World's Busiest Airport 

Posted by Jean April 04, 2014 Categories: American Airlines

I've been avoiding Atlanta after being stuck there snowed in but it looks like a lot of other people are traveling through that airport! Atlanta is still the World's Busiest Airport. For the 16th consecutive year, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport retained its title as world's busiest airport in 2013, according to the Airports Council International.

Some 94.4 million passengers passed through Atlanta last year, which included a 4.1% increase in international passenger traffic over the previous year.

The airports top two carriers are Delta Air Lines (DAL) and Southwest (LUV).

Atlanta (ATL) total flights were 911,000 landings and takeoffs.Delta says they may buy up to 50 wide-body jets to update fleet. They are seeking offers from Boeing and Airbus for New Jets.

American Air will Join in a venture With British Airways, Iberia And Finnair

Delta TechOps Southwest Airlines


Slow ticketing lines, airport security...and a great meal? Food & Wine's Airport dining survival guide features the best places to eat and drink in airports and they put 2 at the top of the list.

1) Atlanta International Airport has a restaurant called “One Flew South” This eatery, features "Southern-national" cuisine and sushi, is Atlanta's first upscale Airport restaurant, with a menu created by chefs Todd Richards and Duane Nutter of The Oakroom at the Seelbach Hilton in Kentucky (Terminal E, near Gate G6).

2) Paschal's Restaurant They have a location in the city, selling a local line of batter mixes for fried chicken. Here is a true Southern Restaurant, proof of this is that the menu has classics; - like fried catfish, country-fried steak, and macaroni and cheese. You will find it at Concourse A food court and also in the Main Terminal Atrium.

In other airline news: On the 3rd of April 4, 2014, American Airlines Said that US Airways is Joining a Trans-Atlantic Joint Venture >AAL & US Airways Joins Merger Partner American Airlines In Trans-Atlantic Joint Business With British Airways, Iberia And Finnair .

This venture with British Airways, Iberia and Finnair will operate flights between the United States and Europe. The addition of US Airways will add 28 routes to the joint business, American said in its statement.

Delta Reserve is the card for Diamond Medallions and all Delta passengers. Get the AMEX card to get perks via Membership Rewards. You can get miles on both the personal and business cards to choose from (but you can hold both).
If you are an elite with Delta, you can maintain your status with the Reserve card. It’s the one that I hold plus: both the personal and business Delta Reserve cards. from AMERICAN Express you can get 10,000 Skymiles with 1st purchase.

Looking to tailgate with Charger Fans? 

January 01, 2014

Want to tailgate with Charger Fans? The “Official Chargers Playoff Road Trip” for the Chargers’ Wild Card playoff matchup in Cincinnati on Sunday, January 5.
Expedia offers a free cancellation at $94.00 a night at Courtyard by Marriott Cincinnati Blue Ash features an indoor pool.located in Cincinnati (Blue Ash - Sharonville), close to Pioneer Park and Sharon Woods Golf Course. Area attractions also include Kenwood Towne Centre and Sharonville Convention Center.

Courtyard by Marriott Cincinnati Blue Ash
The AER  package includes the following:
Two (2) nights’ accommodations at the Chargers’ team hotel. (Sat.-Sun., Jan. 4-5)
One (1) lower-bowl game ticket sitting with the Chargers party.
Invitation to an exclusive Saturday night Chargers Fan party, hosted by the Chargers’ radio team of Josh Lewin and Hank Bauer.
Pre-game breakfast at the team hotel.
Priority booking for any future road trips.
The cost, based on double occupancy, is $749.  (Add $225 for single room,  air is not included in this package). Contact AER Travel at 858-455-5773.

Take your woolies! It will be cold!

Hyatt Tamaya has Horse riding, spa, golf and Kids Camp 

July 18, 2013 Categories: hotel brands luxury

The Hyatt Regency brand is always a great choice for a family vacation because the Kids Camp is so much fun.

Enjoy the Hyatt “Free Time offer” at Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort and Spa, which includes: ~Every third night free ~Breakfast daily for up to 2 people at Santa Ana Cafe Guest must book and stay at least two (2) paid nights to receive one (1) additional free night.

 Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort and Spa

From the moment we arrived at   Albuquerque Int’l Airport, hired a car to drive the 26 miles / 20 mins. we enjoyed the trip.

Hyatt has an offer they call “the Hyatt Free Time offer at Hyatt Regency Tamaya” .



