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SPG Fall 2013 Promotion Announced

Like an hour ago or something the twitter account of SPG sent out a tweet announcing their promotion for this year’s fall. They call it SPG Take Two. From September 1 until December 15 each eligible night at a participating hotel (the list of non-participating hotels is quite long) earns double points. After each five eligible nights another bonus of 2,500 points is awarded, up to 10,000 points after 20 nights. Weiterlesen

July 2013 Trip to New York: DoubleTree by Hilton Financial District

  • Introduction
  • Flight DL 107 FRA to JFK
  • DoubleTree by Hilton Financial District
  • New York City Day 1
  • New York City Day 2
  • New York City Day 3
  • New York City Day 4
  • Flight DL 106 JFK to FRA

After going through immigration and customs we took the AirTrain to Howard Beach Station from where we took A and then the R train to get to Whitehall Street Station.

From there it was just a few steps to our hotel. Weiterlesen

July 2013 Trip to New York: Introduction

  • Introduction
  • Flight DL 107 FRA to JFK
  • DoubleTree by Hilton Financial District
  • New York City Day 1
  • New York City Day 2
  • New York City Day 3
  • New York City Day 4
  • Flight DL 106 JFK to FRA

Last December I looked for some low level award flights in BusinessElite with the itinerary starting in Frankfurt. I narrowed down my search to a roundtrip between FRA and JFK and for dates in the summer. As already written in my travel plans for this year I then found low level flights on the following dates

Day Date Org Dest Flight No Dep Time Arr Time Plane Type
Sun 06/30 FRA JFK DL 107 1345 1625 B767-300ER
Fri 07/05 JFK FRA DL 106 2009 1020 B767-300ER

After my post last December it just happened so that a few schedule changes occurred. As mentioned, this roundtrip was priced at the low level, so I spent 200k miles for the two of us. That was awesome, however, the cash part (taxes and fees) was not quite nice, it were a little more than 480 EUR per person that needed to be paid out of pocket. Well, that’s the way it is. At least the number of miles was reasonable.

I then looked at Hilton and Starwood hotels to find some accomodation for that period. A main factor in deciding was the room rate, so I ended up in booking the DoubleTree by Hilton hotel in the Financial District.

March 2013 Trip to California: Hampton Inn ATL

After a short wait outside the terminal at the airport a hotel shuttle arrived and took us to the Hampton Inn ATL. After a short ride we arrived, took our bags, and entered the hotel. Weiterlesen

March 2013 Trip to California: Super 8 LAX

After dining at a Sizzler near LAX and filling up our rental car’s gas tank we headed to the Super 8 LAX on Airport Blvd almost right next to Hertz where I had booked a room for one night before our flight to Atlanta. Weiterlesen

March 2013 Trip to California: Sleep Inn & Suites in Bakersfield

When we arrived in Bakersfield we first stopped at the Black Angus restaurant to have some nice dinner which was fabulous as usual. We both had some great tasting steaks.

Then we steered towards the Sleep Inn & Suites where I had booked a room for one night. Upon entering the hotel the front desk is found on the right side. We were quickly checked in and were assigned room 208. Weiterlesen

March 2013 Trip to California: Clarion Hotel in Concord

After a day in San Francisco and dinner with our friend at a place he had suggested we drove to our next hotel, the Clarion Hotel in Concord. I had booked us a room for three nights at a pretty good rate of around $50 per night. I thought the appearance of the hotel was quite impressive considered what we paid for our stay. Weiterlesen

March 2013 Trip to California: Sheraton Pleasanton

After our stay at the Westin Verasa Napa we moved on to Pleasanton where we first did some shopping at the Stoneridge Mall before we checked in at the nearby Sheraton hotel. We had booked a two-night stay there and were happy to have a hotel so close to the nearest BART station. Weiterlesen

March 2013 Trip to California: Westin Verasa Napa

After checking out of the Comfort Inn Cordelia, having breakfast at the nearby Denny’s, and some shopping at the Napa Premium Outlets and a Wal-Mart we headed to the Westin Verasa Napa.

When arriving at the hotel we were greeted by bellmen and the valet parking crew. They helped us getting our luggage out of the trunk and then we headed inside where we were friendly welcomed at the check-in desk to the right. I must say that all the staff we met were very friendly. Each time we entered the hotel we were welcomed with a smile. Weiterlesen

March 2013 Trip to California: Comfort Inn Cordelia

After checking out of the Red Roof Inn in Fresno and having breakfast we drove to Fairfield to check in at the Comfort Inn Cordelia. Weiterlesen