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Marriott PlacePass experiences, growth plans and legacy brands

You may soon be able to redeem Marriott points for 100,000 PlacePass destination travel experiences after Marriott’s recent investment in the Cambridge, Massachusetts travel business. That is a development to keep in mind for 2017. 2016...Show More Summary

NYC hotels with great views: 15 choices from luxe to budget

We’ve scoured hundreds of hotels in search of the best views to be found in the city.        

LAX to Sweden $387-$470 Apr-May, Aug-Feb

American Airlines with Oneworld partner Finnair has ticket prices down to $447 for travel in August and $387 round trip Los Angeles to Stockholm or Gothenburg, Sweden for travel April/May and October to Feb 2018. Star Alliance has similar ticket prices and Delta/SkyTeam are about $20 to $30 more. Show More Summary

10Best: Spend the night in a treehouse

These magical places have turned a common wish into a real travel option for adults.        

Iceland's Blue Lagoon Gets its First Luxury Hotel

If you’ve been to Iceland, chances are you’ve visited the Blue Lagoon. One of the country’s most popular tourist destinations, the geothermal spa gets around 700,000 visitors a year. Even celebrities can’t resist it’s heal... via

Crowne Plaza Brussels Le Palace is a Refreshing Taste of Belgian Countryside

While occupying a distinct urban location near a key metro station, the history-laced Crowne Plaza Brussels Le Palace also offers a refreshing taste of bucolic countryside.... via

United San Jose SJC to Athens or Budapest $565 August

United Airlines has tickets around $565 for San Jose, California SJC to Athens, Greece or Budapest, Hungary for travel from mid-August. United Airlines  San Jose SJC – Chicago ORD – Montreal YUL – Athens ATH – Zurich ZRH – Chicago ORD...Show More Summary

IHG buy points at $6.38 per 1,000 sale ends March 28

Two reasons why I mention IHG Rewards Club 80% bonus points on points purchases by March 28. First reason is to tell you to wait for Daily Getaways sales in April for lower priced IHG points purchases, likely under $6.00 per 1,000 points. Show More Summary

Fare Alert Star Alliance $308-$430 San Francisco to Barcelona Aug-Feb

Fare alert that United, Lufthansa, Air Canada and Star Alliance airlines have ticket prices down to $390 round trip San Francisco to Barcelona on their airline websites for travel mid-August to February 2018. These prices are even lower, down to $308 round trip through online travel agencies. Show More Summary

Ticketing tutorial Bay Area to Prague at Thanksgiving

A friend who is an infrequent international traveler asked me to look into a trip to Prague Thanksgiving week 2017. An infrequent traveler will likely search for tickets San Francisco SFO and San Jose SJC to Prague. That is my firstShow More Summary

De-Icing my Iceland plans

This post shares some of the travel deals I found this week for travel around Norway and the Baltic countries of Latvia and Lithuania. Two weeks away from a ticket to Iceland and Copenhagen and my travel plans are frozen. I have hotel...Show More Summary

Steigenberger Wiltcher's: Classic Old World Hotel in Downtown Brussels

In terms of sheer elegance and an abiding sense of history, few hotels in Belgium match that of the Steigenberger Wiltcher's.... via

10Best: The world's first craft beer hotel        

Be Happy SFO to Norway Aug-Sep $327-$474 AA/DL/UA Fare War

World Happiness Report 2017 is an annual research study by the Sustainable Development Solutions Network, a 2012 initiative launched by the UN to assist public policy decision makers with a more humanist measure for progress and development around the world. Show More Summary

Sofia, Bulgaria Street Scenes

The idea for this post came to me after reading a comment about the neighborhood view from my hotel room at Ramada Sofia looking depressing. Bulgaria is a poor country, one of the poorest in Europe. There are some great shopping deals,...Show More Summary

SFO/SJC/OAK to London in August $484-$508 DL, AA, UA

There are low fares $484 to $508 to London from all three Bay Area airports for early to mid-August departures with all three major airlines American, Delta and United. American Airlines San Jose SJC – Charlotte CLT  – New York JFK –...Show More Summary

Business Class $894-$943 Dubai DXB to Australia/NZ

Philippine Airlines has discount Business Class fares from Dubai DXB to Auckland, New Zealand and several cities in Australia, including Brisbane BNE, Cairns CNS, Darwin DRW, Sydney SYD. These flights route via Manila and some flights are two stops via Manila and Cairns. Show More Summary

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