Sydneysiders Come Together to Honor the Martin Place Tragedy

Martin Place Flowers

The following post was written by a dear friend of mine from Sydney Australia, Laura White. Laura is a longtime friend and colleague, and a very proud Sydneysider. Laura, like many others were deeply affected by the horror of the Sydney Siege, the shocking loss of two innocent lives, and the forever-changed climate of a…

Spreading Some Christmas Cheer at O’Hare Airport

Christmas Cheer at O'Hare Airport

In a time where it feels like we are perpetually surrounded by bad news (Ebola, Economy, Sydney Siege, ISIS, Congress), what a refreshing thing I experienced on Wednesday night, December 16. While waiting for a my Chicago to Phoenix flight to depart from Chicago O’Hare Airport, one of the employees who was working at the…

JetBlue Connects Family with A Taste of Home

by VGP contributor Rachel Brean JetBlue is one of the many airlines this holiday season that are investing in their social media presence through warm-hearted holiday campaigns. This week they launched a touching video that takes place in Washington Heights, New York which has the largest Dominican population outside of the Dominican Republic. JetBlue invited…

JetBlue is #FlyingItForward

JetBlue Flying it Forward

The following post is written by VeryGoodPoints contributor, Rachel Brean. In the spirit of the holiday season, JetBlue has recently launched a “Flying It Forward” campaign where they have asked individuals “If you were given one flight to spread good where would you go?” The individual is given a ticket to fly to where they feel they…

Even Hotel Rockville Maryland Review

IMG_0014_2

In February of 2012, Intercontinental Hotel Group, IHG, announced a new brand called Even.  According to its website, EVEN™ Hotels is the first hotel brand designed for business and leisure travellers who maintain a healthy and active lifestyle and are looking for a complete wellness experience at a mainstream price point. To date, there are only…

Hilton Imperial Dubrovnik Review

photo 1

by Rachel I arrived at the Hilton Imperial in Dubrovnik, Croatia for a four night stay in late September. I read rave reviews online about the property being in a prime location, clean, and beautiful and they did not disappoint. Upon arrival, we were greeted by the very friendly staff and told we were upgraded…

Four Points Nashville Review

Screen Shot 2014-10-14 at 9.49.47 PM

I visited Nashville last week for a conference and wanted to find a hotel within an easy drive of the Gaylord Opryland, where the conference was held, and would count towards my 2015 Starwood Preferred Guest qualification.   With the Sheraton booked I turned to the Four Points Nashville Airport. Based on previous US Four Points…

Amsterdam In 48 Hours

Iconic Amsterdam sign

by Rachel Amsterdam has been on my to do list for quite some time now so I was ecstatic when I found a very inexpensive flight on Iceland Air from Boston via Reykjavik this fall. I traveled with a friend and the Jordaan neighborhood that we stayed in absolutely made our trip. The location was…

Avis Doing Away With Weekend Rental Rewards

Avis Rewards Program Change

Today Avis announced some changes to it’s Avis First Rewards program. On November 20, 2014, Avis First will become Avis Preferred Plus. In addition, members will no longer be able to earn free weekend rental rewards but will continue to earn Avis  preferred points or miles with participating airlines, hotels, etc… At the same time…

Travel Technology Now And Then

Pass

With the announcement this week of ApplePay and iWatch, which could impact the way you travel in the future, I thought it would be fun to compare the travel technology trends of today compared to those of 2004! What are the travel trends of today?  For this I looked to SXSW, Travel & Leisure Magazine,…

Flying USAir’s Newest Plane With Streaming Wifi

IMG_2303

It was a rainy, dreary day in Charlotte, North Carolina, and only a few people seemed excited about the flight on the freshly painted airplane parked at gate E-11. Almost every day the combined “New American Airlines” rolls out a brand new airplane – 19 of which are CRJ-900 aircraft flown by US Airways and wholly owned subsidiary…

New Starwood SPG Platinum enhancement coming soon

SPG Suite Night Awards

This morning I had the opportunity to attend a breakfast hosted by Starwood at the Chatwal Hotel, a Luxury Collection property.  At the breakfast, Starwood announced the launch of SPG Pro, but I also had the opportunity to speak with a few of the Starwood SPG program execs.   After learning about the new program, I asked Chris…

Starwood Announces SPG Pro

photo

Today, Starwood Hotels announced what they are calling a loyalty industry game changer with the launch of SPG Pro. A new and innovate program aimed at the B2B community, SPG Pro will replace Starwood’s business loyalty programs and become fully integrated with the Starwood Preferred Guest Program.  Not sure if this applies to you? Keep reading…it…

SLS Las Vegas $85 per night special

The brand new SLS Las Vegas has opened to some great reviews!  I personally love the SLS Beverly Hills (and have done a review of it here) and have stayed there many times.  So I’m already looking forward to a visit to the new Las Vegas location.  I’ve gotten a lot of emails about special…

What Side Of The Road Do You Drive On

driving

As a frequent international traveler, I know that driving can be a real challenge depending on what side of the road you’re used to driving on.  Should I drive on the right or left side of the road? As an American, I’m used to driving on the right hand side of the road with the…

First2Board Phoenix Sessions Giveaway

The First2Board Phoenix Sessions

We are very excited to announce that tickets are now available for the 2015 First2Board Phoenix Sessions.  Pre-sale tickets were available to anyone who attended the Seattle Sessions and 25 people have registered already.  Early Bird Tickets are now on sale for Phoenix! http://www.eventbee.com/v/f2bphxsessions The sessions will be held in Phoenix Arizona (well, Scottsdale to be…

Norma’s NYC Restaurant Review

NormasLoxBagel

Norma’s is a NYC classic, James Beard award winning breakfast joint inside the Le Parker Meridien. With choices like Hot Chestnut Pancakes Topped with Candied Chestnuts and Brown Sugar Sauce or Mango-Papaya Brown Butter Cinnamon Crêpes, Foie Gras Brioche French Toast With Asparagus and Mushrooms or the James Beard Award Winning Potato Pancakes With Homemade…

Is ManServant The Next Level Of Concierge Service

Do you need a ManServant on your next trip? Coming to San Francisco this fall! ManServant says… It’s not a stripper who gets naked and rubs his greasy body all over you. It’s aManServant: a gentleman who treats you like a queen. Book one for a bachelorette party or any gathering to be your personal photographer,…

SECRET Target Pricing Unlocked

Should the clearance price tags at Target impact your shopping? Yes, the Target Clearance Tags can unlock extra savings for you! Every Target shopper needs to know the 30% – 50% – 70% markdown schedule –  When the price ends in 8, it will be marked down again When it ends in a 4, it is the lowest it…