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Posted By paytonc

The way that Maryland highways are set up, it's...

The way that Maryland highways are set up, it's much easier for passengers from both nearby suburbs and from outlying cities (Annapolis, Frederick) to reach BWI than either Washington Union or...
Sep 24, 20, 1:21 pm
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Views: 180,442
Posted By paytonc

Residence Inn Pentagon has permanently closed and...

Residence Inn Pentagon has permanently closed and will be demolished for Amazon HQ2.
https://www.bizjournals.com/washington/news/2020/09/23/amazon-buys-pentagon-city-marriott-hotel.html

Wardman...
Sep 14, 20, 1:12 pm
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Views: 2,661
Posted By paytonc

The Robey has one of the finest views in...

The Robey has one of the finest views in Chicago—as a longtime neighbor of the building, I was always keen on this (once an office building) becoming a hotel, so that more people could experience the...
Jul 14, 20, 7:39 pm
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Views: 583
Posted By paytonc

AGR redemptions on sale

Got an email about this today, valid through July 16
https://www.amtrak.com/promotions/rewardtravelsale.html

There are some sample trips given; I've calculated the typical cash value:
DC-NY...
Aug 23, 19, 12:21 pm
Replies: 472
Views: 72,727
Posted By paytonc

Everybody thinks it's crowded, because everybody...

Everybody thinks it's crowded, because everybody sees it when everybody is there. Nobody sees it when nobody is there.

Same goes for most "always crowded" subways, "always congested" highways,...
Jul 9, 19, 8:06 pm
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Views: 4,768
Posted By paytonc

Was here over last weekend and there's now an $18...

Was here over last weekend and there's now an $18 resort fee. To soften the blow, that covers access to the gym (https://www.chicagoathleticclubs.com/locations/bucktown/) next door, free use of the...
May 12, 19, 1:21 pm
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Views: 6,408
Posted By paytonc

Besides the slot restrictions, I doubt there will...

Besides the slot restrictions, I doubt there will be any pads remaining on the north end of the airport after the new concourse is built. Indeed, staging the construction of this thing while keeping...
Forum: Hotel Deals
May 6, 19, 9:46 am
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Views: 7,007
Posted By paytonc

As mentioned, hotel rates tend to be lower when...

As mentioned, hotel rates tend to be lower when Congress is out of town. Not only are the 535 Congresscritters gone, but a lot of conferences include lobbying visits. So those looking for a cheaper...
Jan 31, 19, 6:49 pm
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Posted By paytonc

But it's good for manufactured spenders -- since...

But it's good for manufactured spenders -- since MS usually doesn't fall under the various bonus categories.

Plus, it's a cool look. Weird that they commissioned a new design for a card that's not...
Jan 6, 19, 7:49 pm
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Views: 153,312
Posted By paytonc

If you arrive by taxi/dropoff, you'll go past...

If you arrive by taxi/dropoff, you'll go past ticketing, then down into security, then down to National Hall.

If you arrive by Metro or the garage, you'll use the existing bridge, then hang a hard...
Dec 22, 18, 9:27 pm
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Views: 1,080
Posted By paytonc

The photos do a pretty good job of describing the...

The photos do a pretty good job of describing the decor: minimalist, with open shelving. Dual-head shower is a nice plus.

I'm in a "city view" room, and the nightclub music from downstairs is...
Oct 26, 18, 7:27 am
Replies: 472
Views: 72,727
Posted By paytonc

https://www.bizjournals.com/washington/news/2018/1...

https://www.bizjournals.com/washington/news/2018/10/25/mwaa-planning-60m-in-upgrades-to-dulles-terminal.html

Contracts for construction to renew systems, guaranteeing another TEN+ years of the...
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Views: 10,936
Posted By paytonc

A rooftop bar is expected to open at this hotel...

