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Trip Reports

Dining at Ze Maria in Fernando De Noronha, Brazil

April 18, 2014

I recently returned from a short trip to Fernando De Noronha, an archipelago of 21 islands about 220 miles off the coast of mainland Brazil, with my Brazilian-born friend Sergio. He and I found this remote natural paradise a perfect spot for scuba diving and quiet relaxation. I’ve so far shared the adventures of my American Airlines flight […]

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Hanging at the Best Beach In the World on Fernando De Noronha and Touring the Rest of the Island

April 16, 2014

I recently returned from a short trip to Fernando De Noronha, an archipelago of 21 islands about 220 miles off the coast of mainland Brazil, and found this far-flung natural paradise (and UNESCO World Heritage site) a perfect spot for scuba diving and quiet relaxation. I’ve so far shared the adventures of my American Airlines flight to the the […]

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Hotel Review: Ecohotel Teju Açu in Fernando de Noronha, Brazil

April 15, 2014

During my recent trip to Brazil’s Fernando de Noronha with my friend Sergio, I stayed at the eco-friendly Ecopousada Teju Açu, which was recommended to me by some of our Brazilian friends. This independently owned boutique hotel is surrounded by vegetationBlueMile with a killer view of the island’s highest peak, the 1,142-foot Morro do Pico. It feels remote, […]

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Flight Review: Azul Airlines Embraer 195 REC-FEN

April 14, 2014

During my recent trip to Brazil, I flew American Airlines from Miami to the northeastern coastal city of Recife (REC), then caught a connecting flight to one of my dream scuba destinations, the volcanic island chain of Fernando de Noronha (FEN), on low-cost domestic Brazilian carrier, Azul Airlines. This was my first flight on Azul, and I was […]

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Flight Review: American Airlines 757 Economy Miami- Recife, Brazil

April 4, 2014

One of my closest friends, Sergio, is originally from Brazil, and for years has been talking about going to an area called Fernando de Noronha, which is an archipelago of 21 islands about 220 miles off the coast of the mainland. He told me the area was a real hidden gem and that he had dreamed […]

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Flight Review: Brussels Airlines A330-200 Business Class BRU-JFK

March 25, 2014

Last week, TPG Creative Director Adam Daniel Weiss flew Brussels Airlines A330-200 Business Class from Brussels to New York’s JFK. The following is his review of the flight experience. When looking for a way to get back to New York from Dublin last week, I was unable to find any direct non-stop flights, so I […]

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Flight Review: British Airways 747-400 Club World Business Class DUB-LHR-MIA

March 22, 2014

Though I was sad to leave my beloved Dublin this week after a fantastic birthday weekend, I was definitely looking forward to flying home to Miami since I was booked to fly via London Heathrow on British Airways in Club World business class. While not the newest product in the sky and one I flew […]

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Hotel Review: The Morrison Dublin – King Deluxe Room

March 20, 2014

This past week, TPG Creative Director Adam Daniel Weiss stayed at the The Morrison, a DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel in Dublin, Ireland. Here is his review of the experience. Last week, TPG celebrated his birthday in Dublin this year, which just so happens to coincide with the week of St. Patrick’s Day, and invited friends […]

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Flight Review: American A321T Transcontinental Business Class LAX-JFK

March 14, 2014

I had a chance to experience American Airlines’ new A321T transcontinental plane in January when I flew first class from LAX-JFK, but TPG Managing Editor Eric Rosen put expiring AA Executive Platinum EVIP Systemwide Upgrades to use on a recent roundtrip from Los Angeles to New York and got to fly business class on the […]

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My Sydney Restaurant Recommendations – China Doll, Longrain, Lotus Dumpling Bar and More

March 11, 2014

I’m doing things a little out of order in my series on my trip to Australia with TPG Managing Editor Eric. So far I’ve covered how I used miles to book my award ticket, my flight from LAX-MEL in United GlobalFirst, Eric’s trip on Virgin Australia, the day I spent wine-tasting out in the Yarra Valley, a Melbourne […]

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Flight Review: Hawaiian Airlines Business Class Sydney-Honolulu and Air New Zealand SYD Lounge

March 7, 2014

So far in my series on my trip to Australia with TPG Managing Editor Eric, I’ve covered how I used miles to book my award ticket, my flight from LAX-MEL in United GlobalFirst, the day I spent wine-tasting out in the Yarra Valley, a restaurant review roundup of all the fantastic places we ate in the city, my review of […]

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Trip Report: Jetstar Economy Class Melbourne – Hamilton Island

