Trip Reports Posts

Babymooning Through the Golden State

With my wife's family living about just east of L.A., trips out to California aren't at all unusual, though this latest trip in May would be extra special.  We were heading out that way for my brother-in-law's wedding, and when we first started making plans for this trip last winter, we ...
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My RTW Trip with Lucky Has Begun!

Greetings from 32,000 feet above the Pacific Ocean in China Eastern Business Class! My highly anticipated trip with Lucky has begun. Over the next week we will be flying almost non-stop, with flights on China Eastern, Qatar, Royal Air Maroc, Saudia, Pakistan Airlines, and JetBlue.
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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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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 ...

Sampling Japanese Cuisine in its Native Habitat


This was a short trip to Japan, and we were moving around quite a bit, but that didn't mean we didn't make time for some quality dining.  We initially had three things we absolutely wanted to sample: I wanted Kobe beef and a good bowl of ramen soup, and my wife wanted fancy sushi.  ...
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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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Flight Review: Skymark Airlines B737 Economy Class, Kobe to Tokyo Haneda


After riding the high-speed Shinkansen from Tokyo to Kobe, for the return trip, we decided to take the quick way and fly home.  At first, I figured this would necessitate heading to nearby Osaka (KIX) to catch a flight from there, but I found out that Japanese low-cost carrier Skymark ...

Hotel Review: Hilton Abu Dhabi

There are two Hilton Hotels in Abu Dhabi so make sure you are booking the correct one. This review is for the Hilton Abu Dhabi located in the Cornish. The other Hilton is the Hilton Capital Grand in the Commercial District (near the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque). The Hilton Capital Grand is newer (and ...

Flight Review: Virgin America First Class, DAL-LAX/SFO-DAL


Editor's Note:  This flight review will eventually be part of a larger trip report series about our trip to California in May.  I am accelerating this post to provide more detail while the flight is fresh in my mind.
My wife's brother was getting married in L.A. in May, and we ...
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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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Qantas Airways Premium Economy A380 Sydney-Dallas Trip Report

Qantas is an award wining, full service airline and their international premium economy product is the perfect mix between the hard economy seat and a lie flat shell style throne for your next 16 hour flight.
As the inbound leg to the world’s current longest A.380 flight, a premium ...

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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Trip Report: Tokyo to Kobe on the Shinkansen High Speed Train

As I mentioned in the trip report introduction, our day trip to Kobe would feature two unique modes of transportation, the Shinkansen high-speed train on the way to Kobe, and a flight on Japanese domestic low-cost carrier Skymark Airlines on the way back. We actually followed the same Tokaido Line ...

Thai Airways A380 in Royal Silk: Bangkok > Paris


In-bound from Seoul, via Hong Kong, I had a long layover in Bangkok prior to my early morning flight to Paris via TG.  This would be my first flight on an Airbus A380. I was so giddy that I could hardly speak. The flight to Paris was delayed an hour or so, making an already long ...
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Cathay Pacific First Class Los Angeles (LAX) to Hong Kong (HKG) Trip Report

Cathay Pacific First Class is not only an aspiration award but an exclusive experience in the sky reserved for the world’s richest, celebrities, and those who know how to play the points game. I have flown Cathay Pacific First Class several times, yet I will admit, that my late night, red eye ...
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Qantas oneworld Business Class Lounge at LAX

The Qantas oneworld Business Class Lounge at LAX is located airside on level five of the Tom Bradley International Terminal. The lounge is open from 6:30 AM to 11:30 PM daily. For those traveling on American Airlines, you are in luck. The new airside connector between terminal four and the Tom ...
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Celebrating New Years in Tokyo

New Years seems to be a big holiday in Japan, at least in the sense that many places are closed on the holiday itself.

 
We were staying at the Andaz Tokyo Toranomon Hills, and while the immediate area was pretty slow, we found plenty to do (and mostly eat) a little further ...