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Hotel Review: Intercontinental Medellin

This is the fourth in a series of posts chronicling my January 2018 trip to Colombia. You can read an overview/preview here. My first night in Medellin was at the Ibis, a very cheap, basic property. I’m not doing a full review since I was there only about 9 hours, and it was an unremarkable
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Playa Del Carmen Trip Preview

Things have been quite busy since I got back from Colombia three weeks ago, but I should get back to posting more from that trip soon.  In the meantime, I’ll be heading back south in a few days and figured I’d share the plan as I head to…. Playa del Carmen. So the origin of
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Rio Mini-Trip Report 1: AA Main Cabin Extra DCA-JFK-GIG, a Second Try at the Caesar Park Hotel, & Rain in Rio…Again

I’d already been to Brazil twice since November, with Rio and Iguazu in one trip, and Bahia, Sao Paulo, and Brasilia in another.  But American had a really cheap, sub-$500 fare from DCA to Rio, and a friend was going down for a weekend.  I hadn’t done the Rio nightlife on my last trip, with
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Four Nights in Brazil, Part 3: Man Plans, Brazil Laughs– 40 Hours in Rio and the Caesar Park Hotel by Sofitel

This is Part 3 of a series of trip reports on my November trip to Rio de Janeiro and Iguazu Falls. On my ticket to Iguazu, I could book a stopover in Sao Paulo or Rio de Janeiro for no extra cost. At first I was planning on doing Sao Paolo, but folks suggested 2
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2015 Index and YWW Year in Review

It’s a bit late, but here is my 2015 travel year in review post.  It was a huge travel year for me, as I hit 5 continents and did more long-haul flying than I’d ever done before. It was a lot of mileage redemptions, and low on the mileage earning front.  I re-qualified for American
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Hotel Review: The Grand Hotel Melbourne, a MGallery property

I only had three nights in Melbourne, but ended up staying in three (very) different hotels. That’s not the most relaxing way to do it, but I had my reasons, which I’ll explain as we go, and actually don’t regret the decision. Two of them I’d go back to, one not so much. We’ll start
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Free Points! 200 Accor Le Club Points / 1000 Avios Miles

It’s been awhile since there’s been free points out there, no? Check out this promo from Accor hotels.  Identify the city for each picture (multiple choice and pretty easy) and get 200 points.  If you mess up, you can try again.  There is a chance this won’t be honored for residents of non-Scandinavian countries, but
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Free Le Club Accor Points

Accor Hotels (Sofitel, Novotel, M Gallery, Ibis, Pullman, Mercure, et al.) recently changed the name of its loyalty program from A-Club to Le Club Accor, to make sure you know they are French.   The chain isn’t the most amazing for points gatherers, but can provide some very affordable options, particularly in Europe.  I had
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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 use Priority Club points to
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Free Accor A-Club Platinum Status

For those of you who taking advantage of Accor’s super sale, the deal just got sweeter (HT: View from the Wing).    Signing up here will give you automatic Platinum status in Accor’s A-Club (top-tier).  The status applies immediately.  Unlike many previous offers, this allows you to upgrade an already existing A-Club account, rather than simply
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