Trip Reports Posts

Swiss Business Class to Zurich and Dusseldorf

One nice thing about our European trip was that we happened to be traveling between hubs of Star Alliance airlines, so we had the convenience of nonstop flights.  With a baby and all of the accessories we were carrying, that was much appreciated.  

We had a great stay in ...

Flight Review - British Airways First Class, Atlanta to London Heathrow



At last, after months of planning and anticipating, it was time to hit the skies and head across the pond for our Mediterranean cruise.  Since we used miles, we had to take a circuitous route to Istanbul, first heading to Atlanta, then London before taking our final hop to ...
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Trip Report: A few days in Copenhagen Denmark and Malmö Sweden

After a mostly uneventful trip, with in Lufthansa Business Class from Chicago to Frankfurt and Frankfurt to Copenhagen, we had arrived in our first destination.  Being our first trip with a baby, as we would find out, perhaps unsurprisingly, our travels would be very different than in the ...

The Srinivasans' European Vacation, By Land, Air, and Sea


I hope all of you enjoyed following #wheresupgrd, a brief glimpse into our long-awaited vacation to Europe from which I just returned on Monday.  Now it's time for the real work - putting together a much more detailed set of trip reports chronicling our 12-day adventure across three ...
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Lounge Review: American Airlines Admirals Club and Flagship Lounge at LAX

The American Airlines Admirals Club at LAX is located airside (after security) in terminal 4 near gate 40. It’s a co-op lounge shared with the Qantas Club. Open to premium cabin passengers on international flights, first class passengers on three-cabin JFK flights, Admirals Club card holders, ...
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Follow the UPGRD Hat Across Europe with "Where's UPGRD?"


It's family vacation time, and this summer, we have an extra special multi-mode trip on tap featuring award flights in First Class, a road trip in England, and a Southern Mediterranean cruise.  There will be plenty of trip reports over the rest of the summer (and probably into the fall), ...

Lufthansa Boeing 747-8i Business Class O'Hare to Frankfurt

I've flown the Boeing 747-8i before, but this was my first time in the newest Lufthansa Business Class product.  It isn't all that cutting edge, but it is a big improvement on their previous product.   Even despite the price premium, this was a much better experience than what United ...
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Flight Review - American Airlines A321 First and Main Cabin Extra, DFW-LAX

It was time for our periodic trip to SoCal to visit my in-laws a few weeks ago, and since I didn't have time to make it a road trip, what better opportunity to engage in some plane-geekery.  Over the past couple of months, American has been deploying new Airbus A321 aircraft on the DFW-LAX ...
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Trip Report: Introduction to my Family Trip to Europe with a Baby

We're back from our first long haul international trip with our daughter.  There were certainly countless changes from our former travel patterns, but other than keeping a more open and flexible schedule, we weren't really too constrained by our new travel companion.

The Lufthansa ...
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Restaurant Reviews - The Cuisine of Southwest Mississippi

Our 3-day weekend in Mississippi meant plenty of time for one of my favorite pasttimes while on vacation - eating.  Anytime "food" and "Deep South" are mentioned in the same sentence, your mind may immediately wander to all things fried.  And while there are plenty of places to get your ...

Trip Report: Exploring Lisbon, Portugal

I have heard many good things about Portugal, so I was fortunate to have a business trip there earlier this year.  I didn't have much time to explore, and I never left Lisbon, but I'm glad I finally got to knock this city off my list of places to visit.  I flew US Airways Business Class to ...

Review: A Duplex Suite at the Sheraton Prague Charles Square

I had a great day touring Prague, and I also wanted to share a review of my home base while there, the Sheraton Prague Charles Square.  Rates were cheap, and I was fortunate to have my Suite Night Award clear 5 days out, so I had a nice multi-level suite for my stay.  Granted, I wasn't in ...

Nile River Cruise - Grand Princess Amwaj

Nile River Cruises are among Egypt’s top attractions as they allow customers to ply the Nile in style and see ancient ruins. Yet with over 260 mini cruise boats currently in operation on the Nile its hard to know what cruise boat to choose. After all, they all offer nearly the same itinerary ...
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Less than a Day in Abu Dhabi

            Hey all, it’s Josh again. I wanted to do a brief post about the brief stay Rocky and I did in Abu Dhabi. In my last post, I talked about the amazing flight Rocky and I took in first class on board Etihad’s brand new 787. So I’ll go ahead ...
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Flight Review - AA 787 Business Class DFW to Chicago

I previously covered the exciting inaugural flight of American's 787 Dreamliner on May 7th, reviewing the Main Cabin (economy class) product.  My original intention was to fly both economy and business class on the same day to compare and contrast the products, but unfortunately, scheduling ...
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A Day in Photos from Prague, Czech Republic

Prague is a city that has been high on my list of places to visit.  I finally had the chance after a business trip to Frankfurt.  Only visiting for a day is hardly doing it justice, but one day is better than zero.  I've done several trips like this as a tag on business trips to get a ...
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