United Amenity Kit Giveaway -- Tell me your travel goals for 2015

As a thanks for reading and commenting on my blog, I'd like to offer some items to giveaway.  I'm an admitted junkie for airline amenity kits, I tend to build up way too many of these, so out of necessity, I have done giveaways like this before.  Lets call it some "pre-Spring Cleaning". ...
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My 2014 in travel - 1 Million Miles and Beyond

2014 was a year where the only constant was change, thankfully for me, most of them have been positive.  Most importantly, I became a father in August.  I'm the proud father of a beautiful healthy daughter.  It is amazing how it changes your life.  Of course this blog is about my ...
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One Final Trip with a Loyal Travel Companion

I had a great year in 2014 for various reasons related to travel and even more in my personal life.  I plan to write a more complete summary of my year in travel in another post.  
One somewhat melancholy note has to due with the fact that I recently took one final trip with my most ...
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Another long layover at LAX, and another option for a workout.

I have been making frequent work trips to Los Angeles this year.  On the way home on a recent trip, I found myself with a long layover at the airport.  I wanted to share my experience and make readers aware of some workout options near LAX airport.  
This isn't the first time I ...

Asiana Airlines First Class Lounge in Seoul

I was about to experience something new.  I have heard glowing reports on Asiana Airlines service, especially in First Class.  I was excited to finally try it for myself.  
After my quick stay at the Hyatt Regency Incheon, I returned to the airport, and proceeded directly to ...
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Update on recent travels flying American

After a pretty miserable experience with United this year, after over 150,000 premier qualifying miles, I really didn't see the need to continue getting frustrated with their operational and many other issues.  As I mentioned a few weeks ago, I have decided to explore my options for domestic ...
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Review: The Hyatt Regency Incheon Airport (now Grand Hyatt)

The main reason for flying to Seoul was to sample Asiana First Class service on a long haul flight.  I've been to Seoul before (and since) this trip, so despite it being a great destination, I didn't explore at all, and opted for the convenience of an airport hotel.  Once all of my flights ...

Cathay Pacific 747 Business Class from Hong Kong to Seoul

The only thing better than turning left after boarding a plane is going upstairs.  This wasn't the newest Business Class product, but I was excited to try out Cathay Pacific's herringbone Business Class seating configuration.

Cathay Pacific 747 Business Class ...
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Is the Sky Blue-er on the other side: Testing US and DeltAA

I'd love to say "its not me, its you" and fully break up with United, but I don't feel like any US domestic airline is that much better than any other.  Although clearly United is at or very near the bottom.  With that in mind, I used a recent business trip to Los Angeles as a trial run to ...
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Touring Cathay Pacific Business Class Lounges in Hong Kong

I could have flown home directly from Bangkok, but what fun would that be?  I had planned my flights around unique (read geeky) travel experiences; in this segment, I'll discuss my time in Hong Kong.  I never left the airport, since I only had a few hours, but I always enjoy layovers at ...
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Thai Airways A346 Royal First Class from Bangkok to Hong Kong

I saw 4 engines, but this airplane was made in France, not Seattle.  Yep, I got TG'd.  In plain English, the original aircraft scheduled to make this trip has changed to something else.  It could be worse, at least this flight still had a first class cabin (unlike the experience James ...
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Thai Airways Royal First Class Lounge and Spa

Thai Airways has plenty of issues, but the experience before departure in Bangkok when in Royal First Class is hard to beat.  An excellent lounge, plus an hour long massage in their spa is a great way to prepare for a flight.  I've visited before, but routing via Bangkok in First Class is ...
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Best Western Amaranth for a short layover near Bangkok Airport

Now that i've experienced the temples of Angkor and my first trip to Cambodia, the long round-about journey towards home would begin.  I was aiming for some new experiences as well as some fun ones that I've done before.  First I had a short overnight layover in Bangkok.  In the past, ...
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A Picture Tour of the Angkor Wat Temples Around Siem Reap

For touring the temples of Angkor, I wanted to experience it first hand, and at my own pace, so I decided to rent a bike from the hotel and visit them that way.  The roads are flat, there isn't too much traffic, so I thought this would be fun.  It was hot, and I was sweaty, but it was well ...
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The Le Meridien Angkor, my home base in Siem Reap

Cambodia has been a place I've long wanted to visit, so it was exciting to finally be here!  Since my plans had changed somewhat, and was traveling alone, I opted to be a little more frugal and stay at the Le Meridien.  Its a plenty nice hotel, but I couldn't really justify the splurge on ...

Malaysia Airlines economy between Kuala Lumpur to Siem Reap

Malaysia Airlines has had a horrible year.  I was somewhat hesitant to book travel with them, but the flights were convenient to my needs.  My flights occurred before the tragedy of MH17 over Ukraine.  

Malaysia Airlines Boeing 737-800 that I took to Siem Reap
I paid ...
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My time in Kuala Lumpur and at the Le Meridien

I really enjoy Southeast Asia, and Kuala Lumpur is a favorite destination there.  I was excited to have a little more time to explore and eat in this fun city.  And gawk at the Petronas Towers...

Moon over the Petronas Towers
My time in Kuala Lumpur (KL) was just a bonus ...
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Thai Airways Royal Silk Business Class between Bangkok and Kuala Lumpur

I had one last leg remaining on the award ticket for my outbound journey.  I was connecting to Kuala Lumpur where I would spend my first night in a bed after 2 nights in a row sleeping on planes.

Thai Airways A330-300 like I rode between Bangkok and Kuala Lumpur. Photo credit: ...