Hyatt offer “some extra time to see it all with the Hyatt Free Time offer at Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort and Spa”, which includes every third night free and breakfast for up to two people daily. The location is beautiful at the Tuyuna Trail, Santa Ana Pueblo, New Mexico. The sandy open spaces are peaceful and you can hike the same mountains Native American Indians
and Spanish explorers hiked centuries ago

Hyatt Free Time offer at  Hyatt Regency Tamaya
All Accommodations Offer :

•  Private balconies, featuring southwestern style décor
•  High-speed wired and wireless Internet access
•  In-room laptop-sized electronic safe
•  Plush bathrobes (upon request)
•  Coffee maker
•  Refrigerator
•  Check-in Time: 4:00PM Checkout Time: Noon

There is a golf club and for quick snacks,  The Trading Post, a general store is complete with deli, drinks, 
and sundry items. You can play tennis and the Spa is an Award winning 16,000 square foot Tamaya Mist Spa and Salon featuring  12 treatment rooms and private courtyard.
They never forget the kids. Camp Hyatt® activities for kids are fun and families can go    Horseback riding, hot air ballooning and  enjoy the nature trail.

$249 dollars a night for the rate with breakfast but you can get an advance purchase rate as low as $186.15.   Unfortunately, there is a resort fee daily Resort Fee of $23 plus tax will be added to your rate and includes Internet, self parking, recreation facilities

The thing that I like most about the Hyatt Brand is that they offer “Respire by Hyatt” – Hypo-Allergenic Rooms, designed to provide a comfortable sleeping environment for all guests, especially allergy sufferers, like me. Though the dry climate in New Mexico is also allergy free for me. the Hypo Allergenic rooms cost a bit extra but are super clean.

HHonors Hilton points to go to Hawaii 

October 26, 2012 Categories: hotel brands

It was so good to arrive in Hawaii after a hectic trip to Asia. I had not booked the correct night at the hotel because I had forgotten that I was to arrive before I had left due to the time line. Anyway, I ended up walking on the beach in the middle of the night from the Hilton all the way to the Hyatt Hotel and it was a wonderful experience. Hilton has 3 Hawaiian properties where you can earn HHonors points towards free nights.


In the “Hawaii Five-0 Go Hawaii “Sweepstakes. It offers you one of three incredible prizes – including up to a seven-night stay for four at Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort. Register from now until November 9th and each global Hilton Hotels & Resorts stay now through January 5, 2013, will earn you another entry into the sweepstakes.* Any chance to go to Hawaii like a red carpet star should not be ignored. The link to enter “Hawaii Five-0” Go Hawaii Sweepstakes

Go to Hilton Hawaiian Village® Waikiki Beach Resort. Book the “Hawaii Five-0” Experience at Hilton Hawaiian Village® Waikiki Beach Resort. This five-night stay includes a season one DVD set of “Hawaii Five-0”, $50 dining credit for Tropics Bar & Grill, two “Hawaii Five-0” signature cocktails, and 50% off a trip for four on the Spirit of Aloha catamaran sail

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Residents of the United States Canada, Germany, the Republic of Ireland and the United Kingdom, Ends 5 January 2013. For the free method of entry and prize descriptions, register to participate in the Prize Draw by visiting To obtain additional entries for this Prize Draw without completing a stay at any hotel, hand print your name, address, day and evening phone numbers, email address, Account number, and date of birth on a 3" x 5" piece of paper and mail it in an envelope with proper postage to “Hilton Hotels & Resorts Hawaii Five-0 Go Hawaii Sweepstakes additional entry,” PO Box 5046, Department 589275, Kalamazoo, MI 49003-5046, U.S.A. You will receive one (1) entry into the Prize Draw. All mail-in entries must be handwritten and must be postmarked by 7 January 2013 and received by 14 January 2013

aloft Hotels 7 years old….going strong 

September 17, 2012 Categories: hotel brands Starwood

If you work in the airline industry, show your ID to your bartender at the Aloft Chicago O'Hare to receive 20% off your total bill in the W, XYZ bar. This airport hotel has free breakfast at “re:fuel” and free parking for up to seven days. Zip in and zoom out on their complimentary airport shuttle with great rates from $129 per night.

aloft (by Starwood) is a modern, low cost hotel brand. I stayed at the Ballantyne aloft. It’s set amidst shopping, dining and retail conveniences, all in the lovely tree lined Community. The location is 18 miles from Charlotte-Douglas International Airport and downtown Charlotte. SouthPark Mall, located within 9 miles north of The Ballantyne is home to the regions premier shopping destination with over 100 shops such as Neiman Marcus, Tiffany and Nordstrom.


Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. and its stylish W Hotels division started it’s aloft brand seven years ago and have not had the dreaded 7 year itch yet. – still going strong! Aloft was conceived by the same W Hotels team creators of one of the most successful new brands in decades, The W Hotel. The aloft brand is low cost construction and does not provide as many amenities as full service hotels. The bathrooms have the shampoo dispenser built in to the shower and you will not find a bath tub. There is often not even a wall dividing the bathroom area from the main room. The French aloft hotel I stayed at had a lot of people smoking in the lobby and when I tried to get away from the smoke, the elevator did not work so I had to climb the stairs with my bags.

w xyz bar - Roll with the A-list

I was able to enjoy the energetic lounge scene at the aloft hotel that I stayed at in Charlotte, North Carolina because they don’t allow smoking there and the XYZ bar area was fun. I usually like to stay around the corner at The Ballantyne Hotel & Lodge because they have a spa but the aloft has a Massage envy Spa a block away, so it turned out to be a money saving stay in every aspect.

W Hotels is a more comfortable upscale hotel chain, and I prefer to stay a W whenever possible. It’s more of a hotel for the grownups.

You can book hotels at Best Western at a bit lower or in the same price range as Aloft, but because Aloft brand has only been around for seven years, you can safely assume that you will have a modern newly constructed room. The World-wide budget brand Best Western, has more than 4,000 hotels in over 100 countries and territories.

Aloft has an offer going : for every day you pay the regular rate, the next night is 40% off, now through December 31, 2012. Stay 2 nights or more and just breeze into a participating aloft

Echa un vistazo a Aloft Hotels, the new tWist SM in travel, y despierta para disfrutar de un mañana mejor. Por cada día que pagues la tarifa regular, la noche siguiente tiene el 40% de descuento, desde ahora hasta el 31 de diciembre de 2012. Hospédate dos noches o más y simplemente entra a un hotel Aloft participante un jueves, viernes o sábado.

Hilton Hotels 40% off, offer extended 

July 24, 2012 Categories: hotel brands Radisson

As much as I fear traveling to Mexico, I occasionally have to visit for business so I will stay at the airport hotel and make my visit as short as possible. The violence in Mexico has put many families off vacationing there.

The “Great Getaway” offer by Hilton to get 40% off at Hilton Hotels has been extended and now you have more time to save up to 40%. Simply book by September 10, 2012, and stay by December 30, 2012, at participating hotels and resorts in the Hilton Worldwide portfolio. With more days to get away, your next trip and earn HHonors points at over 3,750 hotels worldwide. Hotels in the group are:- Waldorf Astoria, Conrad, Hilton, DoubleTree Embassy, Suites Hilton Garden Inn, Hampton and Homewood suites

In-Room Wireless Internet is free at the Hampton Inn by Hilton Monterrey-Airport hotel and I paid less than $100 a night for the room. The hotel is near Ingersoll Rand and restaurants. They provide transportation to local companies and to and from the airport because it is too dangerous to rent a car. Travelers appreciate the coffeemaker, refrigerator and cable TV with pay-per-view movies and free In-Room Wireless Internet. You can even feel like you are in the USA when dining on American cuisine in their Chilli’s Grill and start each morning with Hampton’s free hot breakfast and enjoy all the coffee or juice you can drink. If you are in a hurry, grab a free Hampton “On the Run Breakfast” bags, available Monday to Friday, for a quick, healthy meal to go. I always like to use this service at Radisson Hotels too.

hhonorsHampton Hotels (, the international brand of nearly 1,900 mid-priced Hampton Inn, Hampton Inn & Suites and Hampton by Hilton hotels, is opening of 31 new properties in the first half of 2012. . Six of the new properties are located in international markets: Poland, Turkey, Canada, Mexico and the United Kingdom.

Hampton Inn and Suites are completing Lobby Renovations. The new Hotels implements a Mix of a useful Lobby design to fit Guests’ Needs similar to the Cortyard by Marriott hotels. I first saw the new lobby at the new Hampton Inn Hotel Opening in Seneca Falls and enjoyed the Hampton Inn University Midtown Offers for guests to “Splash Into Summer Package.”

