Thoughts on Starwood Suite Night Awards

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 ...

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 ...

Global entry from now on

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 ...

Food, flights and more in Singapore - Singapore Award

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 ...

Upgraded to business room at the Conrad Centennial - Singapore Award

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 ...

Evening view of church - Photo Flashback

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. ...

Shiny Armadillo - Photo Flashback

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. ...

Summerfest - my favorite part of living in Milwaukee

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 ...

Cloudy Islands - Photo Flashback

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 ...

Booking my Singapore Airlines First Class Award - Singapore Award

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 ...

Where should I use my 3 free Starwood nights?

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 ...

Hello from the Maldives

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 ...

My favorite airline pajamas

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 ...

Off on my Singapore Airlines First Class trip!

After nearly a year since this trip was booked; my wife and I are off on our anniversary trip to Southeast Asia and the Maldives on Singapore Airlines.
View of a Singapore Airlines A380 from a previous trip
I'm not one to have a 'bucket list' per se, but Singapore Airlines has always had ...