Hotel Review: DoubleTree Financial District, New York City

This review of the DoubleTree by Hilton Financial District, New York City, is part of my trip to New York in December of 2014. Just as the name implies, the DoubleTree Financial District is located in the financial district of lower Manhattan. Set in the Stone Street Historic District, the ...

How to Get a 10 Year Chinese Tourist Visa


If you have ever wanted to visit China, now would be a pretty good time to make that happen. Many airlines have increased capacity and added new routes to/from several Chinese cities and airfares have never been more reasonable to this incredible country. And it's not just getting to China ...
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Trip Report: Air China Business Class Shanghai to Taipei, Airbus A330

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 ...
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Lounge Review: Airspace Lounge at JFK Terminal 5

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 ...

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

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 ...
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Lounge Review: Thai Airways Royal Silk Lounge at Bangkok

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 ...

Hotel Review: Hilton Tokyo Shinjuku

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 ...
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Lounge Review: ANA Lounge Satellite 4 at Tokyo Narita

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 ...
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I won the JetBlue Flying It Forward Promotion and you can too!!



JetBlue is currently hosting a promotion called "Flying It Forward." The purpose of the promotion is simple and asks two very basic questions:
If you were given one flight to spread good… Where would you go? What would you do?
Though the questions are simple, the ...
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Lounge Review: Asiana Business Class lounge at Seoul Incheon

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 ...

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

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 ...
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Lounge Review: Air New Zealand Koru Club Lounge at Auckland

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

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 ...
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Lounge Review: Air China First Class Lounge at Beijing

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) ...

Lounge Review: Emperor Lounge at Auckland

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 ...

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

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

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 ...
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Lounge Review: Air New Zealand Koru Club Lounge at LAX

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 ...