Hotel Review: Intercontinental Sao Paulo Deluxe Room

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…

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

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…

Travel Tuesday Top 10: Hotel Loyalty Program Perks

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…

Hotel Review: Intercontinental Phnom Penh on Priority Club PointBreaks

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…

My Q1 Wrap Up: Airlines, Hotels and Credit Cards

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,…

How to Use Hotel Elite Status to Force Room Availability

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….

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

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…