First Class from Denver to Newark: The Singapore Adventure

Once I had booked my ticket to Singapore, I waited several months before booking my flight to Newark. Over the summer, I was unsure of where I would be on January 3rd, but I figured that I would know by the end of October, and could then add-on the domestic segment without too much trouble.
As ...

American Airlines to Operate Embraer ERJ-175 Jets

As American Airlines proceeds down the path of emerging from their bankrupty, they have unveiled a new logo and livery, updated the soft product on their current aircraft, taken delivery of the Boeing 777-300ER (77W), the first U.S. carrier to do so, and are consistently taking delivery of ...

United Airlines Changes their Boarding Process...Again!

Before United and Continental began to combine their operations, each carrier had a boarding process that worked for them. United boarding their Global Services, First Class, and 1K customers via the red boarding carpet, while Premier Executive, Star Alliance Gold, Premier, Star Alliance Silver, and ...

The Singapore Adventure - Introduction

During the summer upgrade of Singapore Airlines' reservations systems, I made a few speculative award bookings for SQ First and Business class. I had never flown on Singapore, and with their policy to not release premium cabin space on their newer aircraft to Star Alliance partners, I knew it was ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Review: Grand Hyatt Hong Kong

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 ...

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

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 ...

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!


"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 ...
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Body Scanners Have Arrived in the Land Down Under

image courtesy; ABC News 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, ...
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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 ...
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