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by Hilary Stockton on 3/24/2017
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Square_loiseau_blanc_paris_restaurant_review
2/11/2017
  L'Oiseau Blanc is one of The Peninsula Paris Hotel's 3 main restaurants, along with LiLi and Le Lobby. It has the most spectacular setting of the three, on the hotel's glass atrium enclosed rooftop, with a view of the...
Square_which_travel_credit_cards_i'm_using_most_and_why
2/10/2017
  Which credit cards should you use for which spend? TravelSort reader Ann writes "I've read many of your previous travel credit card posts, but I'm curious about which credit cards you're using most now, and why. My husband and...
Square_review-le_royal_monceau-raffles_paris-swimming_pool
2/9/2017
  This Review of Le Royal Monceau-Raffles Paris is from my recent stay at the hotel while doing Paris hotel site inspections. While I tend to more frequently reserve The Peninsula Paris and Four Seasons Paris for guests, Le Royal...
Square_shangri-la_luxury_circle_program_changes
2/8/2017
  Today I woke up to over 100 emails, all from Chinese, who wanted to make Shangri-La Luxury Circle reservations at Shangri-La hotels in China. The reason? There are some Shangri-La Luxury Circle changes that take effect Friday February 10,...
Square_25k_aadvantage_miles_for_new_sprint_account
2/7/2017
Earn 25,000 AAdvantage Miles for a new Sprint account. Although not a new offer, since it's been extended from last year, I thought it worth mentioning for those considering a carrier switch, as I am. I'm in the market for a...
Square_review-members_dining_room-metropolitan_museum_of_art_nyc
2/6/2017
  The Members Dining Room at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC was one of our NYC Restaurant Week Winter 2017 picks for where to go. Normally you do need to be a Member of the Museum to make a reservation,...
Square_3x_jetblue_trueblue_points_for_amazon_spend
2/5/2017
  Earn 3X JetBlue TrueBlue Points at Amazon with your unique JetBlue link. While this offer has been around since last year, I missed posting about it, so better late than never. The great thing is that you can stack...
Square_flight_review-virgin_america_first_class_sfo-jfk
2/4/2017
  Virgin America First Class markets itself as the way to fly in style, but my recent flight experience was very much style (if you can call it that) over substance. Here's my review of Virgin America First Class: Virgin...
Square_chase_private_client_arts_and_culture_card_benefits_2017
2/3/2017
  The Chase Private Client Arts and Culture Card offers complimentary admission for the cardholder and guest (sometimes several guests) at museums and cultural attractions in NYC, San Francisco, Los Angeles, San Diego, Chicago, Seattle, Florida, Arizona and Texas. It...
Square_david_toutain-paris_restaurant_review
2/2/2017
  This Review of David Toutain in Paris is from my recent visit, when I stayed at The Peninsula Paris. David Toutain has worked with the best of the best, from Alain Passard (Arpege) to Bernard Pacaud to Pierre Gagnaire, and many diners...
Square_10x_at_us_restaurants_for_6_months_with_amex_blue_for_business_card
2/1/2017
  The AMEX Blue for Business Card offers 10X at U.S. restaurants for the first 6 months, up to $2000 on purchases (so 20,000 AMEX Membership Rewards points) if you apply by February 22, 2017. Although the offer's been out...
Square_maximize_shangri-la_luxury_circle_upgrades_and_benefits
1/31/2017
  My Shangri-La Luxury Circle Program Benefits post resulted in quite a bit of interest and bookings from existing and new clients alike, along with some questions, the most common being "Are there any Luxury Circle upgrades to suites or...
Square_perry_st_nyc_restaurant_review-salmon_sashimi_with_blood_orange
1/30/2017
  Perry St in NYC's West Village was one of our NYC Restaurant Week Winter 2017 picks for where to go. The restaurant is helmed by Cedric Vongerichten, son of Jean-Georges Vengerichten, and the chef behind the menu at AMEX's...
Square_tokyo_best_luxury_hotel_offers_spring_2017
1/29/2017
  Some of Tokyo's best luxury hotels have some excellent offers right now for winter-spring 2017 stays. Naturally most of these offers exclude some dates during peak cherry blossom season, typically late March-early April in Tokyo, but there's still plenty...
Square_the_peninsula_paris_review-decor
1/28/2017
  This The Peninsula Paris Review is from my recent stay at the hotel, which has quickly become one of the best Paris luxury hotels and a client favorite. A great advantage of reserving it as a TravelSort Client is...
Square_tsa_precheck-emirates_virgin_atlantic_and_avianca_join
1/27/2017
  Emirates, Virgin Atlantic, Avianca, and several small airlines have joined TSA PreCheck. This is great news for those flying Emirates to Dubai, as we recently did on our Emirates A380 First Class flight on our way to the Maldives,...
Square_best_and_worst_airlines_for_peanut_and_nut_allergies
1/26/2017
  Some airlines are better than others when it comes to peanut and nut allergies. These allergies are some of the most prevalent of all allergies, and in general I'm very sympathetic to allergy sufferers, given that in my family...
Square_la_palme_dor_cannes_restaurant_review-table_setting
1/25/2017
  This Review of La Palme d'Or Restaurant in Cannes, which is the only 2 Michelin star restaurant in Cannes, is from my recent stay at the Grand Hyatt Cannes Hotel Martinez. I reserved my stay with Virtuoso benefits, which in...
Square_75k_amex_platinum_bonus_offer
1/24/2017
  75K AMEX Platinum and 75K AMEX Business Gold Rewards bonus offers are available to many, using private browsing (Safari) or an Incognito browser window (Google Chrome). To maximize your chances of seeing the offers, be sure to clear your...
Square_grand_hyatt_cannes_hotel_martinez_review-view_from_sea_view_suite
1/23/2017
  This Grand Hyatt Cannes Hotel Martinez Review of a Prestige Suite Seaview is from a recent visit to Cannes in the south of France. See our other Virtuoso hotel reviews and offers. and Hyatt hotel reviews and posts. TravelSort...
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