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Hyatt Gold Passport added to iOS Passbook


I happened to be checking on my Hyatt account online when I noticed a link to add to Passbook on my iPhone.

Passbook is a handy tool that is available for iPhone users running iOS 6.0 or newer.  More and more travel providers are adding Passbook access.  United, Starwood, and now Hyatt are some companies that I use frequently that use Passbook integration.  Seth wrote up a nice basic summary of Passbook here.  Users can get boarding passes, hotel ...

NEXUS program adds more benefits for members



Although I don't travel to Canada all that often, the several trips I do each year have made my NEXUS membership well worth the cost in both dollars and time.  This also allows me Global Entry access, at half of the cost ($50 instead of $100) if I paid for Global Entry membership alone.  

I recently received some information highlighting recent updates to the program.  For as much of a hassle as security screening can be for frequent travelers, ...

Quick review of my Hawaii trip


Its been pretty quiet on RegionalFirst of late, and the main reason for that is I was swamped with work.  For the last 10 days or so, I've been busy not working, since my wife and I were enjoying a vacation in Hawaii.  

Now I'm back on the mainland celebrating Thanksgiving with family.

I have more posts coming soon, but for now, here are some teaser photos from Hawaii.  A full report will be coming!

We had a great stay, splitting our time in  Maui ...

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Church Ruins - Photo Flashback


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

This is a special place that has a unique history and a mix of cultures. This particular landmark is over 400 years old. It shares a name with a famous metropolis where the same language is spoken, but is more than 11,000 miles away.  



Where was this photo taken, and what is the story behind this unique ...
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Delta updated their safety videos, and they are pretty funny

Although I am a sucker for Rhapsody in Blue, I'm more than a little bored with the safety videos on my usual airline, United.  That said, on a recent flight, the flight attendant prefaced playing the video with the suggestion passengers raise their hands when Jeff Smisek uses superlatives like "spectacular", and "quantum".  I enjoyed the joke, and it actually made me pay more attention than I normally do.  Try it on your next United flight.

I recently posted Air New ...

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50,000 Club Carlson points at the Park Plaza Bangkok - The Journey the Destination

Park Plaza Bangkok Soi 18



After I made arrangements for my flight from Tokyo to Bangkok in Thai First Class, I needed a hotel in Bangkok since I was arriving after the last flight of the day to Chiang Rai.  This wasn't an ideal situation, but I got to have a nice in flight experience from Tokyo, which made it worthwhile.  I could have stayed closer to the airport, but there were a few hotel promotions going on at the time, which I took advantage of.  

I had ...

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Air New Zealand's newest safety video featuring hobbits and others

Air New Zealand continues to flex their creativity with their unique safety videos.  I had the opportunity to see the horrific Richard Simmons video on my flight on Air New Zealand between Christchurch and Melbourne.

Their newest video is Hobbit themed, with Peter Jackson's next cinematic take on JRR Tolkien's works.  There was some filming going on when I was visiting New Zealand last year, and as the release date of these movies approaches, clearly Air New Zealand Air ...

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Thai Royal First Class on the 777-300ER from Tokyo to Bangkok - The Journey the Destination


There are various options to fly between Tokyo and Bangkok.  Not all of them have First Class, so I was somewhat limited since I wanted to maximize my award redemption.  When I saw the Thai flight on the 777-300ER configured with "suites with doors", I knew that's the option I wanted to take.  Its not the newest product anymore, but its still a pretty nice way to fly.  Jet Airways bought these planes, configured them, but then has leased them out to various carriers. ...

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Rain Gutters - Photo Flashback


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

  I was exploring this old city when I came across this very modern (and musical) solution to dealing  with rainwater...    

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


Have you visited there?




This is part of a "photo flashback" series of photos I'm ...

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The ANA Suites Lounge Narita Satellite 4 - The Journey the Destination



After leaving the Park Hyatt Tokyo, I headed back to Narita airport to catch my flights to the next leg of my journey, onward to Thailand.  I took a Limousine bus directly from the Park Hyatt to Terminal 1 at Narita.  I've always enjoyed my visits to Narita airport, such a diverse collection of carriers, and a well organized and easy airport to navigate.  

This looks like the (far) eastern terminal in ...

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Cliffs to the water - Photo Flashback

potw5This photo is another from a past trip that has brought back a flood of memories of my experiences.   This area is more than 2000 miles from Washington DC, but is still on US soil. The views here are  beautiful, and there is significant history as well.  



