My North American Travel Bucketlist Tour 2015

An overview and links to coverage of my trip to New York, Vancouver, Seattle and Los Angeles via a mix of international business class flights and long distance trains.

Trip Report: The big win, big science, and a big storm: London, Geneva and Edinburgh with BA/IHG

Full report on my 2013Q4 project: chasing IHG’s Big Win promotion. I battled the St Jude storm in the UK; discovered CERN and Geneva with Marian Call and fellow fans; flew LCY-EDI-LHR-GVA-LHR-EDI on BA (enjoying the lounges along the way) and, of course, sampled four different IHG properties to meet all my challenges.

The Waldorf Astoria Rome Cavalieri

When Hilton announced the devaluation of their HHonors points – particularly for their high-end aspirational properties – I felt it best to burn what I had at the old rates. 90% of my balance got me just one night at the Waldorf Astoria Rome Cavalieri, a property normal several times my budget. Of course, I then had to build a short holiday around this highlight… So, is it worth it?

Trip Report: A Californian status run – LHR/SAN/LAX/SFO, and half a dozen hotels.

In-depth report of my push for HHonors Gold and BA Silver, starting 2013 by hotel-hopping and tier-point running around California. Covers first class train travel in the UK, BA longhaul in premium economy and business, AA domestic first class in the US, various Hiltons, and sightseeing in three cities.