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Trip Report: Swiss 777-300ER Business Class | Los Angeles to Zurich

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 transatlantic premium cabin bookings with roundtrip Business Class bookings from North America to Western Europe for 110,000 Aeroplan miles. After spending the day in Los Angeles, I arrived at the Tom Bradley International Terminal (TBIT) at…

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Trip Report: American Airlines 777-300ER Business Class | Sydney to Los Angeles

Trip Report: American Airlines 777-300ER Business Class | Sydney to Los Angeles

Returning home from a fantastic trip in Australia, it was sadly time to head home to Dallas. On the bright side, our ride home would be in comfort in American Airlines’ 777-300ER Business Class from Sydney to Los Angeles. On our outbound journey, we had flown to Sydney in Economy Class which wasn’t quite as comfortable. We would be departing from Sydney’s International Terminal 1. After spending about 45 minutes in the Sydney Qantas First lounge, it was time to head…

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Trip Report: American Airlines 777-300ER Economy Class | Los Angeles to Sydney

Trip Report: American Airlines 777-300ER Economy Class | Los Angeles to Sydney

Heading out on a long holiday in Australia, we made the long journey from Dallas to Sydney on American Airlines. We had snagged a steal of a price on a roundtrip Economy ticket from Dallas to Sydney for ~$750 USD. Roundtrip flights from Dallas to Sydney typically average well over $1500 USD. On the outbound, our primary segment was American Airlines 777-300ER Economy Class from Los Angeles to Sydney. We arrived from DFW and found ourselves with a layover just…

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Trip Report: Virgin Atlantic A340 Upper Class | London Heathrow to Atlanta

Trip Report: Virgin Atlantic A340 Upper Class | London Heathrow to Atlanta

Heading back to to Texas after wrapping up a siblings trip with my sister, Virgin Atlantic A340 Upper Class from London Heathrow to Atlanta would be our transatlantic segment. I had recently flown both Virgin Atlantic Upper Class on the A330 and Virgin Atlantic Premium Economy on the 747 and you should know I’m already a fan of Virgin Atlantic. I have a love-hate relationship with the A340 with it’s roaring four engines. It’s a beautiful aircraft but most airlines haven’t…

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Lounge Review: Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse & Upper Class Wing | London Heathrow

Lounge Review: Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse & Upper Class Wing | London Heathrow

Wrapping up our siblings trip to Italy and the UK, Virgin Atlantic Upper Class would be our method for costing the Atlantic via Atlanta. While this wasn’t my first flight in Virgin Atlantic Upper Class, it would be my first time originating at London Heathrow with Virgin Atlantic. This would finally be my opportunity to experience the Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse and Upper Class Wing! The only other Virgin Atlantic lounge I’ve experienced is the Revivals Lounge at London Heathrow. Virgin Atlantic always impresses me with…

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

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 retrofitted Business Class. I’ve had several journeys aboard American’s 777-300ER in Business Class on this same route and others and always enjoyed the reverse herringbone configuration. And while the seat is always a…

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Happy New Year 2017 from Benjamin J Travel

Happy New Year 2017 from Benjamin J Travel

Happy New Year 2017 from Rheinland-Pfalz, Germany! I hope all of you are enjoying the holidays season and are ready for the 2017. As the year wraps up, I look back on 2016 which may be my best year for travel yet. I’ve watched Benjamin J Travel grow extensively as I’ve invested more time and resources than ever before. As of the last day of 2016, I’ve clocked 173,872 miles in the air, which included 101 flights to 38 unique airports. …

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Trip Report: Upper Deck Club World on British Airways’ 747 | DFW to London

Trip Report: Upper Deck Club World on British Airways’ 747 | DFW to London

Bound for Ireland for the Thanksgiving holiday, this particular trip was extra special to me. My Dad has done so much for me throughout my life. Raising me, taking care of me, and helping mold me into the person I am today. In decades past, my dad has traveled to Mexico and Canada with the US Navy but this truly was going to be his first “overseas” trip. I travel so much for my blog and personal travel, but I…

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Lounge Review: British Airways Galleries First Lounge | LHR Terminal 5

Lounge Review: British Airways Galleries First Lounge | LHR Terminal 5

Fresh off our Virgin Atlantic flight in Upper Class from Detroit and a refreshing visit to the Virgin Atlantic Revivals Lounge, it was time to head to Terminal 5 and spend a bit of time in the Galleries First Lounge.  Even after 90 minutes in the Revivals lounge, we still had 3 hours to pass before our British Airways flight to Santorini. Obviously Virgin Atlantic and BA aren’t partner airlines so we needed to re-check out bags onto BA. Once we…

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Lounge Review: Lufthansa Senator Lounge Frankfurt | Concourse Z

Lounge Review: Lufthansa Senator Lounge Frankfurt | Concourse Z

While the First Class lounges and the dedicated First Class Terminal get all the attention at Frankfurt Airport, I think the Lufthansa Business Class Senator Lounge in Frankfurt is worth more than just an honorable mention. After connecting from my BA CitFlyer flight from London City, I had about 2 hours to transfer terminals and explore the lounge. Fortunately, I avoided checking a bag at London City with British Airways to make the transfer at FRA relatively painless. I had arrived at Terminal 2…

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Lounge Review: Virgin Atlantic Revivals Lounge | London Heathrow

