Review The Westin Verasa Napa Hotel

Review The Westin Verasa Napa Hotel

Book the Westin Verasa Napa Hotel here. The Westin Verasa Napa Hotel is located just off downtown Napa. The Napa/ Sonoma wine country is probably the most famous wine country in North America. This Starwood resort is one of the most luxurious options. Room rates hover around $499 most days in fall. The hotel is […]

Posted on September 20, 2013 by in Hotel Reviews, Starwood Hotels

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Review: Palace Hotel, San Francisco

Review: Palace Hotel, San Francisco

I'm usually not a fan of historic hotels. It's often cramped and the 'hardware' not up to modern standards. For me the (usually) good service can not rectify those issues. So I was a bit hesitant to book the Place hotel in San Francisco but I have seen great reviews and I was not disappointed. […]

Posted on September 20, 2013 by in Starwood Hotels

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Today’s travel inspiration Zakynthos, Greece

Today’s travel inspiration Zakynthos, Greece

Picture Source Zakynthos (Greek: Ζάκυνθος), also called Zante (its Italian name), is the third largest island in the Ionian Sea, located off the west coast of Greece. The island is named after Zacynthos, son of legendary Arcadian chief Dardanos. While Ios and Kos are associated with partying and Rhodes and Crete with families, Zakynthos is […]

Posted on September 20, 2013 by in Travel Deals

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Great Airfare Deal to Honolulu from Phoenix – American Airlines

Great Airfare Deal to Honolulu from Phoenix – American Airlines

kla4067 This is a great deal for a mileage run on American to a location that's pretty nice to visit! If you hopped on the mistake fast-track promotion a few weeks ago, this would get you automatic AA Gold status and 3/4ths of the way to Platinum, and 1/3rd to top tier Executive Platinum. A […]

Posted on September 20, 2013 by in Uncategorized

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Be the Squeaky Wheel Within Reason

Be the Squeaky Wheel Within Reason

Having a long background in the restaurant industry, I know that it's not easy being blamed for bad service when a number of things (e.g. miscommunication in the kitchen, servers calling out sick) could be responsible. That's why whenever I eat out and am confronted by a lapse in service, I'll usually give the benefit […]

Posted on September 19, 2013 by in Travel Deals

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Today’s travel inspiration Saint Petersburg

Today’s travel inspiration Saint Petersburg

Picture Source Saint Petersburg (Russian: Санкт-Петерб́ург Sankt-Peterburg;) is a world-class destination and Russia's second largest city, with a population of more than 5 million perched at the eastern tip of of the Baltic Sea and the Neva River. The city was formerly known as Petrograd (Петрогр́ад), and later Leningrad (Ленингр́ад). This is one of the […]

Posted on September 19, 2013 by in Travel Deals

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A Little Known but Great Award Redemption – Part 2

A Little Known but Great Award Redemption – Part 2

Here's Part 1 of the Award Redemption, where I showed how you can save 30,000 miles from a business class redemption and get a free one way trip from the Carribean, Mexico or Central America to the US. Here's the booking again: LAX – SJD (Los Cabos International) One way paid flight for $129 – […]

Posted on September 19, 2013 by in Travel Deals

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Review: Westin San Francisco Market Street

Review: Westin San Francisco Market Street

Book the Westin San Francisco Market Street here. I spent a night at this property this week. San Francisco hotels are pricey and this posh downtown hotel, which feels more like NYC than San Francisco, is no exception. Regular rates for weekdays in September are $299 plus. It's a category 5 hotel and available for […]

Posted on September 18, 2013 by in Uncategorized

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Is the Disneyland Hotel Worth It?

Is the Disneyland Hotel Worth It?

Sam Howzit I recently took a trip to Disneyland and stayed at the Disneyland Hotel for four nights. This is a preface to a larger trip report, and merely seeks to answer some basic questions. More to come in the future! Upon first glance, it may seem like a logical choice to stay at the […]

Posted on September 18, 2013 by in Hotel Reviews

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Today’s travel inspiration Capri

Today’s travel inspiration Capri

Picture Source The small Italian island of Capri is situated 5 km from the mainland in the Bay of Naples, a celebrated beauty spot and coastal resort since the days of the Roman Republic until now. It is also part of Campania. Capri, known in Greek mythology as the isle of the sirens, was a […]

Posted on September 18, 2013 by in Uncategorized

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Today’s travel inspiration Portugal

Today’s travel inspiration Portugal

Picture Source Portugal, in Southern Europe, shares the Iberian peninsula at the western tip of Europe with Spain. Geographically and culturally somewhat isolated from its neighbour, Portugal has a rich, unique culture, lively cities and beautiful countryside. Although it was once one of the poorest countries in Western Europe, the end of dictatorship and introduction […]

Posted on September 16, 2013 by in Travel Deals

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Top Domestic Redemptions for Your Stockpiled Hilton HHonors Points – Part One

Top Domestic Redemptions for Your Stockpiled Hilton HHonors Points – Part One

Conrad New York The massive March 28 devaluation of Hilton HHonors points seemingly shredded most aspirational value from many of the high-end Hilton properties. Many hotels that were previously 50,000 points a night skyrocketed to 90,000 points a night, sometimes even higher. For most, this has taken much of the value away from earning and […]

Posted on September 12, 2013 by in Hilton Honor

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