Transparency of Airfare Pricing

I recently commented on the government's website for USA Today regarding changes to CFR 399.88 which requires airlines to be accountable for their prices, mistakes or otherwise.  Some of my colleagues at UPGRD may disagree with my position, but I wanted to post these thoughts for everyone to ...

Hyatt Diamond Challenge is Back and Open to Everyone

My favorite hotel chain has been Hyatt for several years now.  Service at the Park properties are fantastic but even the Hyatt House stays can offer really exceptional rooms.  As seen on, a revamped promo has been announced.
Old Status Challenge
Hyatt took away ...

Hilton Making Moves in Myanmar

Bloomberg recently had a report about Hilton Hotels properties in newly opened Myanmar (formerly Burma).  Hilton was one of the first chains to build in Southeast Asian country since sanctions have eased over the the last couple of years.  
We visited Myanmar three years ago and ...

Amtrak Train Derails in Philadelphia - 240 Onboard, 50 injured

While details are still sketchy at this time, an Amtrak train en route from Washington DC to New York City derailed 8-10 cars with approximately 240 passengers on board.  Aerial shots show the wreckage lit up by flashlights as rescuers pursue survivors.  

The accident happened near 2000 Wheatsheaf Lane and local trains have suspended service and been diverted for the time being.  Firefighters were seen moving victims on gurneys out of the train cars which appeared to be on their side.  

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the victims of this tragedy.  


Country Count: Which Count, Which Don't and How Many Do You Have?

I get asked this question all the time: 
 “How many countries have you been to?”
First of all, don’t end your sentences with a preposition.  Second, it really depends on who you ask.  There are a few different different schools of thought and I am ...

Getting What You Pay For...

This is loosely about travel, but mostly it's not.  
A friend of mine, we will call her Megan (because that is her name) started buying mistake fares about a year ago, and has suffered the same fate of all of those that have purchased a mistake fare for practically nothing.  That fate ...

Introducing Jimmy Chan and the Grand Hyatt Macau

It was our first visit to Macau (my 40th or 45th country depending on whom you ask and what they consider a country). Naturally, it was also our first stay in the Grand Hyatt Macau.  
First Impressions
The drive up is impressive and the lobby even more so.  It was ...

Hyatt Place NYC - Punching Above Its Weight

As part of the “Tour D’Hyatts” the Sherpstress, Sherpita and myself stayed in three different Manhattan Hyatts over three different nights.  We started with the Hyatt Place NYC and planned on working our way up the Hyatt chain through the Hyatt Herald Square and ultimately the ...

Beautiful Myanmar

I'm not a fan of re-posting links to great stories without adding something of my own at least, however, there is not a lot that can be added to make these photos any more meaningful to a traveler.
Myanmar (Burma) is one of the most untouched countries left in the world and one the entire ...

New Reasons to Visit an Old Favorite - Hyatt Regency Hong Kong Sha Tin

You can see all of my previous posts about the Sha Tin here. Hong Kong is clearly one of my favorite cities in the world.  There is so much to love there, it’s Chinese, it’s British, it’s something completely unique and all it’s own - it’s Hong Kong.  There ...

BREAKING: Grand Hyatt Baha Mar Opening Delayed

With an opening slated for May 1st, it looks like Hyatt will have to push the opening of their Bahamas property, Grand Hyatt Baha Mar.  There is currently no updated time frame for when the property will open for guests, though a quick check showed that the booking engine at was not ...

Five Ways to Earn Frequent Flyer Miles Without Flying

This is part of my introduction series for new readers that may not know of these ways to use miles and points.  
Here are five easy ways to earn frequent flyer miles without actually flying.  Before you know it, you will be looking back through the curtain at coach as the flight ...

Maserati and National Partnership Continues After the Rental

I opened my mail recently and saw a letter from Maserati to me.  Though I may "ball out of control" in terms of miles and points, I certainly don't get a lot of mail from Maserati or Bentley.  After my awesome experience with National, I was pretty pumped to see what they had to ...

Inspired by British Airways: London to Kuala Lumpur

British Airways has produced amazing short videos in the past.  Before I include links of those, this one just came to me in an email yesterday from Heathrow and I think it looks stunning.  I wasn't aware they were starting a new route to Kuala Lumpur and I am not sure what the appetite is ...

How to Drive Like a Boss with National Car Rental's Maserati

Previously, I posted about my experience renting the Maserati Ghibli from National Car Rental, but I didn't really post the details of the rental itself or the costs.  In this installment, you will learn how you too can rent a Maserati and feel invincible.  
National carries the ...

Driving a Maserati with National

I'm not really a Maserati guy, but there is something to be said for a little flash from time to time.  
I'm an Executive Elite with National, and I am a fan of the brand.  When I get to an airport I walk to the Executive aisle, I pick a car I like (usually a Tahoe or Denali) ...

URGENT! Chairman's Upgrade Certificates Premature Expiration!

Chairman's Preferred status holder with US Airways (there are many from the challenges offered last year) receive two one-way upgrades and matching companion upgrades every year.  American Airlines indicated that these would need to be spent prior to their loyalty program mergers anticipated in ...