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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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A Day in the Life of a Weary Road Warrior...And Some Humor

Let me tell you about my latest trip. I still wonder sometimes why I do this to myself, but am thankful that I still find fun in flying for the sake of flying. I hope you find this “Dear Diary” entry at least a bit humorous.
The trip started with a flight from Burbank to San ...
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Like an old Seoul: a day in South Korea's capital | Trip (Ro)Ports

After arriving from New York by way of Asiana 221, I headed straight for the light rail station at Incheon airport which will literally take you anywhere you want to go in the city.
Getting around
I have a soft spot for efficient, economical and quick public transportation systems, and so ...
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First Time Flying First Class: Etihad Airways 787 First Class Review

           On March 24th, my brother asked me a question I never thought I would hear; "Do you want to go with me to Egypt next week?" Due to his miracle working with the airline award tickets (hince his Award booking Service)  and the fact that my boss is awesome ...
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Trip Report: United Airlines BusinessFirst Los Angeles to Tokyo, Boeing 787-8

One of the best things about having points and miles friends is that you never have to travel alone. It's always nice having a travel buddy to fly with you and on this trip, I was lucky enough to have one of my friends, Orlando L., join me. We both decided to visit Japan and New Zealand together and ...
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Flight Review - Dreamliner vs. Mad Dog on American Airlines

As mentioned in my teaser post from Wednesday, I had the privilege of being on American's inaugural 787 flight from Dallas to Chicago on Thursday morning, along with fellow UPGRDrs Rocky and Daniel.  I live in the DFW area, and when the announcement came out that the inaugural would take off ...
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American Airlines 787 Inaugural Flight - Economy Class


America Airlines’ 787 Dreamliner took to the skies for its first commercial flight Thursday morning and needless to say there was a decent celebration to mark the first commercial operation that was several years in the making. I had arrived at Dallas Fort wWorth Airport around 2am the ...
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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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Asiana First Suites: OZ 221 New York JFK - Seoul ICN | Trip (Ro)Ports


Bidding adieu to Star Alliance United Airlines underwent a massive devaluation in February 2014 on award redemption via Star Alliance partner carriers using MileagePlus points. As I had accumulated well over enough points to buy at least two one-way award tickets in Premium cabins on partner ...
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Etihad Airways Premium Lounge in Abu Dhabi

The Etihad Airways Premium lounge in Abu Dhabi currently serves both First and Business Class passengers as Etihad is currently remodeling their First class lounge. Despite the First Class lounge closure, the grandiose lounge offers guests a wealth of luxuries when it comes to travel and Etihad ...

Etihad Airways Arrival Lounge Abu Dhabi

After a long flight nothing beats the superfluity of an arrivals lounge, a luxury reserved for only select travelers at very few airports worldwide. Etihad Airways has an arrival lounge at their hub in Abu Dhabi and offers the petite retreat for passengers traveling in business class and first ...

Virgin America First Class - San Francisco to Chicago - My Virgin Voyage

My 36 hour Virgin experience started with a first class mile high ride with America’s sexiest airline from San Francisco to Chicago. The 1800+ mile Virgin ride was scheduled for 4 hours and I was going to enjoy the entire flight in the roomiest seat on the route with America’s #1 ...
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Discover North Texas' Wildflower Season on the Texas Bluebonnet Trail


Field of bluebonnets at Bluebonnet Park in Ennis
Happy Tax Day, everyone.  In addition to the day where we must all pay the piper also known as the Tax Man, mid-April brings something altogether more pleasant to the prairies of North Texas - blooms of the Texas state flower, the ...