Is Boracay a Philippine island paradise – or a cesspool?

Boracay is famous for it’s soft, white sand beaches and clear warm water and has won plenty of “best island” awards. It’s the most popular tourist destination in the Philippines and has welcomed millions of visitors! I’ve been to Boracay several times and found it to have some of the finest sand, warm water and friendly locals to greet you. But … Continue reading

United Business Class – my bed in the sky for many years…

I have spent more time in United Business Class than in any other premium airline cabin, literally hundreds of thousands of miles on frequent business trips around the globe while living in San Francisco, one of United hubs. It’s neither the best seat nor service, but United is making improvements to both with the roll-out of Polaris. Find out how it compares … Continue reading

United Airlines – Facts & Figures

United Airlines is one of the largest commercial airlines in the world and you can see their planes all around the world. You can see the advertisements for their flights, reward program and credit cards all over the place, yet you can also read about their struggles since their merger with Continental Airlines. With all of that, should you make them … Continue reading

Philippine Airlines now 4-Star Airline, certified by SkyTrax!

The Philippine flag carrier, Philippine Airlines, has been certified as a 4-star airline, passing 3-star airlines like United or Delta and joining 40 other premium airlines with this ranking, like Thai Airways or China Airlines. In 2016 set out the ambitious target to become a 5-star airline and while they have not achieved that goal yet, the 4-star rating is … Continue reading

Great hotel, great price: Holiday Inn Melaka

The Holiday Inn Melaka offers modern rooms, friendly service, a great Executive Lounge and amenities like a pool, spa, gym and shuttle around town, at great rates. We had a fantastic stay, it’s great value and I’d return in a heartbeat! If you are planning a getaway to Melaka, you should check out my review and photos!  … Continue reading

A Best Rate Guarantee that lives up to its name – Swissotel

Most Best Rate Guarantees are not worth the digital ink they are written with. They originally were meant to get customers to book directly with the hotel chains, promising a discount, if you found a better rate elsewhere. But once the bean counters got a hold of them, so many rules were added that it became a marketing scam. Not … Continue reading

Kimpton Hotels now part of IHG Rewards Club – book, earn & redeem points!

InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) acquired Kimpton Hotels in 2014, planning to integrate the small group of boutique hotels into one of the largest hotel companies in the world. Now, that integration is complete and Kimpton hotels Karma loyalty program has been folded into IHG Rewards Club, making it possible to book hotels through IHG’s website, earn and redeem points at … Continue reading

United announces Premium Economy cabin – United Premium Plus

With more and more airlines introducing a true Premium Economy product on long haul flights, between ever tighter economy cabins and fully flat beds in Business Class, United Airlines announced their own offering, called United Premium Plus. Given their track record of rolling out new products (cough… Polaris), I wouldn’t hold my breath! … Continue reading