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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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OzFest 2012 - Introduction

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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Plane Pull Results from the 2012 United Family Day - We Won!

As you may recall, I flew out to San Francisco at the beginning of October for United's Family Day event. One of my favorite parts of the event is the plane pull, where a group of twenty~ people attempt to pull an A320, with a large rope, as far as possible. This part of the Family Day is similar to ...

Mileage Running to Anchorage, and $600 in VDB certificates, on United Airlines

As I've discussed in the past, I plan my mileage runs for the weekends that I am not too busy with school work. Where I go usually depends on the miles I am looking for, although the price is usually what I pay a bit more attention to. On this occasion, I had an e-certificate that was going to ...
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United Airlines Economy Plus LAX-Singapore: Twenty Four Hours in Singapore

Introduction United Airlines Economy Plus LAX-Singapore The Grand Hyatt Singapore United Airlines Economy Plus Singapore-Denver The Friday before we left for Singapore, I flew from Kansas City, through Chicago, to San Francisco. My original plan was to fly a quick mileage run from ...
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Twenty-Four Hours in Singapore: Introduction

Introduction United Airlines Economy Plus LAX-Singapore The Grand Hyatt Singapore United Airlines Economy Plus Singapore-Denver As is usually the case for mileage runners, I spent the better portion of a Saturday on ITA & United.com in search for some decent fares to help me reach the ...