Preview of my recent trip to Spain

I'm starting to settle back into the normal routine, and I wanted to give a quick preview of my most recent trip. 
 
A preview of our seat on the train at Dulles airport.  Thanks to a delay we nearly missed it!
This trip had a few new experiences for me.  New ...
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Executive Suite at the Sheraton Towers Singapore - Singapore Award

After returning from the Maldives, our flight schedules required an overnight stay in Singapore.  I wanted to have something that was convenient.  There were certainly closer hotels to Changi, but I wanted a SPG night credit, plus the cash and points cost (before the 2013 devaluation) was ...

Plaza Premium Lounge at Male Airport - Singapore Award

After checking out of the Park Hyatt, a boat ride, then an hour of flying on Maldivian (with one short stop), we were in Male ready for our departure back to Singapore and then towards home.  
 

 
We walked with the Park Hyatt representative from the domestic ...

Park Water Villa at the Park Hyatt Maldives - Singapore Award

After six nights in a Park Pool Villa, we paid the up charge and moved to spend our last night in a Park Water Villa.  This was our wedding anniversary, and who knows when we'd return to a place like this, so we had to splurge on the quintessential Maldives experience: an over water villa. ...
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Dining and activities at the Park Hyatt Maldives - Singapore Award

I'm not the best person at simply relaxing.  I am usually on the move, and tend to get bored when in the same place for too long.  While I was really excited for this Maldives trip, I was a bit concerned about spending 7 days on an island in the middle of the Indian Ocean.  In ...

Park Pool Villa at the Park Hyatt Maldives Hadahaa - Singapore Award

The ultimate destination of our trip on Singapore Airlines was the Park Hyatt Maldives Hadahaa.  Park Hyatt is one of my favorite brands, and this seemed like a truly aspirational redemption.  I rarely stay anywhere for an extended period, so a whole week on an island with nowhere to go ...

Male to Hadahaa on Maldivian - Singapore Award

 
After arriving in male after our Business Class flight from Singapore, we had a little while to relax in the Moonimaa Lounge.  This is a lounge offered to Park Hyatt guests, and presumably other resorts that require a domestic flight after arrival in Male.   It is also ...

Singapore Airlines A330 Business Class to Male - Singapore Award

After our time in Singapore and Kuala Lumpur, our Singapore Airlines travel continued, with a business class flight to Male.  
 
Singapore uses its medium-haul 2-class A330-300 for service to Male.
We were seated in business class for the flight, which was about 4 1/2 hours. ...

Upgraded to Garden balcony room at Hilton Kuala Lumpur - Singapore Award

We spent our last night in Kuala Lumpur at the Hilton near Sentral train station.  Despite only holding Hilton Gold status, we were upgraded to an excellent room, with a large balcony.  

We booked one night here along with our time at the Conrad Singapore to clean out the Hilton ...
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Tourist for a day, then a United 777 - Mileage Run to Hong Kong

After the long flights and my night at the W Hong Kong, I wanted to spend as much time as I could exploring Hong Kong.  It's one of my favorite cities, and although I had visited several times before, there is always more to see.  

Central Government Complex, Tamar
One ...
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United 737 intra-Asia - Mileage Run to Hong Kong

It was a little disappointing to fly a narrowbody Continental Micronesia United 737 between major hubs in Asia, but the timing worked well for my mileage run to Hong Kong.  I flew to Narita on the United 787 from Denver, and had about 2 hours at Narita before continuing to Hong Kong.
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United to Japan on the 787 - Mileage Run to Hong Kong

After finding a pretty good fare, I took what was basically a mileage run to Hong Kong.  I was excited to be able to route this via Denver, so I could get on the 787 Dreamliner to Tokyo Narita.  It wouldn't be my first 787 flight, but it would be my first time flying on United's version, ...
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Hyatt Gold Passport Diamond benefits and service delivery

This is definitely a 'First World problem'.  I don't need any of these benefits, but I often write here about loyalty programs and it can be frustrating when benefits are promised and not delivered.   
 
The Hyatt Gold Passport program gets generally deserved high ...
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Flights on AirAsia and touring Kuala Lumpur - Singapore Award


After a few days in Singapore, we returned to Changi Airport for the second leg of our trip, by way of a quick flight to Kuala Lumpur. 

Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur
 
The first few days were spent at the Westin Kuala Lumpur, and we also spent a night at the ...

My next adventure - to Hong Kong in economy!

Most of my trip reports here are of my experiences in premium cabins.  I have a trip coming up that will likely consist of exclusively economy from North America to Hong Kong.  You may ask what I was thinking.  After this trip I may ask myself the same ...
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The Lengths We Go To - Singapore Airlines new branding campaign

I've shared several airline commercials here before.  I'm a fan of Singapore Airlines, especially after my recent trip with them.  They just launched a new campaign with a series of commercials built around "The Lengths We Go To" tag line.
"Understanding Your Needs", from Fujian, ...
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Comparing room upgrades for Hyatt and Starwood top tier elites

Presumably everyone likes to stay in a hotel suite, especially when only paying for a standard room.  There are few options for confirmed upgrades for top tier elites in certain hotel programs.

Executive suite at the Hyatt Regency San Francisco ...
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Suite at the Westin Kuala Lumpur - Singapore Award

After a few days in Singapore, our next stop was in Kuala Lumpur.  The first two nights of our stay were at the Westin.  We chose this hotel due to its convenient location in the so-called Golden Triangle of Kuala Lumpur, near the KLCC and the famed Petronas Towers.

Amazing ...
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KenetMD products are now available for sale online!

KenetMD products for sale: Click Here to buy
No more hoarding hotel shampoo when at Hyatt properties!  (Well, feel free if you like.)   The good news is that Hyatt has finally begun to sell their popular KenetMD bath products online.

 
Previously, I've ...
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