Excitement for booked Star Alliance award with United miles

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I just completed a booking for an upcoming trip for my wife and I that I am (probably too) excited about.  It will include flights on new transatlantic business class on both Brussels Airlines and Austrian Airlines.  Our main destination is Spain, a place my wife has long wanted to visit, plus some stops in both Zurich and Vienna.  

 

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Thoughts on Starwood Suite Night Awards

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I've had some excellent suite upgrades through the years at Starwood properties.  In both 2011 and 2012, I stayed more than 50 nights, so I earned 10 Suite Night Awards (SNA) each year.  Each of those expire at the end of 2013.  

My first confirmed Suite Night Award, at The Laguna, Bali

 

I've also had a fair number of ...

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New Park Hyatt promotional video

Park Hyatt is my favorite hotel brand, and I know I'm not alone in that assessment.  

Hyatt has posted an updated promotional video for their iconic Park Hyatt brand.  Please take a look.

 

There are many reviews of on Park Hyatt properties on this site by myself and others, and I'm always looking for the opportunity to return.  Some of my ...

Global entry from now on

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How would you like to clear customs and immigration in the US in a matter of minutes?  Global Entry is probably the best way accomplish that.

I have discussed various Trusted Traveler programs available to (primarily) US citizens in the past.  The Global Entry application process is somewhat involved, but in my opinion well worth it.  

After returning ...

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Food, flights and more in Singapore - Singapore Award

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Singapore is an easy place to explore for many visitors, due to its accessibility and diverse culture.  

 

We had a few days to spend on our first visit in Singapore, and we very much enjoyed our time there.   The days are predictably hot and humid, but we tried to spend most time inside during the warmest hours.  One interesting fact that I ...

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Upgraded to business room at the Conrad Centennial - Singapore Award

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After a long but excellent journey from home to Singapore via Chicago, San Francisco and Seoul in Singapore Airlines First Class, we had finally arrived in the first destination of our trip, Singapore. 

I don't stay in Hilton properties very often anymore, but the Conrad Centennial was highly regarded among many options in Singapore and it was a good way to burn through ...

Singapore Airlines First Class Between Incheon and Changi - Singapore Award

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After a great flight from San Francisco and some tasty meals on Singapore Airlines, we had brief transit stop in Seoul.


We had a little less than an hour on the ground in Seoul.  After passing through a walkway with thermal cameras, presumably part of a health screening similar to arrivals in other Asian countries; we were handed transit cards and then followed signs and ...

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Singapore Airlines First Class meal service on SQ15 to Seoul - Singapore Award

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After settling into my Singapore Airlines First Class seat, I was finally ready to eat.  First up, the lunch service.  On many Singapore flights there are extensive options to pre-book your meal choice.  We did not utilize the Book the Cook service on this flight, mostly since there were so many options, and I figured I'd just give the onboard menu a shot for these flights. ...

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Singapore Airlines 777-300ER First Class review - SQ15 to Seoul - Singapore Award

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King for a day?  Well, at least for the next 18 hours or so.  Here is my throne--the First Class seat on Singapore Airlines 777-300ER. 

This flight was our first experience on Singapore Airlines, made possible by the computer system upgrade in July 2012 that opened up premium space to Star Alliance partner airlines.  After nearly a year, it was ...

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Evening view of church - Photo Flashback

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Here is another cathedral photo in this series.  This particular example is one of the largest cathedrals in the world, based on length, overall volume and height of a non-spired church.  Its located in a major city that is famous for commerce, its music, and its sports.  

  

Where was this photo taken, what is this place called, and what is the ...

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Shiny Armadillo - Photo Flashback

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Happy United States Independance Day!

 

This gaudy sculpture represents something that its live form is pretty common in the area where it is located.  There is a flag that allows the location to be determined pretty easily, although I'm looking for a more specific description.  If you've been to this place, I doubt its something you'd ...

Summerfest - my favorite part of living in Milwaukee

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I've lived in Milwaukee for more than a decade now.  Much longer than I ever thought I would, and often much longer than I wanted to, but there are lots of positives here too. 

The Calatrava-designed pavilion of the Milwaukee Art Museum on the lakefront near downtown

Winters are long, and often cold, but there are many great things ...

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Cloudy Islands - Photo Flashback

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This was taken just offshore on a boat tour.  These islands remind me somewhat of Phang Nga Bay near Phuket, Thailand, but this spot is much closer to home and temperatures rarely are as warm as in Southeast Asia.  The nearest city where we left from is named for a politician who played a great part in taking ownership of this area nearly 150 years ago. ...

Booking my Singapore Airlines First Class Award - Singapore Award

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On the weekend in July 2012 when Singapore was changing over their computer systems which allowed SQ premium cabin space to be booked by Star Alliance partners.  I don't often jump on these crazy deals, but I couldn't let this pass me by.  I have always been intrigued by the Singapore Airlines mystique, even if part of that is the exclusivity of it due to the difficulty to redeem for ...

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Where should I use my 3 free Starwood nights?

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Its a good problem to have; 3 free nights at any Starwood property in category 1-6.  

I'm asking you, dear reader, for suggestions for where to go.

Starwood tends to be my primary hotel chain.  I have a lot of stays in cities for my business travel, and Starwood's reach works for me.  They also have a lot of properties in places I want to stay on my ...

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Hello from the Maldives

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It's been quiet on RegionalFirst of late, but that is because I'm really enjoying my time mostly disconnected at the Park Hyatt Maldives.

 

reflections on the main pool at the Park Hyatt Maldives


Prior to our arrival here, we did some touring in places new to us in Southeast Asia. ...

My favorite airline pajamas

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There are many perks to international premium class travel.  Pajamas being provided on long haul flights are high on my list.  

 

I think its fair to say that most carriers with a first class cabin provide pajamas on their long haul first class flights.  Some carriers that only offer 2 class service also provide pajamas for their business class passengers, ...

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