A rooftop bar is expected to open at this hotel next spring.
https://dc.eater.com/2018/10/22/18009714/washington-dc-intercontinental-hotel-rooftop-bar-wharf-gerber-group-mr-purple-team
The Canopy...
Oct 13, 18, 7:45 pm
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Views: 2,021
Posted By paytonc

via this map...

via this map (http://travelisfree.com/2018/08/11/complete-map-of-hyatt-hotels/)...

New Brunswick is walkable from Amtrak or NJT.
Secaucus isn't near NJT, but it appears that Harmon Meadow...
Sep 24, 18, 2:42 pm
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Views: 1,591
Posted By paytonc

It's only valid on paid, one-way coach (or Acela...

It's only valid on paid, one-way coach (or Acela "biz," which is coach) fares. The most value you could get out of it would be a long trip, booked somewhat close in.
Sep 15, 18, 10:06 pm
Replies: 84
Views: 27,570
Posted By paytonc

Yikes, so instead of being among the first... I...

Yikes, so instead of being among the first... I get to be among the last to get the certificate during the program's first year. Should've just closed the card in July like everyone else.
Sep 5, 18, 4:39 pm
Replies: 25
Views: 17,193
Posted By paytonc

Still not possible on AA, while it is for other...

Still not possible on AA, while it is for other carriers.

This cost me dearly yesterday. I couldn't check in online because the flight was oversold and no seat assignments were available. Despite...
Aug 30, 18, 10:50 pm
Replies: 84
Views: 27,570
Posted By paytonc

As posted in the other thread...

As posted in the other thread (https://www.flyertalk.com/forum/starwood-starwood-preferred-guest/1926000-spg-amex-posting-issues-post-merger-master-thread.html), I'd wait the 8-12 weeks first....
Aug 24, 18, 9:23 pm
Replies: 56
Views: 8,891
Posted By paytonc

Finally able to combine accounts today (took...

Finally able to combine accounts today (took multiple browsers, password reset, etc.), and the August 10 statement's points (which had been posted to the now-defunct new-SPG-number account) are now...
Aug 24, 18, 9:22 am
Replies: 472
Views: 72,727
Posted By paytonc

The 2003 bonds were mostly paid off... via a...

The 2003 bonds were mostly paid off... via a re-funding issuance in 2010, as MWAA very enthusiastically accessed the cheap post-recession credit markets. They're steadily paying down those bonds, but...
Forum: Mid-Atlantic
Jul 28, 18, 3:54 pm
Replies: 10
Views: 1,693
Posted By paytonc

My most memorable 5A trip was departing IAD...

My most memorable 5A trip was departing IAD around 5PM, not long after AF54 (the A380) had landed. I was the only passenger sitting in the back row, and was completely walled in by a pile of...
Jul 26, 18, 3:36 pm
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Views: 118,378
Posted By paytonc

My plan for August: - CSP for travel/dining. ...

My plan for August:
- CSP for travel/dining.
- Amtrak Guest Rewards for non-bonus spend. The points are worth 2.9c apiece, and as an Acela-corridor resident I can spend them pretty quickly. Bank of...
Jul 19, 18, 1:38 pm
Replies: 602
Views: 345,785
Posted By paytonc

WAS (Reagan Building downtown) 19 July 2018, 12...

WAS (Reagan Building downtown)
19 July 2018, 12 noon, ~3 minute wait. Other person there had a noon appointment, but we were both seen simultaneously. There's a tiny museum display (offering some...
Jul 16, 18, 8:47 am
Replies: 19
Views: 3,947
Posted By paytonc

I chose this on a lark for a Cat 5 travel...

I chose this on a lark for a Cat 5 travel package, and was pleased. (It's also going down a category in Aug 2017.) Was upgraded as a Gold. It's a convenient and walkable neighborhood, with groceries,...
Jul 10, 18, 5:21 pm
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Views: 48,690
Posted By paytonc

7/9 still Pending Review, was taunted by a CBP...

7/9 still Pending Review, was taunted by a CBP sign next to the line at YYZ preclearance: "Conditionally Approved for Global Entry? Save time and try Enrollment on Arrival here!!!"
7/10 email...
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