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by Hilary Stockton on 3/3/2015
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11/26/2014
Elephants have been the highlight so far of our Thanksgiving trip to Southeast Asia, including the Anantara Golden Triangle Elephant Camp and Resort in Northern Thailand. I've always wanted to see elephants in a more natural environment than a zoo...
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11/25/2014
  What are the best NYC hotels, restaurants and things to do? While not a native New Yorker, I've lived in NYC for 8 years now, and have over 150 posts tagged NYC, so here are my own idiosyncratic recommendations...
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11/24/2014
"The airline cancelled my flight, what are my rights?" is a question I often get from readers.  Unfortunately, as I've discussed in American Airlines Compensation for Cancelled Flight or Delayed Flight?, at least with most U.S. airlines, there is no recourse due to...
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11/23/2014
  This Amanpulo Restaurant Review and Menus post covers our food and dining experiences at Amanpulo on Pamalican Island, a private island in the Philippines. A future post will cover Amanpulo activities and experiences. The posts are part of a...
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11/22/2014
  Korean Air Skypass is no longer a Chase Ultimate Rewards transfer partner. As of November 21, Chase has discontinued the transfer partnership with no notice, a significant devaluation of Ultimate Rewards points for many members who value first class award...
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11/21/2014
  United’s Award Chart Devaluation was earlier this year, and in June, United also announced a switch to revenue based earning (similar to the Delta devaluation), taking effect in 2015. But that wasn’t the end of the bad news for MileagePlus...
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11/20/2014
This Amanpulo Beach Casita review is part of a round the world trip report including first class and business class flights, luxury hotel stays in London and Asia, and restaurant reviews.  For the prior posts, please see: Review: British Airways Concorde Room Lounge...
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11/19/2014
  New Zealand's best luxury lodges are an incredible way to experience Godzone (or "God's Own Country"), as some Kiwis refer to their homeland. While New Zealand is known for its pristine and dramatic scenery, adventure sports and friendly, laid-back...
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11/18/2014
$15 Free Amazon Spend is an AMEX offer for some targeted American Express accounts. I logged in to check my account for my $30 Charles Tyrwhitt statement credit and noticed the Amazon offer. Here are the details: Get a one-time...
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11/18/2014
This Plaza Premium Lounge Hong Kong review is part of a round the world trip report including first class and business class flights, luxury hotel stays in London and Asia, and restaurant reviews.  For the prior posts, please see: Review: British Airways Concorde...
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11/17/2014
  A 20,000 Chase Freedom Signup Bonus Offer and Q1 2015 5X Categories have been announced. See Best Travel Credit Cards for the link, at the end of the post. The usual signup bonus is just 10,000 points (or $100), so...
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11/16/2014
  Hotel Traube Tonbach in Baiersbronn in Germany's Black Forest area, has become synonymous with the perfect gourmet dining luxury getaway in Germany, as today's New York Times Magazine highlights. This is thanks to Chef Harald Wohlfahrt's 3 Michelin star...
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11/15/2014
  Which New Travel Credit Cards for Domestic U.S. Travel and Future International Travel? TravelSort reader Brian writes: "We are looking at applying for a few credit cards this month. We already have the Chase Sapphire Preferred card. We will put about $60k on the credit cards in the...
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11/14/2014
  This review of Cafe Gray Deluxe at The Upper House is part of a round the world trip report including first class and business class flights, luxury hotel stays in London and Asia, and restaurant reviews.  For the prior posts, please see: Review:...
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11/13/2014
Which travel rewards credit card for family award tickets to Hawaii? TravelSort reader Lisa writes on the Best Travel Rewards Credit Cards page: "My husband doesn't travel for work, and my family (including myself) of 4 only travel via airplane...
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11/13/2014
"Is there a way to combine Ultimate Rewards points between accounts on the new Chase Web site?" asks TravelSort reader Raymond in a recent comment. A couple of Chase cards--the Sapphire Preferred, Ink Plus (Ink Bold is gone)--are linked to...
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11/12/2014
This Upper House Hong Kong hotel review is part of a round the world trip report including first class and business class flights, luxury hotel stays in London and Asia, and restaurant reviews.  For the prior posts, please see: Review: British Airways Concorde Room...
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11/11/2014
  Can Money Buy Happiness? That was the catchy headline of this recent Wall Street Journal article. I thought it would be interesting to look at some of the findings and how they relate to travel. Invest in Travel and...
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11/11/2014
This Lung King Heen at the Four Seasons Hong Kong Review is part of a round the world trip report including first class and business class flights, luxury hotel stays in London and Asia, and restaurant reviews.  For the prior posts, please see:...
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11/10/2014
The Starwood and Emirates Your World Rewards partnership has launched, with registration opening November 19, 2014, but how useful will it be for points earning? Here are the details: Register starting November 19, 2014 SPG Gold and Platinum members earn...
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