Delta Business Elite Seat and Flight Review

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I don’t write a ton of flight reviews generally because there are just so many out there. I’ll write about a unique experience or when something really stands out on a flight.  This was my first international business flight on Delta in the new Delta Business Elite cabin (Delta recently rebranded their inflight experience while…

Do You Buy Products You’ve Tried In Airline Amenity Kits?

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If you’ve flown in premium economy, business class or first class on an international flight you probably remember getting an amenity kit that contained some socks, eye shade, ear plugs and a few other goodies.   I love amenity kits, but I usually find the lotion and other products to be too scented for me…

Westin Lima Review

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I took a short trip to Lima, Peru during for the New Year and stayed at the Westin Lima.  The hotel is located in a financial/ business district of Lima called San Isidro.  The hotel is located next to some of the largest corporate offices in the city making it convenient for business travelers. The hotel…

New Year’s Eve in Peru with Yellow Underpants & Lentils

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This year I spent New Year’s Eve in Peru. Peruvians take their traditions very seriously and New Year’s is no different. Here’s what I learned about the Peruvian traditions: 1. Wear Yellow Underpants Yellow means good luck in Peru and the best way to welcome lady luck, according to Peruvians, is to wear a pair of yellow underwear. Tradition…

The Founders Card Review

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A few years ago I was introduced to The Founders Card. Self-described as “exclusive benefits and networking for entrepreneurial minds,” the card offers a variety of benefits and discounts to members – including paid and free events around the world.  I  joined for the airline benefits and for the first year, found a good amount of…

A Traveler’s New Year’s Resolutions

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by Rachel Brean  Most make new year’s resolutions to be more organized, to read more, to get more sleep, etc. and this year my resolutions are around how I can plan keep in line with these things on the road. With that, here are my top tips for 2015! Check in to flights as soon…

Sydneysiders Come Together to Honor the Martin Place Tragedy

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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…