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by Hilary Stockton on 9/4/2015
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7/27/2015
Stellar hotel housekeeping is great; overzealous housekeeping, not so much. Exasperated TravelSort reader Paul writes "Why is it that whenever I have a 4pm late checkout and even put a "Do Not Disturb" sign on the door, housekeeping still tries...
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7/26/2015
  These Paestum Greek temple photos are part of a trip report featuring the Amalfi Coast, Tuscany, Florence, Rome, Singapore Suites, Air Berlin Business Class, and luxury hotel stays, dining and activities in Berlin and Italy.  For the prior posts,...
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7/25/2015
Will your family earn 1 million frequent flyer miles and points this year? Since we're over 6 months into 2015, I thought I'd do a mid-year post on our progress so far with our miles and points earning. For new...
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7/24/2015
  There are several new Virtuoso Preview hotels and resorts that have garnered quite a bit of interest from clients, ranging from the reopening of the Ritz Paris after a $200 million renovation, to the Faena Miami Beach (will it...
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7/23/2015
  This Monastero Santa Rosa Hotel & Spa Review is part of a trip report featuring the Amalfi Coast, Tuscany, Florence, Rome, Singapore Suites, Air Berlin Business Class, and luxury hotel stays, dining and activities in Berlin and Italy.  For the...
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7/22/2015
  What are Chase Ultimate Rewards Transfer Rules in terms of transferring Ultimate Rewards points to a family member? TravelSort reader Jagir writes "I don't have a Chase Sapphire Preferred but have a ton of Ultimate Rewards points and I'm...
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7/21/2015
  This Private Tours of Pompeii Review and Photos post is part of a trip report featuring Singapore Suites, Air Berlin Business Class, and luxury hotel stays, dining and activities in Berlin and Italy.  For the prior posts, please see: Review: Air...
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7/20/2015
    With Chase Refer a Friend you can earn up to 50K Ultimate Rewards points by referring friends as new cardholders to a Chase credit card such as the Sapphire Preferred or Ink Plus (my referral links). I noticed these...
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7/19/2015
  This Review of Emma Pizzeria in Rome, Italy is part of a trip report featuring Singapore Suites, Air Berlin Business Class, and luxury hotel stays, dining and activities in Berlin and Italy.  For the prior posts, please see: Review: Air Berlin...
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7/18/2015
What's the takeoff priority for delayed flights? TravelSort reader Jeanette comments on the Airline Passenger Bill of Rights-What Are Flyers' Rights post: "I am trying to find out what entity determines in what order flights leave after a weather delay?...
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7/17/2015
  This Review of Marzapane Roma restaurant in Rome, Italy is part of a trip report featuring Singapore Suites, Air Berlin Business Class, and luxury hotel stays, dining and activities in Berlin and Italy.  For the prior posts, please see: Review: Air...
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7/16/2015
Can a hotel cancel your confirmed reservation? TravelSort reader Jack writes "About 6 months ago I booked a San Francisco hotel to attend an upcoming wedding of a friend, and received a confirmation. Just last week I was asked to...
Square_review-portrait_roma_hotel-rooftop_terrace_seating
7/15/2015
  This Review of the Portrait Roma Hotel, part of the Lungarno Collection, is part of a trip report featuring Singapore Suites, Air Berlin Business Class, and luxury hotel stays, dining and activities in Berlin and Italy.  For the prior...
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7/14/2015
  U.S. AMEX cardholders can get $400 off $2000 or more in Qantas flights, booked on the Qantas U.S. Web site, via AMEX Twitter Sync Offers or via your AMEX Offers when logged into your account. Here are the details:...
Square_review-katz_orange_berlin_restaurant_outdoor_seating_in_courtyard
7/13/2015
  This review of Katz Orange Restaurant in Berlin, Germany is part of a trip report featuring Singapore Suites, Air Berlin Business Class, and luxury hotel stays, dining and activities in Berlin and Italy.  For the prior posts, please see:...
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7/12/2015
Declined for the Citi Prestige card? You may actually have been approved, and the declined message may be a system glitch. At least, that's what happened with both my husband and me. Since neither of us was targeted for the...
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7/11/2015
  This review of Singapore Suites A380 New York JFK to Frankfurt, with a kid, is part of a trip report featuring Singapore Suites, Air Berlin Business Class, and luxury hotel stays, dining and activities in Berlin and Italy.  For...
Square_is_transaero_a_good_airline-not_if_you_want_your_baggage_to_arrive_with_you
7/10/2015
Is Transaero a good airline? Not if you want your luggage to arrive with you. I flew Transaero today, and boy, do I regret that decision. It was part of a combined ticket from Florence, Italy via Vienna to Moscow,...
Square_review-amex_centurion_lounge_new_york_lga_laguardia_airport-seating_by_lounge_entrance
7/9/2015
  This review of the AMEX Centurion Lounge at New York's LaGuardia Airport (LGA) is from a recent June 2015 visit, after a flight back into NYC. Previously, I've visited the AMEX Centurion Lounge in Las Vegas Airport (LAS). Location,...
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7/8/2015
This Review of Hotel de Rome in Berlin, Germany (a Rocco Forte hotel) is part of a trip report featuring Singapore Suites, Air Berlin Business Class, and luxury hotel stays, dining and activities in Berlin and Italy.  For the prior posts,...
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