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A Jam Packed 21 Hours in Beautiful Istanbul


It took a total of 14 hours, 29 minutes in the air, and just under 24 hours on the ground, but we finally made it to Istanbul with a couple of hours of daylight to spare on a lovely Friday evening.  We wouldn't have a ton of time to spare - we arrived just before 5 P.M., and were ...

Exploring and eating my way around Istanbul

I have written about experiences on a past business trip to India.  That trip was supposed to be approximately a week in India, and then to return back home.  Due to some last minute changes, I ended up needing to work in Istanbul before I went home.  While I love the city, I wasn't ...
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Hotel Review: Hilton Istanbul Bosphorus

Istanbul is a fantastic city and I definitely recommend everyone visit here at least once. This hotel review was part of my trip to Turkey and China. My index including trip reports for Air Canada, Asiana, Thai Airways and Turkish Airlines, and lounge and hotel reviews can be ...

Turkish Airlines 777 Business Class from Istanbul to Houston

The last portion of my trip report of my Business Class award on Turkish Airlines is the return trip between Istanbul and Houston.  I had already had an eventful day, getting up early to see some of the sites in Istanbul.  I then returned to the crowded airport and had a brief visit at the ...
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Touring Istanbul on my short overnight layover

After a nice time in Belgium, and an easy flight back to Istanbul, while I had the business class cabin to myself, I would finally have some time to leave Atatürk Airport and see a few of the sites in Istanbul.  Of course, a few hours exploring is not nearly enough time, but I was pretty ...

Yerevan to Istanbul in Armavia Economy Class


Armavia was Armenia’s flag carrier, but entered bankruptcy on March 29, 2013 and suspended all operations on April 1, 2013. I got in just in time, for I doubt there would have been a refund if my flight had been one month later.
Armavia is gone…liquidated, and Armenia’s ...
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Best Airports for a Long Layover.


With United's recent devaluation, I have been doing a ton of flight searching to burn my small cache of United Mileage Plus miles. Mainly looking to maximize my miles by booking "around the world" trips from the US to Asia, by way of Europe, I have looked everywhere and have tried routing ...

Istanbul to Baku in Azerbaijan Airlines Economy Class

I arrived into Istanbul with about seven hours between flights and was informed at the transit desk that it was too early to check in for my Azerbaijan Airlines flight to Baku. I headed upstairs to the lounge where I spent the next five hours recuperating from what had been a lot longer journey than ...
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Turkish Airlines Opens Arrivals Lounge at Istanbul Ataturk Airport.


In a continuing effort to "up their game" and enhance their international Business Class experience, Turkish Airlines unveiled their new Arrivals Lounge at Istanbul Ataturk Airport last week. The new Turkish Airlines Arrivals Lounge is located in the arrivals hall and will be a great addition ...

Park Hyatt Istanbul Maçka Palas - A review


The Park Hyatt brand has always been one to provide the wow factor, and sure you get what you pay for. As the most elite brand in the Hyatt portfolio; Park Hyatt hotels have proven to be a sure thing.
The Park Hyatt Istanbul is a very modern a cool boutique hotel located in a very new and ...
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Review: Park Hyatt Istanbul - Maçka Palas


Much has changed since my last vacation to Istanbul. Five years earlier, I journeyed to the crossroads of east and west for the first time with my younger brother. We had a great time, though our accommodation—a small hostel in the Sultanahmet district—left much to be desired. ...
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Turkish Airlines: Not All Star Alliance Golds Are Created Equal

I really do love Turkish Airlines. Their catering is tops, longhaul aircraft new, and their world-class lounge in Istanbul is quite likely the best Star Alliance Gold Lounge on the Earth. Yet getting to that lounge at Istanbul’s Attaturk International Airport can be a mind-numbingly ...
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Standing Up to Cab Drivers in Istanbul

For the few readers who have wondered about my absence the last several days, I just returned from a wonderful trip to Istanbul.
Istanbul is a fascinating city--where east meets west like no other place in the world. This was certainly not my first time to Istanbul, but the trip was different ...
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Turkish Airlines Free Tour of Istanbul

Turkish Airlines offers a free tour of Istanbul to business class passengers laying over for more than seven hours and for economy class passengers with at least a nine hour layover. I had spent an hour in the Turkish Airlines Business Class Lounge at Istanbul Airport and had to make my way back out ...
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Where is the best Star Alliance Gold lounge?

One of the big perks of being a Star Alliance Gold member is lounge access! As these lounges are all run or contracted by different airlines, the services and quality levels are all over the place. Over the past year I have been to Star Gold lounges all over the world, and I think the best lounge ...
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Turkish Airlines Business Class Lounge in Istanbul

I finally had my chance to experience the business class lounge in Istanbul operated by Turkish Airlines. You can access the Istanbul lounge as a Star Gold which makes connecting very comfortable. And I know we've had several posts on this subject, but the lounge is so nice it deserves one ...
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