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Jun 18, 19, 1:00 am
Replies: 927
Views: 121,992
Posted By helvetic

You beat me to it… I was about to ask how large...

You beat me to it… I was about to ask how large the helping of truffles and caviar and gold flakes were in the omelet.
Jun 18, 19, 12:56 am
Replies: 472
Views: 220,405
Posted By helvetic

Nobody responded so I'll answer my own question:...

Nobody responded so I'll answer my own question: flew it this morning in 6K and the seat was totally fine. Yeah you're missing a window but it's not one you'd be actively looking through unless...
Jun 17, 19, 3:57 am
Replies: 472
Views: 220,405
Posted By helvetic

Flying OZ J on the 77L with staggered seats. I...

Flying OZ J on the 77L with staggered seats. I usually prefer a true window seat. Only 1A/K 5A, and 6A/K are left. SeatGuru says row 6 (the only true window) have "misaligned windows" -- how bad is...
Jun 14, 19, 5:19 am
Replies: 36
Views: 1,896
Posted By helvetic

Tell me about it… I've been over 100k EQM for...

Tell me about it… I've been over 100k EQM for months but still won't be hitting the EQD requirements for a while. Not worried about it, it's only June and past 15k EQDs provide minimal value.
Jun 14, 19, 12:10 am
Replies: 122
Views: 18,659
Posted By helvetic

The St.R has no such novelty, and the location...

The St.R has no such novelty, and the location sucks just as much in the grand scheme of things. If you want location, stay at the Mira, or MO/Four Seasons, or even the JW.
Jun 13, 19, 2:44 am
Replies: 122
Views: 18,659
Posted By helvetic

Nothing will beat Please Don't Tell at the MO.

Nothing will beat Please Don't Tell at the MO.
Jun 13, 19, 12:12 am
Replies: 127
Views: 18,580
Posted By helvetic

Personally I dislike all buffet breakfasts and...

Personally I dislike all buffet breakfasts and only really enjoy a-la carte menus. I was not impressed by MMQP breakfast at all… food in the lounge and restaurant both lackluster. I can't really...
Jun 12, 19, 11:52 pm
Replies: 101
Views: 13,891
Posted By helvetic

DM-ing you a deal — but my advice is check the...

DM-ing you a deal — but my advice is check the STARS rate.
Jun 12, 19, 11:49 pm
Replies: 122
Views: 18,659
Posted By helvetic

Even all things being equal, I don't think the...

Even all things being equal, I don't think the St.R can possibly be better than the RC. The RC is a landmark: highest hotel in the world, 5th tallest tower in the world, expansive views of the harbor...
Jun 12, 19, 9:30 pm
Replies: 127
Views: 18,580
Posted By helvetic

TA is a joke, not even worth looking at. The...

TA is a joke, not even worth looking at.

The breakfast here is fine, y'all are making too big a deal of it. Not like it's any better at the MMQP or Soi57. And sure the GH allows restaurant...
Jun 12, 19, 8:15 pm
Replies: 122
Views: 18,659
Posted By helvetic

That's a lot of extra points for what are two...

That's a lot of extra points for what are two hotels at the same category level. If you got the Ritz at Cat7 price (which you'll never get again), I wouldn't give that up. Also, the Ritz has views...
Jun 12, 19, 7:45 pm
Replies: 101
Views: 13,891
Posted By helvetic

Yes, Ritzes officially upgrade Tits & Amb whereas...

Yes, Ritzes officially upgrade Tits & Amb whereas they don't upgrade Plats. Unofficially, they give better upgrade to higher tiers, and my Ambassador upgrade was absolutely amazing. I believe a...
Jun 12, 19, 7:25 pm
Replies: 233
Views: 31,374
Posted By helvetic

Looking at a four-night stay tomorrow, trying to...

