QANTAS to SFO: See Ya Later Alligator


I have never flown SFO-SYD on Qantas before (heck, i've never even been to Australia!), but I sure did enjoy seeing that big red kangaroo tail on my commutes from San Francisco down the peninsula. As of yesterday, QANTAS is all done serving SFO. SFGate reports that QANTAS is moving this ...
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Banana Split! Just Noticed Some New Enhancements to United's P.S. Service

I end up flying P.S. about two or three times a month, and thus I notice whenever they make a tweak or change. United seems to constantly tweak the service. Sometimes it gets better - sometimes worse. I noticed a few changes on my business class flight a couple days ago, and I think these are all ...
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United Flyers: We Have a New Jeff Smisek Video

For those of you who fly frequently on United, you surely have Jeff Smisek's pre-security speech ingrained in your head.  This is the video about the upcoming changes, and how he thinks we're going to like them. As of May 1, we now have a new video. Instead of there being a plane in the ...

Video: 431 km/h on the Shanghai Pudong Maglev Train


As part of my journey to Asia, I did a weekend in Shanghai, and that gave me the opportunity to take the Maglev train from Shanghai Pudong Airport to the Longyang Road subway station. According to Wikipedia, this is the world's first Maglev train and has reached speeds of 500+ km/h. I only saw ...

Review: The Westin Beijing Chaoyang


My two weeks in China were spent mostly in Beijing, but I popped down to Shanghai for the weekend in between. My plan was to stay at the Westin Beijing Chaoyang for five nights, stay at the Renaissance Zhongshan Park when in Shanghai, and then return to Beijing for six more nights. I knew I ...

Home Sweet Home! And the Longest Day Ever…


After a long trip to Asia, I'm happy to be writing this post from the comfort of the United States of America. And to make the day even better, it looks like San Francisco decided to welcome me with a beautiful day! Check out that view of the Golden Gate Bridge, the Bay Bridge, and the rest of ...
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Just Witnessed: Family Finagles Its Way Into Maple Leaf Lounge @ YVR


I thought this was a pretty unprofessional thing to witness. I'm currently sitting at the YVR Maple Leaf Lounge near the reception area, and a husband, wife, and their two kids came up to the reception and said, "Hi can we come in?" The receptionist said, "Perhaps - let me see ...
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Oh My! What Have I Been Eating!?

In regard to food, my motto on on this trip has been, "I'll try anything once." So just what have I been trying?!

I've had some pretty delicious food… and some pretty NOT delicious food.

Let's start with the Beijing classic, Peking Duck. Having already ...
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Review: Renaissance Shanghai Zhongshan Park


Let me spoil the surprise for you. I love the Renaissance Shanghai Zhongshan Park. I thought it was a fantastic hotel that enhanced my weekend in Shanghai in every way. As the world's tallest Renaissance, it has only furthered my love of Marriott's Renaissnace brand, no matter what the ...

The Thing That Annoys Me with SPG's New Promo...


Starwood has just announced a new promotion for the second quarter. Stay three nights at an SPG property and get a free night at a Starwood resort, with no cap to the amount you can earn (except the number of nights during the promo period).  A list of all the redeemable resorts can be ...
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16 Days in China: A Night at the Le Meridien Cyberport


My reason for going to China was to do business in Beijing for a couple weeks, but in my efforts to book the cheapest ticket, get the most miles, and have the best chances of my upgrades clearing, it made sense to do a stopover for a night in Hong Kong. There was a pretty good rate at the Le ...
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American Airlines Sues Orbitz

Not even a week after American Airlines finished settling things with Expedia, the company is now suing Orbitz. This suit is due to the fact that Orbitz isn't playing nice with American and using their direct booking pipeline. This battle of online travel aggregators versus travel providers is ...

16 Days in China: The Vancouver International Maple Leaf Lounge


After an enjoyable trip from San Francisco to Vancouver, I had a few hours before heading off to Hong Kong. I went over to the International Maple Leaf Lounge to relax and get some work done. The woman who let me in was very friendly, and she took a look at my boarding pass, looked up my ...
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Expedia to Spin Off TripAdvisor as a Public Company in Q3 2011


I saw this on TechCrunch a couple days ago. Pending approval by the board of directors, TripAdvisor will be its own company soon. I was surprised by this for a multitude of reasons:
Am I the only person that didn't know Expedia owned Tripadvisor in the first place? ...
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16 Days in China: SFO-YVR in Air Canada Executive Class

I wasn't originally going to write a post about this first, short leg of my trip, but I was so impressed with the segment that I decided otherwise. I flew from San Francisco to Vancouver in Air Canada's Executive Class on an EMB190. I was in seat 3F, and I was quite impressed with the seats. The ...
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United Promotion(s) for Bonus Miles



I saw on Flyertalk yesterday that United was sending out targeted promotions for bonus miles. I did not receive one of the e-mails. Here is what it says:
Move business forward. Fly with United.
Whether you fly on United®, United Express®, Continental® or ...
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Our Day Trip to the Taj Mahal


Gosh... This post sure is overdue. It has been almost a year since my visit to the Taj Mahal and my epic trip to India / Thailand, and I can't believe I haven't taken the time to post about the experience earlier! The Taj Mahal is a tough place to visit. Getting to India is often ...
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