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 ...

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 ...

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.   
This ...
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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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Sheraton New Orleans Executive Suite review

I recently had a conference in New Orleans which was held at the Sheraton.  The hotel is conveniently located across Canal Street  from the French Quarter and near downtown and the Riverwalk. 

I received a nice upgrade to an Executive suite, but other than that, the hotel ...

Off to New Zealand! (via Australia during a Qantas strike....)

My long awaited vacation trip to Australia and New Zealand is finally here.  I've talked a lot about the planning and booking process for this trip using Delta miles.
My trans-pacific flights are on V Australia, which I anticipate being quite packed due to the Qantas strike.  Its a ...

A new option for ExPlus First Class Snackboxes

Flights on United Express are typically not anything special.  Nearly all of my trips begin with a CRJ-200 hop to O'Hare.  Occasionally I am able to mix that up, but there still aren't great options.  I recently had a trip routing via Houston (IAH), which I got on the Skywest CRJ-700 ...
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The O'Hare Urban Garden: Growing fresh produce at ORD.

Given that food is prominent in the name of this blog, and good quality food is something I strive to find while traveling, when I had a little time on an O'Hare layover, I wanted to explore the Garden and feature here so maybe others can explore it.  
The O'Hare Urban Garden is a unique ...

Delta adds a cash bar for premium drinks

Delta is now joining United, American, US Airways and Alaska in charging for some alcoholic drinks in their club lounges. (Are there any other domestic US lounges I'm missing?)

I received the below in an email from Delta:

This seems similar to the offerings at ...

Tour of Starwood brands, part 2.

This is a continuation of my discussion of the 9 Starwood hotel brands.  Below are comments on Le Meridien, Westin, W, St. Regis and the Luxury Collection.

Le Meridien

Pool and beach view at Le Meridien Phuket Beach Resort
Le ...

A tour of Starwood brands, part 1

Four Points Sheraton Darling Harbour, Sydney
I have considered Starwood as my preferred chain for several years now.  I used to stay at Marriott, then Hilton.  For the last 2 years or so I have focused on Starwood and and I  also enjoy Hyatt Diamond status.  SPG has ...
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Update on the progress of my Nexus application

As I discussed in a past post, I was going through the application process for the Nexus program for my somewhat frequent business travel between the US and Canada.  

photo courtesy Calgary Sun
About a month after I submitted my application, I received conditional ...