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In April, I was whining about the great firewall of China (read more here) that blocks “very dangerous” websites such as Twitter and Facebook.

Whine Wednesdays Blocked Websites

It seems that there is something dangerous happening in Egypt as well because I cannot access Facebook (Twitter works just fine) without having to fire up the VPN from the Ramses Hilton hotel. [click to continue...]

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Last year, SPG combined Starpicks and Beat The Timer for Hot Escapes. Now that the program is established, I will have a weekly post on Wednesdays about the current offerings.

SPG Hot Escapes

This is still work in progress. We try to find a better way to present the availability and pricing in the coming weeks in compact format. The hotel listing has the lowest member prices for the next 6 weeks. The availability and the price can vary from date to date. [click to continue...]

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Hilton has several websites outside of featuring region specific sales or weekend deals. For those that travel in the Asia Pacific region, should check out the Asia Pacific sales website that you can access here.

Hilton APAC

Although the website is, it is merely used as a skin and the actual booking is done on The presentation of hotels and region specific deals on this site is better, however. [click to continue...]

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Hyatt monthly 48-hour (October 2014) sale has returned this time under “Relax, Refresh and Save This Season” tag line. You can save up to 30% off of best available rates (BAR).

Hyatt Gold Passport 48-Hour Sale C48OCT October 2014

These rates are valid at select US, Canada, Caribbean and Latin America hotels for stays between November 6 and February 3, 2015. The promotional dates for individual properties may vary. [click to continue...]