Lounge Review: Virgin Atlantic Revivals Lounge | London Heathrow

To be honest, I often feel a bit disappointed with some airlines’ arrival lounges. They aren’t usually as nice as the departure lounges you often see airside. Well thanks to the Virgin Atlantic Revivals Lounge, my faith in the arrivals lounge has been restored.. We had just arrived from Detroit on VS 108 aboard Virgin Atlantic’s Upper Class product. Our flight had been quite the pleasure but even after a delightful flight, I crave the chance to freshen up and…

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Trip Report: Virgin Atlantic A330 Upper Class | Detroit to London Heathrow

Trip Report: Virgin Atlantic A330 Upper Class | Detroit to London Heathrow

With high expectations of the Virgin Atlantic’s A330 Upper Class product, I was awaiting this trip for the last six months. Our Virgin Atlantic flight was part of a greater itinerary that ultimately took us to Greece and Italy. Unfortunately Virgin Atlantic doesn’t fly to Dallas so we took a Delta flight from Dallas to Detroit which we were able to wrap into a single award booking. We redeemed 62,500 Delta SkyMiles for each of us one-way for the total…

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Trip Report: Lufthansa 747-8 Business Class | Frankfurt to Washington

Trip Report: Lufthansa 747-8 Business Class | Frankfurt to Washington

I’ve long been longing to fly aboard the 747-8 as well as Lufthansa Business Class. I’m not as acquainted to as many product so some fancier bloggers so I have some catching up to do! Most of all, I was was looking forward to being onboard the upper deck of the 747-8, the most modern version of the Queen of the Skies! I had booked an award ticket with United MileagePlus to burn some miles that had been sitting around…

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My Experience Upgrade Bidding with Air New Zealand OneUp

My Experience Upgrade Bidding with Air New Zealand OneUp

Like many airlines nowadays, Air New Zealand offers the option to bid on the next class of service or on one of their Skycouch seats via their Air New Zealand OneUp program.  The Air New Zealand OneUp program allows passengers to upgrade one class on most international flights. I had purchase a very cheap one-way Economy ticket from LAX to London on Air New Zealand but I wanted to try their Premium Economy product. Air New Zealand has one of the most attractive Premium…

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Trip Report: American Airlines A319 Business Class | Mérida to Dallas

Trip Report: American Airlines A319 Business Class | Mérida to Dallas

After a very lovely extended weekend in Mérida and the surrounding Yucatan region, it was time to head back home to Dallas. The flight from Mérida to Dallas is a short hop of less than 2.5 hours, a wee bit shorter than the flight between Dallas and Cancun. This particular route is operated by American Airlines in varied frequency, rotating between 6x weekly during the summer peak season and reducing to 1x weekly during the fall. We were headed home on the July 4…

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Lounge Review: British Airways Galleries Club | London Heathrow Terminal 3

Lounge Review: British Airways Galleries Club | London Heathrow Terminal 3

This review covers the British Airways Galleries Club Lounge at London Heathrow Airport in Terminal 3. There are several Galleries Clubs at LHR. Please check BA.com for a full directory.  After a nice, long transatlantic flight from Dallas to London aboard British Airways in Club World Business Class, we arrived at LHR’s Terminal 5. While British Airways is the exclusive operator of flights at Terminal 5, they are also operate a number of flights from Terminal 3. Terminal 5 is…

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Business Class Deal: Toronto to Istanbul for under $2,000 USD Roundtrip!

Business Class Deal: Toronto to Istanbul for under $2,000 USD Roundtrip!

This great deal in Business Class courtesy of the weak Canadian Dollar! This deal is pricing out around $2,500 CAD which is about $1,950 USD at today’s exchange rate. We’ve seen lots of deals originating in Canada lately so if you can easily drive or position a flight to Toronto, here’s a great deal. Flights are operated by LOT Polish and Turkish Airlines, operated on the 787 Dreamliner! Availability is wide open June 2016 all the way through January 2017!…

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Trip Report: DFW to London | American Airlines 777-300ER Business Class

Trip Report: DFW to London | American Airlines 777-300ER Business Class

I’ve just returned from a quick trip to Madrid for the weekend and flew aboard American Airlines’ 777-300ER in Business Class. The 777-300ER is American’s “flagship” airliner and the only new American Airlines aircraft to feature both Business and First class.I was ticketed on American Airlines from DFW to London Heathrow and then connecting onto British Airways to Madrid. My ticket was purchased in Economy but I decided to apply an award upgrade to my outbound flight. The upgrade was 25,000…

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Lounge Review: Cathay Pacific Lounges at Hong Kong | The Wing Business Class vs. The Bridge Business Class

Lounge Review: Cathay Pacific Lounges at Hong Kong | The Wing Business Class vs. The Bridge Business Class

On my latest trip to Hong Kong, I flew American’s ultra-longhaul flight between DFW and Hong Kong on both outbound and the return. I did visit the American Airlines Admiral Club at DFW on the outbound flight which is an okay lounge. However, in comparison, the Cathay Pacific lounges at HKG are fantastic. With a 2:30 PM departure from HKG on my return flight, I arrived fairly early to the airport as I wanted plenty of time spend in one or more of…

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Trip Report: Cathay Pacific 777 Regional Business Class, Hong Kong to Taipei

Trip Report: Cathay Pacific 777 Regional Business Class, Hong Kong to Taipei

Cathay Pacific is well renowned for it’s exceptional in-flight service and it’s short haul regional service is no exception! On a recent trip to Hong Kong, we took a side trip to Taipei, redeeming 36,000 Avios and roughly $70 in taxes for round-trip Business Class on Cathay Pacific for two of us. This was one of my best redemptions using Avios on partner travel. This redemption is within Zone 1 of the BA award chart so it should remain intact…

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