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May 22, 2014

Hyatt Atlanta Midtown Review

Hyatt Midtown Atlanta – Hyatt Category 3 125 10th St NE, Atlanta, GA 30309 Award Redemption: 12,000 pts or 6,000 pts + $75 Normal rate: Varies b/t $179-$239 average around $219 + tax Hyatt Gold Passport Points return: 1.7 cents points – 2.7 cent/point = below average – average return


I booked a Standard King room about a week out using a corporate rate. The rate was appx 40% less than the standard daily rate at the time. In addition to the favorable rate, Hyatt was running a promo which gives 1,500 bonus points for Atlanta stays using the “ATL15” promo code. I think this promo has since expired.

We arrived at [...]

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March 19, 2014

The St. Regis Buckhead – Atlanta, Georgia

The St. Regis Atlanta – Starwood Category 6 Eighty-Eight West Paces Ferry Road, Atlanta,Georgia 30305 United States Award Redemption: 20,000 pts or 10,000 pts +$180 Normal rate: Varies b/t $385-$485, average around $450 + tax Starpoints return: 1.9 cents points – 3.0 cents/point = below average – average return


I booked the base “Superior Room” at appx 2 weeks before check-in and received a corporate rate of $275. When we arrived, the check-in agent was very polite and extremely enthusiastic and happy to see us–a great trait to have as an employee that has dozens of check-ins/check-outs per day. He confirmed that we were in [...]

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March 17, 2014

Bob Weir & RatDog – March 16, 2014 – The Tabernacle, Atlanta, GA Review and Setlist

Bob Weir & RatDog 3/16/14 Winter and Spring Tour 2014 Review, Setlist, Videos and Pictures – March 16, 2014 – The Tabernacle –  Atlanta, GA

This was the final show of the Winter/Spring 2014 RatDog tour. Doors opened at 6pm with a scheduled show time of 7:30pm, the band finally took the stage around 7:45pm and started off with an electric Help on the Way. I’m not sure how these guys have so much energy as they played from 7:45pm to 11:30pm with about a 30 min set break = 3 hours 15 mins of live music!

Here’s a photo album with 40+ photos from the show shot by “playindead”: Flickr – Ratdog 2014-03-16 by [...]

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January 3, 2014

Deal Blitz: 50% off Air France/KLM Flying Blue Awards in Jan/Feb 2014

Don’t miss out on Flying Blue’s Fall promo where Air France/KLM awards are 50% off in January & February 2014:

The Deal

Award bookings on Air France/KLM routes have been reduced by 25-50% for travel between Jan 1 – Feb 28.

For those of us sitting in ‘Merica (and Canada), we’ll be most interested in:

REGION USA CITY Atlanta CABIN Business 1-way 46,875 Round-trip 93.750 USA Boston Economy 18,750 37,500 Canada Montreal Business 31,250 62,500 Canada Toronto Business 31,250 62,500 Canada Vancouver Economy 18,750 37,500

All destinations below. Note: Everything is to/from Europe.

RegionEurope [...]
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November 25, 2013

Grand Hyatt Atlanta in Buckhead Review – Atlanta, Georgia

Grand Hyatt Atlanta in Buckhead – Hyatt Category 5 3300 Peachtree Road NE, Atlanta, Georgia 30305 Award Redemption: 12,000 pts Normal rate: Varies b/t $206-$329, average around $296 Hyatt Gold Passport points return: 1.72 – 2.67 cents/points = average return


The hotel has a rather grand entrance (quite fitting, no?), with a pull-through valet area situated pretty far back on the lot, getting you away from busy Peachtree Road. The valet will charge $32/night to park it for you; alternatively, you can leave the car with them for 15-30 mins and then park it yourself in Hyatt garage for $20/night. To access the garage, you’ll have to cross the [...]

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August 15, 2013

The Club at ATL – Atlanta’s Newest (and best?) Lounge

Terminal F 5:30am to 9:30pm

If you’re looking for a great lounge to pass some time at the Nation’s Busiest Airport:  Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson Airport (no big deal, only about 260k people pass through everyday! About 20% more than runner-up Beijinng-PEK), might I suggest The Club at ATL.

As I’ve said before in this post (JFK Terminal 4 Lounges/The Oasis Lounge), which lounge I go to is often a function of which one will let me in. The Club at ATL is by far the least exclusive of all ATL lounges–to get in you’ll need to show some credentials, your choices include:

$35 cash for a day pass Priority Pass member card (free for AMEX [...]
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August 13, 2013

Café Intermezzo Review – Atlanta Airport

Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport Concourse B Atlanta, GA 30320

I can get into a bad habit when I find a good restaurant. Especially when I only have an opportunity to eat there every so often. This is how I’ve been treating One Flew South, the awesome sushi restaurant at Atlanta’s Airport (ATL)–I have returned at every opportunity. But, this time, I forced myself to explore the other options and had read some good things about Café Intermezzo in Terminal B.

It’s half book store, half cafe-style restaurant, which results in an always-busy-feeling atmosphere and, in the land of Chilis, TGI Fridays and other typical chains, [...]

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February 11, 2013

One Flew South – Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson Airport

Terminal E, Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson Airport Sushi, Asian $$$

One Flew South has made a name for itself and it’s not often airport food is held in such high regard. Yet it routinely tops lists as one of the best airport restaurants in the world, and its fitting that it calls Atlanta Hartsfield home–the world’s busiest airport. Here you’ll find a slightly calmer pace, and generally plenty of room to spread out. The impeccable service and sleek modern decor exude a touch of class in such busy place. Located in ATL’s E-Terminal, you’ll likely have to go out of your way to dine here, but we’d argue it’s worth it. Many [...]
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