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Radisson Suites Sukhumvit Bangkok - Should you complain about an upgrade?

 

I read blogs all the time, whining about small details which mars otherwise great service, and roll my eyes.  Then I became one of them...

This is only my second ever stay in a Club Carlson property, and after a status match I had received I was quite excited about the visit.  It was the last possible day to post a stay for the Radisson Big Night Giveaway campaign and the rates were still really affordable.

Once I completed the purchase of $65 ...

First Class to Hong Kong for 4 Miles and Why I Didnt Alert My Readers

This is going to read a little bit like a confession.  Firstly, I have never flown in a 747.  Secondly, I have flown business class on a two class international service, and first class domestic which is little more than a wider leather seat - but never international first.  For most of my readers, they wouldn't really mind business or first, both are lie flat beds, but for me there is a big difference between the two.  See the image above, those are two seats, the Sherpa and the ...

Mileage Checking Accounts - Bonus Miles vs. Cost and Hassle

It's common knowledge that airline/hotel credit cards have huge bonuses and that's where you get the best head start for your mileage account.  Look at the British Airways Chase 100,000 Avios bonus for a great example.  If you use your BA Avios account for short US domestic redemptions (stop doing that) then this card might as well stop listing a 100,000 mile bonus and just round it to a bajillion, see this post about how 9,000 Avios = one free roundtrip US ticket (less than 650 ...

Great Deals to Ireland! $454 ORD-DUB all-in

Hat tip to The Points Guy, check out the great prices to Ireland right now.  These won't last, get after them.  Here is what I found when I had a check from Chicago-Dublin.

The Sherpa nearly booked this for himself and the Sherpstress, in fact I am still thinking about it, but @DeltaAssist recently declined my status match request (they had their choice of BMI, Aer Lingus or BA), which will be the subject for another post.  The rep I spoke with claimed they don't status ...

Hong Kong - Many Firsts

I have wanted to go to Hong Kong for a very long time.  There are so many reasons why it is amazing, but for those of you that are less familiar, here are some key things that make it stand out:

- Under lease from Britain until 1997, they speak English and Cantonese.

- Two Systems/One Government, that was the tagline at the time of the handover and still is today, a mostly free democracy and capitalist region (Hong Kong) governed by Communist Beijing, excellently ...

Le Meirdien - LM01

The Trip Sherpa and the Sherpstress had to be the two least loyal hotel guests in the entire travel industry.  So much so that your Sherpa is just short of elite status on... Hotels.com - Eeek!  Don't get the wrong impression, there are some advantages to booking on Hotels.com, and for Europe and parts of Asia, sometimes the boutique hotels are often the only way to go.

And then we stayed in the Le Méridien, Bangkok.

And it ruined us.

Outside of these doors ...

Crediting to Another Airline - Intro to Alliances

Choosing an airline frequent flyer program in which to focus is as much about the airline you fly as it is the Alliance they are in. If you have saved your miles and signed up for a credit card bonus because you have always wanted to go to Hong Kong but you fly with American Airlines, you will be able to redeem your miles but it will be with one of their partner airlines in the one world Alliance because AA doesn't fly there.  Alliances allow airlines to offer you the world in a ...

PRE-Radisson Suites Bangkok Sukhumvit - Introduction to a "Mattress Run"

 

Mattress Run - Staying in a hotel for the specific purpose of gaining hotel loyalty points, or elite status.

Most readers would be asking themselves the appropriate question, "Why would anyone stay in a hotel just for points?" This answer is really simple actually.  For my hotel expense of $69, I will get in return 52,380 due to a promotion, that's almost enough points to stay in this hotel twice for free (28,000/night).  The promo makes this stay buy one, get ...

Dear Sherpa: What's the best credit card for me?

Often friends, family and clients will write to the Sherpa and ask for advice, the Dear Sherpa section is where I do my best to guide them to the right travel decision.  Some of my fellow travel bloggers get referral fees for credit card signups (and they disclose it), but I am not so lucky just yet, so please note that I am not a financial adviser or professional, I am not paid for any recommendations I give, this is my opinion alone and your acceptance or rejection of such advice is of ...

Best Hotel Promo of 2012...

You probably are familiar with Club Carlson hotels, you just had no idea that was the name of the chain.  Radisson Hotels, Country Inns & Suites, Park Inn (mostly Europe), Park Plaza, the very swanky Radisson Blu, or the very limited, Hotel Missoni (just two locations).

Here is how this promo works, when you stay one night at a Park Plaza Hotel, you get 50,000 bonus points that you can spend across the Club Carlson brand.  But what does that mean to the average traveler?  Free ...

8 Countries and Three Continents for less than $1,000

Here is an example of how I used numerous tools to save loads of money and book myself the most round-about journey home, for when our time here in Thailand expires in September of this year.

1.) We were lucky enough to get in on this deal (hat tip to Matthew at UPGRD.com), and though our tickets were originally cancelled, after a little bit of patience and a passionate email into Vayama, Korean and Vayama reinstated our tickets from RGN-BKK-ICN-LAX in business class, for $445 each ...