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…

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

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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

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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

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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…

Future Innovation United Airlines vs American Airlines

Do job openings provide insights to innovation? 48 vs 136… is the job board broke at United? Today, Monday July 28th, job openings are as follows – United has 16 general openings worldwide.  Click on the link HERE to see the listing. United has 32 openings for management and administrative under a link HERE. American Airlines…

SECRET Costco Pricing Unlocked

Should the price signs at Costco impact your shopping? Yes, the Costco signs can unlock extra savings for you! Prices that end in 97¢ These have been marked down from the regular price that ends in 99¢ Odd pricing, such as 79¢, 49¢, or 89¢ These indicate specially priced items that Costco received a manufacturer deal An…

Grand Slam Hotel EasySavings With MasterCard

Stacking hotel savings with a Small Business MasterCard! EasySavings, the small business MasterCard savings program, offers a 4% rebate on select hotel stays.  The 4% is automatically credited to your registered card at EasySavings.  No Coupons. No Codes. What can be easier than that? Super 8 Holiday Inn Ramada Days Inn Hampton Inn EconoLodge Howard…

Top 5 Reasons Why I Love Princess Cruises

What makes Princess Cruises my first choice? Having sailed on Princess Cruises  – North, South, East and West – the big white boats have a special place in my heart or maybe it is the black Elite card in my wallet that has the special place? Drumroll… The Staff and Crew Friendly Entertaining Have the…

National Park Pass To Unlock America The Beautiful

Going to a National Park soon? A National Park Pass might just be the answer to real money in your wallet! 133 of our country’s 401 national parks generally charge an entrance fee unless you have an American The Beautiful,  National Park Pass, except on Free Entrance Days which there are 3 left this year –  August 25 National…

What Does A Hyatt Job Description Tell Us

Does a Hyatt job description provide a hint for the future? Nothing like scanning the open jobs at a firm to see what changes are coming?  The first thing competitive intelligence taught me was… go look at what they have for open positions. Hyatt is currently looking for a Director – Guest Experience Research. The…

HawaiianMiles With A 30 Percent Transfer Bonus

Dreaming of taking your next vacation to Hawaii? Aloha! For a limited time, when you convert your Club Rewards points to HawaiianMiles you’ll receive a 30% bonus!  Promotion is valid till August 7, 2014, at 11:59PM EST. Although the Diners Club PROFESSIONAL card has been closed to new applicants for sometime, the card continues to offer up…

SECRET World Of Savings At Home Depot

One of the toughest stores for discounts! Home Depot has to be one of the toughest stores to find a discount.  Over the weekend, we were working on a home repair project.  Prior to heading to the land of the orange apron, I googled for a coupon with no luck.  As I was standing in…

My House Smells Like Westin White Tea

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I love Starwood, that’s no secret, and while I like several of their brands, I really like the Westin Signature Scent, Westin White Tea and the Heavenly Beds! The Westin Store sells all things Westin including beds, linens, robes, and Westin White Tea products.  Recently the Westin Store launched a new program related to the…