Due to bad weather and last minute flight changes, I ended up stuck in Atlanta and needed a hotel at the airport, and something to be reasonably priced (I was staying for work). I had a choice between The Westin and a Sheraton for the same exact price. I picked The Westin, though I wonder if that really was the right choice.Read More
The most important thing I learned from this trip when dealing with a connecting flight. Don’t get overly ambitious and change your second flight before your first flight takes off. My first Delta flight was from Birmingham, Alabama, to Atlanta, Georgia. Then I would have an hour and a half layover before flying Atlanta to Allentown, Pennsylvania. My flight from Birmingham was delayed several hours and trying to be proactive, I changed my Atlanta to Allentown flight. Turns out, huge mistake.Read More
Usually I fly United Airlines and I find them a pretty decent airline. I don’t honestly think there is THAT much of a difference between the big three, Delta, AA, United. Though after recently flying Delta, I may have to make a switch.Read More
Earlier this year, I did a status match with Hilton. I matched my IHG Platinum status, that I have from their credit card, and was able to get Hilton Diamond status.Read More
Recently I was planning and booking travel for a trip out to Indianapolis and then from Nashville using as little money as possible and as few points as possible. The plan was to fly out to Indianapolis from Philadelphia on Frontier airlines (get excited for that airplane review!). Then the next day I would have a friend drive us from Indianapolis to Nashville. Stay in Nashville for a few days, then fly back on Southwest to Philadelphia.Read More
Review of a United Economy Plus flight from Paris to Newark in a Boeing 767Read More
Quick Details Hotel: The Renaissance Paris Republique (A Marriott Hotel) Location: Paris, France Arrived: Wednesday, May 11 Departed: Saturday, May 14 Room Number: 310 Paid: 120,000 Marriott points for the stay, 40,000 per night After we used up all of my fiance’s Marriott points in London, we decided to use up all my Marriott points in Paris. I rarely stay at Marriott hotels anymore it seems, so I felt it was time to start burning up our Marriott points. We chose this hotel for its location and because it was within our point budget. Also, it was a huge bonus that this...Read More
Quick Details Train: Eurostar From: London, England To: Paris, France Departed: Wednesday, May 11 Seat Number: Coach 6, seats 11 and 12 Paid: $75 dollars per ticket for a one way When I was originally booking our European trip I was planning to use United miles to fly from Newark to London, London to Paris, then Paris to London. Using the stop over rule, it would have been the same 60,000 miles. The problem was that the London to Paris flight included a $75 tax per ticket. In addition to the tax would be all the hassles of dealing with...Read More
Quick Facts Hotel: St. Ermin’s Hotel (A Marriott Autograph Collection Hotel) Location: London, England Arrived: Saturday, May 7 Departed: Wednesday, May 11 Room Number: 520 Paid: 160,000 Marriott points for the stay, 40,000 per night We decided on this hotel for a couple of reasons. First off, we wanted to stay in downtown London and be able to walk to the main tourist destinations. Secondly, we wanted a place where we could burn most of my fiance’s points (she had some left over from her old job and still had Gold status with Marriott). Finally with her status we received a...Read More
Quick Facts Flight Number: United 16 Flight Route: Newark (EWR) – London (LHR) Flight Date: Friday, May 6 Depart: 9:10 PM Arrive: 9:20 AM Aircraft: Boeing 767-400ER Seat Number: 23 K (Econ Plus), Upgraded from 32K Paid: 30,000 miles ($5.60 tax) When I originally booked this flight with my fiance, we booked it in the regular economy class. She used to fly a lot for her old job and was able to collect a ton of miles, but before meeting me, she didn’t know how to use them. Since I have become the regular flier in the relationship, we...Read More
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