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Review: Park Hyatt Abu Dhabi Hotel and Villas

Park Hyatt is one of my favorite hotel brands, so we were excited to spend a few days at their property in Abu Dhabi, especially since we upgraded our room to an excellent suite using a Diamond Suite Upgrade.  To get to the hotel from the Al Maha Resort, I just arranged with our uber driver we ...
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Trip Report: Dragonair (Cathay Dragon) A330 First Class, Hong Kong to Beijing

Dragonair was recently rebranded by their parent company, Cathay Pacific, and will soon be called "Cathay Dragon." Oftentimes mislabeled as Cathay Pacific's "low cost carrier," Dragonair is actually Cathay Pacific's regional airline operating both narrow-body and wide-body Airbus aircraft to ...
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Review: Al Maha Resort, Dubai Desert Reserve

The Al Maha Resort in the Dubai Desert Reserve is most definitely like an oasis in the desert.  I spent a ton of SPG points for our stay here, but I have no regrets, this place is really unique, and a luxurious spot in the middle of the desert.
 
Dubai Desert Reserve
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When Will American and Delta Learn?

Two carriers, two unannounced devaluations effective immediately.
Using your miles and points may be easier than ever before but it will cost you like never before. The bottom line is this: don't trust the airlines and always consider your points as a depreciating asset.
Issue One: Delta ...
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Review: Virgin Atlantic Upper Class on the A340-600 from London to Dubai

Flying from Chicago to Dubai with a ~12 hour stop in London isn't the most efficient way to get there, but I got a good value out of some old Delta miles that we had and we enjoyed our layover in Windsor and our time at the Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse at Heathrow.

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Lounge Review: Etihad Arrivals Lounge at Abu Dhabi

The Etihad Arrivals Lounge at Abu Dhabi is located in the Arrivals Hall of Terminals 1 and 3 after customs and baggage claim. Just collect your bags and proceed towards the exit. The entrance to the Etihad Arrivals Lounge is clearly marked and will be located on your right hand side. It's a great ...
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The Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse at London Heathrow

One big reason for my excitement for flying on Virgin Atlantic is based on excellent reviews of the Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse, their flagship lounge at Heathrow.  It is regarded as among the best Business Class lounges in the world.  After our visit to the lounge, I can't really dispute ...
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Lounge Review: Qantas Business Class Lounge at Perth

This review is for the Qantas Business Class Lounge located in Terminal 4 (domestic departures). Located near gate 13, the new Qantas Business Class Lounge is open from 4:15 AM (4:45 AM on Saturdays and Sundays) to the last Qantas departure. Opened last year, the Qantas Business Class Lounge is ...
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Here's Everything You Need To Know About The United MileagePlus X App!

The United MileagePlus X app (available for Apple and Android) was released a few years ago but surprisingly, I find some people still have no idea what it is or how it can be used to double and triple dip on earning miles and points for your everyday purchases. This post will show that you ...
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Virgin Atlantic Upper Class on the A330 from Chicago to London

While counting down the days to this trip, I was irrationally excited for the legs on Virgin Atlantic.  It has been a trendy carrier for a long time, and they definitely have good marketing to build up their brand. Of course having Sir Richard Branson as founder and face of the brand certainly ...
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Our Trip Around the World Began with a Bus Ride

The name of this blog is Regional First, due to the fact that many of my trips begin with a regional jet.  That is less common in my travels than it used to be, but even for this trip with some pretty amazing products, the first leg of our big trip wasn't exactly luxurious.  It could have ...
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Lounge Review: Etihad First Class Lounge and Spa at Abu Dhabi

The Etihad First Class Lounge and Spa at Abu Dhabi is one of the most beautiful lounges I have ever visited. With a design inspired by their "Facets of Abu Dhabi" branding, Etihad's new flagship lounge epitomizes their re-imagined aesthetic with geometric design concepts, contrast materials and a ...
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Lounge Review: Etihad Lounge at New York JFK

The Etihad Lounge at JFK is just stunning. It is architecturally beautiful inside and out. The pre-flight dining service is a culinary delight and the attentive service is warm and friendly. This was my first time flying Etihad Airways and I’m so glad I routed through New York to try out this ...
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Japan Airlines 777 First Class from Tokyo Narita to Chicago O'Hare

Another flight in First Class on a top flight Asian carrier, what a nice way to finish up our trip and head home.  Better yet, it was an easy nonstop flight between Narita and Chicago.  We took a train from Tokyo to Narita, and then would drive home from ...
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Trip Report: Etihad A380 Business Class, New York to Abu Dhabi

At approximately 2:00 PM, I left the Etihad Lounge JFK and made my way to gate A7 where my bird was waiting. Upon my arrival to the gate, I snapped some pictures of the massive beast and got in line to board the plane. I presented my boarding pass to the gate agent and immediately boarded the A380 ...

Trip Report: Korean Air A380 Business Class, Los Angeles to Seoul

Approximately 30 minutes prior to boarding time, I left the Korean Air SkyTeam Lounge and walked around the Tom Bradley International Terminal. I arrived at gate 156 with plenty of time to spare, took some pictures of the giant beast and hung out until boarding was called. For such a large ...
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Update on our Round the World trip in Premium Cabins.

A few updates on our round the world trip in premium cabins, as we made a few changes to better fit our schedule.  By shortening our trip, we lost a few things such as extended time in Australia, and a flight in AA International First class, but we gained a more convenient route ...

Trip Report: American Air A321T Business Class, Los Angeles to New York

American Air flies these low density Airbus A321Ts on their premium, trans-con routes such as Los Angeles and San Francisco to New York. These A321Ts are configured with 10 first class seats in a 1 x 1 layout, 20 business class seats in a 2 x 2 layout and 72 economy class seats in a 3 x 3 layout (36 ...
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Japan Airlines First Class Lounge at Tokyo Narita

Made to order sushi, a sake bar, plus free massages are just some of the features of the Japan Airlines First Class Lounge at Narita.  Our trip in Japan was nearly over, but this nice lounge was a good way to relax before the flight back to the States.
 
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