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Most of the hotels process the elite based room upgrades during the overnight shift on the day of arrival and you can see them by checking the status of your reservation online.

Reminder To Check Hotel Reservations For Upgrades (And Sometimes Take A Screenshot)

As long as the hotel’s in-house reservation system (usually Opera) is connected to the chain’s proprietary one, the room upgrade information is transferred to Holidex (IHG), MARSHA (Marriott) etc. and is for you to see online as well. [click to continue…]

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Some airlines such as Cathay Pacific have already issued travel waivers for Bangkok bound passengers due political instability in the country that appears to be leading to a military coup.


Yellow shirts want to oust the current prime minister, who is the sister of a former prime minister that has been convicted of fraud and is living in exile outside of Thailand. The red shirts are for the current government. [click to continue…]

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There have been a couple of examples this fall that have reminded me that I should advise readers to think twice (or more), if they decide to transit via countries that requires them to have a visa to enter the country itself.


The problem lies if you happen to misconnect in any of the Schengen countries (list here) to a third country and you would need a Schengen visa to enter the country. [click to continue…]

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Hong Kong has been offering an automated frequent travelers immigration channel for many years, but the name of this service was recently changed to just e-Channel.


The beauty of e-Channel is that after enrollment you can use these automated gates for coming and going from Hong Kong at the airport or ferry terminals bypassing those sometimes long immigration lines. [click to continue…]

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The cabin personnel of Finnair are scheduled to go to on strike this weekend, that would halt most of Finnair’s flights that the airline is not able to crew using management personnel. The latest news is that the strike may not happen, however.


I was supposed to meet a friend in Bangkok that was scheduled to fly on Finnair Flight A095 on Saturday. The flight is not scheduled to be operated if the strike occurs, and the earlier flight to Bangkok that would operate was totally zeroed out in all cabins. [click to continue…]

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T-Mobile (US) is abolishing its international data & text roaming charges starting on October 31, 2013. Customers can use data at Edge speed (128 KBPS) and text messages (SMS) free at more than 100 countries.

You can read more about this development on Cnet’s website here.


128 KBPS is enough for emails and using data light apps such as Twitter/Facebook/Whatsapp, but you really cannot make voice calls over Skype using connection this slow or stream music/movies. [click to continue…]