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Top 11 New Hotels To Check Out in 2014

January 14, 2014

A new year means it’s time to check out some of the newest hotels around the world, including many where you can earn and redeem your hotel points. Some are open already, some have opening dates set for the coming months, and a few will hopefully open their doors by the end of the year […]

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Saturday Recap: 30% Bonus On Shared American AAdvantage Miles, 50% Off Flight Upgrades on Cathay Pacific, Earn Bonus Points with InterContinental, Hyatt and MGM Resorts Partnership

June 8, 2013

Here’s a recap of the interesting points and miles news from this week: Double Miles When Flying US Airways to Brazil: US Airways recently launched nonstop service between Charlotte and Sao Paulo, Brazil, and is offering all customers double miles when flying to Brazil this summer. To partake in the offer, you must register prior […]

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Hotel Review: Intercontinental Sao Paulo Deluxe Room

April 20, 2013

A few weeks ago, I flew American Airlines’ new 777-300ER first class from New York JFK to Sao Paulo, Brazil to check out the city for a few days and attend the amfAR Inspiration Gala. Thanks to a lot of reader suggestions, I was considering staying at the Grand Hyatt Sao Paulo and using my […]

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Saturday Recap: United Airlines Launches Baggage Delivery, Bonus TrueBlue Points for Boston Flyers, Air Canada Partner Bonus, European Intercontinental Offer

January 19, 2013

Here’s a recap of the interesting points and miles news from this week: Delta Announces Revenue Requirement for Elite Status: As a recap from earlier this week, starting in 2014, US-based Delta Medallion members will need to either spend $25,000 dollars a year on a Delta American Express credit card, or spend a certain amount of money in addition […]

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Travel Tuesday Top 10: Hotel Loyalty Program Perks

April 17, 2012

For our second post in the Travel Tuesday Top 10 List series, we’ve rounded up a list of the top 10 benefits conferred upon members of various hotel loyalty programs, including several available not just to top-tier members but to mid- and intro-level members as well. As always, feel free to share your thoughts and […]

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Hotel Review: Intercontinental Phnom Penh on Priority Club PointBreaks

April 9, 2012

This is an installment in my March 2012 Asia Trip Series which includes: A Birthday Present To Myself: Business Class on the World’s Longest Flight for $2.50, Help Me Plan My Asia Trip Starting With Singapore, Flight Review: Singapore Airlines All Business Class Flight From Newark To Singapore, Hotel Review: Intercontinental Singapore, Video Trip Report: Singapore, Hotel Review: Le Meridien Bangkok […]

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My Q1 Wrap Up: Airlines, Hotels and Credit Cards

April 4, 2012

I can’t believe it’s April already. 2012 has been going by in a blur, so I thought I’d do a little wrap-up on all my travel for the first quarter of 2012 and discuss my personal strategy for the rest of 2012. Mileage: 75,034 actual miles flown. Destinations visited: Beijing, Shanghai, Xian, San Francisco, London, […]

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12 Hours in Rome and Intercontinental De La Ville Review

October 8, 2011

I go to Europe frequently, but have never been to Rome. I know, it doesn’t make much sense and I need to correct it. That’s why, when I was planning my most recent award trip to Budapest, I specifically wanted to route via Rome on my way back to Miami (by the way my Alitalia […]

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How to Use Hotel Elite Status to Force Room Availability

September 20, 2011

I’ve been a top-tier member of multiple hotel chains over the years and there’s one benefit I’ve never used – the guaranteed room availability perk that is included with many of them. Generally, I book my travel in advance and I can usually find ways to get a reasonably priced room at my preferred property. […]

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Is This Abuse of an Elite Status Benefit?

August 18, 2011

As you all know, I was in Vegas last week and I stayed at the Palazzo, which is now a part of the Intercontinental Hotels Group. As an Intercontinental Royal Ambassador, I get free minibar at any IHG hotel and the one at the Palazzo was the most impressive I’ve seen. I did a quick […]

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Las Vegas: Palazzo Hotel Royal Ambassador Treatment & Cut Restaurant Review

August 13, 2011

Earlier this week, I asked for suggestions on what to do in Vegas for a couple days. I got an overwhelming amount of suggestions, so I unfortunately didn’t get a chance to do even a small fraction of them. Ultimately my trip ended up being: Monday: Landed at 6:30pm, Checked in at the Palazzo Hotel […]

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Intercontinental Mauritius Royal Ambassador Experience

August 2, 2011

As a newly minted Intercontinental Royal Ambassador, I couldn’t wait to try out my status when I went to Mauritius in July. July is winter and off-season in Mauritius, so I was hopeful that upgrades would be plentiful. Planning My Nights My plan for Mauritius was for six days and five nights. I’d spend the […]

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Intercontinental Madrid Royal Ambassador Experience and Junior Suite Review

July 7, 2011

As I mentioned last week, I’m a brand-spanking-new Intercontinental Royal Ambassador, due to a very generous TPG reader. Being very anxious to try out my new status, I decided to split my 5 days in Madrid to 1 night at the Intercontinental, 3 at the Westin Palace (my Madrid go-to property) and one more at […]

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7 Reasons Why I Love Madrid

July 3, 2011

The other day, I wrote about my summer trip to Spain and several of you asked my list of favorite cities. While my hometown New York ranks at #1 for myriad of reasons, my favorite international city is Madrid. I could probably go on forever, but here are the main reasons why I love Madrid […]

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How to Maximize Priority Club Points and Save on Stays

July 2, 2011

As a new Intercontinental Royal Ambassador, I’ve been trying to figure out the ins and outs of the Priority Club and Ambassador programs so I can pay as little as possible for my stays and earn the maximum amount of points possible. While every hotel chain has its quirks, I’m finding that maximizing Priority Club […]

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