Andaz Xintiandi (Shanghai) - You Don't Know What You've Got, 'Til It's Gone


Coming in from Shanghai’s Pudong International Airport, the drive was long and I was already exhausted.  The location is deep in the city and the better part of 45 minutes from the airport, about a $25 cab ride in.  As we approached the hotel I saw large shopping centers with ...
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Texture - Saving My Marriage Month by Month

There is something particularly enjoyable about carelessly turning the pages of a magazine on a beach, or leaning forward in your seat as you fold the cover side back around a magazine and finish an engaging article. I love the sprawling beach shots in Islands magazine, the luxury villas in ...

Sofitel Bangkok Sukhumvit

Sofitel Bangkok Sukhumvit
Bangkok is a city awash with hotels. From backpacker bunk beds to 5-star suites, there is anything and everything available to travelers visiting the Big Mango. Due to the high inventory, it’s difficult to stand out. But the Sofitel Bangkok Sukhumvit manages to ...

US Bank Lifemiles Visa Shutting Down and a Nice Going Away Present

I recently signed up for the US Bank Lifemiles Visa Signature card and was excited about the proposition.  Lifemiles are routinely on sale with terrific bonus offers (recently up to 125% on purchased miles) and fill a void for Star Alliance miles across my accounts so despite only receiving a ...

Hyatt Regency Aruba - Food & Beverage Heaven and Hell

Recap
In my previous posts on the Hyatt Regency Aruba (first and second), you have seen some positive and some negative aspects of our stay but most of the negatives have been small, nitpicking little details that in aggregate add up to a lot.  More importantly, this is a value for ...
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Hyatt Regency Aruba - The Property, the Sun, the Water

Continuing my posts on Aruba, this is more about the disappointing Hyatt Regency Aruba, here is the previous post if you would like to start from the beginning.
Grounds, Pools
This resort has beautiful grounds complete with caged macaws.  It felt tropical, luxurious and refined.  ...

Hyatt Regency Aruba - So Close to Greatness, So Far From Good Value


I have made no bones about it, I love Hyatt as a brand.  I am also a fan of Apple products in the same regard, and in most instances will look past an inconvenience to see a personal benefit.  This property is not a loser, in fact if you spend time mostly at Hyatt Place and Hyatt ...

Holiday Inn Resort Aruba - For Families or Couples or both

Continuing our stay at the Holiday Inn Resort Aruba, see the previous post here.
Zones 
One drawback that we heard in advance was that it was a family style resort.  While we travel with our daughter (16 months old) she would not be of an age to take advantage of the kid friendly ...

Holiday Inn Resort Aruba - A Great Option

If you have read my blog over the last three years, I think you will notice a trend.  I tend to review Hyatts in great locations and virtually nothing else.  I travel for business outside of my assignments or vacations and as much as I would like to stay in Hyatts all the time (though I ...

US Airlines Allowed to Begin Scheduled Flights to Cuba This Year!

According to Bloomberg, US carriers will be able to fly to Cuba later this year with up to 120 daily flights to the island (20 to Havana, 10 each to the other nine international airports).  An agreement signed in December of last year will be "formalized" on Tuesday which will pave the way for ...

OneGo: Why I’m Skeptical About All-You-Can-Fly Subscriptions - UPDATED

For this post I was able to speak with a PR rep from OneGo about their offering.  She was very helpful in answering questions about the service, but I still had questions about the business structure which she could of course not answer on behalf of the company.  Their PR rep Dina was able ...
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Grand Hyatt Erawan - Lunch at the Tea Room

This is the third part in a series on the Grand Hyatt Erawan.  Click part 1 and part 2 to catch up on what you might have missed.
Ahead of our visit, I sent some questions for PR about the property and the in-house Public Relations Rep, Beau said she would meet me during our stay.  We ...
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Grand Hyatt Erawan - More Resort than Hotel in the Heart of Bangkok


(Decorated for the holidays)
Without getting too “meta” as a travel writer, a blogger, as someone who gets to visit beautiful properties all the time there are some experiences where I find the words harder to place together because I won’t be able to do justice.  ...
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Southwest Companion Pass - The Best Deal in Travel for Family Flights


Why Southwest Ever?
Southwest Airlines does not offer upgrades (though their seats have a pitch comparable to some economy plus seats).  That disqualifies them for much of our readership, but to those who are open there are some serious benefits available from the largest domestic ...
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Matthew is Wrong - Hyatt Buying Starwood Is a Benefit to Customers

Earlier today I posted about Hyatt potentially buying Starwood hotels as reported by CNBC. Then Matthew from Live and Let's Fly here on Upgrd wrote this post.
There were of course some valid points:
"Northwest and Delta merged, and we lost a great Northwest loyalty program and ...
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BREAKING - CNBC Reports Hyatt in Advance Talks to Buy Starwood Hotels

Heard on CNBC this morning, Hyatt is the latest to signal interest in Starwood Hotels.  Just yesterday the Wall Street Journal reported that three Chinese firms had expressed interest in Starwood who has been openly for sale for several months.  
Starwood parted with their CEO almost ...

Barclays US Airways/American Airlines Companion Pass Deadline EXTENDED!

Many of you likely have the former Barclays US Airways Mastercard, now the Barclays Aviator card.  One of my favorite features of the card are two $99 companion passes (with black out dates of course) that expire on September 30th, 2015.  
This is particularly helpful to my family ...
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W Bangkok - Oh no, I'm the Old Guy

I Am Way Too Old For This...
Among premium international hotel chains, a new trend for hotels is to tailor to the younger, cooler generation.  Brands like W Hotels from SPG (Aloft is their junior brand), Andaz from Hyatt, or Autograph from Marriott speak in a vernacular that is casual with ...
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