Beijing Daxing Airport

Would You Cancel Trip To China Due To Wuhan Virus?

In light of the widespread coverage of the Wuhan coronavirus, I've received several questions from readers asking if I'd still recommend traveling to or through China. It goes without saying that I'm not a doctor, world health expert, or anything else.…

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Hainan Airlines Dreamliners Business Class

Grrr: Hainan’s 787-9 Aircraft Swap Insanity

Hainan is driving me nuts. I've never seen anything quite like this before... Last December I had intended to review Hainan Airlines' new 787-9 business class, though shortly before departure I was hit with an aircraft swap. I had been monitoring the…

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Filed Under: Hainan, Travel
American 737 Max Business Class – 2

Awkward: American Airlines Downgraded Someone For Me

Well, in all my years of flying American Airlines this is a first for me. My apologies to HUT/G. Earlier I wrote about the tight connection I booked on separate tickets, as I was flying Delta's A330-900neo from Tokyo to Seattle, and then connecting on…

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American 737

My Bad Habit Of Booking Insane Flight Connections

I figured some of you may be amused by what's probably a very bad travel planning habit of mine, but which I kind of get a thrill out of... sometimes? I'm curious if anyone else ever does this. When I take review trips, I often travel on lots of separate…

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Ana New 777 First Suite 2

Introduction: Twice To Tokyo

Welcome to my next trip report, which will more or less be published "live." I've just kicked¬† off this trip, and can't wait to share the details as we go along. As I've been doing with my "live" trip report format, I'll share the exact routing and how…

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Great Fosters

An Alternative To The Typical Heathrow Airport Hotel

I wanted to write about the upcoming overnight I have at Heathrow, both to shed some light on the reality of my "review trips," and also to get some feedback from you guys. This involves my upcoming review trip, where I'll be flying ANA's new 777-300ER…

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Greenland

Planning A Summer Trip To Greenland (Finally)

Just over three years ago I wrote about how I really wanted to visit Greenland. Life got in the way of that happening (for whatever reason), though I'm happy I wrote about it, because it gave me a lot of planning inspiration for when the time did come.…

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Yakutia Airlines Business Class

Plotting A Trans-Siberian Airline Adventure

I think it's finally time to plan a trip that has been on my radar for a long time, because all of the pieces are slowly coming together. Over the past couple of years I've written about various aspects of commercial Russian aviation that I find incredibly…

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American 737

Is This Insane Mexico Mileage Run Story Real?

Well this has to be one of the most eventful mileage runs I've ever heard of... Twitter user Andrew Kimmel shares his experience doing a year end mileage run. He had just returned to Los Angeles from Indonesia, and found that he was 275 elite qualifying…

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Aircalin New Business Class 1

Considering A New Caledonia Diversion…

A bit over a week ago I wrote about my first review trip of 2020, where I'll be flying ANA's new 777-300ER first & business class, Lufthansa A350 business class, and Delta's new 777 business class. I don't know why I'm even considering doing this to…

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Park Hyatt Kyoto

Planning A Spring Points Trip To Kyoto (And Beyond?)

I know, I know, that's not exactly original, though I wanted to share my thought process anyway. Obviously my review trips are solely about maximizing the number of interesting airlines and hotels that I can experience in as short of a period as possible.…

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Pr 1500,1500 5ae7c03dd62445cf9df86c84dd799463 Philippine Airlines Airbus A350 Business Class 2

BOOKED: Starlux, Philippine, And Hainan!

Last night I booked my first major review trip of 2020, which I'm excited to share the details of. I'll talk about this trip in the order in which I booked/prioritized these reviews, rather than the order in which I'll be traveling. I've written extensively…

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Filed Under: Hainan, Other Airlines
Primeclass Lounge Palm Beach 2

Palm Beach Airport Getting Primeclass Lounge

This is long overdue. Currently Palm Beach International Airport has just one lounge, which is the Delta SkyClub. That's great for Delta flyers, but doesn't exactly help others, both in terms of access requirements and the location of the lounge.. It's…

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Cathay Dragon A330

Chinese Visa In Expired Passport: How Does It Work?

Over the summer I had to renew my US passport. I was excited to get all those extra blank pages in my passport, though there are also some minor quirks to be aware of. For example, if you have Global Entry then you have to update your passport information…

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American First Class 777

American’s Embarrassing International First Class Service

I just flew American's 777-300ER first class from Dallas to Hong Kong, which was a roughly 16hr30min flight. This is American's longest route, and also one of their flagship routes, based on the fact that it features upgraded amenities and catering.…

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Cathay Pacific New First Class 2

What I Booked In Place Of Hainan Business Class

I'd say I just "upgraded" big time, and I hope it makes an even more interesting review. Later this week I was supposed to fly Hainan Airlines from Beijing to Boston. I was looking forward to this, because Hainan's reverse herringbone business class…

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Filed Under: Cathay Pacific, Hainan
Cathay Pacific 777

Sad Layover In A Subtly Unfamiliar Hong Kong

I wrote about my misadventures during a Singapore layover, though that wasn't my only layover in Asia on this trip. I also had a quick 10 hour overnight in Hong Kong, as I arrived at around midnight and left around 10AM the next morning. Even though…

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Filed Under: Cathay Pacific, Travel
Hainan 787 9

Hit By Hainan Airlines’ Notorious Plane Swaps

December is a month of airline review trips for me, as I'm catching up on some products that I'm overdue to try. In general I like planning review trips last minute, if for no other reason than airlines constantly having schedule changes, and sometimes…

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Filed Under: Hainan, Travel
Changi T4

Grrrrr: Singapore Changi’s Absurd Boarding Pass Rules

I briefly interrupt my trip report to bring you a "live" update from Singapore. I'm flying Cathay Pacific to Hong Kong, and wanted to check out the new Qantas First Lounge. Want to guess how many buses and trains I took to make this happen? 10 (T-E-N).…

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