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Posted by on Jun 16, 2014 in Amex Hilton HHonors, Citi Hilton HHonors Reserve, Credit Cards, Hilton, Hotel | 0 comments

Hotel Review: Conrad Tokyo King Suite Bay View

After flying ANA First Class Square to Narita International Airport and taking the Narita Express to Tokyo, we headed to the Conrad Tokyo, where we were staying five nights. We booked the stay using Hilton HHonors points and because I was a Hilton HHonors diamond, the hotel upgraded us from a standard room to a King Suite Bay View room, which was a nice surprise!     How You Can Do It The Conrad Tokyo is a category 10 hotel on the Hilton HHonors award chart, so a standard room will cost 70,000 to 95,000 points per night depending on what time of the year you stay at the hotel. If you are a silver, gold, or diamond Hilton HHonors member, however, you get the 5th night free whenever you book a 5-night stay. As a result, The total cost will be between 280,000 and 380,000 Hilton HHonors points. You can earn Hilton HHonors points via credit card signup bonuses. Credit cards, such as the Amex Hilton HHonors credit...

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Posted by on Jun 4, 2014 in Barclays Arrival, Credit Cards | 2 comments

Trip Review: Narita Express and Tokaido Sanyo Shinkansen

Japan loves trains and it’s not surprising given that their trains are efficient, fast, and clean. After our ANA First Class Square flight landed, we took the Narita Express from Narita International Airport to Tokyo Station since we were staying nearby. When we left Tokyo for Hiroshima, we boarded the Tokaido Sanyo Shinkansen, better known as the bullet train.   How You Can Do It Normally, the Narita Express costs 3,020 JPY one-way between the airport and Tokyo Station; this price is for the Ordinary Car, which is what I recommend, because the Green Car (first class) is not worth the extra money for this short ride. If you have a foreign passport, however, you can pay just 1,500 JPY for the one-way from Narita International Airport to Tokyo Station. The special price is not valid for the reverse route from Tokyo Station to Narita International Airport. A direct Nozomi Shinkansen from Tokyo Station to Hiroshima Station takes about 4 hours, and a one-way ticket costs 18,040 JPY for...

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