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Booking my Singapore Airlines First Class Award - Singapore Award


On the weekend in July 2012 when Singapore was changing over their computer systems which allowed SQ premium cabin space to be booked by Star Alliance partners.  I don't often jump on these crazy deals, but I couldn't let this pass me by.  I have always been intrigued by the Singapore Airlines mystique, even if part of that is the exclusivity of it due to the difficulty to redeem for their premium cabin products.  I didn't have any trips in mind, but I snapped up 2 F seats for ...

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Where should I use my 3 free Starwood nights?


Its a good problem to have; 3 free nights at any Starwood property in category 1-6.  

I'm asking you, dear reader, for suggestions for where to go.

Starwood tends to be my primary hotel chain.  I have a lot of stays in cities for my business travel, and Starwood's reach works for me.  They also have a lot of properties in places I want to stay on my leisure travels.  I've even achieved Lifetime Gold status.  Despite some occasional annoyance ...

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Hello from the Maldives


It's been quiet on RegionalFirst of late, but that is because I'm really enjoying my time mostly disconnected at the Park Hyatt Maldives.


reflections on the main pool at the Park Hyatt Maldives

Prior to our arrival here, we did some touring in places new to us in Southeast Asia.  We spent a few days each in Singapore and Kuala Lumpur.  Figuring on lots of low key beach time ...

My favorite airline pajamas


There are many perks to international premium class travel.  Pajamas being provided on long haul flights are high on my list.  


I think its fair to say that most carriers with a first class cabin provide pajamas on their long haul first class flights.  Some carriers that only offer 2 class service also provide pajamas for their business class passengers, but that is more rare.  I'll discuss some of the long haul premium products I have experienced ...

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Off on my Singapore Airlines First Class trip!


After nearly a year since this trip was booked; my wife and I are off on our anniversary trip to Southeast Asia and the Maldives on Singapore Airlines.

View of a Singapore Airlines A380 from a previous trip

I'm not one to have a 'bucket list' per se, but Singapore Airlines has always had an intrigue.  It is often listed as the 'World's Best Airline', and the fact that is somewhat difficult to obtain seats in their premium cabins really builds ...

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A great day on United, but some concerns: Channel 9, etc.


I've had some struggles with recent travels on United, but (knock on wood) I'm pleased to report my last few trips have been smooth.  My trip back home this week from Philadelphia was about as good as can be for a domestic short haul trip.

Dusk behind the Philly skyline

I had to extend my trip a few days, and I was somewhat hoping to use same day change to change my return, but I waited too long, and at least partially due to a very low fare ...

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Floating Garden - Photo Flashback


This photo is another from a past trip that has brought back many memories of my experiences.  

This location is closer to home then many photos in this series and was a brief break on a business trip.  This is located within a quiet respite in the midst of a very busy area.  The views can be incredible.  This garden is one small part of a much larger facility containing a collection from one of the world's first billionaires. ...

Lifetime Gold Status at Starwood


Lifetime status sounds really impressive, especially since I hope to have many decades of travel in my future.  I have just attained a lifetime status for the first time:  

This took a few days after my last stay posted putting me over the 250 night threshold.

Lifetime Gold status is not most exciting set of benefits, but its nice to know that I will keep these benefits moving forward with all Starwood stays.  As referenced ...

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Southern coastal view - Photo Flashback


This photo is another from a past trip that has brought back many memories of my experiences.  

This one is probably difficult to guess, but here are some clues:  This photo was taken near the second largest city on the southern coast of this divided country. It is a major port, and for a time served as a temporary national capital.  It is sometimes called the summer capital due to its many beaches.  


Where was this photo ...

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Wrap up of my recent streak of delayed flights on United.


Unfortunately, I've been on quite a run of delayed flights lately.  I've had business trips several weeks in a row, and each trip had some significant delays. I summarized them in these posts: Delayed from Philadelphia, delayed into Las Vegas, and Los Angeles delays.

Flight status of my outbound flight.  Another mechanical...

The good news is that I don't have any delayed flights this week, but that's because I'm not flying at all. ...

