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A Mystery Up Above: How Much Are Frequent Flier Miles Worth?

There is a mystery above and it is people wondering how much frequent flier miles are actually worth. Frequent flier mileage bears no correlation to the real world application of miles. Awards are actually given based on price of tickets and class, rather than actual miles. People can be surprised that they did not actually accrue the amount of miles they thought they had. The policies are pretty bizarre. You can go a long distance and get only a few miles from the airline.

Key Takeaways:

  • Looking for the best price is better than trying to look for deals to increase your frequent flyer miles
  • Airlines are adopting the new model of miles representing the price paid and not the actual miles traveled
  • Customers don’t have a lot of choice or complaint in how their miles are accrued

“And travelers should take advantage of the fact that many foreign carriers — including Air Canada, Lufthansa and British Airways, which are partners with the Big Three — still reward (mostly) based on distance.”

Original Source: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/12/travel/how-much-are-frequent-flier-miles-worth.html?_r=0

Khon Kaen, Thailand: Isan’s Hippest Hub

Khon Kaen, Thailand is Isan’s hippest hub. There are only two types of weather that a person will find in Khon Kaen. The types are very hot and very wet. There is no debate on the issue either. One minute you are very hot and dry and the next, you are drenched in water. This place is flat and dusty and landlocked. There are hardly and water sources around the area. It is also the first place in Thailand to unearth dinosaur bones.

Key Takeaways:

  • You don’t have the right to an opinion on the matter, either. One minute your skin is melting off your bones, your body fat sizzling away;
  • the next you’re drenched like a wet rag, dirty from the dust and soaked in sweat.
  • Don’t let those massive terrestrial crabs sauntering about fool you. There are hardly any bodies of water nearby.

“At the heart of it is the Laorauvirodge family whose culinary empire arose from the flora-carpeted grounds of Suppaniga Home Boutique Hideaway nestled a few minutes outside the city.”

Original Source: http://www.travelpulse.com/news/destinations/khon-kaen-thailand-isan-s-hippest-hub.html

5 of the best art and architecture stops in Bangkok, Thailand

There are 5 must-see art and architecture places to visit in Bangkok, Thailand: the Grand Palace, the Temple of the Reclining Buddha, Bangkok CityCity Gallery, YenakArt Villa, and MOCA (Museum of Contemporary Art). The Grand Palace, built in 1782, a collection of more than 100 beautiful buildings, including the Temple of the Emerald Buddha. The Temple of the Reclining Buddha, built in 1832, is home to the largest collection of Buddhist images in the country, more than 1,000 in all. Bangkok CityCity Gallery and YenakArt Villa, both introduced to the city in 2015, feature contemporary art by primarily local artists in a variety of forms, and MOCA is one of the largest contemporary art museums in Asia.

Key Takeaways:

  • Between cultural and artistic locations, Bangkok has what an avid traveler would like to see.
  • Both Buddhist and modern culture influence the tourist locations in Bangkok
  • Contemporary art museums are being heavily focused on by the tourism industry in thailand

“Whilst this ancient religion has heavily influenced the city’s visual culture for centuries, a secular contemporary art scene has gradually emerged over the last decade.”

Original Source: http://www.aluxurytravelblog.com/2017/06/14/5-of-the-best-art-and-architecture-stops-in-bangkok-thailand/

The shameful truth about what happens to your hotel toiletries

Taking home your hotel room’s complementary bath toiletries can now be a good thing to do. Thanks to Shawn Seipler’s creative charity Clean the World, it is possible to donate these items to help people without sanitary facilities in over a hundred impoverished countries. Hotels routinely discard the bath toiletries that are not taken away by hotel guests. Clean the World redistributes the donations from recycling centers in Orlando, Vegas, Montreal and Hong Kong. Over 300 hotels now participate.

Key Takeaways:

  • Hotel toilets have been the subject of debate for many years among guests. Some appreciate the cleanliness and amenities featured in the hotel bathroom they use.
  • But there are critics who say that the hotel is simply too dirty in the bathroom. There are some takeaway facts that need to be considered about hotel toilets as well.
  • If hotels throw away partially used toiletries, that’s a waste, If they reuse them, that’s gross. Take them home and use them yourself, or there are also “higher” uses for them.

“Millions of lives could be saved if the planet’s poorest people had access to soap, a humble product that most of us take for granted.”

Original Source: http://www.traveller.com.au/the-shameful-truth-about-what-happens-to-your-hotel-toiletries-gw4uge

Thailand Lures The Ultra Wealthy

Due to the influx of wealthy residents to Thailand, the Thai government has a new visa investment program. Thailand offers wealthy immigrants better business opportunities and tax structures while living in a warm climate with beautiful landscape and several leisure facilities. There are three types of elite visas to choose from. Elite Easy Access is good for business access and costs around 15,000 dollars. The Elite Privilege Access is good for families and is good for ten years. The a Elite a Ultimate Privilege is a 20 year resident visa with a larger fee and yearly maintenance fee. The ultra wealthy no matter what reason, could apply for one of these visas to gain resident status.

Key Takeaways:

  • Wealthy families are flocking to the “Land of Smiles” because of its comfortable climate, growing leisure options, and beautiful landscape.
  • In order to optimize the country’s commercial opportunities and assets, the Thai government recently announced a visa investment program.
  • Credit Suisse and Lombard Odier have been increasingly active in Thailand, which has made the region more attractive to global wealth managers.

“An increasing number of wealthy families are moving to Thailand because of its temperate climate, spectacular landscape and growing leisure facilities.”

Original Source: http://www.finews.asia/high-end/24294-henley-and-partners-thailand