is United Airlines cannibalizing their brand? 

Posted by Jean May 20, 2017 Categories: Discount Airlines low airfare united Airlines

 

Is it worth striving for elite status with United Airlines? They are loosing Frequent Flyers at a fast pace. You've heard the saying ….. ‘It takes years to win a customer and only seconds to lose one.’ The reason that so many people empathized with Dr. Dao when he was brutally, dragged from a United Airlines flight, was that so many people have been treated badly by the Airlines discourteous behavior.

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Even if you have never been on a United flight, you can get the same benefits as their Elite members get, for a lot less spent. Economy plus and economy plus enhanced can be bought for $87 or $182 extra to get extra leg room and the latter even gets you United club access.

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United is not a luxury Airlines anymore. Continental Air was a cut above other airlines but now that they have combined the two airlines, United has abandoned the customer loyalty winning strategy, and become a low service, budget airline. They have what they call “Basic Economy” tickets which are subject to loads of  restrictions including,: NO seat selection or upgrades, no group or family seating, no normal sized carry-on bags and no flight changes or refunds. Certain MileagePlus and MileagePlus Premier member benefits are not available. So is it worth getting elite Status if benefits are not available and Upgrades are never available and have to pay more than the average price?

You can even pay extra for United Signature Service for departures, connections or arrivals at Chicago O'Hare, Houston Intercontinental, New York/Newark, Los Angeles or San Francisco, and experience premium treatment, if you are an inexperienced traveler. You get an unfriendly United employee to hold your hand and guide you through the airport with the "Signature Service".

The tendency of consumers is to buy the discounted flights, but then to realize that they can buy the cheapest flight on any airline, so they look further and then end up staying with a competing airline.

So, they can stop sending me promotion offers, Like, ”For a limited time, you can receive up to 50,000 bonus miles when you purchase miles with United”.If I don’t want to buy their flights, I most certainly don't want to buy miles, because the miles are not fun to use. When I try to use those miles, they try to get me to use them on their partner Airlines and they only give me options to use the miles by flying inconvenient flights, far out of my part of the world. If I buy a flight, at least I have the option to fly on a direct flight.
 

It feels good to be free to fly any airline and not to have to do mileage runs at the end of the year to keep your status.

German Christmas market 

Posted by Jean December 08, 2016

They have  a huge Christmas tree and a nativity scene with live animals, to put everybody in the Christmas mood.
I think that Spandau is the largest European Christmas market. It has a wonderful atmosphere of Christmas cheer. The Spandau “Altstadt” is still steeped in centuries of traditions in evidence visible the old part of the city. It is a borough (Bezirk) of Berlin along the western bank of the Havel River.
The market is full of art, culture, crafts, food and street vendors peddling all kinds of interesting wares This year it is held from November 26 until December 23. The entrance of the upscale department store KaDeWe (Kaufhaus Des Westens) was spectacularly decorated for the festivities.
Visitors swarm along the 200 market stalls in the area of the Carl-Schurz-Stasse and during the advents weekend the number of stands in the “Altstadt” reach around 400 booths. Santa visits the market every afternoon and there are free shows on the podium. Unter de Linden trees (where the trees are not linden trees) is beautifully lit, this year,.. and don’t miss the Alexander Platz decorations.
Honingmond Hotel Altstadt Spandau is closest to the Xmas market action. They have doublé rooms for 80 Euros but I prefer the modern bathrooms at the Crowne Plaza Berlin. The CrownePlaza is hotel is located in the heart of the city of Berlin, in proximity to Kurfürstendamm, the renowned Kaiser Wilhelm Gedächtniskirche (memorial church), the KaDeWe shopping mall. Olympic stadium and the zoo. Another Spandau hotel is the Hotel Altstadt Wasserstr . It lies beside the river Spree within the district's picturesque Old Town.
If you have rented a car, it is convenient to park at the Courtyard Berlin Teltow on Warthestrasse (west of the city) but when I stay at the full Marriott Berlin in the center, I prefer to rely on public transport.

Get into the Christmas spirit at The Westin Grand, Berlin in the heart of Germany´s capital – where the historic boulevard Unter den Linden meets the Friedrichstrasse. They have a Winterzauber (winter Package) can be booked with a rate plan WMTRMNG for EUR 187.75 for 2 nights with breakfast AND a 48 hours City Card for free use of public transport but be sure to ask for a newly decorated room. It is a SPG Category 4 presently, but I like it best. A 5-minute walk takes you to the underground and S-Bahn stations, which connects you to the whole city.

Don’t be afraid of getting lost because it is such a cosmopolitan city, full of expats that you can always ask directions in English.

MERRY CHRISTMAS !

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

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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.
http://www.expedia.com/?affcid=network.cj.5450268.10515011.&affcid=cj5450268

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.

hilton hawaii villagesAlso ENTER FOR A CHANCE TO WIN UP TO A SEVEN-NIGHT STAY IN HAWAII

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 www.hilton.com/gohawaii. 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.

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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.

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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 (www.hampton.com), 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 (www.hampton.com), 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 HHonors.com/Dream 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 HHonors.com/SupportTheDream. 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.

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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

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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: www.hilton.com Teléfono: 1-800-HILTONS

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