Category Archives: Hotels

Trip Report: Miami and the W South Beach

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Delta Flt. 1771 JFK to MIA Dep.  10:40 a.m.       Arr.  1:45 p.m. Delta Flt. 1771  MIA to JFK (yes, same flight number) Dep.  2:37 p.m.      Arr.  5:28 p.m. I spent the weekend in Miami at the W South Beach.   The genesis of the trip was a friend’s free… Read more »

A morning of South America planning: of BA Miles and BRGs

I’m supposed to be spending this weekend finishing a book chapter on a not particularly exciting topic in my other law life.  While doing so yesterday morning, I decided that I rather work on my upcoming trip to South America using British Airways miles I’d gotten through credit card signup…. Read more »

Trip Report: The Westin Lima – m’eh

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Although we were scheduled to stay at the Radisson in San Isidro, one of my travel partners discovered that the Westin Lima, a relatively new property, had sudden SPG cash and points availability for our night in town. So we made the switch. In the end, I don’t think the… Read more »

Last Minute(ish) Vacation Planned . . . and a Best Rate Guarantee Success

As December approaches, I realized I somehow have one unused vacation day left, despite having gone to Barcelona/Lisbon/London, Sweden, Greece, Portland, and Peru on vacation in 2011.  My job doesn’t allow the roll over of any unused vacation days, so it would be silly to let it go to waste!… Read more »

Trip Report: Urubamba and the Tambo del Inka

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Wow. Just wow. As I noted in my previous post, the drive to Urubamba from Cusco was simply breathtaking, as we drove through the hills and towns of the Sacred Valley.  The roads were well-paved and it was an idyllic way to start 20 hours or so of pure relaxation.  … Read more »

Trip Report: Quick Night in Lima: Sheraton Lima

One of the downsides of being in row 34 of an international flight is that you are one of the last to get to immigration.  Particularly annoying at 11pm after a delayed 6.5 hour flight.   But given the fact we arrived around the same time as a Delta flight from… Read more »

24 Hours in Phoenix . . . Ok, actually 25.

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I headed straight from the airport to Taliesin West, Frank Lloyd Wright’s winter residence, studio, and school.  The drive up to Scottsdale was a good orientation to the sprawl of the Phoenix metro area, and then to Scottsdale itself–  which struck me as a slightly less Jewish and hillier version… Read more »

My $1283 hotel room for $75: When Credit Card Bonuses are Worth It

One of the main ways to earn miles and points cheaply is through credit card sign-up bonuses. For me, this is a method I’m not 100% comfortable with. I do not generally “churn” – a practice by which people engage in a pattern of signing up for cards and cancelling… Read more »