Where was this photo taken, and what is the story behind this unique location?  Have you visited there?


This is part of a "photo flashback" series of photos ...

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A Park View King at the Park Hyatt Tokyo - The Journey the Destination


The next stop on my trip was a return to Tokyo.  This time, I decided to splurge on one of my most anticipated hotels ever.  Like many people, ever since seeing Lost in Translation, I wanted to visit the Park Hyatt Tokyo for myself.  Despite my attempts to keep this whole trip on a relatively lean budget, I decided to splurge for this one night in Tokyo.  

Park Hyatt is my favorite "reasonably attainable" hotel brand, and Tokyo is one of my ...

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Suite Upgrade at the Westin Minneapolis


Minneapolis is a relatively frequent destination for my business travels.  I've previously talked about my stays at the W Minneapolis and the Aloft near the Metrodome.  As I was preparing for another trip back in Minneapolis, I was expecting to stay at the Aloft, which has become my go-to place there, for its convenient location and typically reasonable rates.  I'm always open to trying other options, particular with the various Starwood options in the area.  I've often ...

Boeing 787 in the ANA Domestic Configuration - The Journey the Destination


The long-awaited 787 has been in the news a lot lately.  The first United 787 was recently delivered to United, so seeing more of these innovative new airplanes in North America will become more frequent.  Japan Air Lines flies a 787 between Tokyo and Boston, and just this week, ANA launched 787 services on their Tokyo to Seattle route.



I first got up close with a 787 in the summer of 2011 when I visited the EAA ...

Virgin Australia's new commercial - "The romance is back"

I've talked a lot about Virgin Australia since my nice experience with them on my trip to Australia and New Zealand about a year ago.  I was pretty impressed with their style, and highly recommend their long haul flights.  Booking Virgin Australia Business Class with Delta Skymiles is still the best redemption option for award trips to Australia.  

Their newest commercial isn't the best airline commercial I've seen, but I am a sucker for most any airline related advertisement.  I like the simple message that this one is telling, that the people make the difference. 



What do you think of VA's new campaign?

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Exploring Tokyo-Tsukiji Market and beyond - The Journey the Destination


Japan, and in particular Tokyo has long been a place that has intrigued me.  I have been to Japan several times, but other than one 22 hour layover, on those other trips I did not leave Narita (and one unplanned stop at Haneda...).  I was excited to finally have the chance to spend a little time in Tokyo.  

I hit some tourist highlights of the city on my previous whirlwind trip, but one thing I was interested in, but unable to visit on that trip was the Tsukiji ...

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Airbus A380 in Lufthansa First Class from Frankfurt to Tokyo Narita - The Journey the Destination

Lufthansa A380


After another lovely visit to the wonderful Lufthansa First Class Terminal, I was riding in a Mercedes S-Class across the tarmac at Frankfurt to the plane that would take me to Tokyo.  This would be my first flight on a Airbus 380, and the first trip to Japan where I would actually spend more than a few hours.  The Lufthansa A380 product is not that new anymore, and in fact, several bloggers have reviewed the product already.  Fozz reviewed ...

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Reminiscing about a past trip- Bird on a wire

potw3Although I took this picture a while ago, it brings back great memories of traveling. This is one  of my favorite cities, even after visiting several times it never gets old. So much history, so diverse 
and I can easily get by.

This bird (or others like it) can always be found in this location. In fact it's said that 
if these birds get lost, bad things will happen to the people nearby.

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The Lufthansa First Class Terminal in Frankfurt- The Journey the Destination


After my flight on the new Lufthansa 747-8i in First Class, I arrived in Frankfurt with about 6 hours until my A380 flight to Tokyo.  I could have stayed air side in the very nice First Class lounges in Frankfurt, but since I just got off a long haul flight, and had an even longer flight coming up, I decided to get some fresh air, and head to the wonderful Lufthansa First Class Terminal.   


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A good experience flying United--new 767-300 configuration in BusinessFirst

new 767

Most news regarding United lately has been almost uniformly negative both on this website and in other news reports.  From computer system failures, maintenance delays, and customer service snafus, it has been tough on United passengers, as well as employees.  I have experienced plenty of issues first hand, but I’m pleased to discuss a recent pleasant experience on United.


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