Minneapolis is a relatively frequent destination for my business travels. I've previously talked about my stays at the W Minneapolis and the Aloft near the Metrodome. As I was preparing for another trip back in Minneapolis, I was expecting to stay at the Aloft, which has become my go-to place there, for its convenient location and typically reasonable rates. I'm always open to trying other options, particular with the various Starwood options in the area. I've often ...
The long-awaited 787 has been in the news a lot lately. The first United 787 was recently delivered to United, so seeing more of these innovative new airplanes in North America will become more frequent. Japan Air Lines flies a 787 between Tokyo and Boston, and just this week, ANA launched 787 services on their Tokyo to Seattle route.
I first got up close with a 787 in the summer of 2011 when I visited the EAA ...
I've talked a lot about Virgin Australia since my nice experience with them on my trip to Australia and New Zealand about a year ago. I was pretty impressed with their style, and highly recommend their long haul flights. Booking Virgin Australia Business Class with Delta Skymiles is still the best redemption option for award trips to Australia.
Their newest commercial isn't the best airline commercial I've seen, but I am a sucker for most any airline related advertisement. I like the simple message that this one is telling, that the people make the difference.
What do you think of VA's new campaign?
Japan, and in particular Tokyo has long been a place that has intrigued me. I have been to Japan several times, but other than one 22 hour layover, on those other trips I did not leave Narita (and one unplanned stop at Haneda...). I was excited to finally have the chance to spend a little time in Tokyo.
I hit some tourist highlights of the city on my previous whirlwind trip, but one thing I was interested in, but unable to visit on that trip was the Tsukiji ...
After another lovely visit to the wonderful Lufthansa First Class Terminal, I was riding in a Mercedes S-Class across the tarmac at Frankfurt to the plane that would take me to Tokyo. This would be my first flight on a Airbus 380, and the first trip to Japan where I would actually spend more than a few hours. The Lufthansa A380 product is not that new anymore, and in fact, several Upgrd.com bloggers have reviewed the product already. Fozz reviewed ...
and I can easily get by.
This bird (or others like it) can always be found in this location. In fact it's said that
if these birds get lost, bad things will happen to the people nearby.
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After my flight on the new Lufthansa 747-8i in First Class, I arrived in Frankfurt with about 6 hours until my A380 flight to Tokyo. I could have stayed air side in the very nice First Class lounges in Frankfurt, but since I just got off a long haul flight, and had an even longer flight coming up, I decided to get some fresh air, and head to the wonderful Lufthansa First Class Terminal.