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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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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Pagss Lounge Manila Airport – 11

Review: PAGSS Lounge Manila Airport

The previous installment covered the disaster which is connecting from T2 to T1 in Manila, and suffice to say that it probably clouded my perception of everything at this airport. In this installment I wanted to take a look at the PAGSS Lounge Terminal…

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Pagss Lounge Manila Airport – 3

AWFUL: Connecting In Manila On Philippine Airlines

When I wrote about the Philippine Airlines ticket that I booked, many readers warned me that the connection experience at Manila Airport is the worst in the world. I don't want to say that that I dismissed what people were saying, but I figured they…

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Philippine Airlines A321 Business Class – 3

Review: Philippine Airlines A321 Business Class

For the return portion of my trip to North America I decided to book Philippine Airlines. The airline is trying to reinvent themselves, and they have new A350s with an excellent business class product. I had flown the airline once before in 777 business…

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Plaza Premium Lounge Taipei – 4

Review: Plaza Premium Lounge Taipei Airport

I had quite a bit of time between by 5:30AM visit to the China Airlines Lounge, and my 9:40AM flight to Manila on Philippine Airlines, so I decided to check out another lounge. Plaza Premium has four lounges at Taipei Taoyuan International Airport --…

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China Airlines Lounge Taipei – 1

Review: China Airlines Lounge Taipei Airport Terminal 1

For the return portion of my trip I was flying Philippine Airlines from Taipei to Manila to Toronto, thanks to a great business class fare (~1,200USD). That would allow me to finally experience Philippine Airlines' A350 business class, which has been…

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Starlux A321neo Business Class – 23

Review: Starlux Business Class

I provided an in-depth review of Starlux Airlines' A321neo business class on the flight from Taipei to Penang the day prior, so I'll keep this relatively short. In that installment I talked about how I booked, the amazing service, the cabin layout, etc.…

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Plaza Premium Lounge Penang – 8

Review: Plaza Premium Lounge Penang Airport

I arrived at Penang Airport at around 1PM for my 3PM Starlux Airlines flight to Taipei, so I had a bit of time to spend in the Plaza Premium Lounge. This is the contract lounge used by almost all international flights at the airport. The exception is…

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The Edison George Town Penang – 6

Review: The Edison Hotel George Town Penang

Here's an instance of a hotel that I found to be absolutely lovely, but that I wouldn't stay at again, because it just isn't for me. I had about 24 hours in Penang, so I needed a hotel for one night. Based on feedback from readers and my own research,…

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Starlux Airlines Business Class – 3

Review: Starlux Airlines A321neo Business Class

At long last it was time to fly Starlux Airlines, which had launched operations just a few days prior. What was it like to fly with this self-proclaimed "detail-oriented luxury airline?" Starlux Airlines currently flies to just three destinations, and…

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Starlux Airlines Galactic Lounge – 12

Review: Starlux Airlines Galactic Lounge Taipei Airport

After months of anticipation, the day was finally here -- it was time to fly Starlux Airlines! I can't even begin to describe my level of excitement and anticipation, as there's something I enjoy way too much about having no clue what to expect from…

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China Airlines A350 Business Class – 1

Review: China Airlines A350 Business Class

To continue my journey to Taipei, I flew China Airlines' A350-900 business class nonstop from London Gatwick to Taipei. I was keen to experience China Airlines' A350 business class: I reviewed China Airlines' 777-300ER business class in 2016, and was…

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Yotel Gatwick Airport – 10

Review: Yotel London Gatwick Airport

I arrived at Gatwick Airport shortly after 1PM, though my flight wasn't until 9PM. Since I was doing two back-to-back redeyes, I figured it would be nice to get some rest in a "real" bed during my layover. Fortunately that was easy thanks to the Yotel…

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National Express Coach – 9

Review: National Express From Heathrow To Gatwick

READ MORE FROM THIS TRIP • Introduction: Starluxing Through A Zombie Apocalypse • Review: Delta Air Lines A320 First Class • Review: The Club Boston Airport (Terminal E) • Review: Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse Boston Airport • Review: Virgin Atlantic 787…

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Virgin Atlantic Arrivals Lounge – 8

Review: Virgin Atlantic Arrivals Lounge London Heathrow

I had a bit of time before connecting to my next flight, so upon landing I decided to visit the Virgin Atlantic Revivals Lounge. I reviewed this lounge back in 2011, so was curious to see how it was holding up, and was eager to compare it to the Aer…

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Virgin Atlantic 787 Upper Class – 3

Review: Virgin Atlantic 787 Upper Class Business Class

Having recently reviewed Virgin Atlantic's A350 business class, I figured it made sense to also review their 787 business class. Virgin Atlantic doesn't have any immediate plans to introduce their new business class seats on the 787, so how does the…

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