Hotel Review: JW Marriott, Macau

Of all the hotels and resorts I have had the pleasure of staying at, many make it to the top of my favorites list for various reasons: Service – JW Marriott Marquis, Dubai; Location – Renaissance, La Defense, Paris; Ambience – ITC Gardenia, Bengaluru; Design – Marina Bay Sands, Singapore; View from room – Cosmopolitan,…

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Hotel Review: AC by Marriott, Barcelona Sants

Last night I stayed at my first AC (Autograph Collection) hotel. AC is a Marriott brand which I have seen primarily in Europe, although they may exist elsewhere too. Most AC hotels I have seen on Marriotts website before appear to be smaller hotels, and quite frankly look like local hotels that Marriott has included…

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Arrival Lounges – Red Eye relief

I fly to Europe a lot. Usually those trips are red-eyes, leaving in the evening from the East Coast and arriving early morning in Europe. When I do this, I typically go straight to work. This requires changing and shaving in tiny (European) airport restrooms. I tried doing this in-flight but airplane restrooms are not…

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United, Delta cut Gulf routes

Only two US based airlines fly to destinations in the Persian Gulf – United and Delta. That already short list now has been reduced to just one with Delta announcing it is ending it’s Atlanta-Dubai (ATL-DXB) route. United also announced it is ending it’s Washington Dulles – Kuwait – Bahrain (IAD-KWI-BAH) route. United now remains the…

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How do you say ‘Starwood’ in Chinese?

There are rumors that three Chinese companies are fighting to buy Starwood Hotels. Bloomberg reports that Shanghai Jin Jiang International Hotels (Group) Co., HNA Group Co. and China Investment Corp. have presented separate proposals to the Chinese government for its approval to make a bid for the hotel chain. Starwood’s stock jumped up almost 10% on…

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And the Longest Flight in the world is operated by… Air India!?

Yes, Ladies and Gentlemen, Air India is ready to grab the title of the longest flight in the world by getting all set to operate a non-stop Bangalore-San Fransisco (BLR-SFO) flight!! At 8,701 mile, this would exceed the current longest flight: Sydney – Dallas (SYD-DFW), operated by Qantas, by 123 miles. That flight is 8,578…

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United’s new revenue based miles – Good, Bad or Ugly?

As you all probably know by now, United has switched to a revenue based earning model for miles as of March 1st. This change only impacts how redeemable miles (RDM) are earned. It does not impact how Elite Qualification miles (EQM) are earned. EQM (or PQM as United calls it) earning remains the same as…

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