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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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Review: Turkish Airlines A330 Business Class Istanbul-Washington DC

Turkish Airlines Business Class A330 - Cabin

For the final leg of my trip back to the States, I flew in Turkish Airlines Business Class from Istanbul to Washington DC. Turkish operates this route pretty frequently, with 10 weekly services. They are actually opening a lounge in Dulles for premium cabin passengers! This trip report/review is part of a series. See also: 1.…

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Review: Turkish Airlines Lounge Istanbul (“July 15 Heroes of Democracy Lounge”) – Absolutely INSANE!

Turkish Airlines CIP Lounge - Piano

Turkish Airlines has just one giant, central departure lounge at their their hub airport in Istanbul. It is commonly known as the CIP lounge, for “commercially important passengers,” like those traveling in premium cabins. After the coup attempt on July 15, 2016, however, Turkish Airlines changed the name of the lounge to the “July 15…

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Review: Park Hyatt Istanbul Park Deluxe Twin Room – My Private Steam Room!

Park Hyatt Istanbul - Pool

With United’s routing rules, I was able to include a 23-hour layover in Istanbul. For my one-night stay in Istanbul, I booked the Park Hyatt Istanbul through American Express’ Fine Hotel & Resorts program. This trip report/review is part of a series. See also: 1. Trip to Southeast Asia – Introduction 2. Hyatt at the…

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Review – Turkish Airlines Business Class Stockholm-Istanbul

Turkish Airlines "Old" Business Class - DO&CO Catering

Shortly after I arrived to Stockholm from Bangkok on my Thai Airways flight, I was on my way to Istanbul with Turkish Airlines. For this 3-hour flight flight, I got to experience the old Business Class product on Turkish’s A330-200. This trip report/review is part of a series. See also: 1. Trip to Southeast Asia – Introduction…

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Review – Thai Airways 777-300ER Royal Silk Business Class Bangkok to Stockholm

After a few weeks in Southeast Asia, I headed home with Thai Airways and Turkish airlines, via Stockholm and Istanbul. While Thai Airways First Class is phenomenal and seems pretty heavily reviewed, their Business Class product doesn’t appear get as much attention. Thai Airways might be partly to blame, since they have a few different Royal…

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Trip Report & Review – Grand Hyatt Bangkok Grand King Room

After my friend left Bangkok for the States, I stayed an extra day before my next flight. I checked out of the Conrad Bangkok, and moved to the Grand Hyatt Erawan Bangkok. This trip report/review is part of a series. See also: 1. Trip to Southeast Asia – Introduction 2. Hyatt at the Bellevue, Philadelphia…

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Trip Report & Review – Conrad Bangkok Presidential Suite Bedroom

Conrad Bangkok Executive Twin Corner Room - Beds

I had booked an Executive Twin room at the Conrad Bangkok, but found out it wasn’t actually available upon check-in. The agent that checked us in offered a King Room with a rollaway for the first night, and moved us to a “room with two beds” afterwards. Turns out, it was a bit nicer than just…

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