Trip Reports

Trip Report: The ‘Nosebleed Seats’ On American’s 737 MAX

Last row on the 737 MAX. Image by Chris Dong

Every airline blog has covered American Airlines’ tortured new Boeing 737 ad nauseam. The tiny lavatories have been mocked from major news outlets to late night talk shows. The prevailing narrative: American’s newest 737s, the “MAX 8”, are about as customer friendly as a DMV office. Are these brand new airplanes really so bad? I…

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Should You Add Perth to Your Australian Vacation Itinerary?

Cottesloe Beach hosts Sculptures by the Sea, a popular art attraction in Perth, Australia. EA Given /

For the past few years, Perth, Australia landed itself on several top lists, including Travel & Leisure’s Best Places to See in 2017 and Lonely Planet’s Top New Openings of 2017 list. CNN Travel calls it one of the coolest cities in the Southern Hemisphere and included it on the 2018 Best Places to Travel list.…

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A New (Unannounced) Flying Blue Partner

Air France – KLM Flying Blue, one of the most versatile and valuable frequent flyer programs for American Express, Chase Sapphire and Citi ThankYou credit card holders, appears to have added a new partner airline, while telling no one. Air Tahiti Nui is one of very few options to get to the French Polynesian Islands.…

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Using Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan to Fly To India

Cathay First Class Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan

As an expat based in India for the most part of last decade, I have narrowed down on ways to effectively use miles to enjoy luxury vacations from the subcontinent without breaking the bank. I hope everyone enjoyed my previous post about using American’s AAdvantage program on flights to and from India. Despite the fact…

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Trip Report: Hong Kong Airlines A350 Business Class LAX to HKG (for ~$500)

My seat for the 15 hour journey, 18A. A "true" window seat. | Image by Chris Dong

A few weeks ago, the travel blogosphere lit up with a $500-and-change round-trip fare in long-haul business class from the U.S. to Asia. Business for the price of economy? A fully flat bed for the price of a sardine can seat? Yes and yes. I took this flight in late August as part of an epic…

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Warning: Problems Persist With Air France SkyTeam Award Calendar

Problems Air France Award Calendar

Earlier this summer, Air France’s coveted award calendar — the most dynamic tool available to look for mileage seats on SkyTeam airlines — disappeared. Then it returned and we all thought everything was once again right in the world as we know it. Not so fast… there are some persistent problems with the calendar that…

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Best Ever Marriott Redemption? JW Phu Quoc Emerald Bay Resort and Spa

Our room At JW Marriott Phu Quoc

If you haven’t been to Vietnam yet, put it on your list! Beautiful country, wonderful people, amazing food and so much history and culture. Vietnam is also very affordable. It is also home to my absolute favorite worldwide Marriott property for point redemption value: the J.W. Marriott Phu Quoc Emerald Bay. My husband and I…

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