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Filed Under:Travel / Air Travel
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Archived Since:November 17, 2009

Blog Post Archive

Thai Taste Really Tastes Great!

I had dinner last night at Thai Taste by Kob in Wheaton, Maryland with Tyler Cowen, commenter teatotaler, and “econ prodigy” Nathaniel Bechhofer. The restaurant opened earlier this year, about six months ago. They have a large menu. Show More Summary

The Truth About Hilton’s Future, and What They’re Getting Rid of Next

Scott Mayerowitz interviews Hilton’s CEO Chris Nassetta and offers fascinating insight into how they think about what they want to offer their guests. And I’m reminded throughout of the idea earlier in Nassetta’s tenure when they were talking about building new Embassy Suites hotels where the rooms weren’t all suites. Show More Summary

Fee-Free Visa Gift Cards, 5000 United Miles, and the New Hyatt LAX

News and notes from around the interweb: What happens when you’re caught using Lyft or Uber in a state where it’s illegal? Fee-free Visa gift cards today only Rocketmiles is offering 5000 United miles for first-time users in addition...Show More Summary

More Changes to Chase Sapphire Preferred Just Announced

I receive compensation for many links on this blog. You don’t have to use these links, but I am grateful to you if you do. I do not write about all credit cards that are available — instead focusing on miles, points, and cash back (and currencies that can be converted into the same). Show More Summary

50% Off Air France and KLM Awards Out for October/November Travel

Air France KLM’s Flying Blue program should be interesting to U.S. frequent flyers for several reasons. They offer one-way awards, which Delta won’t have until next year. They are an American Express Membership Rewards transfer partner (points transfer instantly). Show More Summary

United’s Apology Mad Libs

Via Reddit (and my Facebook feed), here’s an apology letter received by a customer this month. Companies clearly have customer service template letters. Frequently it seems as though the wrong one is selected to use when replying to comments, when the response doesn’t seem to answer the concerns that were raised. Show More Summary

Best Options for Buying Gift Cards and Big Bonus for Booking Hotels Plus Another Program Devalues

News and notes from around the interweb: Jetstar (Australia) reminds passengers to dispose of their drugs before landing. There was a rush for the lavatories. Rocketmiles has extended their 3000 bonus miles for first hotel booking through August 8. Show More Summary

Hotel Charges Man $127 for Water (Travel Can Be Very. Expensive. So Know What You’re Getting Into)

The Crystal Bar at the Wellesley hotel in Knightsbridge, London isn’t a cheap place to sit down and drink. So there’s lots of mileage out there about a man who was charged $127 for 3 bottles of water. Edward Heaton had a business meeting at the five star Wellesley Hotel in Knightsbridge, London. Show More Summary

Maui Eats: Notable Meals from My Visit to Wailea

During my recent stay in Maui, where I discovered that I really much enjoy staying at the Andaz in Wailea, I had three dinners interesting in their own right. I thought I’d share them here, in case they help folks deciding to eat – or...Show More Summary

Another Gutting: Starwood Preferred Business Ends Points-Earning

Business programs can be a valuable supplement to personal frequent flyer and frequent guest accounts. An early offering was Southwest’s “Secretaries Program” which awarded free travel to administrative staff booking their bosses onto Southwest. Show More Summary

Nation’s Bad Credit Prevents Earning Miles, Hotel Scams, Drug Mules and Keep Your Papers With You in Thailand

News and notes from around the interweb: A third of consumers with credit files had debts in collection last year. This game is not for you unless you pay off your cards in full each month, and don’t cause yourself to spend more than you otherwise would. Show More Summary

More Proof That Mileage Programs DO Roll Back Devaluations!

Frequent flyer programs do roll back changes — but don’t like to admit they’re wrong when they do it. American did just that when they introduced a $5 online award booking fee that never went into effect. The idea was dropped, no announcement. Show More Summary

Lounge Access Rules and First Class Meals are Too Complicated

Adam Carolla flies American in first class, Los Angeles to Washington DC. He’s turned away from the Admirals Club. He makes a reasonable case that — like Alaska Airlines does — paid first class travel ought to access the lounge. Certainly lounge access policies are confusing. Show More Summary

Hilton Rolling Out Pick Your Own Room and Use Your Phone as a Room Key

Hilton is about to launch a revolutionary product that several chains have been talking about for years: an iPhone and Android app that will let guests check-in by phone, assign their own choice of room, and use their phone as a room key. Show More Summary

United Releases its New Safety Video: Hit or Miss?

United has a new, cute safety video they’re rolling out across the fleet. I have a few thoughts. Matthew likes it. My feelings are more mixed. At four and a half minutes it’s just too long. I want to be in the air already by the time the video is 80% done. Show More Summary

What Happens to Airports When They’re Abandoned?

Here’s a fascinating look, mostly in pictures, at The Tattered, Haunting Remains of Abandoned Airports. (Not JFK’s Terminal 2) There’s a pictorial of Nicosia International Airport in Cyprus, which ceased operations with the Turkish invasion of 1974 and Yasser Arafat International Airport in the Gaza Strip, operational from 1998 to 2001. Show More Summary

United Airlines Headquarters Has Bed Bugs

As if things couldn’t get worse for United, their headquarters building has bed bugs. Chicago’s most recognizable building has a tiny problem it is trying to shake. Bed bugs were found on the 16th floor of the Willis Tower which is home to United Airlines. Show More Summary

Should Consumers Be Entitled to Use Corporate Codes, and Who is at Fault When They’re Called Out?

Christopher Elliott does a service with his Travel Troubleshooter column. I may not always be a fan, but there’s no question that he’s helped out many consumers.. even many that were very much undeserving of help. Today though he didn’t...Show More Summary

140,000 Point Signup Bonus from Ritz-Carlton Rewards

I receive compensation for many links on this blog. You don’t have to use these links, but I am grateful to you if you do. I do not write about all credit cards that are available — instead focusing on miles, points, and cash back (and currencies that can be converted into the same). Show More Summary

Where Have All the Flights to Venezuela Gone, and Why Can’t You Get There From Here?

American, the largest US airline to Venezuela, is flying daily from Miami… with a 737. They shift up their schedule in the fall and return to flying New York JFK – Caracas just 5 days a week. Also with a 737. They bring back San Juan service too. Show More Summary

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