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 »

Industry News: AA Bankruptcy and Slot Swap Winners

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The past week or so has brought some major industry news that readers might be interested in. First, this morning’s big news is that American Airlines and its parent company, AMR, have filed for bankruptcy.  This has been expected for a while, and the straw that broke the camel’s back… Read more »

Anti-Gay Slurs at the New United?

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Argue about lounge access, get called a faggot.  See the story here. Two points: 1)  The language used is clearly unacceptable, and should not be tolerated.   Even if the agentonly called the customers “idiots”, he should be fired. 2) The couple was completely wrong on the merits of their discussion. … 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 »

Trip Report: Cusco and Back to Lima

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When our train arrived in Ollantaytambo, there were many taxis waiting to take passengers back to Cusco.  We had left our luggage at the Tambo del Inka for the day though, and figured we’d ask if we could use the showers in the pool area to get out of our… 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: Machu Picchu and PeruRail

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Getting to Machu Picchu is hard.  From Lima, it requires at least four modes of transportation  (unless you’re doing the Inca Trail, which is another kind of hard journey).  For us, that meant: fly to Cusco, taxi to Urubamba, taxi to Ollantayatambo train station, train to Aguas Calientes, bus up… Read more »