Hoteles Hampton Vitrinas crecimiento con 31 aperturas de propiedad en primer semestre de 2012 Hoteles Hampton (, la marca internacional de cerca de 1.900 hoteles de precio medio Hampton, de Hampton Inn & Suites y Hampton by Hilton hoteles, anunció hoy la apertura de 31 nuevas propiedades en el primer semestre de 2012. Las nuevas aperturas añadir 3.469 habitaciones, lo que el total de Hampton habitación cuenta global a más de 183.500. Seis de las nuevas propiedades se encuentran en los mercados internacionales: Polonia, Turquía, Canadá, México y Inglaterra.

Hampton Inn and Suites Hotel Lobby Termina Renovación Implementa Diseño Perfecto Mix lobby para satisfacer las necesidades de los clientes por ejemplo en de Halifax Hotel y Hampton Inn Midtown Universidad ofrece Splash huéspedes en un paquete de Verano

Cheer for TEAM USA at the Olympic Games 

June 07, 2012 Categories: hotel brands luxury

In honor of the Queens Diamond Jubilee celebration, I recently visited Buckingham Palace. I don’t usually visit the tourist places anymore, though I often pass by the Palace. In the 1760’s King George the 3rd set the understated style of Buckingham. He thought that Buckingham house was too fancy, so he removed the ornate gates and the Neptune fountain but bought a lot of Italian paintings of Venice that can be viewed in the Palace.

Show support for the contestants and enter for a chance to send yourself to London. Winners will be able to Cheer on Team USA™ in London 2012 ., Hilton HHonors members can visit to enter for a chance to win with a qualifying stay. Cheer on Team USA live at the 2012 Olympic Games in London . Hilton HHonors, the loyalty program for Hilton Worldwide’s 10 distinct hotel brands and a proud sponsor of the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Teams, is encouraging fans to submit good luck messages to Team USA with the launch of the “Support the Dream” program. Through August 12, 2012, fans can send their well-wishes at For every good luck message posted, HHonors will donate $1 worth of amenities to help improve U.S. Olympic Training facilities, up to $250,000 worth of improvements.


Remember that you can earn double HHonors Hilton points or double miles with your airline on your next trip as I explained in my last post.

Have tea at the Waldof. My favorite brand by Hilton is the Waldorf Astoria and I’m sure it is everyone’s favorite out of their 10 brands, but it’s also the most expensive brand. The London Syon Park, A Waldorf Astoria Hotel, sits at the edge of the two hundred acre Syon House estate in an idyllic pastoral English setting

I have to commend the Queen! The coronation of twenty six year-old Elizabeth II in 1953 began a remarkable reign that has seen war and peace, momentous cultural, social and political change. She has amazing stamina at age 86. When it came time to return to Buckingham Palace after a morning church service and receptions and luncheons in Westminster, the queen could have taken a covered carriage to protect her from the cold wind and rain. Instead, she rode in the open 1902 State Landau, waving and smiling. England will be proud to have the Royal family preside over the Olympics.

LONDRES - Feliz y gloriosa y empapado, Gran Bretaña concluyó sus cuatro días de celebración de Diamante de la Reina Isabel II del Jubileo. Hilton Worldwide ofrece equipos de calidad, servicios y servicios en los centros de fitness se encuentran dentro de su portafolio de 10 marcas y 3.800 hoteles de todo el mundo para recompesar los miembros de Hilton HHonors.

Double Points or Hilton Double Miles 

April 01, 2012 Categories: hotel brands united Airlines

I registered for the  Double Your HHonors promotion. Now, you can earn Double Points or Double Miles when you stay at any participating Hilton brand hotel or resort worldwide by June 30, 2012. Just select points or miles to sign up and discover how Hilton HHonors™ can get you to experiences worth sharing faster than ever.  With Hilton HHonors Double Dip® ( you earn air + hotel points) Earnings Style Options:
     10 Hilton HHonors Points per $1 spent + 1 MileagePlus award mile per $1 spent; or
     10 Hilton HHonors Points per $1 spent + 100 MileagePlus award miles per stay


Choosing Miles is a good way to keep your United Airlines Mileage Plus miles from expiring

But keeping UA miles alive is possible in many ways:

Buy from Apple iTunes and earn two United Airlines Mileage Plus miles per dollar spent for an inexpensive way to earn United Airlines Mileage Plus miles and extend the expiration date. You could redeem United Airlines Mileage Plus miles or subscribe to a magazine or newspaper using Mileage Plus miles. The easiest trick is to buy a few miles.

