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The Le Meridien Parkhotel Frankfurt


I've stayed in Frankfurt many times on layovers.  This time, thanks at least in part due to having more time with a late afternoon arrival, I decided to leave the airport area to stay in the city.  I decided on the Le Meridien Parkhotel.  It would be the 3rd Le Meridien hotel of this trip, after stays at the Le Meridien Kuala Lumpur and Le Meridien Angkor in Siem Reap. ...

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The only passenger in Asiana Airlines First Class Seoul to Frankfurt


For the second time on my trip, I would be the only passenger in the First Class Cabin on a long haul flight.  Not too shabby!

the Asiana Airlines Boeing 747-400 Combi that would take me to Frankfurt


Then again, shabby could be a word used to describe the First Class product.  I guess I ...

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Travel Goals and United Amenity Kit Winners

Andaz Papagayo

I always appreciate interacting with like-minded travelers.  I'm also grateful that anyone reads my blog, especially those that take the time to comment.  I fully encourage comments to my posts.  That sometimes has mixed success, but I think providing incentive to post has helped.

Recently, I had some United Amenity Kits and other items to giveaway.  I asked ...

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United Amenity Kit Giveaway -- Tell me your travel goals for 2015


As a thanks for reading and commenting on my blog, I'd like to offer some items to giveaway.  I'm an admitted junkie for airline amenity kits, I tend to build up way too many of these, so out of necessity, I have done giveaways like this before.  Lets call it some "pre-Spring Cleaning".  Even though I didn't get upgraded as often as I tried on my United flights this year, I did ...

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My 2014 in travel - 1 Million Miles and Beyond


2014 was a year where the only constant was change, thankfully for me, most of them have been positive.  Most importantly, I became a father in August.  I'm the proud father of a beautiful healthy daughter.  It is amazing how it changes your life.  Of course this blog is about my travels, so that is where I will focus.  Due to some changes at my employer, my travel ...

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One Final Trip with a Loyal Travel Companion


I had a great year in 2014 for various reasons related to travel and even more in my personal life.  I plan to write a more complete summary of my year in travel in another post.  

One somewhat melancholy note has to due with the fact that I recently took one final trip with my most loyal travel companion.  I knew this day was coming, but now that it is finally here, I ...

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Another long layover at LAX, and another option for a workout.


I have been making frequent work trips to Los Angeles this year.  On the way home on a recent trip, I found myself with a long layover at the airport.  I wanted to share my experience and make readers aware of some workout options near LAX airport.  

This isn't the first time I decided to leave LAX to get a work out in, and some fresh air.  This time, it was ...

Asiana Airlines First Class Lounge in Seoul


I was about to experience something new.  I have heard glowing reports on Asiana Airlines service, especially in First Class.  I was excited to finally try it for myself.  

After my quick stay at the Hyatt Regency Incheon, I returned to the airport, and proceeded directly to Asiana First Class Check in.  By this time in my trip, I had accumulated quite a bit of extra ...

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Update on recent travels flying American


After a pretty miserable experience with United this year, after over 150,000 premier qualifying miles, I really didn't see the need to continue getting frustrated with their operational and many other issues.  As I mentioned a few weeks ago, I have decided to explore my options for domestic travel.  I'm not sure if this will stick long term, but after a few trips, I wanted to report ...

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Review: The Hyatt Regency Incheon Airport (now Grand Hyatt)


The main reason for flying to Seoul was to sample Asiana First Class service on a long haul flight.  I've been to Seoul before (and since) this trip, so despite it being a great destination, I didn't explore at all, and opted for the convenience of an airport hotel.  Once all of my flights were finalized, it ended up that I only had a short overnight layover in Seoul,  

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Cathay Pacific 747 Business Class from Hong Kong to Seoul


The only thing better than turning left after boarding a plane is going upstairs.  This wasn't the newest Business Class product, but I was excited to try out Cathay Pacific's herringbone Business Class seating configuration.

Cathay Pacific 747 Business Class configuration

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Is the Sky Blue-er on the other side: Testing US and DeltAA


I'd love to say "its not me, its you" and fully break up with United, but I don't feel like any US domestic airline is that much better than any other.  Although clearly United is at or very near the bottom.  With that in mind, I used a recent business trip to Los Angeles as a trial run to explore some other options.

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