Is American Still the Right Airline for Me?

Are there any good domestic US carriers anymore?  Sure, everyone has their favorites, and some are better than others for a given situation, but when asked recently, my response has been something like, "They all suck".

A not so First Class breakfast on a 1400+ mile ...
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Review: Al Maha Resort, Dubai Desert Reserve

The Al Maha Resort in the Dubai Desert Reserve is most definitely like an oasis in the desert.  I spent a ton of SPG points for our stay here, but I have no regrets, this place is really unique, and a luxurious spot in the middle of the desert.
 
Dubai Desert Reserve
We had ...

Missing The Ease of the Emerald Aisle

I used National for my car rentals for several years.  In the last few years, due to corporate contracts for my business travels, I no longer am able to book car rentals with National.  I really miss the simplicity of the Emerald Aisle.
Now I'm stuck with using Hertz.  It is a ...
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Review: Virgin Atlantic Upper Class on the A340-600 from London to Dubai

Flying from Chicago to Dubai with a ~12 hour stop in London isn't the most efficient way to get there, but I got a good value out of some old Delta miles that we had and we enjoyed our layover in Windsor and our time at the Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse at Heathrow.

Virgin Atlantic A340-600 ...
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United Club Pass Giveaway

I have 2 United Club One-time passes to give away.  Sorry for the short notice.  I actually forgot I had these, and with no need to use them before they expire, I wanted to share with my readers.  These are only good for a few more weeks, but still can be used after expiry, albeit ...
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The Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse at London Heathrow

One big reason for my excitement for flying on Virgin Atlantic is based on excellent reviews of the Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse, their flagship lounge at Heathrow.  It is regarded as among the best Business Class lounges in the world.  After our visit to the lounge, I can't really dispute ...
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Some Thoughts on Airport Security Procedures

For many travelers, the security process before flights is among the most frustrating part of the experience.  For domestic flights, TSA PreCheck has been a huge help, which I have thanks to my NEXUS membership.  NEXUS of course gives Global Entry access when returning to the United ...

Spending a Heathrow Layover in Windsor

I spend enough time of my life in airports.  As lovely as the Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse is, we couldn't justify spending the entire day there. We debated going into London proper, but with each of us having been there multiple times, we instead opted to head in the other direction, to Windsor. ...
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Virgin Atlantic Upper Class on the A330 from Chicago to London

While counting down the days to this trip, I was irrationally excited for the legs on Virgin Atlantic.  It has been a trendy carrier for a long time, and they definitely have good marketing to build up their brand. Of course having Sir Richard Branson as founder and face of the brand certainly ...
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Amenity Kit Review: Virgin Atlantic Upper Class

This amenity kit review is based on what I received on from my flights on Virgin Atlantic in Upper Class, their business class product.  I flew from Chicago to London then onward to Dubai.  For our introductory post and description of the categories, and the 5 point rating scale, please ...

Our Trip Around the World Began with a Bus Ride

The name of this blog is Regional First, due to the fact that many of my trips begin with a regional jet.  That is less common in my travels than it used to be, but even for this trip with some pretty amazing products, the first leg of our big trip wasn't exactly luxurious.  It could have ...
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Japan Airlines 777 First Class from Tokyo Narita to Chicago O'Hare

Another flight in First Class on a top flight Asian carrier, what a nice way to finish up our trip and head home.  Better yet, it was an easy nonstop flight between Narita and Chicago.  We took a train from Tokyo to Narita, and then would drive home from ...
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American Airlines Can't Prioritize Gate Checked Bags

I’m still mostly content with my decision to switch from United to American as my primary carrier for business travels mostly in North America.  One area of frustration has been when forced to gate check a bag.  American just can’t seem to get it right.
 
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Update on our Round the World trip in Premium Cabins.

A few updates on our round the world trip in premium cabins, as we made a few changes to better fit our schedule.  By shortening our trip, we lost a few things such as extended time in Australia, and a flight in AA International First class, but we gained a more convenient route ...

Japan Airlines First Class Lounge at Tokyo Narita

Made to order sushi, a sake bar, plus free massages are just some of the features of the Japan Airlines First Class Lounge at Narita.  Our trip in Japan was nearly over, but this nice lounge was a good way to relax before the flight back to the States.
 
Freshly made to order ...

Celebrating New Years in Tokyo

New Years seems to be a big holiday in Japan, at least in the sense that many places are closed on the holiday itself.

 
We were staying at the Andaz Tokyo Toranomon Hills, and while the immediate area was pretty slow, we found plenty to do (and mostly eat) a little further ...

Is the new Etihad First Class Lounge and Spa the best in the world?

Is the new Etihad First Class Lounge and Spa the best lounge in the world?  Maybe not, but after having visited, in my opinion it is certainly in the conversation among the best lounges I have visited.
 
 
 
Dessert and drink display in Etihad First Class ...
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Review: The Andaz Tokyo Toranomon Hills

For our hotel in Tokyo, we stayed at the new Andaz property in the Toranomon district of Minato, Tokyo.  I've heard good things about this property, so I was happy to check it out and experience it on our own.  It definitely met my expectations.
 

The Andaz Tokyo ...
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Next Adventure: Round the World in Premium Cabins

I've had this trip in the works for a while, and now it is finally here.  I booked a few final pieces just recently as availability opened up.  

Map courtesy of the excellent gcmap.com
 
This trip was built around availability for Etihad First Class Apartments on ...
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The New Hyatt Regency Los Angeles Airport - Close to Reality

LAX  is one of my most frequently visited airports, and I usually try to avoid mid-con red eyes to get home to Milwaukee.  This means I'm often staying near the airport prior to early morning flights.  There are countless options near the airport, but one I've been following closely ...
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