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Forum: India
Apr 16, 11, 10:24 pm
Replies: 16
Views: 2,782
Posted By mikeinseattle

If u can get your hands on Ducoral, a vaccine...

If u can get your hands on Ducoral, a vaccine against travellers diarrhea, you can basically eat whatever you want. I tested the vaccine with 28 continous meals at restaurants, food courts, street...
Dec 6, 07, 10:06 am
Replies: 27
Views: 2,582
Posted By mikeinseattle

Hotel rates in India are now some of the most...

Hotel rates in India are now some of the most expensive in the entire world. Metro cities are routinely hitting that 20,000 Rupees number, which translates into roughly 500 dollars after you...
Forum: Middle East
Nov 14, 07, 12:43 pm
Replies: 39
Views: 27,317
Posted By mikeinseattle

We really enjoyed the dune bashing and desert...

We really enjoyed the dune bashing and desert safari. That was the highlight of our trip, however, I inclined to think that "sand boarding' is not really a sport you can try. Climbing up sand dunes...
Forum: Middle East
Nov 9, 07, 5:33 pm
Replies: 39
Views: 27,317
Posted By mikeinseattle

Biggest difference is the people. You don't get...

Biggest difference is the people. You don't get warmth or personality in Dubai whereas India if full of vibrant and interesting people. Granted most of the people working in Dubai are from India,...
Forum: Middle East
Nov 8, 07, 12:26 pm
Replies: 39
Views: 27,317
Posted By mikeinseattle

Anyone else feel that Dubai is completely overrated?

Just came back from a 4 day trip to Dubai and was disappointed. For visitors, I found the following observations:

1. Not very child friendly. Strollers are hard to navigate on the streets.
...
Forum: Middle East
Nov 8, 07, 12:10 pm
Replies: 7
Views: 1,224
Posted By mikeinseattle

I'd reccomend Asha's (restaurant owned by famed...

I'd reccomend Asha's (restaurant owned by famed Indian singer Asha Bhosle) located in Wafi City. Great atmostphere for Indian restaurant and nice menu as well.
Forum: Thailand
Sep 5, 07, 12:16 am
Replies: 15
Views: 7,825
Posted By mikeinseattle

Actually the fastest possible way is to cross...

Actually the fastest possible way is to cross Sukhumvit (there is a pedestrian overpass right where the JW Marriott Hotel is) and wave down a taxi from the opposite side. You are literally steps...
Aug 12, 07, 7:57 pm
Replies: 25
Views: 9,859
Posted By mikeinseattle

Try the Kirkland brand from Costco. It's only a...

Try the Kirkland brand from Costco. It's only a hundred bucks and it's actually made by Pathfinder. The same units on the Pathfinder website sell for over $400.00. The ones sold in the US are 22...
Jun 6, 07, 11:37 am
Replies: 10
Views: 1,543
Posted By mikeinseattle

Someone got a Mercedes ML-350 for under 1.1...

Someone got a Mercedes ML-350 for under 1.1 Million MR points via Frontier's More Store Auction launch.
May 25, 07, 9:12 pm
Replies: 16
Views: 2,480
Posted By mikeinseattle

Official exchange according to XE is 2.2 cents...

Official exchange according to XE is 2.2 cents per SPG point :D

Actually, that is the point level value according to my opinion.
May 7, 07, 4:35 pm
Replies: 58
Views: 11,134
Posted By mikeinseattle

I am staying in Puerto Vallarta over New Year's. ...

I am staying in Puerto Vallarta over New Year's. Which hotel are you staying in? What is the name of the suite and what is it's current point level?

Mike
Apr 15, 07, 7:39 pm
Replies: 22
Views: 6,411
Posted By mikeinseattle

Wow, a full circle turn. SPG is making good...

Wow, a full circle turn. SPG is making good headway in New Delhi. Sadly, Marriott does not have ANY presence in the Indian capitol.

Room rates are running close to $300.00 USD base for most 5...
Forum: Thailand
Apr 8, 07, 4:08 pm
Replies: 488
Views: 24,741
Posted By mikeinseattle

Came back and visited Raja's Tailors. Here's the...

