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Review: Hampton Inn - Bath, Maine

The further you get in Maine, the less chance there is of finding a hotel that belongs to one of the major chains. While there are some wonderful 'local' hotels, staying at a hotel that allow you to earn status points and receive your elite benefits is always a nice.

On this particular trip, I was visiting friends in nearby Wiscasset, home to the Chewonki Foundation, an organization that has been ...

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2012 : Year in Review

2012 has been a great year for me. I have concluced the first half of my senior year at KU, and as hard as it is for me to believe, I will be graduating in May with a degree in Environmental Studies, and a minor in Business.

On the other hand, 2012 has been one of my best travel years! After many years of flying exclusively on United, I decided to give American some business, and have been very impressed with the company. My experiences on American remind me of the United that we all ...

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The Grand Hyatt Sinagpore: Twenty-Four Hours in Singapore

Introduction United Airlines Economy Plus LAX-Singapore The Grand Hyatt Singapore

Traffic was non-existent as our cab sped towards the Grand Hyatt. The driver spoke excellent English, and upon discovering that this was our first time in Singapore, offered up several suggestions for places to visit. The growing list of suggestions was clearly geared towards a person spending more than a day in Singapore, though I did not reveal to him the length of our stay.

As we pulled up ...

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Reader Help Needed: What Should I See in Singapore?

Thanks to the glitch that occurred when Singapore Airlines upgraded their computers over the summer, I am off to Singapore next week. I am booked on on what is currently the longest flight in the world, SQ21 (EWR-SIN). After a two day stay at the Grand Hyatt, I'll be heading back to the US, although it will be on the Singapore A380 (SIN-NRT-LAX).

I have been to Singapore once before, although my visit was so short that I barely got to see the city. With three days in the city, what do you think I should visit? Several people have suggested that I should visit the Marina Bay Sands hotel to see their pool, located on the 57th floor of the hotel.

Thanks in advance for your recommendations!

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Delta Unveils NYC-LaGuardia Terminal Connector

Transferring between Delta's C and D terminals at New York LaGuardia used to be inconvenient for passengers. Similar to United's shuttle service between Terminal 3 & Terminal 1 at SFO, or the bus from the C gates to the F gates at ORD, it required hauling your luggage up and down a series of steps, and walking onto the tarmac, which is not much fun if it is raining or snowing.

it's a pain to haul a bunch of ...

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Cathay Pacific First Class - Hong Kong to Tokyo/Haneda

When it came time to purchase a ticket for my trip from Hong Kong to Tokyo, the two Star Alliance carriers that fly non-stop to Tokyo (ANA & United) had no award availability. I had about three months until my departure date, so I set several alerts on Expert Flyer, figuring that ANA or United would release just one seat!

Four weeks prior to my departure, I had not received any alerts from Expert Flyer, so I first checked for revenue tickets on both carriers, and then broadened my ...

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Review: Grand Hyatt Hong Kong

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My Thai flight from Seoul landed about fifteen minutes early, although the long walk to passport control and the subsequent wait took about thirty minutes. Hong Kong was quite busy today, but the passport control agents were quick, and I was through the line and waiting at the baggage claim less than fifteen minutes after I had stepped into line.

Just outside the baggage claim area, I stopped by the counter for the Airport Express train, which would transport me into downtown Hong ...

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Canberra's Qantas Club & The Beginning of a 13,000 Mile Journey - OzFest 2012

OzFest 2012 (Canberra) - Introduction Lufthansa First Class, Denver to Frankfurt Lufthansa's First Class Terminal and LH901, Frankfurt to London Hilton Paddington Station London to Sydney, the Long Way, in United Business Sydney's Qantas Club & The Q400 to Canberra The Park Hyatt Canberra Touring Canberra Canberra's Qantas Club & The Beginning of a 13,000 Mile Journey

Despite the problems I faced when I ...

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American Takes Delivery of their first Boeing 777-300ER!

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Yesterday I posted American's newest video, "Putting American Airlines Back on Top". There was quite a bit of speculation about the release of that video, and the delivery of  their 777-300ER. There were some rumors that the 777 was going to be delivered within the next few days, but the exact date was unknown...until today!

Flying as AA9703, the first 77W is scheduled to be delivered this afternoon, sans new livery. American is also the first US carrier to receive the ...

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The New American Airlines

As I was taking a quick break from studying for my final exams, I stumbled upon this video that talks about the new American Airlines.

At the end of the video, AA has a teaser for the new livery. There have been several reports of AA refreshing their brand, including a redesign of the graphics on their airport kiosks and mobile apps. The 777-300ERs (77Ws) at the Boeing factory even look to be getting ready for a new livery. Only time can tell what it will be!

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"You Flew to London to Fly to Canberra?!" - OzFest 2012

OzFest 2012 (Canberra) - Introduction Lufthansa First Class, Denver to Frankfurt Lufthansa's First Class Terminal and LH901, Frankfurt to London Hilton Paddington Station London to Sydney, the Long Way, in United Business Sydney's Qantas Club & The Q400 to Canberra The Park Hyatt Canberra Touring Canberra Canberra's Qantas Club & The Beginning of a 13,000 Mile Journey

Traffic had gotten considerably more congested when the time rolled around for opening drinks at ...

