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Dec 5, 14, 8:58 pm
Replies: 224
Views: 37,256
Posted By illinifan

As a Diamond I have been disappointed by the ...

As a Diamond I have been disappointed by the reductions in benefits. VPN is a requirement for my stays. Starwood actually is a much better program. I am only a lifetime gold member but get same...
Forum: TravelBuzz
Dec 5, 14, 8:37 pm
Replies: 279
Views: 26,171
Posted By illinifan

Slow Year (Which is Good)

103,600 miles
70% on AA
Remainder on Chinese airlines, UA, Tahiti Nui

Up from last year but significantly lower than decade before. Unfortunately next year could be worse.
May 20, 12, 9:06 pm
Replies: 134
Views: 13,301
Posted By illinifan

Success

Achieved diamond status last week. Should make SPG platinum in Q3.
May 20, 12, 9:03 pm
Replies: 134
Views: 13,301
Posted By illinifan

Challenge

Yes the challenge is designed for switching over quickly from another brand or for past diamond status members that lost status for some reason. The one I know of was 8 stays or 16 nights in a 3...
May 20, 12, 8:52 pm
Replies: 1,772
Views: 612,772
Posted By illinifan

Just did the fast track for Diamond, they counted...

Just did the fast track for Diamond, they counted stays in Korea and French Polynesia.
May 5, 12, 7:32 am
Replies: 94
Views: 15,390
Posted By illinifan

No Changes

Had 30 stays and 49 nights last year (did not know 50 was a key) partially because I decided to requal for Hilton Diamond and ended up in Marriotts more than normal. Have had 7 stays since March 1...
Apr 3, 12, 1:07 pm
Replies: 1,106
Views: 9,241
Posted By illinifan

I was diamond for the past 8 years but only made...

I was diamond for the past 8 years but only made 11 stays last year (overshot on SPG and Marriott) and thus became a silver yesterday. After regaining my dignity I emailed them yesterday and the...
Feb 25, 12, 10:05 pm
Replies: 272
Views: 46,698
Posted By illinifan

Reasonable Lounge

I was a the Sheraton HK last November and the lounge, while not the best I have seen, is reasonable. Nice selection of wine, beer and soft drinks and appetizers. Comoparable to both Sheratons in...
Replies: 27
Views: 8,258
Posted By illinifan

Actually Americans are only the fifth most...

Actually Americans are only the fifth most overweight country. Somoans and several other Pacific Island countries rank higher. If you are going to insult, get your facts straight.
Apr 11, 11, 8:25 pm
Replies: 567
Views: 123,133
Posted By illinifan

AA Lounge

I was told the $50 daily price covers travel the same day so ORD and LAX should be available for the same cost. If you are a PT exPt member you can gain free access. on International flights. They...
Replies: 121
Views: 15,349
Posted By illinifan

No Fooling

[Trying to fool customs in a country that I don't speak the local language is not something I'd be too willing to do. But booking a flight out and back within the 48 hours should do the trick....
Apr 4, 11, 11:04 am
Replies: 54
Views: 24,819
Posted By illinifan

Will Take Time

From my perspective you are correct that no one will know the results for months or longer. The NTSB typically is very methodical and takes time. They may recommend additional inspections. You are...
Apr 4, 11, 10:40 am
Replies: 54
Views: 24,819
Posted By illinifan

I had a separate source but today's CNN article...

I had a separate source but today's CNN article today "A total of 288 Boeing 737-300s are operating in the U.S. fleet, and 931 operate worldwide, according to the Federal Aviation Administration."...
Apr 3, 11, 9:03 pm
Replies: 54
Views: 24,819
Posted By illinifan

Wink Metal fatigue was found in the latest WN failure....

Metal fatigue was found in the latest WN failure. Note that there are many factors that affect fatigue. Fatigue is the most common reason for failure. Number of cycles, corrosion and metallurgical...
Apr 3, 11, 5:03 pm
Replies: 29
Views: 2,126
Posted By illinifan

I agree, stayed at a Westin which was the stay to...

I agree, stayed at a Westin which was the stay to reach Pt, I told the clrerk at check in and they offered me the Pt upgrades to celebrate the stay. SPG Pt is very helpful.
Apr 2, 11, 7:30 pm
Replies: 29
Views: 6,174
Posted By illinifan

Register

Am I automatically registered? I could not find the link to register at SPG.
Mar 31, 11, 8:47 pm
Replies: 815
Views: 101,331
Posted By illinifan

Smile Things Are Looking Up

After starting the year 0 for 3, stayed at Sheraton Santiago Chile with upgrade to suite. Upgrade to suites in Sheraton Shanghai Pudong (twice) with a nice bottle of wine for my 20th stay at the...
Mar 31, 11, 8:40 pm
Replies: 338
Views: 76,404
Posted By illinifan

Matter of Timing

Sometimes the promo matches my travel and sometimes not. I wish there was a promo for 3 week trip to Asia starting April 17 but will still stay at SPG hotels except in Seoul where Hilton Millenium...
Jan 23, 11, 2:39 pm
Replies: 126
Views: 14,747
Posted By illinifan

Knock, knock......... No Joking

It all depends on your geography of travel and expectations in hotels. I have been a HH Damond for about 6 years and was a SPG Plt in the past and just recently made it again. For people that...
Jan 21, 11, 7:39 pm
Replies: 1,056
Views: 181,333
Posted By illinifan

Agreed. Stayed last week and arrived after...

Agreed. Stayed last week and arrived after midnight, almost needed a GPS to find my way back to the hotel. Of course they refused to honor my Pt status since I was gold when I book last August. ...
Jan 7, 11, 7:29 pm
Replies: 935
Views: 7,942
Posted By illinifan

I have been upgraded to suites several times as a...

I have been upgraded to suites several times as a diamond. Mellenium and Grand Hilton in Seoul both upgraded recently. This does always happen but it does happen. Executive floor is handy as well....
Nov 15, 10, 5:32 pm
Replies: 35
Views: 4,508
Posted By illinifan

I have heard it called a protectorate,...

I have heard it called a protectorate, unincorporated territory of US and commonwealth.
Nov 15, 10, 5:24 pm
Replies: 994
Views: 177,753
Posted By illinifan

Update

I spent Nov. 9 and 13 at the Westin (needed two more stays for platinum and needed to stay at the Palm's in the middle). Checked in on Nov. 9, which went smooth and I asked the front desk for an...
Nov 7, 10, 6:37 pm
Replies: 43
Views: 3,872
Posted By illinifan

In the US the HH line is to build the elite...

In the US the HH line is to build the elite traveller's ego by having them stand in line substantially longer than normal guests, that way more people get to see them. Rarely is the line staffed and...
Nov 5, 10, 5:38 pm
Replies: 35
Views: 4,508
Posted By illinifan

[QUOTE=Ideal_Vac_Hunter;9640973]Amenities I am...

[QUOTE=Ideal_Vac_Hunter;9640973]Amenities
I am all about local culture/language etc, but really wish people spoke in English at the airport especially being a US state. =QUOTE]

PR is not a state,...
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