Review: Argos in Cappadocia — A Cave Hotel in Turkey

After an easy 45-minute flight on Pegasus Air from Istanbul-Sabiha Gökçen (SAW) to Nevşehir (NAV) — for $46 per person all-in, plus a $7 upgrade to get seat 1A in the bulkhead — we landed on time and took the half-hour drive to our hotel for the night: Argos in Cappadocia. The caves of Cappadocia…

Flight Review: Air Canada 787 Economy — Zurich to Toronto

In the third and final long-haul segment in his recent round-the-world itinerary, TPG Contributor JT Genter flew the Air Canada 787 Dreamliner from Zurich (ZRH) to Toronto (YYZ). Here’s his take on the experience. Booking the Flight with Miles As discussed in my Lufthansa A380 flight review, I booked my return flights from Beijing (PEK) to Austin (AUS) the “long…

Etihad First Class Comparison: Old Versus New

As with most airlines, your experience with Etihad will vary significantly from one aircraft to the next. TPG Special Contributor Eric Rosen digs into the similarities and differences between the airline’s “old” first class and The Apartment, which is found on Etihad’s brand-new A380. Etihad sent shockwaves through the travel industry last year when it unveiled…

Flight Review: A330 Delta One (Business Class) – JFK to Istanbul

To kick off a summer trip to Turkey and Greece, my friends and I flew Delta from JFK to Istanbul on one of the Delta One A330s. While Delta One sounds like a first-class product, it is actually an update to Delta’s former BusinessElite for international and transcontinental routes. I was excited to try out this plane because the…

Hotel Review: Grand Hyatt Santiago

On a recent trip to Chile, TPG Assistant Editor Matthew Zuzolo visited Santiago for the week, and stayed at the Grand Hyatt Santiago.  Set in the Las Condes neighborhood, northeast of Santiago’s city center, the tall, cylindrical Grand Hyatt Santiago stands out amongst office buildings and small plazas. The hotel has 310 rooms and suites surrounding a marble-paved lobby that soars…

Flight Review: Lufthansa A380 Economy, Beijing to Frankfurt

Over the last decade, TPG Contributor JT Genter has flown economy on 20 different carriers. As part of a multi-leg, round-the-world itinerary, he recently checked out the upstairs economy cabin in the newly reconfigured Lufthansa A380 — here’s his take on the experience. Booking the Flight with Miles After booking my outbound itinerary to China — which included a…

Flight Review: Lufthansa A380 First Class, Frankfurt to Los Angeles

TPG Special Contributor Eric Rosen recently redeemed a combination of United miles and Ultimate Rewards points for one of the most exclusive experiences in the skies, Lufthansa first class. Here’s his review of the experience aboard the airline’s flagship A380. I spent the months of June and July traveling around the world, and my final…

Flight Review: US Airways A330 Business Class, Philly-Dublin

Last month, TPG Travel Editor Melanie Wynne took her first trip to Ireland, and to get there and back, she opted for the comfort of US Airways’ (soon to be AA’s) international business class. Here’s her review of her flight experience.  I’m always up for an adventure, so when I was recently invited by a handsome Irish gentleman to visit…

Hotel Review: Sheraton on the Park – Sydney

During a recent trip to Sydney, TPG Contributor Sarah Silbert stayed at Sheraton on the Park, the city’s priciest Starwood hotel. (All photos by Zach Honig.) Sydney is one of few markets where the Sheraton hotel is often priced higher than the Westin — both for cash stays and points redemptions (on occasion). I’ve only…

Hotel Review: Andaz Amsterdam – Garden View King Room

On a recent trip to Europe, TPG Special Contributor Eric Rosen was passing through Amsterdam for a few days and decided to put his points to use at one of the city’s most popular chain properties, the Andaz. Here’s his review of the experience. Booking I hadn’t really planned on spending any time in Amsterdam…