Registration is not required to earn double miles with Holiday Inn IHG Hotels till April 30, 2012

Acumule: Opciones de la promoción Double Dip® Earnings Style de Hilton HHonors:

     10 puntos de Hilton HHonors por cada $1 (USD) gastado + 1 milla de premio de MileagePlus por cada $1 (USD) gastado; o
     10 Puntos Hilton HHonors por cada $1 (USD) gastado + 500 millas de premio MileagePlus por estadía

Sitio web: Teléfono: 1-800-HILTONS

Riding to World’s largest Rodeo 

February 27, 2012 Categories: Holiday Inn

I was driving to Austin and saw Trail Riders with covered wagons heading towards the Rodeo last week, heading towards the Rodeo. The trail riders all converge at Memorial Park and then Parade through downtown Houston . Horse riders, wagons and several marching bands. The Army Marines band was the most Awesome!

American football defensive player Watts was riding a horse in the Rodeo Parade. Andre Johnson and JJ Watt of the Houston Texans DE #99. Houston Texans NFL home is the Reliant Stadium but once a year the Stadium is the location for the Houston Rodeo. Andre and Watts decked out in Cowboy attire for the Rodeo Parade


Follow the Hickory BBQ smoke to The Houston Livestock Show & The World's largest livestock show and the world's largest indoor rodeo & hosts superstar entertainers to raise money for charity.

The World's Championship Bar-B-Que Contest attendance record has been broken, with more than 255,000 in attendance this weekend!

If you want to walk over to the Rodeo, stay at the The Holiday Inn Astrodome at Reliant Park. It is conveniently located off Loop 610, with backgate access to Reliant Park and the new Reliant Stadium. In addition, the hotel is minutes from Six Flags/Astroworld, the Museum District, Texas Medical Center, and Downtown. Catch the "Metro Light Rail" located a mile from the hotel for easy access to Downtown as well as entertainment areas.

The show goes on and I’m getting tickets for  Kid Rock in concert on Feb. 29th . He is helping to support for the troops on Rodeo Armed Forces Appreciation Day.

Lady Antebellum performs on Thurs March 1st and you can see other stars like ZZTop, Reba, Mieanda Lambert John Legend, The Band Perry, Train Brad Paisley Eli Young Band Enrique Iglesias

See Y'all there!  Yee… Haw!

measure the effectiveness of ads 

February 10, 2012 Categories: hotel brands

None of the Super Ball ads were any good this year. There seems to be a disconnect between Madison Av. NYC and Main StreetUSA. Some of those young ad executives have some weird ideas that don’t make us want to buy the Brands they are supposedly flogging. Or do they just want a big personal budget to showcase their resume? We know that there has been a disconnect between Hollywood and regular people, for some time now. I wonder if there are too many young and inconsiderate kids working at ad agencies? 2 decades ago Kids watched “Little house on the Prairie” on TV; … but Generation y and Gen X watched aggressive programs on TV and it shows now.

Each Super Bowl 3 second ad cost $3.5 million. Is it worth it? Some are boycotting Pebble Beach, a Golf Tournament owned by Clint Eastwood due to his half time Chrysler and Obama commercial campaign ad disguised as an ad. What annoys many is that; Chrysler (now owned by Fiat) ,would not exist without taxpayer money.

If you measure the effectiveness of ad campaigns by advertising agencies you may come to the conclusion that they are a dying breed because software tools and ads on Facebook and Linked in cost a fraction of the Madison Ave. marketing and PR firm costs.


FastCompany magazine reported that “Advertising is on the cusp of its first creative revolution since the 1960s. but the ad industry might get left behind” advertising agencies have an agenda distinct from that of their clients. Although publicly they represented the clients' interests, many Madison Avenue executives milk their clients for money. Linkedin stock has rallied most since November on higher than expected ad revenue.

Publicis Groupe SA, was one of the first companies to tap a method, offered by Master Cards spending behavior, research as part of its successful pitch to win the ad-buying business for NBCUniversal’s theme-park business, according to the WSJ.

I don’t understand why the US postal service wants to increase stamp prices but they waste a lot of money on advertising on NBC Television. An ad is not going to make me write more letters ??? and they have to sell a hell of a lot extra stamps if they want to make up the millions they spend on commercials. I saw one ad that did not even point out any fancy service that the public is not aware of, it was simply asking people to mail more. The USP needs to be privatized to become more efficient!

Hilton Hotels have distanced themselves from Paris Hilton Advertisement Controversies, rightly so!

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