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Lufthansa First Class Lounge in Munich then transiting Frankfurt

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After my excellent Lufthansa flight from Toronto, I had a few hours in Munich before continuing to Frankfurt and beyond.  I planned spend the layover in the Lufthansa First Class Lounge in Munich, which I could access as a passenger arriving on Lufthansa in First Class with an onward flight. ...

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How I Learned That I Could Never Be A Farmer

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My wife's suggestion seemed innocent enough: let's visit my cousins on the farm for a couple days before the wedding. I was at the farm once - in the winter of 2013 - and it seemed like an okay suggestion, as long as I could find internet. "Oh don't worry, you have your cell phone and USB ...

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The Food I Won't Leave the Country Without!

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I am currently 35,000 feet in the air crossing the Atlantic ocean, on my way to Germany for an extended stay. Most of my trips to Germany are short--just one to two weeks in length--but this time I will be staying longer. While I can normally get by a week or two without my comfort food, this ...

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10 Days in Europe

The last few days have been hectic—travel from coast to coast, the Freddies, final exams, and a term paper. Thankfully, that is all behind me now and I will be taking a breather for the next week and a half.

A breather for me simply means a change venue….I'll still be working ...

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Most all Lufthansa Flight on 22 April CANCELLED!

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If you are flying with Lufthansa via to or from any Germany airport you will not be having a good time on Monday 22 April. Also most flights in Europe on other airlines are overbooked due to this action. 

Good luck! 

Due to the announced strike actions on ...

Your Driver's License is not an ID Card!

ID Card (noun) - a card bearing identifying data (as age or organizational membership) about the individual whose name appears thereon.

Betcha thought this was going to be a post about the TSA. It's not. It's about Budget Rent-A-Car. And Germans. And their rules.

Last Sunday ...

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Review: Park Hyatt Hamburg

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When my brother and I decided to drive up to Hamburg for a weekend, there were many considerations that shaped our travel plans. Hamburg, Germany’s second largest city, is a nice change of pace from Frankfurt and it was a city I had only briefly seen on ...

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Non-Rev Adventures on United Airlines, Part I

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While it pains me to even tell you this story, I trust you can enjoy a chuckle at my expense (maybe one day I will too…) and avoid a very carless mistake.

A couple weeks ago, I had a very special friend visit from Germany. It was her first time to the USA and I had a full itinerary ...

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Can one man destroy an airline? The beginning of the end of Lufthansa.

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Lufthansa was once known as one of the better airlines in the world. Reliable, dependable, good service, enjoyable VIP treatment for their own and partner airlines frequent flyers. Over the past few years I have noticed some cut backs and changes that make Lufthansa just another airline. The one ...

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Return to Germany!

The last two months have been great—only two airplane trips in early June and most of the time spent at home in Los Angeles with family and friends. Still, I have not been in Germany since March and boy do I miss it. Now the time has come to return to Frankfurt and I am very excited about ...

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One night at the Frankfurt Intercontinental

Overview: A solid but aging upper-mid-scale hotel located on the bank of the Main River
Strengths: Service, cleanliness
Drawbacks: An aging property with a location that is best called “CBD-adjacent”

Earlier this month, I spent one night at the Frankfurt Intercontinental ...

Emirates, the 'Beast in the Middle East,' feels the heat

An Emirates Airbus A380 flies over the Burj Al Arab hotel in Dubai. Image courtesy of Google.

"We can reel off a whole load of airlines that are teetering on the brink or are really gone. Roll this forward to Christmas, another eight or ...

Quick first look at: Hilton Frankfurt Airport (Video)

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Here is a first look inside the Hilton Frankfurt Airport (FRA) in Germany. This hotel opened on Dec 20 2011, and still has the new hotel smell. 

Below is a quick video showing a twin executive room and the public areas of the hotel. I will post a full review with ...

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Looking Back on a Remarkable Year in Frankfurt

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There are good years and then there are good years. This has been a good year.

I said my goodbyes yesterday and have left Germany, another chapter in my life now complete. For those who did not know, I have supported the Legal and Strategic Sourcing ...

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Nuremberg Christmas Market

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As we enter the Christmas season and my final days in Germany, I thought rather than jetting off to some exotic or dangerous country this weekend I would take a day to check out a new German city and the country’s oldest and most famous Christmas Market. The trip to Nuremberg was ...

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Germany Rejects Airport Full Body Scanners

When you are evaluating the acquisition of new technology how do you determine whether it will be a good fit? Do you just buy it without testing it, as the U.S. did in the case of airport full body scanners, or do you operationally test it, garner feedback, and carefully perform a cost-benefit ...

Disaster Avoided at German Airports

Disaster has been avoided, as German Air Traffic Controllers just moments ago called off a strike planned for tomorrow after a court ruled they could not strike earlier in the day. The move comes too late for some carriers, which have preemptively rescheduled or cancelled flights, but will avoid ...

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I Miss Frankfurt Airport as My Neighbor

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After 5 years living in Germany, I have recently moved to Northern England and this would be the reason for my lack of posting here on UPGRD. Now that life is getting back to normal, I have all my stuff and most importantly I have started to travel and plan to travel again.

After living ...

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Exploring Berlin Tempelhof Airport

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One of the most storied airports of all time, Berlin Tempelhof Airport is brimming with history.

The airport site was once Knights Templar land in medieval Berlin, and from this beginning came the Tempelhof name. The airport officially opened on in ...

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Lufthansa - Wifi over the Atlantic (again)

Lufthansa is in the process of re-launching a wifi service for trans-atlantic flights!  This is both great and terrible news.  It is wonderful if you need to be in touch...but terrible if you want to have no choice but to be out of touch!

Pricing is not inexpensive at EUR19.95 for 24 hours of access...but perhaps not unreasonable when you consider where you are logging in from.

I guess you need to fly trans-pacific to be 'out of range!'

More details are on LH's website here: http://bit.ly/iNFrc8

Enjoy!

Lufthansa Trans-Atlantic Wifi Service