United Mileage Plus stickers for extended status

The United/Continental merger is a hot topic for those that are frequent travelers on either of those airlines.  It has recently been announced that the 2012 Mileage Plus program will officially begin on March 3, 2012, once all systems are merged. Below is some of the United has ...

Hilton Queenstown in a Deluxe Lake View King room

After our journey through much of the South Island, we had arrived in Queenstown.  I had heard many positive things about Queenstown, so I was excited to explore it for myself.  There is incredible natural beauty here and our stay at the Hilton Queenstown was great. 

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South Island of New Zealand: Vineyards, beaches, glaciers and more

After our journey through the North Island to Wellington and the trip across the Cook Strait, we had lots of new territory to explore.  We spent a few days based in Blenheim, exploring the Marlborough region.  We had one day touring vineyards by bicycle.  This was a great way to get ...
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Deluxe King room in Heritage Wing at the Hilton Lake Taupo

After our stay at the Hilton Auckland, we drove south towards the central part of the north island of New Zealand.  We had another opportunity to use points for a stay, at another crisp new Hilton property.  We stayed 2 nights at the Hilton Lake Taupo. This is a category 5 property, so it ...

A review of my 2011 travel and status qualification

We are nearing the end of 2011, so I wanted to summarize my travel year primarily with regard to miles and points. I'm still working on sections of my trip report from Australia and New Zealand, but I wanted to get this out first since new years is coming soon.
 
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Deluxe Harbour View King room at the Hilton Auckland

 
waterfront view of Hilton Auckland from the hotel's website
After our Virgin Australia flight from Melbourne, we only had one night in Auckland, and wanted to take advantage of some hotel points redemptions, since for many of our stays in New Zealand, we wouldn't be able to do so. ...
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Free Executive Suite Upgrade at the Westin Sydney

After my flight on Virgin Australia to Cairns and great time scuba diving the Great Barrier Reef, it was time for the main portion of our journey: New Zealand.  I flew back to Sydney where my wife and I met up for a short overnight stay at the Westin Sydney before we departed for New ...
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V Australia Business Class Meals

As someone who loves to eat and loves to fly, I usually have pretty high expectations when flying internationally in premium cabins.   My recent V Australia Business Class from LAX to Sydney provided great service and very good meals.  V Australia really seemed to do the little things ...

Virgin Australia brand is expanding internationally

I recently returned from a trip to Australia and New Zealand, and am currently in the process of posting trip reports from my journey.  Most recently, V Australia Business Class from LAX to Sydney. 
Until now, there have been various names for the airlines owned by the Australian ...

V Australia Business Class LAX to Sydney: The cool way down under

After all the planning and waiting the day of my business class flight on V Australia was finally here. As you may remember, I had redeemed Delta SkyMiles for the V Australia ticket and flew Delta Airlines to Los Angeles prior to this flight.  One comment on the airline name, as it a bit ...
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Introduction to my journey to Australia and New Zealand

I've talked a lot about about planning my trip down under on V Australia via a Delta Skymiles award, and I have posted a few preview photos during my trip.  I spent much of November on this journey.  It is the longest vacation I have ever taken, 3 weeks off work.   
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Complete customer service breakdown by Virgin Australia

I'm writing this from the lovely Air New Zealand lounge before my V Australia flight to LAX.  Heading back home after what was a very nice trip to New Zealand and Australia.  I'm working on a full trip report, which will be coming out in parts as I am able to complete it. 
I had ...

My Cathay Pacific First Class award: Best use of British Airways Miles

Note: I'm still very much enjoying my vacation in New Zealand.  Sorry for the lack of new content lately.  I will have an extensive trip report coming soon.
 
Due to the upcoming changes in the British Airways Executive Club, I wanted to redeem my British Airways miles while ...

V Australia preview photos

I’m back to civilization, and wanted to post a few photos from my journey thus far, as well as one diving photo.  More to come.
 
The V Australia experience was good, but not great.  Apparently Janet Jackson was on my flight, but I didn't know that until ...
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