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Romantic Travel
by Hilary Stockton on 8/25/2016
Square_aadvantage_elite_fast_track_to_executive_platinum_offer
8/24/2016
  An AAdvantage Fast Track to Elite Status offer is being targeted to some AAdvantage members. My husband received an offer, which I thought was odd, since he has zero EQMs (elite qualifying miles) and zero EQS (elite qualifying segments)...
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8/23/2016
Astoria Cafe is the signature restaurant of Hotel Astoria in St. Petersburg, Russia. As I mentioned in my prior review, this was where Hitler had planned to hold his victory dinner after conquering Leningrad, which fortunately didn't happen, although visit...
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8/22/2016
  The 100K Sapphire Reserve card is now available for online applications, as well as in Chase branches. Keep in mind, though, that if you've opened more than 5 new personal credit card accounts within the past 24 months, you're...
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8/21/2016
  Best ways to use 100K Chase Ultimate Rewards points? That's a question I'm getting from some TravelSort clients who either applied today in-branch for the new Chase Sapphire Reserve, or plan to apply for the card this week, once...
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8/20/2016
  Hotel Astoria in St. Petersburg, Russia is a Rocco Forte hotel originally built in 1911. It was well known as the best hotel in the city during World War II, and Hitler planned to hold his victory dinner there, after...
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8/19/2016
  NYC Broadway Week offers two for one tickets on select shows for the two weeks of September 5-18. While we rarely see Broadway shows, I'll be taking advantage of this to take my son to his first musical, and...
Square_w_maldives-best_starwood_luxury_privileges_3rd_night_free_and_4th_night_free_offers
8/18/2016
  Starwood Luxury Privileges is Starwood's answer to Four Seasons Preferred Partner, providing special benefits when reserving through select luxury travel advisors such as TravelSort. Starwood Luxury Privileges benefits typically include full daily breakfast for up to two in-room guests...
Square_sofitel_london_heathrow_review-elevator_to_lobby
8/17/2016
  The Sofitel London Heathrow Hotel is the most convenient choice if you have an early morning flight out of London Heathrow, since it's connected to Terminal 5. My previous review covered a Luxury Room with Club Lounge access; for...
Square_a_pathetic_ana_bonus_credit_card_offer_and_ana_award_chart_sweet_spots
8/16/2016
  I received a 10K ANA credit card bonus offer via email today, which is pathetic by U.S. credit card bonus standards. Here are the details, and then we'll move on to other points transfer options to get ANA miles...
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8/15/2016
  Morimoto New York is well known to fans of Masaharu Morimoto, an Iron Chef on the original Japanese Iron Chef cooking show as well as it U.S. version, Iron Chef America. Morimoto New York has been around for 10...
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8/14/2016
  Airline First Class is primarily about the experience: hopefully a great night's sleep (see Best First Class Airline Beds), delicious food (see Best First Class Airline Food), a nicely put together amenity kit (see Best First Class Airline Amenity Kits) and...
Square_harry_potter_hogwarts
8/13/2016
  This Warner Brothers Studio Tour-The Making of Harry Potter Review was one of my son's favorite things to do during our recent visit to London. Planning a family trip to London? See all our posts tagged London. For our hotel site...
Square_new_citi_credit_card_rules-one_bonus_per_24_months_per_brand
8/12/2016
  There are new Citi credit card rules that restrict earning a signup bonus to once per 24 months per brand. What does this mean? You won't be able to earn a Citi ThankYou credit card signup bonus if you...
Square_starwood_targeted_promotion-free_night_award-double_elite_credit-extra_starpoints-or_nothing
8/11/2016
A Starwood Promotion is targeted to select SPG members, and could give you double elite credit, extra Starpoints....or nothing at all. Go to the SPG promotion link to check what your SPG offer is, if anything. Note that as a TravelSort...
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8/10/2016
  There's a 50% AMEX Membership Rewards Transfer Bonus to British Airways Avios but is it worth it? Keep in mind that Membership Rewards points normally transfer to Avios at a 1000:800 ratio, so with the 50% bonus, 1000 Membership...
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8/9/2016
  This Review of Restaurant Gordon Ramsay is from our recent visit to London. I was excited to try Gordon Ramsay's eponymous 3 Michelin star restaurant, having enjoyed lunch at Petrus, a 1 Michelin star Gordon Ramsay restaurant, a few years ago....
Square_amex_small_business_saturday_november_26_2016
8/8/2016
  AMEX Small Business Saturday will return on November 26, 2016 (the Saturday after Thanksgiving) but we don't yet know if there will be AMEX targeted offers for statement credit. Previously, 2010-2012, there was $25 statement credit for $25 in small...
Square_shangri-la_at_the_shard_london_review-swimming_pool-52nd_floor-infused_water
8/7/2016
  This Review of the Shangri-La at the Shard, London, is from our recent stay. For other posts from our London and Paris site inspections and visits, please see: Review: Pur' Paris Restaurant, Park Hyatt Paris Hotel Review: Park Hyatt Paris-Vendome La...
Square_plan_spring_break_travel_now-_saver_level_aadvantage_awards_to_europe
8/6/2016
  Spring Break is a favorite time to travel, especially for clients heading to Europe and parts of Asia that are uncomfortably hot and crowded during peak summer season. Another benefit, depending on when you book travel, is better flight...
Square_restaurant_review-wiltons_london_tables-view_from_booth
8/6/2016
  It's not every day you dine at a restaurant founded in the 1700s, but Wiltons Restaurant in London dates back to 1742, when shellfish monger George William Wilton initially started selling his oysters and shellfish close to London's Haymarket....
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  This Review of Restaurant Gordon Ramsay is from our recent visit to London. I was excited to try Gordon Ramsay's eponymous 3 Michelin star restaurant, having enjoyed lunch at Petrus, a 1 Michelin star Gordon Ramsay restaurant, a few years ago....
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