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Hotel Review: Hilton Playa del Carmen

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Last year, I got the Hilton Aspire American Express card. Although it costs $450, I figured it was worth it based on four of the perks (most of the perks are valueless to me): (1) Hilton Diamond status, which is *marginally* more valuable than my otherwise Gold status (not a… Read more »

Aeromexico Coach Mexico City to Washington and Amex Centurion Lounge MEX

This is the last of 4 posts summarizing a short trip to Mexico City in December 2017.  You can read about the genesis of the trip and my flight down here, my hotel stays here, and what I did in Mexico City here. Aeromexico Flt. 622  Mexico City (MEX) to Washington-Dulles (IAD)… Read more »

The Journey Home: BSB-MIA in AA Coach, VIP Club Brasilia, a Terrible MIA Centurion Club Experience & MIA-JFK in International Business, and JFK-DCA in Domestic F

American Flt. 214 Brasilia (BSB) to Miami (MIA) Boeing 757, Main Cabin Extra Sched. Dep. 10:55 PM    Actual Dep. 10:41 PM Sched. Arr. 4:52 AM +1  Actual Arr. 4:27 AM +1 AA Flt. 2493  Miami (MIA) to New York-Kennedy (JFK) Boeing 767-300, “First” Sched. Dep. 7:10am        Actual Dep. 7:09am Sched…. Read more »

To Brasilia? Sao Paulo to Brasilia on TAM and the Lounge Situation at Congonhas (CGH)

When I booked my Brazil flight, flights in and out of Brasilia or Sao Paulo were the same price. I’ve always been a bit of an urban planning nerd, as well as a 20th Century art and design nerd, and Brasilia had long fascinated me as a city completely built… Read more »

My Brazilian NightmAAre Part #2 – Searching for help at GRU, flying Gol GRU-SSA, & Bagless in Brazil

This is a continuation of the story of numerous American Airlines failures that got my Brazilian vacation off to a really disastrous and stressful start. When we left off, I was landing in Sao Paulo, having been rerouted from Rio due to a mechanical cancellation. Several AA agents had told… Read more »

Finally: LAS-DCA on US Airways First, and the AmEx Centurion Lounge at LAS

We’ve finally reached the last post about my 2 week trip to Australia, only 3.5 months after I returned. I’ve had a busy few months in between, with lots of domestic travel for family, work, and other commitments. But in 10 days I’ll be leaving the country again, heading to… Read more »

Review of the American Express Centurion Lounge at DFW and Changes to the AmEx Platinum Card

When I first got the American Express Platinum card several years ago, at the rate of $450, one of the perks was entry into American, Delta, Continental, and US Airways lounges. When Continental and United merged, access to Continental’s Presidents’ Clubs disappeared, but American Express soon added a free unlimited… Read more »