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Body Scanners Have Arrived in the Land Down Under

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The moment that I have been dreading for quite some time has arrived, as Brisbane International Airport received their first set of body scanners this morning. The Australian government is planning to deliver scanners to all of Australia's international airports, which includes Adelaide, Cairns, Darwin, Gold Coast, Melbourne, Perth, and Sydney, throughout the month of December.

Unlike the United States, Australia has ...

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Behind the Scenes at the Southwest Airlines Emergency Slide Shop

It's not too often that we talk about Southwest Airlines on UPGRD, though their recent series of behind the scenes videos are certainly worth checking out.

In this episode, Southwest shows all of the tests that must be performed on a slide before it is packed up and attached to the aircraft. Before seeing the video, I was unaware of the fact each slide is leak checked for five hours, before being repacked by hand.

Southwest has several other videos on their YouTube account that are worth checking out.

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United Returns Meal Priority for 1Ks in Premium Cabins

Four years ago, United redesigned their on-board manifests to allow flight attendants a better opportunity to identify full-fare customers and elite fliers in the premium cabins. This change also enabled for the flight attendants to take meal orders according to your status.

Knowing that our full-fare customers deserve the same special attention as our Global Services, 1K and Premier Executive customers, flight attendants asked for a manifest ...

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The Park Hyatt Canberra - "But I am a Diamond Guest" - OzFest 2012

OzFest 2012 (Canberra) - Introduction Lufthansa First Class, Denver to Frankfurt Lufthansa's First Class Terminal and LH901, Frankfurt to London Hilton Paddington Station London to Sydney, the Long Way, in United Business Sydney's Qantas Club & The Q400 to Canberra The Park Hyatt Canberra Touring Canberra Canberra's Qantas Club & The Beginning of a 13,000 Mile Journey

The drive from the Canberra Airport to the Park Hyatt took about twenty-five minutes, though most of ...

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Sydney's Domestic Qantas Club & The Q400 to Canberra - OzFest 2012

OzFest 2012 (Canberra) - Introduction Lufthansa First Class, Denver to Frankfurt Lufthansa's First Class Terminal and LH901, Frankfurt to London Hilton Paddington Station London to Sydney, the Long Way, in United Business Sydney's Qantas Club & The Q400 to Canberra The Park Hyatt Canberra Touring Canberra Canberra's Qantas Club & The Beginning of a 13,000 Mile Journey

Less than thirty minutes after we stepped off the 747 from San Francisco, our small contingent of ...

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London to Sydney, the Long Way, in United Business - Oz Fest 2012

OzFest 2012 (Canberra) - Introduction Lufthansa First Class, Denver to Frankfurt Lufthansa's First Class Terminal and LH901, Frankfurt to London Hilton Paddington Station London to Sydney, the Long Way, in United Business Sydney's Qantas Club & The Q400 to Canberra The Park Hyatt Canberra Touring Canberra Canberra's Qantas Club & The Beginning of a 13,000 Mile Journey

The biggest advantage to staying at a hotel located in Paddington Station was the lack of a commute. ...

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The Updated Marriott Rewards Visa Signature Card

Several years ago, most of my hotel loyalty was directed towards Marriott. The biggest benefit to me, at the time, was the abundance of properties in the Unites States, especially in some of the smaller cities that I travel through (fat chance of a Hyatt in Colby, Kansas!).

The Marriott Rewards program was pretty good to me at the time, so I decided to sign up for the Marriott Premier Rewards Visa by Chase. The sign-up bonus offered me fifty thousand Marriott points, Marriott Silver ...

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Lufthansa's First Class Terminal & LH901 FRA-LHR - Oz Fest 2012

OzFest 2012 (Canberra) - Introduction Lufthansa First Class, Denver to Frankfurt Lufthansa's First Class Terminal and LH901, Frankfurt to London Hilton Paddington Station London to Sydney, the Long Way, in United Business Sydney's Qantas Club & The Q400 to Canberra The Park Hyatt Canberra Touring Canberra Canberra's Qantas Club & The Beginning of a 13,000 Mile Journey

Once I made it through Customs, I began my walk over to the First Class Terminal. As an inbound first ...

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Lufthansa First Class, Denver to Frankfurt - Oz Fest 2012

OzFest 2012 (Canberra) - Introduction Lufthansa First Class, Denver to Frankfurt Lufthansa's First Class Terminal and LH901, Frankfurt to London Hilton Paddington Station London to Sydney, the Long Way, in United Business Sydney's Qantas Club & The Q400 to Canberra The Park Hyatt Canberra Touring Canberra Canberra's Qantas Club & The Beginning of a 13,000 Mile Journey

Just four days before I was scheduled to depart for Oz Fest, I visited United.com to see if there were ...

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