Rant: Changing IHG Hotel Reservation

It seems like IHG (Intercontinental Hotels) has been making blog headlines lately.  They’ve had a number of not so minor IT issues and recently changed the terms of a possibly lucrative promotion midway through the promotion period.  I can somewhat … read more

Review: Lakehouse Hotel and Resort

The Lakehouse Hotel and Resort is a charming hotel on the shore of Lake San Marcos, near Carlsbad, CA.  It is on the small side with only 142 rooms, which includes suites and lake-side cottages. I recently had the pleasure … read more

RoadID Sale 25% Off Badges

Last week when I wrote about First2Baord Sessions in Seattle, I mentioned that I’m a proponent of road safety, particularly for bikers and runners.  RoadID makes high visibility clothing, as well as easily wearable personal identification products.  These ID products … read more

Flight Review: Air Canada Rouge A319

When Air Canada announced their low-cost subsidiary, Air Canada Rouge, I must say I was almost intrigued.  Instead of adding new routes or supplementing Air Canada’s existing route network with Rouge, they replaced existing mainline coverage with Rouge.  People who … read more

Starbucks Bonus Star Challenge (semi-targeted)

Check your emails from Starbucks with the subject “Your rewards routing starts today”. Starbucks routinely sends promotional emails out to earn bonus stars.  The more stars you earn, the more free food and drinks you earn as well.  The emails are … read more

Should Elite Status Matter To You?

It’s no secret that people with elite status receive certain benefits and typically better service when compared to those without status (or lower level status).  Some of those perks range from upgrades to bonus points.  Achieving the status you want … read more