Came back and visited Raja's Tailors. Here's the skinny:

Shop is very busy but coming in at 10:30am is a good option. I ordered the following:

1 Suit
4 shirts
3 pants

total bill was...
Mar 26, 07, 1:39 pm
Replies: 11
Views: 1,397
Posted By mikeinseattle

Large value transactions will be treated...

Large value transactions will be treated suspiciously by the credit card company, especially if other charges the company is charging are much lower in value. Here are some potential problems:

1....
Mar 25, 07, 12:31 pm
Replies: 30
Views: 3,730
Posted By mikeinseattle

At the Alladdin you will need your card to skip...

At the Alladdin you will need your card to skip the lineup at the buffet (can be very long in some cases).

Mike
Mar 17, 07, 12:02 pm
Replies: 41
Views: 5,410
Posted By mikeinseattle

Excellent news. Main reason: SQ does not...

Excellent news. Main reason:

SQ does not allow their new seats for mileage redemption with any of their partners. Having Krisflyer miles allows you to redeem on SQ ultra premium seats without...
Mar 8, 07, 8:34 pm
Replies: 210
Views: 26,012
Posted By mikeinseattle

Current Stay report from Le Meridien Singapore

I was totally satisfied with my stay at this hotel for the following reasons.

Only category 2 left in Singapore - for 3000 weekend and 4000 spg weekday points, this hotel is a bargain (especially...
Forum: MilesBuzz
Feb 23, 07, 10:50 pm
Replies: 14
Views: 1,468
Posted By mikeinseattle

Are frequent flyer programs trying to increase the CASH value of their miles?

I'm sensing as frequent flyer programs evolve even further, they are trying to set a base for the cash value of their points. Many programs are getting more and more into non-airline/hotel...
Feb 21, 07, 10:13 pm
Replies: 140
Views: 15,383
Posted By mikeinseattle

Can you use these online in any way. Say for a...

Can you use these online in any way. Say for a prepaid rate can you guarantee with this card?
Feb 21, 07, 10:11 pm
Replies: 4
Views: 1,480
Posted By mikeinseattle

I know Ritz Carlton has a code for AMEX Centurion Members: What about Marriott?

Does Marriott hotels have a code for Centurion Members? Is it the same as the Ritz Carlton one (AXC) or is it something different?

Mike
Feb 21, 07, 10:09 pm
Replies: 210
Views: 26,012
Posted By mikeinseattle

Have not stayed yet, but will stay very shortly. ...

Have not stayed yet, but will stay very shortly. I found the Le Meridien to be a great value, points wise. The hotel is a category 2 and is located in the heart of Orchard Road. Your next best...
Feb 14, 07, 2:28 pm
Replies: 42
Views: 4,423
Posted By mikeinseattle

Cable ties seem like a good idea, until you get...

Cable ties seem like a good idea, until you get to your destination and need access to your luggage. You can't carry scissors or a knife with you so you'll be searching the hotel to get access into...
Feb 14, 07, 1:55 pm
Replies: 1
Views: 663
Posted By mikeinseattle

Award stay straddling status downgrade...will I still get Platinum benefits?

Hi All,

Sorry if this has been answered before, but I have a reservation arriving on Feb 26, 2007 and checking out on Mar 03, 2007. I am currently Platinum but my status will downgrade to Gold on...
Feb 10, 07, 9:16 pm
Replies: 9
Views: 1,361
Posted By mikeinseattle

Please DON'T do it. I am suffering the...

Please DON'T do it. I am suffering the consequences of transferrring to Aeromexico during a 25% bonus. Essientially, they never confirm partner space (ie. Delta, KLM, Air France) and after waiting...
Feb 5, 07, 9:34 am
Replies: 4
Views: 804
Posted By mikeinseattle

see previous quotes from lurker

Quote:
Originally Posted by id9795
...Is this an indication of a move from cat 3 to cat 5? Seems like a big jump!

Could be. IIRC, there were seven such category jumps and most of them were...
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