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American Airlines Can't Prioritize Gate Checked Bags

I’m still mostly content with my decision to switch from United to American as my primary carrier for business travels mostly in North America.  One area of frustration has been when forced to gate check a bag.  American just can’t seem to get it right.
 
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United's New Safety Video: Team USA

Election years in the US are often miserable given the incessant mud slinging which some refer to as "campaigning".  In better news, US  presidential election years are also the same year as the Summer Olympic Games are held.  Airlines often use this national pride in their ad ...

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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United's new Chengdu route has major implications

The recent network developments in the US-China space have more groundbreaking implications than may appear on paper. A simple rehash of occurences within the past two weeks provides a good starting framework. 
Two weeks ago, Delta Air Lines unveiled plans to launch a nonstop flight from ...
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Ritz Carlton Ft Lauderdale (FLL) - A very nice hotel

Overview: A truly five star resort hotel in an urban, beachfront setting
Strengths: Service, Dining, Rooms
Weakness: Limited pool hours, Beach is great but generally crowded (and truly a public beach), Noise in my room (though I believe this to be a limited problem)
I spent a weekend ...

Aria Resort and Casino - Las Vegas

Overview: A conference hotel on the Strip in Las Vegas, but a bit removed from the action
Strengths: Rooms
Drawbacks: Where is the pizzazz?; location is set well back from the Strip

Earlier this week, I headed west to one of the major conferences for my industry.  After a few ...

Christmas in Hawaii Part 10 - Conclusion

Part 1 – Introduction Part 2 – AA Five Star Service (JFK), JFK Flagship Lounge, AA #3 JFK-LAX Flagship First Class Part 3 – LAX Flagship Check-in, LAX Flagship Lounge, Encounter Restaurant, AA #247 LAX-KOA First Class Part 4 – Four Seasons Hualalai: The Experience Part 5 – Four ...
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Christmas in Hawaii Part 8 – Honolulu Activities

Part 1 – Introduction Part 2 – AA Five Star Service (JFK), JFK Flagship Lounge, AA #3 JFK-LAX Flagship First Class Part 3 – LAX Flagship Check-in, LAX Flagship Lounge, Encounter Restaurant, AA #247 LAX-KOA First Class Part 4 – Four Seasons Hualalai: The Experience Part 5 – Four ...

Christmas in Hawaii Part 7 – Halekulani

Part 1 – Introduction Part 2 – AA Five Star Service (JFK), JFK Flagship Lounge, AA #3 JFK-LAX Flagship First Class Part 3 – LAX Flagship Check-in, LAX Flagship Lounge, Encounter Restaurant, AA #247 LAX-KOA First Class Part 4 – Four Seasons Hualalai: The Experience Part 5 – Four ...

Christmas in Hawaii Part 5 – Four Seasons Hualalai: Details and Strategy

Part 1 – Introduction Part 2 – AA Five Star Service (JFK), JFK Flagship Lounge, AA #3 JFK-LAX Flagship First Class Part 3 – LAX Flagship Check-in, LAX Flagship Lounge, Encounter Restaurant, AA #247 LAX-KOA First Class Part 4 – Four Seasons Hualalai: The Experience Part 5 – Four ...

Christmas in Hawaii Part 4 – Four Seasons Hualalai: The Experience

Part 1 – Introduction Part 2 – AA Five Star Service (JFK), JFK Flagship Lounge, AA #3 JFK-LAX Flagship First Class Part 3 – LAX Flagship Check-in, LAX Flagship Lounge, Encounter Restaurant, AA #247 LAX-KOA First Class Part 4 – Four Seasons Hualalai: The Experience Part 5 – Four ...

Christmas in Hawaii: Introduction

Part 1 – Introduction Part 2 – AA Five Star Service (JFK), JFK Flagship Lounge, AA #3 JFK-LAX Flagship First Class Part 3 – LAX Flagship Check-in, LAX Flagship Lounge, Encounter Restaurant, AA #247 LAX-KOA First Class Part 4 – Four Seasons Hualalai: The Experience Part 5 – Four ...

Sasabune - New favorite for NYC sushi!

Wow.  This is my new top choice for sushi in Manhattan.
The restaurant is an unadorned set of two rooms on the Upper East Side (east of First) blessed with the best fish and Japanese-style service I've experienced this side of the Pacific.  While you can order from a menu at tables, Omakase is ...

Intercontinental Hotel Miami

Overview: A decent upper-mid-scale in-city hotel
Strengths: Location, good QPR
Drawbacks: Service at the front door, cleaning at the pool area
 
Last week, I had a client dinner in Miami – which required a quick overnight trip for me and several colleagues.  We stayed at the ...