Review: Sheraton Suites Key West

In February I visited Key West, FL to get married - on the beach! - and we stayed at the Sheraton Suites Key West. While not the most luxurious hotel on the island, the all-suites property was very comfortable with an upscale feel.


Delta unveils livery on its first A350

Last week, Delta unveiled its livery on its forthcoming Airbus A350-900. The plane was painted at the Airbus factory in Toulouse, France. No new or special liveries here except for the Delta widget on the winglets, but the plane looks sharp in Delta colors.


Deciding on my next points and miles credit card

Recently, I signed up for the American Express Starwood Business Card and am close to earning the full signup bonus. So I am in search of my next points and miles card. At the moment, there are some attractive offers from American Express and Citibank.


Delta launches Atlanta-Seoul flights

Saturday, Delta Air Lines Flight 27 departed Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport bound for Seoul-Incheon International Airport. The new service, operated by a Boeing 777-200LR, increases the capacity between the two cities as it complements existing Korean Air service.

Posted on June 5, 2017 .

American Express to become exclusive issuer of Hilton branded cards

Hilton is one one of a few hotel and airline companies that have agreements with multiple banks for affinity credit cards. Currently, both American Express and Citibank issue Hilton-branded cards, but that will soon change. Hilton announced this week that it would enter into an exclusive agreement with Amex.


Thoughts on man drug off United flight

You have probably seen the viral video of a man being forcibly removed from a United flight in Chicago on Sunday. The flight was overbooked and, after receiving no volunteers to take a as much as $1,000 to take a later flight, United identified four passengers who would have to give up their seats for United employees. What ensued has resulted in a social media firestorm condemning United. However, I think there is blame for both United and the removed passenger.

Posted on April 11, 2017 .

American Express Business Platinum Card Enhancements

Last week, American Express announced new benefits for the personal American Express Platinum Card along with a $100 increase in the annual fee to $550. At the time, nothing was said about similar updates to the business version of the card, the American Express Business Platinum Card. That changed on Monday.


Hilton Honor's new promotion: 2k Every Day

Hilton has revised its Honors loyalty program. The changes, for me, are fairly minor but generally positive. In conjunction, we are now able to register for the new bonus point promotion, 2K Every Day, and earn 2,000 bonus points per night for each eligible stay.


Rewards portal shopping miles can add up!

In 2016 I earned 11,155 American Airlines AAdvantage miles just by shopping via the AAdvantage eShopping portal. If you want to enhance your rewards earning, I share just how simple it is for you to do the same!


American Airlines introduces basic economy fares

Following the lead of Delta Air Lines and United Airlines, American Airlines yesterday announced a new Basic Economy fare on select flights starting no earlier than February 2017. The new fare class will be the lowest available on the American flights where it is available. However, it will also be the most restrictive.


Using Amex Business Platinum Card airline travel credit for Delta gift cards

The Enhanced Business Platinum Card from American Express OPEN offers annual $200 airline fee credits. If you purchase small gift cards, despite the card terms and conditions, you can use these credits for airfare.


Winter hotel promotions

If you will be traveling in winter or early spring of 2017, you will want to be registered for the promotions of your preferred hotel chain. Get the details here for Starwood, Marriott, Hilton and IHG.


Unboxing the American Express OPEN Enhanced Business Platinum Card

Through January 25, 2017, American Express OPEN is offering up to 100,000 bonus Membership Rewards Points on the Enhanced Business Platinum Card. Combined with the excellent perks the card offers, I decided to apply two weeks ago and was instantly approved. My card was delivered within a week and I wanted to document the unboxing of my latest points-and-miles credit card.


Review: Candlelight Christmas Evenings at Biltmore House

Last year, I was finally able to experience Candlelight Christmas Evenings at Biltmore House. The home glittered with twinkling Christmas lights and was draped with holiday greenery. If you love Christmas, Biltmore during the holiday season is a great experience.

Posted on December 21, 2016 and filed under Trip Reports, Reviews.

Shopping portals vs. triple HHonors points when booking via app

Hilton recently enhanced its fall double points promotion by offering an additional bonus point when booking via the Hilton mobile app. However, you can get more value by going through a shopping portal and booking on the Hilton website. I will show you how.