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Trip Report: Air China Business Class Shanghai to Taipei, Airbus A330

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This flight review of Air China's business class is a continuation of my trip from Auckland to Los Angeles. About 15 minutes prior to boarding time, I left the newly renovated Air China Business Class Lounge and made my way over to the boarding gate. The gate was not that far away but I wanted to get there early just in case I needed to secure my place in line. This ...

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Lounge Review: Airspace Lounge at JFK Terminal 5

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JetBlue is an awesome airline and I have been flying them a lot lately. For a low cost carrier, they have a great in-flight experience and I would choose to fly them over any of the other domestic carriers any day. However, one of the downsides to flying JetBlue is their lack of lounges. Even for Mint business class passengers or those holding Mosaic elite status, ...

Trip Report: Thai Airways Business Class, Boeing 777 Bangkok to Auckland

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Welcome to my first post of 2015! I hope everyone had a happy and safe New Year's Eve and I hope 2015 brings you lots of love, happiness and globe-trotting travels. - James.

I have such a love/hate relationship with Thai Airways. On one hand, they have a great hard product on their A380s and Boeing 787 Dreamliners and their ...

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Lounge Review: Thai Airways Royal Silk Lounge at Bangkok

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As much as I'm not a fan of Thai's in-flight experience (on their older aircraft), I am a huge fan of their ground services. First class passengers are treated like royalty with private rides to/from the gates, buggy transports, personal escorts to/from the lounge and hour long spa services at the Royal Orchid Spa. There really is no better to fly through Asia ...

Hotel Review: Hilton Tokyo Shinjuku

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The Hilton Tokyo is a beautiful hotel located in the Shinjuku area of downtown Tokyo. Located next to Shinjuku Central Park (and the Park Hyatt Tokyo), the Hilton Tokyo is about a five minute drive from Shinjuku Station. To get to the hotel from the airport, you can take the Airport Limousine bus which stops directly in front of the hotel or the cheaper Narita ...

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Lounge Review: ANA Lounge Satellite 4 at Tokyo Narita

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ANA has five lounges at Tokyo Narita Airport. There are two ANA Suite Lounges, two ANA Lounges and one ANA Arrivals Lounge. The ANA Suite Lounges are only accessible by first class passengers on ANA or Star Alliance partner flights. The ANA Lounges are open to business class passengers on ANA or Star Alliance partner flights and Star Alliance Gold members. And ...

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Lounge Review: Asiana Business Class lounge at Seoul Incheon

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At approximately 5:30 AM, I took the KAL limousine shuttle from the Hilton Seoul to Seoul Incheon International Airport. The comfortable ride took about 40 minutes from door to door. The airport was surprisingly busy and check-in, passport control and security took about 45 minutes to clear. 

There are two Asiana business ...

Trip Report: Asiana Airlines Business Class Seoul to Narita, Airbus A330

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This is a continuation of my trip from Los Angeles to Tokyo. When I originally booked this trip, I was booked in first class on a Boeing 747-400. About a month before the actual trip, I received an equipment change notice and saw my flight was downgraded from the Queen of the Skies to an Airbus A330-300. But not only was the aircraft downgraded, so was my seat as ...

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Lounge Review: Air New Zealand Koru Club Lounge at Auckland

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The Air New Zealand Koru Club Lounge at Auckland International Airport is located airside (after security) past the duty free shops. After security, turn right and follow the signs for “Premium Lounges.” The entrance to the Air New Zealand Koru Club Lounge will be on second floor (directly above the Emperor Lounge).

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Trip Report: Thai Airways Boeing 747 Business Class Tokyo to Bangkok

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If you haven't flown on Thai Airways before, here's one thing you should know about them. They switch out more airplanes on more routes than any other airline that I know. When I originally booked this trip, I specifically booked this leg to be on the Airbus A380. I had flown on the A380 in Royal First (first class) before and wanted to try out their new Royal ...

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Trip Report: Air China Business Class Beijing to Seoul, Airbus A330

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Flight: CA123
Aircraft: Airbus A330-300
Beijing (PEK) to Seoul (ICN)
Depart: 8:30 AM on Friday (8:45 AM actual) 
Arrive: 11:35 AM on Friday (11:11 AM actual)
Duration: 1hr 26mn
Seat: 13L Business Class

This is a continuation of my trip from Los Angeles to Seoul. About 30 minutes prior to boarding time, I left the Air ...

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Lounge Review: Air China First Class Lounge at Beijing

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The Air China First Class Lounge at Beijing Capital Airport is located airside (after security) in terminal 3, near gate E20. It’s located on the second floor of the international terminal and is only available to first class passengers on Air China or Star Alliance flights and (surprisingly) Priority Pass members. I don’t know how Priority Pass scored ...

Lounge Review: Emperor Lounge at Auckland

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The Emperor lounge at Auckland International Airport is located airside (after security) past the duty free shops. Once you get past security and passport control, just follow the signs for “Premium Lounges” to the right of the stores. The entrance to the lounge will be on first floor (directly below the Air New Zealand Lounge).

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Reader Poll: Should I do a Delta Mileage Run??

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So the guys over at the Flight Deal posted a great deal to Singapore yesterday. For $798, Delta was doing a sale to Singapore from LAX. Valid for travel between now and December 10, 2014, the trip would yield me 17,540 miles on a V class fare. 

Looking at the dates, I wasn't able to find any dates at that price but ...

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Trip Report: Air China First Class Los Angeles to Beijing, Boeing 777-300ER

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Okay, so let’s address the obvious question. . . Why on earth would I want to fly Air China??? I know. I know. I must have heard that question a dozen times when I told people I was flying Air China to Beijing. Everyone warned me that Air China was a terrible airline and my flight would be miserable (even in first class). And their allegations were not ...

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Lounge Review: Air New Zealand Koru Club Lounge at LAX

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I feel really bad for Air New Zealand premium cabin passengers. It's not because this is a horrible lounge. It's not. It's just that Air New Zealand also operates the new LAX Star Alliance Lounge. But for whatever reason, Air New Zealand is still operating out of terminal 2 and not out of the newly renovated Tom Bradley International Terminal (TBIT) where the Star ...

Lounge Review: Air Canada Maple Leaf Lounge at LAX

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The Air Canada Maple Leaf Lounge at LAX is located in terminal 2, above gates 22 - 24.  Open to Priority Pass members, Air Canada business class passengers and Star Alliance Gold members, the Air Canada Maple Leaf Lounge at LAX is a step above any domestic North American airline lounge but falls short in comparison to international carrier lounges. The Air ...

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More Problems with Booking Air China Award Flights

It's a shame that Air China releases so many premium cabin award seats to their partner airlines yet booking those awards seats come with so many problems. Back in April, fellow UPGRD blogger, Matthew Klint, wrote a blog post on how CONFIRMED United Airlines award flights with Air China segments were being mysteriously cancelled and today, Lucky informed us about ...

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Good News for Star Alliance Gold and Priority Pass Members at LAX!

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So I'm not gonna lie, LAX is not the best airport. Okay, who am I kidding? It's a terrible airport. It's old, heavily congested, a pain to transit from one terminal to another and there are no convenient modes of public transportation (such as a railway) to get to/from LAX. Your only options for getting to the airport include buses, shuttles, taxis or driving ...

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