So as we all approach 2013, I can confirm (despite United’s best efforts) that I’ve achieved status as I had hoped: United – 1K – 102,754 miles and 57 segments     British Airways – Gold Hyatt – Diamond – 30 stays and 43 nights       Priority Club – Platinum – with 8… Read full article

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I have picked a series of the pictures I have published this year on the blog, which I felt sums up my experiences, visits and observations for the year. Enjoy. The new concourse at King’s Cross Station, a long overdue refresh for the classic London train terminal. The bmi lounge at Heathrow before they were… Read full article

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As you may remember I had a problem with my flights with Air New Zealand crediting to United. Recap: I flew London Heathrow to Los Angeles on a revenue business class ticket with Air New Zealand. I credited this to my United Airlines MileagePlus account where it should have earned 1.5 status miles and credits… Read full article

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Matthew, a friend from Austin, Texas is in Europe for a month. His first stop, Bucharest, produced some interesting thoughts: In his 1944 memoir, The Long Balkan Night, Leigh White states, “Bucharest is like no other city in Europe.  Superficially, it reminded me of Tulsa, Oklahoma…Food and liquor cost next to nothing; and mistresses—with mink… Read full article

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Lufthansa’s web site has details of a ex-UK sale: Example from London: Conditions are as follows: Purchase by: 02.01.2013 Departure period: 23.03.2013-15.08.2013 Return period: 29.03.2013-15.11.2013 Not valid: 15.04.2013-30.06.2013 Minimum stay: 6 days. Maximum stay: 3 months. Subject to availability.   Books in to ‘P’ class which earns only 100% in Miles&More, but 150% EQM’s with… Read full article

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For passengers going to/from Heathrow, I am afraid it is not great news but better than nothing: Piccadilly line No service would operate through the central area. A limited shuttle service would operate between Acton Town and Heathrow Terminals 1,2,3 and between Arnos Grove and Cockfosters. This really won’t help most travellers. The full leaflet… Read full article

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If you have a booking for this property you are asked to call Hyatt Reservations to discuss it. Press release CHICAGO (December 15, 2012) – Santa Barbara Hospitality, N.V., the owner of Hyatt Regency Curacao Golf Resort, Spa and Marina came to the Resort late Friday evening and informed the Manager on duty that it… Read full article

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I noticed this nice promo From December 21, 2012 through February 28, 2013 to enjoy: Triple Hyatt Gold Passport bonus points Complimentary Internet Room upgrade, upon arrival 15% discount on spa services during your stay Drink coupon for two signature hummingbird cocktails at our lobby brasserie, Lexington Brass Simply request Offer Code 48NIW. A dummy… Read full article

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It appears that the long running dispute about extra payments for working on holidays has produced another strike. BBC are reporting that Aslef Tube Drivers will be striking on the days listed above. This makes travel for those from Heathrow difficult as the Heathrow Express is off on 25 & 26 December.  

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The Mayor of London has a mini-site giving information about the arrangements of the the New Year’s Eve Fireworks. For those who missed the 2012 event, the event is on YouTube 2012 London Fireworks The Salmon Pink areas (Victoria Embankment) are the primary viewing areas and the Yellow Area is overflow. The Blue Lines are… Read full article

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I used to travel to Kauai a great deal, about 10 years ago. Before the advent of direct flights from the US West Coast, I connected in Honolulu to to Aloha airlines for the short hop to Kauai. I stopped going for two reason – as a non-driver the taxi fares to/from the Grand Hyatt… Read full article

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