Bali trip in Cathay Pacific First Class: Club King at the Bali Hyatt

After our Cathay Pacific flight to Bali, our first stop was the Bali Hyatt.  Its located in Sanur, on the Timor Sea, just east of Denpasar. 

 Image from VFM Leonardo, Inc.
We wanted to split our time in Bali between a few locations to get a more varied experience on ...

United rebooked me on an American flight with no seats available.

I was recently flying home after some work in the Dallas Fort Worth area.  My original routing was DFW to IAH to MKE.  Flying south to fly north, but it was the only way to get any mainline flights with a decent fare. 

I stayed at the Hyatt Regency DFW the night before my ...

Trip Report: The W Atlanta Downtown

The hotels I typically frequent for business travel aren't high end properties, but sometimes I am fortunate to have a meeting or something else that brings these hotels into my travel budget.  I recently attended a conference in downtown Atlanta, and stayed at the W Atlanta ...

Bali trip in Cathay Pacific First Class: Grand Hyatt Hong Kong

Tea with a view in the Grand Club
Since our Cathay Pacific flight from Chicago to Hong Kong was delayed about 9 hours, we would only have one night at the Grand Hyatt, rather than our planned 2 night stay.  When I realized our flight would likely be delayed at ...

Bali trip in Cathay Pacific First Class: Before departure at O'Hare

I have just returned from a (too) brief trip to Bali.  My wife and I flew in Cathay Pacific First Class, which I booked with 150,000 British Airways miles (each) before the Avios devaluation. 
The journey began in Chicago, where we checked in at Terminal 5, the international ...

I made it to Hong Kong, after a 24 hour "direct" flight

Hello from Hong Kong!
Some quick notes after my extra long trip from ORD to HKG
Upon entering the Swiss Lounge at ORD, I was told that my wife and I were the only passengers booked in First Class for our flight.  I was quite excited for this, having a 6 seat cabin to ...

Off to Hong Kong and Bali on Cathay Pacific

First CX 777-300ER landing at ORD
My wife and I are heading to Bali in Cathay Pacific First Class.  It is my first time on Cathay Pacific, and my first time in International First Class since my Thailand trip in late 2010.  I'm definitely ready to experience Cathay's renowned service. ...

24 hour holds now available on of

There has been lots of talk of the issues in the first month since the system changeover between United and Continental.  Some of the discussions here on Upgrd include:  Problems with United Clubs, mileage posting, missing segments.  United provided their own summary, and ...

Seeking advice for a possible upcoming transcon on United

Being based in the middle of the country, I don't have the opportunity to fly many transcons.  Typically my longest domestic flights are from Chicago to the west coast.  I occasionally have the need to fly between the coasts, and I have an opportunity to do so coming up
I'm going to ...

A review of Fairmont Le Chateau Frotenac, Quebec City

I recently visited Quebec City for a conference.  I will often go out of my way to stay with a preferred hotel chain, but this was one case where I didn't mind booking elsewhere.  The meeting was at the Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac.  

The Chateau Frontenac is ...
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Scuba Diving on the Great Barrier Reef with the Spirit of Freedom

I had a few people ask me about my experiences while scuba diving on the Great Barrier Reef, so I'm finally writing up some thoughts.  This trip was part of my mega trip to Australia and New Zealand on Virgin Australia, which I booked with Delta Skymiles.  

Final approach to ...

Moving credit limits on Chase cards

I have several Chase credit cards, and I recently experienced something that I want to share.  It was a very easy process, and I think it can be useful for others in a similar situation.
Chase logo thanks to Flickr
In my case, I had the British Airways Visa ...