Miami

It’s Still Not Too Late To Book Christmas Vacations

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Regardless of whether you celebrate Christmas or not, if you have school-aged kids, the end of December is likely a target on your calendar for a possible trip somewhere, whether it’s to get to warmer weather, play in the snow or visit family. I got a bit behind in my planning this year.  I’m planning a trip to Disney this fall for our family and two others, and just got done with a whirlwind of summer travel.  Add in surgery that still severely limits my keyboard time and I didn’t… Read More »

Cheap Flights To Europe For Christmas, Buy An Airline Ticket And Board a Bus, Starwood Screws Up, Southwest Wakes Up. Things I Find Interesting On Friday, February 28th, 2014

A great fare sale to Europe that includes the Christmas travel season, Starwood corrects their mistakes, Southwest rolls out mobile boarding passes about 10 years too late. Oh, and have you ever bought an airline ticket to ride on a bus?

Things I Find Interesting On Wednesday, October 16th, 2013

Don’t forget to enter my giveaway today for a free American Airlines Admirals Club day pass.   My favorite airline, American, is announced new service to Asia.  View From the Wing has all the details, but here’s a summary: New Dallas-Shanghai service scheduled for summer 2014. New Dallas-Hong Kong service on the new 777-300ER also scheduled for summer 2014. They’re ending JFK-Haneda service this fall. They’re expanding service on the new 777-300ER out of Miami.  Both London and Sao Paolo to be added. Best news of all.  Retrofits of the existing… Read More »

American Airlines Gets DOT Approval To Operating Flights Between Los Angeles and Sao Paolo, Brazil

About a month ago, I wrote about the expectation that service between LAX and Sao Paolo, Brazil was for later this fall.  There were still a few hurdles to clear, and Thursday American cleared another hurdle when the DOT issued a Show Cause Order for their requested new service. The final approval is highly likely to occur and should be finished up in the next few weeks.  The thing I find a bit interesting here is that US Airways is likely to receive approval to operate flights between Charlotte and… Read More »

American Airlines Adds Service Between Miami and Milan

Tickets go on sale tomorrow for American Airlines’ new service between Miami and Milan.  This one strikes me as a bit odd. It’s being serviced by a 767-300, and the flight times are reasonable.  The Miami departure is at 5:55pm and arrives in Milan at 9:35 in the morning the following day.  Milan to Miami is an 11:25am departure and a 4:40pm arrival.  Not a ton of time for the plane to be on the ground in Miami, but probably not an issue. The press releases about this new route… Read More »

American Expanding It’s Codeshare With Cape Air, Too

After posting just a couple hours ago about American expanding its codeshare relationship with Alaska Airlines, I ran across a piece of news about expanding codesharing in the Caribbean. American has been slowly pulling out of the Caribbean, consolidating its flights out of Miami instead of splitting them between Miami and San Juan, Puerto Rico.  Now, there’s an announcement that Cape Air will essentially take over that business from American and codeshare with them on it.  It’s not that Cape Air is taking American’s customers, but American has moved from… Read More »

Hyatt Miami At The Blue:Review

My business travel has started taking me down to the Miami area with some increasing frequency.  I’ve been trying to find the right Hyatt property (since I’m putting most of my paid stays there to lock up lifetime status, while most of my award stays go to SPG for their lifetime status). I tried the Hyatt Regency Miami a couple times.  I also tried the Hyatt Regency Coral Gables. The last full-service property I had left to try was the Hyatt Miami At The Blue.  This property is located a… Read More »

Now’s The Time To Head To Hawaii

A few times a year opportunities pop up that you generally don’t see.  Those of you with flexible travel schedules can reap some fantastic rewards if you keep your eyes open.  Now’s a great time to consider Hawaii. Mommy Points has a great post about ultra-cheap fares on United from multiple large cities like Dallas and Miami.  A quick peek shows fares in the $400-$500 range, which is really a great deal.  If you happen to be an elite on United, you can also use Regional Premier Upgrades and Global… Read More »

Review: Hyatt Regency Coral Gables

Miami’s not a place I visit very often but my business travels are starting to take me there more frequently.  I stayed at the Hyatt Regency Miami last time and wasn’t thrilled.  So, I decided to figure out which property would be my go-to in this area. Keeping in mind that I’m a Hyatt HomerTM, I decided to try out the Hyatt Regency Coral Gables.  While I’ve never spent any time in Coral Gables, I’ve always had the sense that it’s something of an older people’s area, a place rich 60-something… Read More »

Review: Hyatt Regency Miami

Nothing too exciting here.  This trip made me realize I’ve never actually been to downtown Miami.  Been to Miami Beach, South Beach, Fort Lauderdale, Hollywood, but never downtown Miami.  Can’t say I’m dying to return. Anyway, I had a one-night stay here about two weeks ago.  The property itself wasn’t overly impressive, but clean and serviceable.  At check-in, while they had my Diamond number on file they didn’t realize I was a Diamond guest.  They had to take the room keys back and re-code them for club access.  No biggie…. Read More »