Overview There are plenty of airlines that offer status match programs.  But, for most, it just offers a fast track to achieving the same status and isn't automatic. Southwest Airlines Status Match is one of the few airlines that gives you instant A-Lister status for 90 months when you apply.  It can give you some nice perks like priority boarding,...
The EVA Air Amenity Kit have long been one of the better business class kits for commercial airline travel.  Earlier in the year, Eva Air stopped offering their Rimowa amenity kits on inbound flights to Taipei.  Instead, they started offering a leather kit by Georg Jensen.  While, it's not shabby, it's a big disappointment for those collectors that covet the Rimowa...
Marriott Rewards Insiders is a great resource for hotel points junkies. Furthermore, it’s especially useful during the transition of SPG and Marriott loyalty programs. The great thing about the site is that normal travelers like yourself post questions that are answered not only by other forum members, but “Community Managers,” which are official Marriott staff. It’s easy to not...
Lifetime Status is awesome.  On April 16, 2018, Marriott finally announced the official merger of the Marriott Rewards and Starwood SPG loyalty programs.  The changes have generally been well received, with customers now getting the best of both programs.  You can read read the mainstream blogs to get "everything you need to know" about the points program, but based...
Kaiseki Dining What is Kaiseki Dining? Many consider Kaiseki dining “The World’s Finest Meal” It’s part art, part fine dining. It’s gastronomy simplified to the essence of what land and sea has available for that day, all without the flashiness of modern gastronomy. Matching the food of the day with the seasons, to create a harmonious dining experience. Here's a...
Michelin Star Dining In Kyoto Michelin Star Dining in Kyoto is an amazing experience. Kyoto has 95 restaurants and 134 stars total. The problem is, even if you have the money to spend on a $1000 meal for two, you probably can’t get a reservation to the 3 star Michelin restaurants. No Foreigner Reservations Unless you know a local in the city...
Tokyo may not be known as a watch shopper’s dream, but the culture’s of vintage/second hand style has led to an emergence of a growing Vintage Rolex Tokyo Watch scene. There’s no one street or area but they tended to be concentrated around the Shibuya area. You definitely need to seek these stores out, as they are near impossible...
Japan love their Japanese Denim. Japanese “raw” denim is a trend that is gaining popularity around the world. This type of denim omits the final washing processes after they are dyed, which gives it that intense blue indigo color that is Japanese Raw Denim.   Japanese Denim are of heavier weight, giving it that unique cardboard like feel, unlike the Lucky...
Japanese Eyewear - Globe Specs There are plenty of glasses /sunglasses shops all over in Tokyo, from the basics to high end. You don’t need to go to trendy spots such as Daikonyama, Ometasando, or Ginza to find the best in Japanese Eyewear. Located a quick walk up the hill from Shibuya Station is the optician Globe Specs. The store itself...
  Flight Cancelation suck. Recently, team GTE experienced one of their worst cancelation experiences. In addition, we were flying United outside of the US in Hamburg, Germany, where no United representatives were present. It’s like going to a country with no embassy. What Happened? United Flight – Hamburg (HAM) -> San Francisco (SFO) Hamburg(HAM)-> Frankfort(FRA) on Lufthansa LH19 Frankfort(FRA) -> San Francisco (FRA) on...
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