Hawaii On Sale In SPG Hot Escapes Through August 15, 2015

SPG Hot Escapes are discounts for travel over the next 6 weeks at Starwood Preferred Guest properties worldwide.  They’re released every Wednesday at 6am Eastern time.  You have until Saturday to book them.  The discounts generally range from 15% to 35%, with some rare discounts as high as 50% or 60%. SPG Members get an additional 5% discount (listed in orange under the advertised rate). It’s a bit of a thin week, with good deals in Canada, Hawaii and Rome. Also, when you consider the new Sheraton promotion where you can […]

5 Points Per Dollar At Bed, Bath & Beyond And Would You LIke Cream With Your Elite Status?  The Best of The Rest For Monday, June 22nd, 2015

The Best of the Rest is my effort to summarize all the travel/miles & points stories that interested me on a daily basis but didn’t have time to write about in length. On a daily basis, I try to keep track of roughly 100 different blogs that have interesting things for you and I to learn from. Some are passed along without comment, while I add my analysis to others. This is your shortcut to find out what’s going on in the travel world without having to read dozens of […]

Is a 360 MPH Train In America’s Future?

High speed rail has long been a frustrating discussion in the United States.  The only true example of high-speed rail currently operating in the US is the Amtrak Acela line, which runs between Washington DC and Boston.  I’ve ridden it a number of times and it’s a clean, comfortable way to get from DC to downtown NY and vice versa. The NY Times is reporting about a group trying to bring a new high-speed option to the Northeast Corridor.  It’s called a maglev train (for magnetic elevation) and tops out […]

When Political Gamesmanship And Real Life Collide, Aviation Edition

There’s an ongoing dispute that you probably haven’t heard about, thousands of miles away from the US.  It appears to be related to a small set of uninhabited islands off the coast of Japan and China.  The Japanese call them the Senkaku islands and the Chinese refer to them as the Diaoyu.  The islands have been under Japanese control for quite some time now, after the US handed control back to them back in the 1970s. The Chinese were made last year when the Japanese formally purchased the islands from […]

As Expected, The FAA Grounds 787 Fleet

It’s been a bad week for the 787. First, a fire broke out on a JAL 787 in Boston. Then, the FAA launched an “top-level” investigation into the problems the 787 has experienced. Then yesterday, ANA and Japan Airlines saw their 787 fleets grounded by their government, with a report of smoke on an ANA 787 being the straw that broke the camel’s back. The final shoe dropped today.  The FAA has grounded the US 787 fleet. Quoting from the article: It’s the first time in four decades that U.S. […]

The Greatest Adventure in Travel Sold Out in Record Time Today

MegaDO (noun):  A group of crazy travelers who charter a plane and fly around the world participating in once-in-a-lifetime activities. Previous MegaDO activities I’ve participated in include: Being the first civilian group to tour the inside of a 787. Performing a water evacuation drill, complete with life vests, rafts and soaking wet clothes. Jumping out of a plane onto an exit slide. An across the world marathon of broken planes and dead sprints covered in sweat.  So crazy, it took two posts to summarize. Piloting a 777 flight simulator. Winning […]

Kit Kat! One Of The Most Popular Candies in Japan

I thought I was done with the Japan trip, but I forgot about the Kit Kats!  Kit Kats are one of the popular candies in Japan, although not the way you’d imagine.  Even though we see two or three different flavors of Kit Kat in the US, there are actually closer to 100 different varieties.  The manufacturer of Kit Kats in Japan has been known to come out with some pretty crazy flavors.  I managed to pick up: Orange Green Tea Strawberry Blueberry Cheesecake (not pictured) And, to get even […]

41 Hours In Tokyo: Wrapping It Up

Previous posts about my brief trip to Tokyo: Sheraton Miyako Hotel Tsukiji Fish Market Sushi and Beer at 6am Walking Around Tokyo Walking Around Tokyo Part 2 Park Hyatt Tokyo Tokyo Dome Plane Spotting and a Review of the NRT Admirals Club and JAL Lounges Without waxing overly poetic, starting at the end seems best.  My daughter has been a bit down in the dumps lately, recovering from being pretty sick and having a bit of the separation blues from Mom and Dad.  On Monday evening, she came home and […]

41 Hours in Tokyo: Walking Around Tokyo Part 2

Previous posts about my brief trip to Tokyo: Sheraton Miyako Hotel Tsukiji Fish Market Sushi and Beer at 6am Walking Around Tokyo Some quick pics of different experiences as I walked around Tokyo: Times Square-like buildings on my way to Imperial Gardens Interesting idea in the subway.  The vast majority of subway stations had these automatic gates on the edge of the platform so you couldn’t fall accidentally in front of a train. Massive Tokyo Metro Government buildings I believe this is the Tokyo Egg Building. One of the many […]