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Some new friends? - Photo flashback


This photo is another from a past trip that has brought back a flood of memories of my experiences.  

I guess in some places a tall white guy is a novelty, so I occasionally get asked to be in photos.  This rather funny photo shows one of those moments.  The woman on my right grabbed my arm right as the photo was taken, much to the amusement of her friends.  The location is a very unique place that I have discussed briefly before.  Even without meeting new ...

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United adds PreCheck info to boarding passes


Beep Beep Beep!  YES!

PreCheck is probably the best innovation brought forth by the much maligned TSA.  And now, its even easier to know if you qualify before you head to the airport.  Airlines have now added information on boarding passes that show if that particular flyer has qualified for PreCheck access for that flight.  

here is a (slightly redacted) boarding pass from a recent ...

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Another messed up trip on United, but maybe my luck is changing?


Another day, another delay.  Sadly, that been the streak I've had recently on United


I don't normally talk too much about my typical domestic travel.  That is mostly because, thankfully, it's often uneventful, so I don't bother sharing too much here.  My commentary on my typical travel is usually just of the 140 character variety on Twitter.  Unfortunately, I've had a really bad run lately.  Even with the recent FAA furloughs of the ...

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Half a Face - Photo Flashback


This photo is another from a past trip that has brought back a flood of memories of my experiences.  

This is one of many sculptures and other pieces of art in a large garden near a famous city.  This area is slightly removed from more noted areas, but its an easy walk. 



Where was this photo taken, what is this place called, and what is the story behind this unique location?

Have you visited ...

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Update on my bad travel experiences last week

Last week, I shared a travel experience that ended up becoming one of the worst series of delays I have had in over one million miles of flying.  At the time of my last post, I was stuck in Cleveland, and trying to figure out how to get to Las Vegas for a conference, having missed a connection there due to a delayed departure from Milwaukee.  Thanks to a very helpful agent at the United Club who kept monitoring space, I was eventually able to get on a one stop itinerary to Las Vegas ...

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Sleep deprived in travel hell, and I'm still smiling

Most people that know me know I'm a usually upbeat person, and am often smiling. We'll see how long that lasts. There have been storms messing up travel in the midwest, and Chicago in particular. I was in Philadelphia earlier this week, and was supposed to fly home last evening, to sleep and repack. Then this morning I was scheduled to head to Las Vegas for a conference.

Yesterday, my original Philadelphia to Chicago United Express flight was delayed. I got rebooked on an ...

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The Hyatt Regency San Francisco - my home on the west coast


Do you have a hotel you are so familiar with it feels like a second home?  With my many stays in the last few years at the Hyatt Regency San Francisco Airport, it has become my west coast home.


My company has an office on the San Francisco peninsula relatively close to the airport, and we get a decent corporate rate at the Hyatt, along with a few other places.  Based on my preferences I opt for the Hyatt vs Embassy Suites, Hilton Garden Inn or other ...

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Come together - Photo Flashback


This photo is another from a past trip that has brought back a flood of memories of my experiences.  

This photo is unique to most in this series, in that is is located in a remote location rather than a city.  It is also somewhat closer to home than most others.  This spot is one of many landmarks in the park where it is located.



Where was this photo taken, what is this place called, and what is the story behind this unique ...

Addicted to travel? Why deny it?


Hello, I'm Brad, and I'm a travel-holic.  

Road warrior might be a better term, but when I have slow stretches with little or no travel, I definitely feel an urge to be out on the road again as soon as possible.


I am fortunate to have a job that requires frequent travel.  This definitely plays into my nearly lifelong love of traveling.  

As a child, I remember not being able to sleep due to my excitement before leaving on a trip.  My ...

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Down the alley - Photo Flashback


This photo is another from a past trip that has brought back a flood of memories of my experiences.  

This particular photo isn't of a particular building, but rather a unique part of a classic city.  It is part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site.  Can you name this historic city or better yet, the area where this photo was taken?  



Where was this photo taken, what is this place called, and what is the story behind this unique ...

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