Looking at a four-night stay tomorrow, trying to decide where to stay. Most important is proximity to transit — I want to be able to get to places easily, including Itaewon and Gangnam. Don't care...
Jun 11, 19, 6:17 pm
Replies: 55
Views: 9,457
Posted By helvetic

Not the OP but having been to both… I also...

Not the OP but having been to both…

I also got absolutely destroyed by mosquitos at the RC Langkawi, but what an amazing hotel.

Bali has a lot more to offer than Langkawi, but is a lot more...
Jun 10, 19, 3:27 am
Replies: 247
Views: 23,221
Posted By helvetic

Always tip your bartenders. Waitstaff at the...

Always tip your bartenders. Waitstaff at the lounge I tip only for exceptional service. (I've also on occasion tipped the bus-ladies at the Centurion, they are sometimes so nice!)
Jun 10, 19, 3:24 am
Replies: 1,820
Views: 213,945
Posted By helvetic

Well, not nothing, plenty of other good Star...

Well, not nothing, plenty of other good Star first redemptions. You can fly LH F LHR->SIN which is just as good. TG F isn't half bad either.A little less good but by no means bad are NH and OZ.
Jun 10, 19, 2:22 am
Replies: 1,820
Views: 213,945
Posted By helvetic

SQ Suites? They don't make those available to...

SQ Suites? They don't make those available to parters so you couldn't use A3 miles for that.
Jun 9, 19, 8:55 pm
Replies: 1,820
Views: 213,945
Posted By helvetic

You'd probably be transferring to Alaska, AA, or...

You'd probably be transferring to Alaska, AA, or one of the foreign airlines with a great program. I find 240->100 point to miles to be good value, and have done this transfer many times. I don't...
Jun 9, 19, 8:52 pm
Replies: 1,706
Views: 167,491
Posted By helvetic

You will definitely want one of the hotels near...

You will definitely want one of the hotels near CentralWorld otherwise the traffic will be nightmarish to even get out of the more congested part of the city. St. Regis, Renaissance, Athenee are all...
Jun 9, 19, 8:50 pm
Replies: 1,706
Views: 167,491
Posted By helvetic

Le Meridien is close to Lumpini Park and is quite...

Le Meridien is close to Lumpini Park and is quite nice.

Between the 3 Marriotts OP suggested, I'd pick the Surawongse.
Forum: TravelBuzz
Jun 9, 19, 8:43 pm
Replies: 50
Views: 3,389
Posted By helvetic

If your hypothetical upper-middle-class guy had a...

If your hypothetical upper-middle-class guy had a kid, it'd easily cost $30k-40k/yr. I don't think you'd be saying that he can't afford the kid. People make do. And at the end of the day it's about...
Jun 9, 19, 5:39 am
Replies: 77
Views: 8,053
Posted By helvetic

OMG, just had a macaron at the club lounge…...

OMG, just had a macaron at the club lounge… amazing! They ace the deserts here!
Forum: TravelBuzz
Jun 9, 19, 5:26 am
Replies: 50
Views: 3,389
Posted By helvetic

It requires money, but not FU money. I average...

It requires money, but not FU money. I average $130/night or so on hotels, and probably $25k or so a year on flights (not chump change, but not something most upper-middle-class adults can't afford)....
Forum: TravelBuzz
Jun 8, 19, 10:33 pm
Replies: 50
Views: 3,389
Posted By helvetic

So far this year (in 5 months): 115k flown miles,...

So far this year (in 5 months): 115k flown miles, 52 segments. Pretty much all personal travel. All paid business class or redeemed first class, with the occasional economy short-hauls (3h max). Will...
Forum: TravelBuzz
Jun 8, 19, 10:21 pm
Replies: 1,352
Views: 323,423
Posted By helvetic

I was flying with a bunch of friends DPS-DOH-LAX...

I was flying with a bunch of friends DPS-DOH-LAX on QR J. I thought I booked the same flight as them, but missed a crucial am/pm difference and ended up on the noon flight the following day instead...
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