National Train Day at Grand Central

National Train Day at Grand Central was well attended. In fact, it was packed on Saturday. I was surprised at the long line of people inside Grand Central waiting to go to the exhibit. I almost decided not to wait, but the line was moving quickly enough.
 
What I didn't realize was ...

Improved Search Results on UPGRD.com

The search box, at the far right of the menu above, finds old posts on this site. Today I've replaced the old search feature with a Google custom search widget that displays better results directly from Google. 
With this change you will find more results on the search result page along ...
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jetBlue E-190

Like many other airlines, jetBlue sells extra legroom seats on all of their flights. In addition to bulkhead and exit row seats, their planes have additional legroom in other rows as well. On their regional E190 jets, they've been reconfigured such that row 12, the exit row, along with row 13 and 14 ...
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It's National Train Day!

Grab your camera, check the website, and head to your closest National Train Day exhibit. I'll be headed to Grand Central Station at noon today for the Parade of Trains to view more than 20 classic trains including:

FL-9 Locamotive


20th Century Limited Hickory Creek ...

Laguardia (LGA) Admirals Club

Along the windows are the typical club seats that you'd find at any Admirals Club. The unique part of the renovation added a larger open space in the middle of the lounge along with a revamped bar area.


The club is upstairs over the terminal and provides a nice view and decent plane ...
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Boulder AB Bus from Denver DIA

Visiting friends in Boulder? There's an easy way to get there from Denver Airport. The RTD's AB SkyRide bus. I found the RTD's website a little confusing so I thought I'd document the trip here. 
The AB bus is $13 each way which can be paid with exact change to the driver. There is also a ...
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American Airlines Breakfast Showdown

It's airline food rumble time! Which egg breakfast is the best?
Our first contestant hails from MCO-LAX. Scrambled eggs with corned beef hash. The eggs were actually tasty, light and fluffy, the corned beef and potatoes were dry and stiff. It was accompanied by fruit and either a bagel or ...
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Sigma 10-20mm Camera Lens for Airline Photography

All of the bloggers on UPGRD.com take a lot of photos. Some more successfully than others. ;)
Getting good first class and business class cabin photos is tough due to the tight space and proximity of other passengers and crew.  Typically aviation photographers choose a wide angle lens, ...
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Pan Am Timetable October 1989

With today's travel websites, apps and electronic overload sometimes it's nice to just thumb through an old paper timetable for a little nostalgia. Take a trip back to October 1989 with me, almost 25 years ago, as we plan a trip on Pan Am.

Now remember, by 1989 Pan Am was a shell of what ...
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AirNews: Seeing Red

This week's airline news from around the web:
A new policy at Turkish Airlines bans their flight attendants from wearing red lipstick, a move some Turks see as an Islamic move. While the airline states that this is a move to keep their appearance "artless and well-groomed with makeup in ...

ITB Berlin

The reason for this award redemption was a last minute decision to attend ITB Berlin one of the largest travel shows in the world. For those of you that haven't attended, ITB is spread out over more than 20 buildings across the large Messe Berlin conference center campus. If you ever go, bring some ...
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Finnair A330 Business Class

After a pleasant but short stay in the Finnair Lounge in Helsinki I proceeded to the boarding area for my flight to New York. 
Boarding began 45 minutes before departure. There were four flight attendants in the business class cabin. They immediately took my coat and allowed me to take ...
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Finnair Lounge - Helsinki

After finishing at ITB I departed on Air Berlin for Helsinki. The all coach flight was on time and uneventful. I then proceeded through passport control and headed to the FinnAir lounge. 

The lounge for Non-Schengen flights is located near Gate 36 in Terminal 2. The ...
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Hyatt Place

In completing the Hyatt Diamond challenge, I've spent my share of nights at several different Hyatt Place properties. Hyatt Place, for those that haven't stayed there, is Hyatt's inexpensive franchise that feature the same building layout at each location. Almost all rooms feature a split studio ...
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Hyatt Crystal City (DCA) Review and Photos

In order to complete my Hyatt Diamond Challenge last year, I booked three nights at the Hyatt Crystal City near Washington DCA Airport.

If you are mileage running and trying to keep your costs down there are two cheap options available to get to the hotel. Firstly the hotel runs a ...
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Air Berlin A330 New Business Class Seat

Air Berlin is rolling out lie flat business class seats similar to Etihad. I was invited to a press conference in March to highlight the new seat and get a first hand look.

The seats are comfortable and have plenty of length for tall travelers. While I'm average height I spoke with a few ...
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ITA Matrix Airfare Search Advanced Routing Codes

Back in 2009 I wrote a quick post on using ITA to search for flights for an American Airlines Challenge by specifying some advanced options. ITA has a number of routing rules (or codes) that can be used to tailor your search requirement. Since I constantly have to remind myself of some of the codes ...
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New Bloggers, New Upcoming Site Features but Farewell to the Podcasts

As you may have noticed I haven't produced any of our three podcasts in a while. We had a limited audience for the podcasts and the scheduling, recording, editing and production were very time consuming. As such I've spent more of my time on the blogs, finding new bloggers and preparing some new ...
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PreCheck makes flying a breeze

Flying is fun again.
I flew from JFK to Washington D.C. (DCA) yesterday for the Freddie Awards and wrote some notes on how quick and enjoyable my airport experience was. Then, as I was sorting my files, I noticed another draft post from February entitled "Flying Is Fun". Ironically (or perhaps ...
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