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Monthly Archives for August 2008.

The Week Ahead: September 1 – 5

I’ll be traveling to Atlanta this week. I’m cutting my holiday a little short and flying down Monday afternoon. I need as much of a full week in Atlanta as I can get this week, and this was the only way. I’ll be flying Delta Air Lines and staying at the W Atlanta Midtown again. We’ll see if there are any differences in this stay and my last at this hotel a few weeks ago. You can read my review of the W Atlanta Midtown here.

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Destination DC Restaurant Review: Rumberos

Edited 9/24/09:  Apparently my review wasn’t enough.  Rumberos closed this week.  But you can still visit its sister restaurant, Rumba Cafe, in Adams Morgan. Rumberos is located in the up-and-coming Columbia Heights neighborhood in northwest D.C. The restaurant offers both indoor and outdoor seating, and is open for lunch and dinner Monday through Saturday (closed for lunch on Monday). On Sundays, Rumberos offers a fantastic brunch menu followed by dinner. Rumberos features fantastic Latin and South American inspired cuisine with a little bit of Caribbean thrown in for good measure, all at reasonable prices. I recently enjoyed the Bife de chorizo for dinner. Translation: a 14 ounce ribeye, which is prepared Argentinean style over a wood fired grill. The steak…

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I’m Back…and On The Road Again

Back to Platinum status in American Airlines AAdvantage Program that is! Join me in the celebration!! So sorry for not having much to post this week. That pesky other job of mine is getting in the way, but I’ll have more to say soon. Back to Atlanta next week. I’m going to check out what else the W Atlanta Midtown has to offer. Yes, I’ve chosen to stay at the W Atlanta Midtown twice in a row. Is that a sign of something? Could be. Will let you know after five more days there.

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Flight Review – American Airlines (DCA-MIA-DCA)

I recently completed a three-day business trip aboard American Airlines from Washington Reagan (DCA) to Miami International (MIA) and returning. I booked the flight one-week prior to travel and requested AAdvantage Elite upgrades on both the outbound and return. AA 1653 DCA-MIA As an AAdvantage Gold member, I can confirm an elite upgrade 24 hours in advance of departure. They rarely clear at the 24 hour window, but I have had good luck overall with upgrades. Most tend to clear 4 or 5 hours prior to the flight. This time, however, my upgrade cleared at exactly 24 hours, and I checked in for my flight on AA.com right after waking up the day prior to departure. Mondays at any airport…

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Hotel Review – Embassy Suites Boca Raton

I completed a two night stay at the Embassy Suites Boca Raton on August 20, 2008. I was in the area on business and the ES was close to the job site. As I’ve noted in previous posts, this stay coincided with the arrival of Tropical Storm Fay. Fortunately, the worst of that was on the west side of the state, but we did get plenty of rain and wind. Check-in Check-in was pleasant enough, however my Hilton HHonors Gold status was not recognized in any manner. The Room The room appeared to have had a recent coat of paint and reasonably up-to-date furnishings. As with all Embassy Suites hotels, the room is a two-room suite with separate living area…

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I’m Not the Miles Junkie I Thought I Was

So…you might remember my post about the extraordinary Delta SkyMiles offer from those Bosley hair transplant people. I went so far as to book an appointment for a consultation. Well, the time has come for the consultation. And faced with getting 20,000 SkyMiles in exchange for letting Bosley tell me I’m a good candidate for hair transplantation or enjoying an uniterrupted day off, I went for the day off. So tomorrow, I will enjoy the first opportunity I’ve had to kick back in a while. But I’m still bugged about missing those miles.

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From the Storm

Well, I have survived Tropical Storm Fay. In fact, I am typing this at 38,000 feet over northern Florida on my way home. I am flying American Airlines, my upgrade cleared, and for the first time in at least a few years, I have an empty seat beside me. In fact, this flight borders on pleasant. It’s downright joyous compared to the TSA checkpoint on the D Concourse in Miami. But I will save that for another post. Shortly, I will post my review of the Embassy Suites – Boca Raton (ok, but not great). In the meantime, we have a fantastic flight attendant, dinner is about to be served, and my wine glass has yet to make it below…

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Airlines Post Storm Policies in Response to Tropical Storm Fay

American has posted a storm policy in response to Tropical Storm Fay. If you’re traveling in the general area of Florida and the Caribbean, check out the policy by clicking here. Check with your airline if you are heading to Florida and points south in the next couple of days. Right now the storm appears to be more likely to affect the Keys and Western Florida than other parts of the state. And now Delta is in on the action. JetBlue storm policy. United storm policy.

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