Category: Hotels

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Hotel Tips and New Global Entry Interview Option

Staying in hotels almost 50% of my nights last year, I learned a few tips. Tip #1: Book directly with the hotel, using 3rd party sites such as hotels.com increases your odds at getting “walked” last minute. This means you will be placed in a nearby hotel due to an...

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Hotels Embracing Apps: WhatsApp & UberCENTRAL

During a recent stay at Keraton at The Plaza in Jakarta, I was presented with a business card at check-in listing the WhatsApp phone # to message for assistance during my stay. Instead of calling the front desk from your room, you can now message them through WhatsApp. WhatsApp is a...

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Top Hotels in Japan

I was very fortunate to stay in Suites in some of the top hotels in Japan during a recent 10 day trip. Hospitality in Japan is some of the best, if not the best, in the world! Next time you are in Japan try staying at any of these hotels. They won’t disappoint....

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March 2017 Updates

March is always a big month with changes for the travel industry. Airlines make changes, hotel programs change, credit card changes and as always technology changes. Here are the top highlights this month! Airlines Singapore Airlines is making changes to their award chart effective March 23, 2017. They are increasing...

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SPG Ambassador Status: 100 Nights @ Starwood Hotels

Last month I achieved SPG Ambassador Status after staying 100 nights at Starwood Hotels during 2016. This year has been the most I’ve traveled in my life mainly due to increased business travel but the benefits will pay off for my upcoming leisure travel. Starwood gives you a preview of what the service...

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Marriott & Starwood Hotels Merger Complete!

Today, Marriott & Starwood have officially merged. After months of negotiations and talks about the merger might fall apart, it’s officially done. As a very loyal Starwood member (100+ nights this year), I was afraid it would mean poor award redemptions but Marriott did the right thing and is offering...

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Virgin Hotels: Chicago

I typically don’t review hotels but I love the Virgin brand that Richard Branson has created so I had to give it a try and review it! Virgin Hotels currently is only open in Chicago (opened January 2015) but plans to open future hotels in San Francisco, Nashville, New York, Dallas...

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Starwood Hotels (SPG) 75 Nights Status

It’s been a busy year of traveling in the first 6 months of 2016. I’ve surpassed 75 nights at Starwood Hotels worldwide thus far. I received the following email after hitting 75 nights and can’t wait to earn more SPG points. I can always use more SPG points so earning...

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Speculative Bookings for Holiday Travel

Everyone would rather pay a cheaper price for a trip if possible but sometimes you can’t plan too far in advance due to other limiting factors. Most people know if they will need to travel somewhere during the holidays and somewhat know their vacation days at work. Unfortunately, almost 99% of...

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April 2016 Updates

While traveling over the past 2 weeks, there have been major developments in the travel industry. Below are the highlights… Marriott and Starwood have approved the merger to become the world’s largest hotel chain: I was hoping this day would never come since the announcement that Starwood was up for sale...