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Making the Most of an Unexpected Sunday Morning in Paris

Picking up where I left off in my last post, our American Business Class flight from Philadelphia to Paris landed nearly half an hour early, and contrary to what I expected, my wife and I found ourselves with our bags claimed and ready to go by 5 minutes to 7 in the morning.  The "problem", as ...

Hainan Airlines 787 Business Class Review: Los Angeles to Changsha

Hainan Airlines is China’s only Skytrax 5 star rated airline and is the largest airline in China that does not belong to a Global Alliance. Hainan Airline’s Business Class reviews are hard to come by, as the airline still does not have a large global presence, but as the airline is ...
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Flight Review: American Airlines A330 Business Class, Philadelphia to Paris


Considering that I'd been up since 5:30 in the morning, I was REALLY looking forward to the next stage of our trip to Europe, a flight to Paris in Business Class on an American Airbus A330.  Why did I pick this routing through Philadelphia, when I could have booked the nonstop from Dallas ...
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Grand Suite at the Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur

7 nights in an amazing suite on a business trip is a pretty excellent way to spend a trip far from home, especially considering I booked a standard room.  I haven't always had great luck using my Hyatt Diamond suite upgrades, but I was pretty pleased in this case with being able to use it for a ...

Flight Review: American "US Airways" A321 First Class, DFW to Philadelphia


Welcome to the first installment of my Czech Republic-Romania trip report!  This trip started early (too early, really) on a rainy Saturday morning with a short hop from Dallas to Philadelphia.  Why a connection in Philadelphia, when there was an afternoon nonstop to Paris available ...
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Hotel Review: Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort

This hotel review is for the Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort. This property should not be confused with the Hilton Waikiki Beach. The Hilton Waikiki Beach is a less desirable hotel not located on ocean front property. The Hilton Waikiki Beach will be less expensive but if you’re ...
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An Unplanned (Mostly) Business Class Autumn Junket to Romania


My wife and I try to take a nice vacation somewhere each year for our anniversary in late October, sometimes international, sometimes domestic.  Initially, we'd planned to do a roughly 10-day roadtrip to the Napa Valley, a place I'd never been - somewhat shocking, given how many times ...
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In Search of Southern California's Road Less Traveled


My annual late fall/early winter trip to Southern California brought us to LAX fairly early on a Friday morning.  With the whole day to make it out to the Inland Empire, this road trip fanatic decided to do a bit of exploring before heading over to see the in-laws.  The last time I ...

Trip Report: Lufthansa A380 Business Class Houston to Frankfurt

Hi everyone. Please welcome my good friend, Bob Miller, back to the blog. Bob recently redeemed some United MileagePlus miles for a trip to Zurich and I asked him to share his experience flying Lufthansa's new long-haul business class on the Airbus A380 with you all. I'll talk more about Bob below ...
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I Flew Spirit for One Penny* and Lived to Tell the Tale

Avgeeks certainly love to hate Spirit Airlines, the plucky low-cost carrier that revels in its el cheapo reputation.  Unfortunately, that reputation typically involves poor customer service, high ancillary fees, and middling on-time performance.  But hey, I'm a glutton for punishment to ...
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2015 in Travel: New Friends and Some Old Ones, and a Lot of Flying

As seems to happen a lot, I ended up flying more than I originally planned this year.  I easily requalified for my new preferred status; American Airlines Executive Platinum midway through the year.  After some long haul trips on United, I stretched a little bit, focusing my bookings on ...
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Flight Review - American Airlines Boeing 767 Domestic First LAX-DFW

Domestic First Class on American is generally nothing to write home about.  You get a little extra legroom, a meal, and free alcohol, but the seat is nothing special, usually just a "cradle"-type seat - the notable exception being transcontinental routes such as Los Angeles to New York, which ...
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Trip Report: Alaska Air First Class Seattle to Honolulu

Good news for Alaska Airlines fliers as they just opened up a brand new Board Room in the N satellite concourse at Seattle-Tacoma Airport (SEA). When I flew this flight in October of 2015, the lounge wasn't open yet so I couldn't visit it but from what I hear, it's nice. Those departing from the N ...
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Review: The Le Meridien Dubai Hotel and Conference Center

Among many luxurious hotels in Dubai, for my first extended visit to Dubai, I stayed at the Le Meridien Dubai and enjoyed my experience a lot.  This hotel has been under the Le Meridien flag for some time, but only in the last 18 months or so have they been a participant in the SPG ...
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Airport Lounge Review - The British Airways Concorde Room At London Heathrow

With our vacation rapidly drawing to a close, while I was certainly looking forward to our upcoming flight in First Class on an A380 to cap things off, I was also eagerly anticipating our lounge visit at Heathrow that morning.  Why?  Thanks to our transatlantic First Class ticket, we'd ...
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Sightseeing at 35,000 Feet - Rome to London

Following the conclusion of our cruise, we had a midday British Airways flight scheduled from Rome to London, so that we could meet up with my cousin and his family before heading home the next day.  With a window seat, full daylight, and a landscape I don't cross all that often, that meant one ...
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Lounge Review: KAL Lounge at Seoul ICN Satellite Concourse A

There are two international departure terminals at Seoul Incheon Airport. There’s the main terminal and the satellite concourse. If you’re flying anyone other than Asiana or Korean Airlines, you’ll most likely be departing from the satellite concourse. From the main terminal, you ...

Farewell to Italy - Naples and the Ruins of Herculaneum

It was hard to believe, given that we'd just boarded the Emerald Princess six days prior, but as we approached our final port, it was almost time to say goodbye to both our cruise and to the wonderful nation of Italy.  That last port would be Naples (Napoli).  Perhaps best known as the ...

Lounge Review: Korean Airlines Prestige Business Class Lounge at Seoul ICN

There are two main international departure terminals at Seoul Incheon International Airport. There’s the main terminal where Asiana and Korean Air depart from and the satellite terminal (Concourse A) where the majority of other airlines depart from. Korean Air has a First Class Lounge and a ...
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