My Favorite 9 Things to do Samarkand

IMG_6049 My Favorite 9 Things to do Samarkand – Understand Samarkand is one of the richest cities of the ‘Silk Road’. This pre-medieval trading route between Europe and Asia was so profitable for everyone along the way (trade always makes all participants better off despite what politicians make of it) that the rulers were able to build mind-boggling places. […] Read on →

Air Astana Review

IMG_5814 Flying in Central Asia is almost impossible without Air Astana. The company operates two hubs in Kazakhstan in Astana and Almaty. The airline’s management is headed by Peter Foster (formerly of Cathay Pacific and Royal Brunei Airlines). As I outlined in my last Air Astana review last year, the company is surprisingly modern and punctual. […] Read on →

InterContinental Almaty, Kazakhstan Review

IMG_6248 The InterContinental Almaty is located in a good spot near the Independence Monument in Almaty. While it is a bit of a distance from the best downtown eateries, it benefits from a huge nearby park and the more upscale eateries that the town offers. The building is clearly quite old, which you will notice more as you near it. […] Read on →

New Marriott Rewards and SPG transfer rates and what it means for the SPG, Marriott and Ritz-Carlton cards

Marriott Rewards and SPG What are the new Marriott Rewards and SPG transfer rates? Now that Marriott International and Starwood Hotels & Resorts are merging, Starwood Preferred Guest members can transfer Starpoints to Marriott Rewards at a 1:3 ratio (or Marriott Rewards to Starpoints at a 3:1 ratio). We explored the current SPG, Marriott Rewards and Ritz-Carlton Rewards credit cards offers to see how the […] Read on →

Starwood and Marriott merger (Marwood) now effective – what are the sweet spots?

MightyTravels 2016-09-25 at 2.14.06 PM Dubbed the ‘Marwood merger’ the Starwood acquisition by Marriott finally got all regulatory approval earlier this week. Starwood and Marriott responded quickly and enabled an online interface that helps members prepare for the upcoming merged loyalty programs. When you link your Ritz Carlton Rewards/ Marriott Rewards/ Starwood Preferred Guest account you can now: – Transfer […] Read on →

My Favorite 33 Things to do Almaty, Kazakhstan

IMG_5676 My Favorite 33 Things to do Almaty, Kazakhstan – Understand Almaty is the commercial capital of Kazakhstan and has a history of an oasis trading hub in the region. It’s located just north of the Alatau Mountains that separate Kazakhstan from Kyrgyzstan (see My Favorite Things to do in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan). The city is a rewarding travel […] Read on →

My Favorite 10 Things to do Dushanbe

IMG_6132 Things To Do Dushanbe – Understand Dushanbe is the capital of Tajikistan – a landlocked country sandwiched between Kyrgyzstan, China, Uzbekistan and Afghanistan. Tajikistan is under authoritarian rule and the country is ‘very strictly policed’. The internet is partially blocked in Tajikistan and it remains the poorest country in the former Soviet Union, largely relying […] Read on →

American Express 100,000 Surpass card, Starwood adds Avianca Lifemiles, 30% off many chain hotels

MightyTravels 2016-09-22 at 9.45.03 AM – American Express still has links for the 100,000 Bonus Points American Express Hilton HHonors Surpass card as well as the 75,000 Bonus Points American Express Hilton HHonors Surpass card Both links look like they do work and usually these applications are being honored if you have screen shots. My favorite Hilton HHonors redemption remains […] Read on →

Hyatt Regency Dushanbe Review

IMG_5908 The Hyatt Regency Dushanbe is located in the grounds of the excellent City Park, just about one mile from the city center. The building really stands out because of its modern architecture both inside and out. Check-in was super-friendly and in English. The staff reminded me very much of the excellent Hyatt staff in Bishkek, […] Read on →

Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards Plus, Premier and Premier Business cards all offering 50,000 bonus points

Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards Plus What’s the deal with the Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards Plus, Premier and Premier Business cards? You can earn 50,000 Rapid Rewards when you spend $2,000 on purchases in the first 3 months with a Rapid Rewards Plus, Rapid Rewards Premier or Rapid Rewards Premier Business credit card! We’ve posted about these Southwest Airlines cards before, and for good […] Read on →