Flight Review: ANA 777-300ER First Class Tokyo-New York

Last year, United offered $1,700 first-class tickets between Boston and Seoul. TPG Editor-in-Chief Zach Honig took advantage of the deal, booking a 10-day trip to Asia. And as luck would have it, when his United flight from Tokyo to Boston was canceled due to snow, the airline booked him in ANA’s new 777-300ER first-class cabin for…

Review: A $300 WOW Air Flight to Iceland

In early May, WOW Air offered $99 one-way fares from Boston and Baltimore to Iceland. Now that the carrier’s announced plans for year-round service from Baltimore, we expect more great deals to come. If you are curious about how to maximize your trip to Iceland, there’s no need to spend hours researching. Let new TPG Contributor Anthony Cofrancesco…

Flight Review: La Compagnie Business Class, Newark to Paris

Ever since La Compagnie launched its affordable all-business-class service between Newark (EWR) and Paris’ Charles De Gaulle Airport (CDG) last summer, I’ve been curious to experience it first-hand — particularly since the airline’s now disrupting the lucrative business-class market even further by offering seemingly too-good-to-be true buy one, get one free fares along with cheap last-minute…

Why I Think The Upper House Hong Kong is Overrated

Anytime The Upper House in Hong Kong has come up in conversation with fellow travelers, they’ve swooned. So on the final leg of my recent Asia trip, I was excited to finally stay there myself. And true to form, when I posted my photos from the hotel on Instagram, it seemed like everyone exclaimed,”That’s my favorite…

Flight Review: Etihad Diamond First, Tokyo-Abu Dhabi

Well-traveled TPG Contributor Richard Kerr shares his experience of snagging a mistake fare and flying to/from Tokyo Narita and Abu Dhabi—with his baby in tow.  Etihad, one of the so-called “Big 3″ carriers in the Middle East, has been in the news quite a bit lately. Its innovative A380 has taken in-flight luxury to the next…

Tivoli São Paulo Review and Why I Still Dabble with Hotels.com

The first leg of my recent Brazil and Asia trip was to São Paulo for an amFAR event, and I stayed at the boutique, high-design Tivoli São Paulo – Mofarrej in the happening Jardins district. Though the Tivoli isn’t a traditional big-chain or points property, it still provided a great opportunity for me to book through Hotels.com and get…

Review: Free Data in 120+ Countries with T-Mobile

Most travelers face a dilemma before embarking on any international trip: Should you pre-pay for your carrier’s expensive roaming package, deal with the hassle of buying a SIM at your destination or risk wasting hundreds or even thousands of dollars by using your phone like you do at home, without planning ahead? If you have…

Flight Review: Emirates Business Class – Bangkok to Dubai

After a 16+ hour flight with his toddler son in his arms, TPG Contributor Leigh Rowan won the loyalty lottery: an operational upgrade from economy to business on Emirates. Here’s his report on six hours of bliss in one of the aviation world’s most unique business-class cabins. Late last year, my wife and I booked a long-haul flight…

5 Reasons Why W Guangzhou Should Be the Brand Standard

After being wowed by the W Beijing Chang’an, I had very high expectations for the W Guangzhou—and it delivered. Ideally, all W Hotels would offer the consistent level of quality I experienced in Guangzhou. This hotel had it all—luxury, service, design, everything. The W Guangzhou was the first W Hotel in mainland China, but it’s still only…

3 Reasons I’ll Miss AA’s Old Flagship First

For my return flight to the States from São Paulo, I flew GRU-LAX on American Airlines’ 777-200, and it was bittersweet—as it was probably the last time I’ll ever fly AA’s old Flagship First Class. Booking American has good upgrade and award availability at the SAAver level. I purchased this ticket for 62,500 miles and $54.74, but the cost would…