Swiss A340 Business Class – 34
Review: New SWISS A340 Business Class

To get back to Miami we flew SWISS business class. SWISS was one of the few European airlines offering service to Miami in August, and the airline even operated the route with its A340-300. SWISS recently refurbished the interiors of all A340s, so I…

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Amanruya Bodrum – 26
Review: Amanruya Bodrum, Turkey

We redeemed points for our entire stay in Bodrum, with the exception of our four night stay at Amanruya (since Aman doesn't have a loyalty program). The hotel was both delightful and disappointing. As an Amanjunkie (or perhaps former Amanjunkie, because…

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Caresse Luxury Collection Bodrum – 85
Review: Caresse Bodrum, Luxury Collection Hotel

The EDITION wasn't the only Marriott property we stayed at in Bodrum, as we also checked out Caresse, the Marriott Luxury Collection property. The hotels have similar pricing (especially when redeeming points), so how do they compare? Let's take a look...…

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Bodrum Edition Hotel – 4
Review: The Bodrum EDITION Hotel

Not only did I love Bodrum, but I also particularly enjoyed the Bodrum EDITION, which is now easily one of my favorite Marriott-family properties in the world. This was on balance our favorite hotel we stayed at in Bodrum, and yes, that even includes…

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Lufthansa Lounge Coronavirus – 8
A Look At Lufthansa Lounges In The Coronavirus Era

We were scheduled to have a roughly 80 minute connection in Munich, as we were arriving from Montreal and departing for Bodrum. I figured I'd provide a brief rundown of our experience at Munich Airport, as well as the Lufthansa Lounge, given how much…

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Lufthansa Business Class Coronavirus – 20
Crossing The Atlantic On Lufthansa: Business (Class) As Usual

Our transatlantic flight to get to Turkey was from Montreal to Munich in Lufthansa business class, and boy was it an interesting one (see this post for a summary of how we booked our ticket). I've reviewed Lufthansa's A350 business class before during…

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Air Canada A320 Business Class – 8
Flying Air Canada A320 Business Class In The Coronavirus Era

Our first flight enroute to Bodrum was from Fort Lauderdale to Montreal on Air Canada. Let me share the itinerary that we booked to get to Bodrum, and then I'll get into my review of Air Canada's updated business class service. Understandably airlines…

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Hoodoo Moab Hotel – 14
Review: Hoodoo Moab, Hilton Curio Collection

We spent the third and fourth nights of our trip in Moab, Utah. We decided to spend more time here because we knew there was a lot to do in the area, and we were very happy with our decision in the end. Moab has virtually every limited service hotel…

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Hyatt Place Page Arizona – 3
Review: Hyatt Place Page Lake Powell, Arizona

We spent the second night of our road trip in Page, Arizona, primarily so we could visit Horseshoe Bend. As we quickly learned, the real treat was just being able to drive around this part of the country, as the scenery is breathtaking. Page has virtually…

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Springhill Suites Zion National Park – 19
Review: SpringHill Suites Zion National Park (Springdale, Utah)

We spent the first night of our road trip in Springdale, Utah, so that we could visit Zion National Park. Springdale has a variety of limited service hotel options, though nothing terribly exciting beyond that. My loyalty belongs to Hyatt, Marriott,…

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Marrakech Medina 33
The Marrakech Medina

While we were in Marrakech, I had a work call, and when I disclosed my location one of the other meeting participants blurted out "Man. I effing hated that medina." And I didn't hate it, but parts of the experience were decidedly unpleasant. Other aspects…

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Riad Joya Marrakech 19
Review: Riad Joya, Marrakech

We wanted to stay in the thick of the medina on this trip, but that does come with some safety considerations. We also liked the idea of staying in a small independent riad. I'd had numerous people tell me that in Marrakech, your riad host is essentially…

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Casablanca Domestic Lounge 10
Review: Royal Air Maroc Domestic Lounge Casablanca Airport

This lounge review will be short and sweet, and not to put too fine a point on it, but hopefully your stay here will be as well. Bottom line up front: this lounge has little to recommend it, but it's not like the rest of the terminal is super glam either.…

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American Airlines First Class
American Airlines First Class Service In The Coronavirus Era

On Wednesday I flew American Airlines first class from Miami to Las Vegas, which was a roughly five hour flight. I've been curious to see firsthand how onboard service has been adjusted as a result of the current pandemic, and wanted to report back on…

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Marrakech Medina 2
Introduction: The Last Trip (For Now)

I've been sitting on this trip report for three months now (where have three months gone?) because it just hasn't felt like the right time to talk about travel details, and this particular trip was odd from the start.  This trip took place in early March,…

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American Airlines Plane
I Just Took A Flight, And Airplane Face Mask Enforcement Is A Mess

Yesterday I took a five hour American Airlines flight from Miami to Las Vegas, which was my first flight in 99 days. I have so many thoughts about the current state of the air travel experience, but first wanted to dedicate a post specifically to some…

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Winston Anxious 3
I’m Traveling For The First Time In 99 Days, And I’m Kind Of Anxious

Well, the day has finally arrived. I was last on a plane on March 10 (which was 99 days ago), and today I'm getting on a plane again for the first time since then. It's a new world out there, and I'm not sure what to expect. Five days ago I wrote about…

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Calala Island Nicaragua – 127
Review: Calala Island Nicaragua

At last it's time for my review of Calala Island. I never thought I'd travel to a private island off the coast of Nicaragua for vacation, but when World of Hyatt points became redeemable here, I couldn't say no. In the previous installment I shared the…

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Hyatt Place Managua – 25
Review: Hyatt Place Managua

I'll keep this review relatively short, because our stay was short. Friday night we had a quick overnight in Managua, as we were arriving at around 9PM, and had to be back at the airport by 5:30AM for our flight, as we were enroute to Calala Island.…

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American Main Cabin Extra – 8
Review: American Airlines Main Cabin Extra 737

Ford and I are spending the weekend in Nicaragua to visit Calala Island. In the past I didn't review "run of the mill" flights, though I've realized they have the potential to be useful as well, so am trying to do when it's practical. For example, I've…

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Andaz Mayakoba – 38
Review: Andaz Mayakoba Riviera Maya

Last weekend Ford and I decided we wanted to get out of town. I started looking at options on Friday morning, and a few hours later we were on a flight to Cancun for our three night stay at the Andaz Mayakoba. This is a Hyatt property I had heard a lot…

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The Ben Hotel West Palm Beach – 56
Review: The Ben Hotel West Palm Beach (Marriott Autograph Collection)

A bit over a week ago I stayed at The Ben, a brand new Marriott Autograph Collection property in West Palm Beach, Florida. For those of you not familiar with Autograph Collection, it's supposed to be Marriott's collection of luxury, independent hotels.…

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Philippine Airlines A350 Business Class – 2
Review: Philippine Airlines A350 Business Class

After my ground experience in Manila I was extremely excited to board my Philippine Airlines flight to Toronto. So, how is Philippine Airlines' A350? Can they compete with other excellent airlines in the region, or do they still have a long way to go?…

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