Marking Your Wold Travels – The Joys of Wall Maps

Recently the wife and I bought a wall map from our local map store.  We paid them to put a 110″ x 76″ Political World Map black metal frame.  It looks great in our dining room.

Political World Map - With Pins

Political World Map – With Pins has the largest selection of World Wall Maps I have seen.  One of my favorites is the classic National Geographic Political World Wall Map.  No matter what map you get, you are going to need pins to mark them with past and future travels.

For ours, we made some strategic pin selections (we only noted those places we have visited for pleasure):

  • we have used dark purple to note which cities to which we have both been
  • green to note where I have been without my wife
  • light purple for my wife has been without me
  • And numbered pins 1 through 23 to mark where we will go on our Trip of a Million Lifetimes starting this August.
Once you get your map up, pin it up.

Once you get your map up, pin it up.

Once you have your pins up, you have a beautiful way to mark your journeys.  And a great conversation piece when hosting folks.  Regardless of your approach, get your map up!  It is more fun than you would think.

Internationally Configured Business Class – Domestically

US Airways sometimes runs its internationally configured business class plans domestically.  This is particularly evident between Charlotte and Philadelphia, where they’ll fly their A330, 757, and 767 with envoy seating.  Sometimes you will also see flights from Charlotte or Philadelphia to Orlando or Tampa with this seating.

These flights make for excellent upgrades.  You get a big comfy sleep.  And I probably slept comfortably for 45 minutes of the 1 hour and 15 minute flight I took on one of these 757s from Charlotte to Philadelphia.

At 6'4", I could just barely touch the seats in front of me with my feet.

At 6’4″, I could just barely touch the seats in front of me with my feet.


The guy reclined isn't even back all the way.

The guy reclined isn’t even back all the way.

Now that is my kind of domestic flying.

A Question for the Travel Sages: How Does SPG Target Elite Customers for Promotions?

This is an open question that goes out to the travel sages out there, like Gary at View From the Wing or Ben from One Mile at a Time.

The Question:

How does Starwood Select Which Targeted Promotions Go To Which Elite Customers?

You see, I am a Platinum member with Starwood.  I have had 15 stays so far just in 2013 alone.  Even though I subscribe to Starwood’s promotions e-mails, I never receive e-mails about targeted or unique promotions except for their standard promotions.  For example, Starwood has the “Power Up” promotion currently underway as a standard promotion, available to any member.  Basically, earn 2,000 bonus starpoints for every 4 nights stayed, for a maximum of 10,000 bonus starpoints.  However, there are more promotions out there.  For example, my co-worker noted to me today that he is a Gold member with Starwood and got an e-mail from the offering him double Starpoints on every upcoming stay.  Why is Starwood not offering me this promotion?  Is it because they are trying to encourage him to make it to Platinum?  In a way, getting him addicted to the crack?  How does they select which promotions go to which customers?

I would be curious to get the insights from some travel thought leaders.