American Self Service

“American Airlines Doesn’t Want Us To Help”

Ultimately this will likely surprise exactly no one, but that won't stop me from sharing... Over the past couple of days my dad, Ford, and I, returned from Cape Town to the US. We took a 10 hour flight from Cape Town to Doha, had an eight hour layover,…

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Kenya Airways 787

Kenyan Lawmaker Wants To Combat Airplane Farting

*Sniff sniff* Can you smell that? Yep, it's the smell of a politician working for the people and trying to find solutions to real problems. That brings us to Kenyan MP Lilian Gogo, who brought up a very important point in a discussion about possible…

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Singapore A350 900ulr – 2

The World’s 15 Longest Flights (2019)

Lately we've seen a trend whereby airlines have added an incredible number of new ultra long haul flights. This is a reversal of a previous trend, because prior to a few years ago we saw fewer and fewer long flights introduced. When you look at the list…

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The Beekman Hotel Lobby 15

Review: The Beekman Hotel, New York City

I had to be in New York for meetings earlier this summer, and decided to take the opportunity to check out some of the new World of Hyatt properties in the city, starting with The Beekman, a Thompson Hotel. The Beekman is a Category 6 property for World…

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Air France La Premiere – 5

How My Dad Flew To South Africa Without Knowing It

I'll continue the "formal" trip report shortly, but wanted to first write about what we managed to pull off over the weekend thanks to the help of some very dedicated and creative Air France employees. On Sunday morning my dad, Ford, and I, landed in…

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Park Hyatt St Kitts Sunset

Introduction: The Surprise Trip Of A Lifetime (Hopefully?)

Hello and welcome to my next trip report! I just wrapped up the trip report for my recent review trip, along with five days in Greece with Ford. I decided to try a different trip report format than usual for that trip. In the past I'd typically share…

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Benrorytwojacklake2018

Why Should Canadians Care About Points And Miles?

Why do points and miles matter in Canada? Simple geography. The second-largest country in the world has only five cities with a population of over 1 million: Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver, Calgary, and (just barely) Edmonton. As a result, with the exception…

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Sleepbox Washington Dulles 2

Sleepbox Washington Dulles Joins Priority Pass

Priority Pass is the world’s largest network of independent airport lounges. They do what they can to add lounges in most major terminals, and currently the network has 1,200+ locations. What I appreciate is how creative they’ve been in adding new locations…

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Tokyo

Why Tokyo Might Be My New Favorite City In Asia

To wrap up my Japan trip report, I wanted to write about how I really fell in love with Tokyo on this trip. I mentioned this in passing in a previous post, and several of you have asked me to write more about that, so that's what this post is for. This…

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Air New Zealand 777

Now Live: New Zealand’s New ETA Application

In March I noted how New Zealand is adding a new ETA requirement for visitors from select countries as of October 1, 2019, and the application process is now live. With this, travelers will need to fill out forms before their trip, and pay a fee, to…

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Corvin Castle (edit)

Planning A Romanian Road Trip

Once upon a time, before the days of revenue-based mileage earning and other lifestyle complications, Ben and I used to fly together a lot. Granted, these were almost always miserable-sounding mileage run itineraries where we'd spend two weeks going…

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Amanwella – 87

Sri Lanka Eliminating Visa Fees For Six Months

I appreciate when countries eliminate barriers to entry, whether that comes in the form of removing the hassle or cost associated with visiting. Over the past year or so we’ve seen quite a few countries shake up their visa requirements, both for better…

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Air Peace 777 Business

Air Peace & Air Tanzania On My Mind…

At the beginning of last week I wrote about my desire to fly Air Peace between Lagos and Sharjah. I love start up airlines, and this start up airline seems especially... interesting? I might have a few spare days in the next couple of weeks where I could…

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Torres Del Paine

Is Torres del Paine National Park Worth Visiting?

If you've ever picked up a National Geographic magazine, REI catalogue, or any other publication that remotely documents outdoor adventures, chances are you haven't had to look too far to stumble across a picture that was taken in Torres del Paine National…

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New Passport 1

Odd Feelings About My New Passport…

I just went through the process of renewing my US passport. Ford's passport was due to expire in August, and mine in December, so we figured we might as well both renew them at once. Over the weekend I got my new passport in the mail. Much to my surprise,…

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