Trip Report: Vina del Mar, Valparaiso, and the Sheraton Miramar

I decided to start my South American adventure in Viña del Mar, often simply referred to as “Viña”, a  summer beach resort town about 1.5 hrs Northwest of Santiago, right on the Coast.   I’m very glad I did, and it was a great way to start a vacation.   I… Read more »

Off I Go! LAN Airlines Business Class JFK to Santiago

Note : This Post is the first of several in a series chronicling n 11-day trip through Chile and Argentina, with airfare mostly paid for using British Airways miles. Flt.  LA 533, Dep. JFK 7:40pm, Arr. SCL 8:10am , Business Class (BA Award Ticket) My journey to South America began… Read more »

Heading North, then South: Albany to South America

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Greetings from the scenic Amtrak Adirondack, where I am currently coasting from New York up to Albany.   I’ve had a busy few weeks, and apologize for my lack of recent posting.   This week is a super travel week for me, as tomorrow night I begin my 11-night trip to Chile… Read more »

OneWorld’s Continued Suckage . . .LAN and BA treat me like crap

About two weeks ago, I posted about a frustrating wrinkle in my upcoming trip to Argentina and Chile on LAN Airlines using British Airways Miles. With no note, I had gotten an email of my itinerary.  On careful review, I saw that one of my intermediate legs, from Mendoza to… Read more »

Why the OneWorld MegaDo Makes Me Think Less of American Airlines (and Several Blogs)

Last week was the OneWorld “MegaDo.”  For those not familiar, a MegaDo is basically the equivalent of a press junket, a series of flights to different cities served by different members of an airline alliance, with each stop containing a number of activities sponsored by those airlines designed to the… Read more »

Trip Report: MGallery The Convent Hotel Amsterdam

Sometimes a great stay at a hotel makes your next stay harder.   I don’t *think* that’s what happened with my stay in Amsterdam though.  I just think the hotel was weird. When I was first booking this trip, I was shocked at how expensive Amsterdam hotels were.  I’d decided to… Read more »

Trip Report: The Intercontinental Warsaw

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Hotel Review: The Intercontinental Warsaw There are some very nice hotels in Warsaw for not a lot of money.  When I booked my flights, there were rates at both the Westin Warsaw and Intercontinental for under 100 euros a night.  The Intercontinental is slightly higher reviewed, and a little more… Read more »