Wednesday, September 28, 2016

IHG Share Forever Math Problems

IHG send me this email:

Dear Andrew,  

Our latest promotion, Share Forever, has ended and we’re happy to see how much you’ve achieved. You earned a total of 67,600 bonus points, and that means it’s time to enjoy your rewards. Share Forever 2016 was just one of the many ways we’re helping make your stays more rewarding, so stay tuned for more ways to keep your earning momentum going.  

That's amazing news, except I only earned 3,000 points. Thanks guys for crushing my dreams.
More Crush Dreams from a Points Program

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Friday, September 23, 2016

Marriott Now Has 3 Loyalty Programs

The Marriott take over of Starwood is complete and members can now link their accounts between the Ritz, Marriott, and SPG programs. Your highest status will be moved to the other programs. No word on when or how SPG will be rolled into Marriott.
Sheraton HK - It's Much Nicer Than It Looks

Monday, September 19, 2016

United 777 - 10 Wide in Coach

As part of United's goal to suck the fun out of air travel (why else remove Channel 9?), they are going 10 wide in coach on new 777-300ER's that will be delivered in the next few years. I was dreading flying in those (747's are 10 wide in coach, but the cabin is 25in wider), but relaxed because the current 777-200's are 9 wide. Except not, at least one is 10 wide (see Version 5). I was unfortunate enough to pull the short 777 straw recently. The seats were a tight squeeze in every direction, even in Economy Plus. The seat padding is miserable for an 8 hour flight. There was also no IFE offered. The top off a agonizing flight, there was a 3.5 hour mechanical delay and I missed my connection.
Looks the Same from the Outside
10 Wide and No Padding to be Found

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Southwest Airlines Standby

Southwest will now allow you to do same day standby, providing that you are elite, traveling alone, already at the airport, and the flight you want to be on leaves within 2 hours of the original flight. And you'll have last pick of seats.  That's an incredibly small baby step from the USA's largest domestic carrier.
New Paint, New Policy - Somehow United Does it Better

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Monday, September 12, 2016

United Mechanical Delays

Four of my eight flights this month on United have been delayed for mechanical reasons. I also had a trip to Asia scrubbed last month due to mechanical issues. I'm wondering if this is part of a larger problem developing for United.
Work Darn You! Work!!!!

Friday, September 9, 2016

United Club HKG

The United Club lounge at Hong Kong (HKG) lets you pour your own booze. The hideous catch is that I don't want to drink any of it.
No Thanks

Friday, September 2, 2016

Labor Day Travel - Relax

There will be extra amateur travelers at airports this weekend. There's also a hurricane spending the last of its energy on the east coast. Relax, plan for everything to take longer, and be flexible. Good luck.
Give Yourself Extra Time