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Hotel And Airline Fragrances Can Really Bring Back Memories

I finished my tour of Europe in Paris. I won't digress, but I will say that Paris is by far the most beautiful city I've ever visited. I've visited it more than any other international city -- I think this marked my 13 visit -- and it just never gets…

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Filed Under: Hotels, Travel
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Should I Go For Status, Wait For Now, Or Wait Forever?

As some readers may know, I just flew a couple segments in Emirates first class with Ben, and then hopped around Europe on British Airways, airberlin, and, within the past day, Austrian Airlines. I'll be returning home via Frankfurt on Lufthansa, and…

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Filed Under: Advice
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Hotel Branding Is A Complete Mystery

We give things names so that we can readily identify them. It's obvious that a bike isn't a car. And we can explain that fairly easily. Though not all that efficiently. Realistically, we'd need to explain that a car is powered by an engine and not peddles,…

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Filed Under: Hotels, Hyatt
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Arlanda Express: Speedy Transport For Dummies

As a relatively long-time Angeleno, I am well aware of what it's like not to have much in the way of reasonably accessible public transportation. I have lived in Chicago (for undergrad) and New York (briefly after undergrad), however, and thus am well…

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Filed Under: Travel, Trip Reports
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Oh MAN…

Guten tag from Berlin. After an amazing stay in Stockholm we jumped on an airberlin flight to Berlin for a few days. But as far as my review goes, we're still in Manchester! We stayed in the Hilton Manchester Deansgate, which is the tallest and most…

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Filed Under: Security/TSA, Travel
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Our Late Night Las Vegas Experience In Dubai

As I mentioned previously, I’m currently on a trip with one of my best friends, Matt. We’re planning the trip day-by-day, which means I’ll be writing the trip report more or less live. Matt will be sharing his thoughts as we go along as well — here’s…

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Filed Under: Emirates, Trip Reports
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The World’s Most Over The Top Afternoon Tea

Greetings from Manchester. Flying Emirates really helps set the stage for Dubai, because the city is as over-the-top as the first class experience on Emirates. And that's hard to do. Although we weren't in Dubai for that long, we managed to squeeze in…

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A First Timer’s Thoughts On Emirates First Class

As I mentioned previously, I'm currently on a trip with one of my best friends, Matt. We're planning the trip day-by-day, which means I'll be writing the trip report more or less live. Matt will be sharing his thoughts as we go along as well, so this…

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Filed Under: Airline Reviews, Emirates
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Here Are The Airlines That Serve The Best Champagne

It has been just over 18 months since my last champagne post. That’s a really long time. In that time period, we’ve seen multiple airlines go to revenue based frequent flyer programs, Emirates has taken delivery of roughly 7,000 more Airbus A380's, the…

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Which Airlines Serve The Best Champagne?

On Monday I asked the (admittedly) ridiculous question of whether it’s worth rerouting an award trip to get on a flight with better champagne. As it turns out the question was moot, since apparently Korean Air has changed the champagne they serve,…

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