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Trip Report – The New Escape Lounge at Oakland (OAK) – Upgrade from Typical Domestic Lounge

I arrived at Oakland Airport with ample time prior to my 6 pm Norwegian flight to London Gatwick. The exterior of the airport isn’t especially interesting, though Oakland Airport is undergoing quite a bit of expansion, with several new routes to Europe and Hawaii. Continue reading this guest post by Cobi Allen, a Juicy Miles…

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Review: Emirates First Class A380 New York to Dubai (with 99 Pictures)

Emirates First Class A380 In-Flight Entertainment Screen

I got to fly from New York to Dubai on Emirates’ luxurious A380 First Class, and it was one of the most over-the-top in-flight experience I have ever had. Get ready for it, it’s going to be a looooong review! This trip report/review is part of a series. See also: The Emirates Lounge New York…

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Review: The Emirates Lounge New York JFK

The Emirates Lounge JFK View

Emirates is one of the handful of airlines that operates an extensive network of its own lounges. Instead of utilizing partner or contract lounges in outports, they offer their own lounges in over 30 destinations. Prior to my flight from New York to Dubai, I visited the Emirates Lounge in JFK, which is available to Business Class…

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Hotel Review: Conrad New York Deluxe Suite – Cashing in on the BOGO Promo!

Conrad New York Atrium

A month or so ago, Visa Signature Luxury Hotel ran a promotion, where you could get the 2nd night free at selected Conrad, Curio, and Waldorf Astoria hotels. That in itself was amazing, but a concurrent promotion made it even better. Visa was throwing in a $75 Visa gift card on top of the “BOGO,” which…

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Trip Report – Copa Airlines in First to Havana, Cuba! Upgrades, New Planes, Great Food, Amazing Service

I originally status matched with Copa to receive Star Alliance Gold status which provides free United Club access (even when flying domestic economy). I thought it unlikely that I would actually fly with the carrier…especially to Cuba! Well, that status really paid off with upgrades on all 4 legs of my Cuban adventure, amazing on-board…

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Trip Report – Copa Airlines in First to Havana, Cuba! Upgrades, New Planes, Great Food, Amazing Service

I originally status matched with Copa to receive Star Alliance Gold status which provides free United Club access (even when flying domestic economy). I thought it unlikely that I would actually fly with the carrier…especially to Cuba! Well, that status really paid off with upgrades on all 4 legs of my Cuban adventure, amazing on-board…

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First Look: Brand New Hyatt Regency LAX, Impressed!

During a layover at LAX last week, I was invited to take a tour of the almost complete room renovations at The Concourse Hotel. The property will become the Hyatt Regency LAX once all renovations are completed. The big question is when that will be…I was told not to quote anyone, but it does not…

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Trip Report – Hilton San Francisco Union Square as a Diamond

With over 1,900 rooms available for booking, the Hilton San Francisco Union Square is not only the largest hotel in San Francisco, but one of the largest in the world.  It requires 60,000 HHonors points for a night, and rates can vary wildly depending on what is happening in San Francisco at the time.  I have seen…

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Trip Report & Review – American Airlines Flagship Lounge LAX Terminal 4

I purposely redeemed with American for my return flight from Maui (OGG) to New York so that I could fly in first on one of their new Airbus A321 transcontinental flights from LAX to JFK (see – Disappointing American First Class Experience on the A321 LAX-JFK). The first class flight also granted me access to the…

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Disappointing American First Class Experience on the A321 LAX-JFK

I purposely redeemed with American for my return flight from Maui (OGG) to New York so that I could fly in first on one of their new Airbus A321 transcontinental flights from LAX to JFK.  While this flight only cost me $5.60 and 47.5K miles including the Hawaii segment, one-way first class on the A321s…

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