Tag Archives: Credit Cards

Anatomy of an Award: Labor Day in Berlin on Short Notice in Premium Cabins

A few weeks ago, I decided I really needed to get away for a long Labor Day.  Preferably to a city where I could explore nightlife if I wanted, but also could lose myself walking or sitting at a cafe.  Oh, and I didn’t want to spend a lot of… Read more »

Hotel Review: Feeling Welcome at the Park Hyatt Paris-Vendome

I am not a huge Hyatt customer, simply because there aren’t a lot of Hyatts where I want to go, and most Hyatt Regencies/Grand Hyatts remind me of conferences. But some of my favorite hotel stays over the past few years have been at Hyatt properties in Argentina, New Mexico,… 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 »

YWW Does East Asia: Trip Report Part 8: Phuket to Bangkok: My Stolen Wallet Drama Rears its Head in Thailand

Thai Airways Flt. 206, Phuket (HKT) to Bangkok (BKK), Airbus A300, Economy, 1h 25min While we were relaxing and enjoying Phuket, I had one of those realizations that gives you a pit in your stomach.  When my boyfriend checked in for his flight from Ho Chi Minh City to Bangkok… Read more »

YWW Does East Asia: Trip Report Part 5: Park Hyatt Saigon Review

Of our three nights in Vietnam, we spent two at the Intercontinental on paid nights, and then switched over to the Park Hyatt Saigon, using my free one night that I get each year as a Hyatt Visa cardholder.  This is a perk that can make the $75 annual fee… Read more »

Trip Report: Madrid Part IV: On being pickpocketed early on a Sunday morning in Spain

As suggested by this blog, I’m not a novice traveler.  But I am a bit absentminded at times with my personal effects- while traveling or otherwise.  I’ve lost my wallet three times in the past three years in New York (remarkably getting it back once).  Although I’ve lost things while… Read more »

Get those Amexes ready for free money! Small Business Saturday Signup Tomorrow

This year, as in the past several, American Express is running a promo on the Saturday after Thanksgiving — Small Business Saturday.  The terms are pretty simple.  Register your Amex in advance (any Amex but a prepaid or corporate card will do), make an in-store purchase of $25 or more… Read more »

Weekend in LA, Part 2: The Andaz West Hollywood and Credit Card Hotel Booking Perks

Prior to this trip, I’d only stayed in hotels in L.A. three times. The first time was in 2006 when I’d one a trip to L.A. from Rolling Stone Magazine to Grammy weekend, and they put me up in the Sunset Marquis.  The second was for clerkship interviews, which were… Read more »

Trip Report: Train Travel – Rome to Florence and a Credit Card Lesson

Our flight touched down at Rome’s Fiumcino Airport a little early, and I was quickly off the train and onto the monorail to the main facility.  Immigration took quite a while, as a flight from Rio de Janeiro had just arrived and there were only two agents for non-EU citizens. … Read more »

Free 90 days of Hyatt Platinum status for many Visa Cardholders

Hyatt is offering free Platinum status in its Gold Passport program for 90 days to holders of Visa Signature cards through May 11. Just go here to sign up.  Note that Platinum status is the lowest elite level for Hyatt.  I have this status just by holding a Hyatt Visa,… Read more »