After learning about the China Visa Policy, I had to modify my entire trip to Asia (which is not a bad thing). I was able to get a cheap business class fare on United Airlines to Beijing and by using miles, transferred from American Express, I was able to book business and suites class on Singapore Airlines. The only thing left for me to do was book hotels. Since this will be a short trip, less than a week, I only needed hotels for a few days.
The main part of my trip originates in Boston, so I needed to book a hotel there first. I looked at Marriott and IHG properties near Government Center and the North End. Both areas would allow me a short ride to/from Logan Airport. The Marriott prices were on the high side ($200/night), while I found the Holiday Inns Express and Suites at TD Garden for $144. This rate is for a King Room.
The next place that I needed to book a hotel was Kuala Lumpur. I searched Marriott and IHG properties near Kuala Lumpur City Center. All of the hotels were reasonable, but I ultimately settled on the Renaissance Hotel Kuala Lumpur. This was done with the hope that I will be upgraded to a suite due to my Marriott Rewards Gold status. I am currently booked in a Superior King Room which I booked for $94/night.
To round out the trip, I had the option of walking around Singapore for 14 hours or booking a hotel to relax before my flight. I chose the latter. It was easy to decide where to stay because it was on my short list of places in November when I visited. I booked a Deluxe King Room at the JW Marriott at Singapore’s South Beach for 40,000 Marriott Rewards Points.
I loved the planning of travel more than the destinations. These experiences are something that I will never forget. Traveling has opened my eyes to many things that I otherwise would not know about. I am ready for this journey to begin. Thank you for visiting my site and please follow along as I document this epic trip.
All pictures are courtesy of the respective hotels