Trip Report: American Airlines 777-200 Retrofitted Business Class | Dallas to London

Making our way to Berlin for a long weekend trip, we found ourselves in American Airlines' Business Class from Dallas to London on the 777-200. While this wouldn't be my first flight on one of American's retrofitted 777-200s, it would be my first flight in the 777-200...
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Trip Report: Swiss 777-300ER Business Class | Los Angeles to Zurich

Making my way to the the Cote d’Azur for a week long holiday, my outbound journey would be in Swiss 777-300ER Business Class. I booked an award journey on Star Alliance carriers via Aeroplan, Air Canada’s reward program. Aeroplan represents a great value for...
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Travel Secrets: How Do I Actually Find Cheap Flights?

If you follow along with me on this blog and via social media, you'll know that I fly. A LOT. The top question I get over and over is "How Do I Find Cheap Flights?". While I earn and burn lots of airline miles and award points, the nature of my travel requires me to...
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Lounge Review: Cathay Pacific | The Pier First Class Lounge | Hong Kong

Hong Kong is one of my favorite airports for lounge access, thanks to Cathay Pacific's phenomenal lounges at their home base airport. All of the lounges set the bar high but The Pier First Class Lounge sets the highest bar in Cathay Pacific's lounge portfolio. While...
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What’s In My Overhead Bin? Ben’s Travel Carry-On Essentials

Traveling about 200,000 miles per year, there's a lot of packing (and un-packing) in my routine. Over and over. Every trip is a little different from climates to occasions, but the majority of the time, my carry-on essentials are the same every time.   So what...
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Lover of Travel and Aviation? 20% Off Gear at 08 Left

As a fan of all things travel and aviation, I am surprised that I hadn't heard of 08 Left until the end of last year. I cam to discover their site after a good friend and fellow #AvGeek bought me one of their awesome canvas prints. After my first look at...
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Hotel Review: Clarion Suites Gateway | Melbourne

Located in the heart of Melbourne's central business district, the Clarion Suites Gateway is a high-rise hotel property managed by Clarion, part of the Choice Hotels family. We had the booked the room via for a very reasonable rate of about $120 AUD. We...

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Hotel Review: The Larwill Studio | Melbourne

Spending 5 days in Victoria, we’d be just spending one night in Melbourne initially. I'd booked The Larwill Studio of a reasonable rate of $100 USD for the night on I rarely use but there was a fantastic rate through a partnership with...

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Where Not To Stay: Novotel London Paddington

I'm not even going to waste my time writing a full review of the Novotel London Paddington. I'll save you all the time and get straight to the point: this hotel is a big disappointment. My sister and I had planned to stay at the Novotel London Paddington for three...

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Hotel Review: Holiday Inn Paris Gare de l’Est

Arriving from Germany late in the evening, we arrived very late in the evening at the Holiday Inn Paris Gare de l'Est.  We were only staying only one night in Paris and leaving the next evening from the Gare du Nord on the Eurostar. While the location isn't my...

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Lounge Review: Las Vegas Amex Centurion Lounge

After our Virgin Atlantic flight from London Gatwick, we had wasted good hour at The Club at LAS. I can't believe I had actually "forgotten" that there was an American Express Centurion Lounge in our terminal! After realizing this, we headed over to the Las Vegas Amex...

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