Recently I caught up with Ajay Awtaney on the NowBoarding Podcast. Each week, the NowBoarding Podcast sits down with a Boarding Area blogger for 30 minutes to dig deeper into their world. We talk about their travel preferences, favorite (and sometimes least favorite) travel companies and mix in a bit of humor about the crazy world of miles and points that we call home. Ajay is the founder of Live From A Lounge. In Episode number 22 we touch base with Ajay and set a new record for distance between me and […]
The Best of the Rest is my effort to summarize all the travel stories that interested me on a daily basis. I don’t have time to write about them in length, but picked some of the best below. It’s a shortcut to find out what’s going on without reading dozens of travel blogs to get the best info.
For a brief period of time early this morning (around midnight EDT), you could buy a $160 airline ticket to India. Or, $200 to Jordan. $350-ish would get you to Dubai. These deals were all on Emirates, from big US gateway cities like New York, Chicago, DC, Los Angeles, Dallas, and San Francisco. Alas, it died a quiet death 3 hours after it started, all while I was comfortably asleep. You would think that mistake fares would become a thing of the past at some point, with technology to aid […]
If you’re a frequent reader of my blog, you’ve heard me consistently extoll the virtues of Hyatt Gold Passport. Sure, I’m a self-avowed Hyatt Homer. But, the Hyatt picture continues to get more compelling. Sure, they’re smaller than their primary competitors. They have some very compelling properties and for quite some time had the best promotions amongst any of the major chains. For the most part, they also provide better customer service. They’re continuing to work on expanding their footprint and have just announced another partnership that provides some great […]
Don’t forget to enter my contests for a free roundtrip ticket on American Airlines and/or 25,000 United MileagePlus miles or Hyatt Gold Passport points! You don’t have to comment on that post specifically, just any post over the next 10 days. Comment as much as you like, each comment earns one entry. Hyatt has a couple new developments on the other side of the world from where I spend my time. First, Hyatt opened it’s first new construction Hyatt Place in India. The majority of Hyatt’s development pipeline is in […]
I was just thinking the other day when we announced the next Frequent Traveler University that it was odd my go-to hotel company, Hyatt, didn’t have a property in Tysons Corner, VA. This is about 30 minutes from my house, and for those not familiar with Tysons, it’s a metropolis suburb of DC with just about every major brand having a presence. The Ritz in Tysons Corner is famous for great weekend rates due to the strong business population that floods the hotel during the week but is conspicuously absent […]
One of the knocks on Hyatt is that they have significantly less properties than the other large hotel companies. Starwood is the next smallest after Hyatt and they have almost double the roughly 500 properties Hyatt has. That’s why it’s good to see them expanding in Europe. Hyatt has announced plans for a Hyatt Place in Armenia. Now, it’s not a luxurious full-service property, and Armenia is not currently on my radar for travel, but I like to see Hyatt fill in some gaps. Hyatt Place has additional expansion planned […]