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Planet Hollywood, Las Vegas – SPG No More

by on Jan.25, 2010, under Hotels, Vacation

A heads up to anyone with rewards reservations at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas, as of last week they are no longer part of the Starwood (SPG) brand and will refuse you at reception.  No word yet on whether SPG is providing compensation to those with reservations, but it doesn’t look good.

“The Planet Hollywood Hotel & Casino, A Sheraton Resort will be leaving the Starwood system on January 15, 2010. Reservations for dates on or after January 15, 2010, will not be eligible for Starwood Preferred Guest membership benefits, award redemption or accrual.”  – SPG

Perhaps it’s the right time for SPG to step it up and broker a deal with the Bellagio!

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Virgin America Experience

by on Dec.24, 2008, under Airlines

I flew my first flight on Virgin America on Halloween, and I was pleased.  Virgin America only goes to certain cities, and luckily, my destination was one of the, San Francisco (SFO) to Las Vegas (LAS).  I usually go Southwest, but suprisingly the cost was the same, so I decided to give VA a shot.  Being a normal airline, you choose your own seat, which I much prefer than standing in line of Southwest to fight for a seat.

Since VA is relatively new, it is located in the International terminal at SFO.  The adventure began as my girlfriend and I shuttled to the International terminal from long term parking.  The International terminal is actually the last stop of the shuttle, but if you want, you can walk from Terminal 1 to International terminal, and I decided to do that to see how long it was, since we were early.  It wasn’t too bad, maybe a 5 minute walk, up some escalators.

Inevitably the flight was delayed, as all airlines were delayed out of SFO with the mist and clouds.  No blame on the airline, in fact, they actually made up for it by hosting some "events" to pass the time..  I took part in some soccer, thats right they actually had a little net, and a small soccer ball where were did a shootout.   They gave free drink vouchers and/or free seat upgrades to the winners.  Being Halloween, there were tons of people in costume, one even in a hot dog suit.  I’m not exactly sure how he fit in his seat later, but that was pretty amusing.

The airplane was a new plane for sure, they had the touchscreen displays on the back of every seat.  This was probably the coolest part of the trip, and something I enjoy.  I hear they have this is a lot of international airlines, but this is the first time I’ve seen one. There is a selection of a dozen movies, and a lot of different tv shows you can choose from. Most of the time I just listened to the selection of music they had because the shows were kind of choppy.

Overall, I had a good experience with Virgin America and I would fly them again if the prices are good to my third home, Las Vegas.

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