not be an exciting destination, but the sunrises along the beach were great. 
 
I wrote this a ...
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Review: The Le Meridien Dubai Hotel and Conference Center

Among many luxurious hotels in Dubai, for my first extended visit to Dubai, I stayed at the Le Meridien Dubai and enjoyed my experience a lot.  This hotel has been under the Le Meridien flag for some time, but only in the last 18 months or so have they been a participant in the SPG ...
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A Road Warrior's Tour of Inepitude, and Why I am Still Mostly Happy

Everyone hates flight delays.  How about a delay that was about 4 times the planned flight length?  To make it worse, the flight ultimately got cancelled.  
 
Sorry for the poor photo editing skills...but it fit my mood, and it's better to laugh than cry
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Finally Some Vacation and a Meetup in NYC

I've been traveling seemingly almost nonstop for much of this year, but finally had the chance for a short vacation with family.  We visited the Andaz Penninsula Papagayo last year as somewhat of a 'babymoon', and this year we returned with our daughter.  

We only made this trip ...

Postcards from Daddy: Souvenirs from the road

I'm not much of a souvenir collector in my travels.  I've always wanted to find something to collect, but I also usually try to to avoid clutter at home.  Having said that, apparently I do keep a collection of airline amenity kits...(sigh).  
I've flown close to 2 million miles ...
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Back to Flying the Friendly Skies, For Now.

Why would anyone willingly subject themselves to United Airlines in its current state?  That's a fair question, and one I ask myself on occasion. (Including on this site almost 2 years ago).  I've discussed my thought process about United before, and we even discussed this on a recent ...
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Lufthansa A340 Business Class from Dusseldorf to Chicago

Lufthansa’s current business class hard product is not revolutionary, but it is a decent seat, and the service is usually good.  At the end of our family trip, and a quick visit in Dusseldorf, this was a comfortable way to get us back home.
 
Lufthansa A340, showing the ...
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Amenity Kit Review: Thai Airways First Class (Rimowa 2014)

How about an amenity kit that looks like a mini Rimowa luggage case?  A few airlines offer these on occasion in their premium cabins.  I have only had one opportunity to pick one up, on my flight on the Thai Airways A380 between Frankfurt and Bangkok. For our introductory post on ...
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A Four Hour Layover in Dusseldorf

While we were fortunate to have easy nonstop flights on our trip to Europe there was one connection we had to make, in Düsseldorf, and unfortunately it was 4 hours.  I love airports, but that was far too long to spend there, so we decided to venture into the city for a short time. ...

Amenity Kit Review: United Airlines BusinessFirst - early 2015

I recently reviewed United's newest amenity kit with items from Cowshed.  For comparison, here is the previous version of the amenity kit that replaced.  The contents are similar, but the case is the main difference.   For our introductory post and description of the categories, and ...

A Few Days Exploring Z├╝rich

While this wasn't our first trip to Zürich, it was the first time we had a few days to spend some time.  Is is a lovely place to visit, especially in the summer, although as someone who some may call cheap, the prices of most everything are a bit hard to swallow.  We chose this ...

Amenity Kit Review: Lufthansa First Class (Escada Male Summer 2014)

A nice amenity kit that can be repurposed as a tablet case.  Just like Lufthansa First Class, this is a pretty solid offering. Here I will review the Escada amenity kit I received when I last flew Lufthansa First Class in the summer of 2014. For our introductory post and description of the ...
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