February 25, 2014

So far in my series on my trip to Australia with TPG Managing Editor Eric, I’ve covered how I used miles to book my award ticket, my flight from LAX-MEL in United GlobalFirst, the day I spent wine-tasting out in the Yarra Valley, a restaurant review roundup of all the fantastic places we ate in […]

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Trip Report: Melbourne Restaurant Roundup

February 21, 2014

So far in my series on Australia, I’ve covered how I used miles to book my award ticket, my flight from LAX-MEL in United GlobalFirst, and the day I spent wine-tasting out in the Yarra Valley with TPG Managing Editor Eric. For today’s trip report on the land down under, I wanted to share some […]

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Trip Report: Wine-Tasting Day Trip To The Yarra Valley

February 19, 2014

As I wrote earlier this week, I’m currently on my first trip to Australia and I’ve been having an amazing time. I flew down in United GlobalFirst, and though I am currently on Hamilton Island on the Great Barrier Reef, my first stop was Melbourne. TPG Managing Editor Eric and I spent my first afternoon […]

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United GlobalFirst Review: Los Angeles – Sydney – Melbourne

February 17, 2014

Award tickets to Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific can be among the hardest to find. There aren’t a ton of airlines flying nonstop between North America and down under, and during peak travel times, these flights are usually packed and business and first class seats cost a small fortune and are rarely released […]

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Using Miles For My First Trip to Australia: Melbourne, Hamilton Island and Sydney Here I Come

February 15, 2014

Up until this week, I had never been to Australia, which I know is hard for some people to believe since it seems like I’m constantly traveling. A visit has been on my to-do list for a while, but finally I decided to pull the trigger and take advantage of US Airway’s generous Australia awards […]

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Flight Review: American Airlines Transcontinental A321 First Class LAX-JFK

January 30, 2014

As I wrote about on Monday, I was able to book a first class award on American Airlines’ new A321 from LAX-JFK last week as part of a larger award itinerary that will eventually take me to Oman later this spring. Ordinarily, the flight would have cost me 32,500 miles one-way in first class for […]

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Flight Review: Delta 767-300 Transcontinental BusinessElite LAX – JFK

January 27, 2014

Last week TPG Director of Ops, Kate O’Brien, flew from Los Angeles to New York on Delta’s 767-300 in BusinessElite. Luckily for Kate, her original flight (in coach) was cancelled and she was rebooked automatically on an earlier flight thanks to her Silver Medallion status – and what’s even more surprising, it was with an […]

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My First Sundance Experience With Chase Sapphire Preferred + Hotel Park City Review

January 22, 2014

One of the more fun benefits of the Chase Sapphire and Chase Sapphire Preferred cards is access to Chase Sapphire Exclusive Experiences just for cardholders, who can either pay cash or redeem points for unique events and packages not available to members of the general public. This year, Chase Sapphire and Chase Sapphire Preferred cardmembers got access to pre-sale […]

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Flight Review: Emirates First Class A380 Dubai-New York JFK

January 9, 2014

Flying on the Emirates A380 in first class is somewhat of the holy grail of award ticket redemptions. Emirates is known for over-the-top amenities and service and for many years their awards were hard to get – only partnering up with a handful of airlines since they aren’t in a global alliance. Within the past […]

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Andaz Papagayo Standard King and Suite Review (Video)

January 7, 2014

New Year’s Eve is one of my favorite holidays. I usually like to stay in Miami and throw a party with friends, but this year I decided to branch out and explore a new destination. Choosing Papagayo for New Years I toyed around with Mexico City or even Cartagena, Colombia, but I couldn’t get the […]

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Hotel Review: King Spa Water Villa at the Conrad Maldives Hotel on Rangali Island

January 2, 2014

This is the latest post in the series from my recent “Around the World” trip to the Maldives, India and Dubai. Follow along to read my reviews on several different aspects of my trip. Other posts in this series include:Quick Singapore Layover & Singapore Airlines A330 Business Class to Male, Maldives, Flight Review: EVA Air […]

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Hotel Review: King Deluxe Beach Villa At The Conrad Maldives Hotel On Rangali Island

December 19, 2013

This is the latest post in the series from my recent “Around the World” trip to the Maldives, India and Dubai. Follow along to read my reviews on several different aspects of my trip. Other posts in this series include: Quick Singapore Layover & Singapore Airlines A330 Business Class to Male, Maldives, Flight Review: EVA […]

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Flight Review: Trans Maldivian Airways Seaplane from Male to Rangali Island

December 10, 2013

On my trip down to the Maldives earlier this month, I had a bit of a long itinerary in order to arrive there. I had redeemed 60,000 United miles and $24.20 to fly EVA Royal Laurel business class from JFK to Taipei and had a short layover there before taking another 4.5-hour flight on EVA […]

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