Category Archives: Trip Reports

Trip Report: New York to Warsaw via Amsterdam on KLM

Flt  KL 642  Dep. JFK 6:00pm, Arr. AMS 7:15am, Boeing 777, Economy Comfort Flt  KL 1363 Dep. AMS 10:05am, Arr. WAW 11:45am, Boeing 737, Economy This weekend I’m in Warsaw and Amsterdam, having flown on KLM, taking advantage of a great $350 all-inclusive fare that I’ve talked about here and… Read more »

Summer SkyPesos Success: To Italy and Israel

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I try to take two longer vacations a year, and then several shorter ones, making the most of my four weeks of paid vacation.  I realized I hadn’t planned anything for summer 2012 yet, and if I was going to want to use miles and have flexibility, I needed to… Read more »

Trip Report: The Verdanza and Skyauction- Massive Fail

The bed was very comfortable. The gym was decent and clean with a nice view. Those are the only good things I can say about my night at the Verdanza Hotel in the Isla Verde area of San Juan. The Verdanza is a member of  Summit Hotels, and its Preferred… Read more »

Trip Report: Snorkeling and Kayaking in Puerto Rico

San Juan is not really the reason to go to Puerto Rico.  The rest of the island has a variety of breathtaking natural sites, and it is fairly easy to get around the small island. The last time I went to Puerto Rico, I went to “El Yunque”, an awesome… Read more »

Trip Report: Radisson Ambassador Plaza, San Juan

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One problem with traveling the way I do- spending little or no money for some very nice accommodations- is that you lose some perspective.  Last weekend I stayed at the W South Beach, and found some flaws.  This weekend I stayed at a decidedly nonluxury property (well, two separate ones,… Read more »

Trip Report: JFK to San Juan on Delta

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I spent the weekend in Puerto Rico for some much needed alone time, and a little birthday present to myself.  It was exactly what I needed. Delta Flt 301,  Dep. JFK 7:00 am, Arr. SJU 12:30 pm, Boeing 757 Delta’s nonstop to San Juan leaves unnecessarily early at 7am (for… Read more »

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 »

Trip Report: Lima to New York on Copa Airlines

After a short, nothing-much-to-report stay in Lima, it was time to head back home.  I arranged for a car through Green Taxi, who had given us a fine ride from the airport, in order to avoid being gouged by the Westin’s fleet of overpriced cars.  The ride was about $20… 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 »