Around the World with the Star Alliance

Introduction United Business Class Denver to Chicago & United First Class to Toronto Hyatt Regency Toronto Air Canada Executive First Toronto to Tokyo, & Delta Business Tokyo to Seoul Park Hyatt Seoul Tour of the DMZ (Demilitarized Zone) Thai Business Class, Seoul to Hong Kong Grand ...

2011, a year to remember

As I write this post, I'm sitting in my room at the Grand Hyatt Hong Kong, reflecting on my many memories of 2011. From my trips to Hawaii, to making friends with people from all around the world, 2011 will be a year that I remember for a very long time. I was fortunate to visit eight new countries, ...

College Student By Day, World Traveler by Weekend

I am not the typical college student. While many of my friends spend their weekends at parties, or sleeping in, I spend my time traveling throughout the world. Past weekend trips have included London, Frankfurt, Shanghai, and Sydney. I’ve also fallen in love with Hawaii, taking more than five ...

United Launching Daily Washington-Dulles to Doha service, via Dubai

United fliers now have a new flight to Doha, via Dubai. Announced this morning, United will use a Boeing 777, configured with the new international First/Business seats, as well as a refreshed Economy cabin. The flight, will be a continuation of the current non-stop service from Dulles-Dubai. ...

American Airlines Economy: Kansas City-Shanghai

American Airlines Economy - Kansas City/Chicago/Shanghai
Grand Hyatt Shanghai
For a person that normally flies United, it was a real shock to me that I would have to fly out of a different terminal in Kansas City. At the KC airport, United is in Terminal A, while ...

The Race for EXP - Shanghai, China - Nov. 2011 - Introduction

American Airlines Economy - Kansas City/Chicago/Shanghai
Grand Hyatt Shanghai
Exploring Shanghai
American Airlines Economy - Shanghai/Chicago & AA First - Chicago/Kansas City
Having not flown on American since the days shortly after they took-over TWA, I was pretty ...
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Hyatt Releases iPhone App!

I had heard some rumors that an app for the iPhone was under development, but I did not expect to see it until the end of the year. However, this thread on FlyerTalk mentioned that the app had been quietly released to the App Store. Looking back, it appears that Hyatt released the app on October ...

oneworld MegaDO + American Airlines Race to Exec. Plat + Grand Hyatt Shanghai

During the month of October, I attended several interesting events, one of them being the oneworld MegaDO Launch Party. At the party were several executives from American Airlines, including Maya Leibman, President of AAdvantage, as well as Jeff Zidell, Vice President of Hyatt Gold Passport. ...
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United First Class: San Francisco to Honolulu

United Business: Denver to San Francisco
United First: San Francisco to Honolulu
United Airlines Flight # 663
San Francisco (SFO) – Honolulu (HNL)
Friday, September 23
Aircraft: Boeing 777-200
Seat: 3J

Although I was excited to head ...

United Business: Denver to San Francisco

United Business: Denver to San Francisco
United First: San Francisco to Honolulu

A United 767-300ER being towed to the gate in Chicago

United Airlines Flight # 525
Denver (DEN) – San Francisco (SFO)
Thursday, September 22

Thirty-Six Hours in Honolulu

Introduction United Business: Denver to San Francisco United First: San Francisco to Honolulu Thanks to Hawaiian Airlines, I was able to spend last weekend in Honolulu. The best part was that United had matched the prices, so I ended up paying less than $250 to fly round-trip from San ...

Final Chance to Transfer Membership Rewards Points to Continental

As a reminder to those of you with American Express Membership Rewards Points, tomorrow (9/30) is the last day to transfer those points to Continental Airlines. Starting on October 1, United Continental Holdings will no longer accept Amex cards for access to the Continental President's Clubs, or allow points to be transferred to OnePass.

For those of you with the Amex Platinum card, you will still receive access to the American Airlines Admirals Club, Delta SkyClub, and US Airways Club.


Coming Up: Hyatt Regency SFO, Hyatt Regency Waikiki, United SFO-HNL

Tomorrow, I'll be heading out to Honolulu, for the first time since December. I'll plan on doing a review of the Hyatt Regency Waikiki, and then also a review of a property I stay at quite often, the Hyatt Regency San Francisco Airport. The flight to Honolulu won't be too special, but I'll make sure to do a brief summary of anything interesting that happens on-board.


United/Continental Merger Update - $550M to Improve On-board Product

It was a pretty quiet morning, until I received the latest merger update email from United. While I was hoping to hear more about the potential changes to MileagePlus, I was still pleasantly surprised to see that United will begin to improve the on-board product, by investing a substantial amount of ...

Star Alliance Suspends Air India's Membership Application

Air India 777
For almost four years, Star Alliance, and Air India (AI) have been in talks for AI to join the Alliance. However, membership was contingent on several factors, which AI failed to achieve.
To join Star Alliance, potential partners must adhere to the following terms and ...

Update: United/Continental Systemwide Upgrades Now Valid on Both Carriers!

UPDATE (11:10AM 7/26): Recently posted information by UA Insider on Flyertalk, mentions that CO SWUs are also valid on UA. UA Insider also went on to mention that CR1 support is coming soon.
"Hi Everyone, as has been mentioned, earlier today we soft-launched the ability for customers who ...
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Remember Tom Sawyer?

Last November, Tom Sawyer, a retired teacher from Michigan, was travelling down to Orlando for a wedding. Sawyer, a cancer survivior had been outfitted with a urostomy bag, which helps to collect his urine. Attached to his stomach, the bag is very fragile, and when left to the hands of the TSA, you ...

United Frequent Flyer to hit Ten Million Miles on LAX-ORD 7/9

Tom Stuker, who many equate to a real-life Ryan Bingham, will be flying his ten millionth mile with United Airlines later today. Following a pre-flight gathering, Stuker, as well as several friends from, will fly from Los Angeles to Chicago, where United will be hosting a party for him ...

Spring Break in Paris - Park Hyatt Paris

Introduction Hyatt Regency Chicago United Business Class - Chicago to Paris Park Hyatt Paris-Vendôme Two hours after I landed in Paris, I made my way to the Park Hyatt. An hour long ride on the Roissy Bus deposited me only two blocks from the hotel, so I quickly learned the way ...
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