Flight Review: Cathay Pacific 777-300ER Economy — Chicago to Hong Kong

TPG Contributors JT Genter and Katie Genter traveled to Hong Kong over Thanksgiving. A record snowstorm in Chicago wreaked havoc on their flights, canceling their scheduled Transpacific flight and leaving them rebooked on a Cathay Pacific Boeing 777-300ER from Chicago (ORD) to Hong Kong (HKG). Here’s their take on Cathay Pacific economy class. Booking We booked this trip as a quasi-mileage…

Flight Review: American Airlines 787-8 Dreamliner in Main Cabin Extra – Shanghai to Dallas

TPG Contributors JT Genter and Katie Genter traveled to Hong Kong over Thanksgiving. While the weather in Chicago wrecked havoc on both their outbound and return flights, they were still able to fly in Main Cabin Extra on American Airlines’ Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner from Shanghai (PVG) to Dallas (DFW). Here’s their take on the new aircraft. Booking We’d been seeking out a…

10 Things to Love About Copenhagen, Oslo and Stockholm

There’s been a recent wave of good deals from the US to the Nordic countries on Norwegian Air, including New York to Stockholm round-trip for $313. If you got in on this fare — or are simply planning a trip to one three of the largest metropolitan areas in Scandinavia — TPG Contributor J. Keith van Straaten…

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: Etihad 777 First Class (Jet Airways), Abu Dhabi-JFK

The “ME3” Middle-Eastern airlines — Emirates, Etihad and Qatar — are known for their premium products, especially in first class. All three of these airlines even provide a decent economy experience, which has rankled US carriers so much they’ve launched a crybaby coalition to complain about “unfair” competition. Until last month, I had only had an opportunity…

Flying Lufthansa 747-8 First Class for 62,500 Amex Points and $455

My whole life I’ve been a plane geek, with a particular attraction to the 747. Majestic and huge (with the original upper deck!), what better way is there to hop across oceans? The third generation 747-8 was announced in 2005 and they started to be delivered in 2012. Lufthansa has 14 747-8’s and when I…

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…

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…

Flight Review: Korean Air A330 and A380 First Class HKG-ICN-JFK

I spent my final legs of my whirlwind trip to Brazil, South Korea and China in Korean Air first class, thanks to my Chase Ultimate Rewards points, which are a 1:1 transfer partner. “It never ceases to amaze me that I can cross the Pacific Ocean in a gigantic first class seat for less than $100 cash outlay.”—I…

Flight Review: American Airlines 777-300ER Business Class JFK-GRU

As part of my whirlwind trip to Brazil, South Korea and China, I flew JFK-GRU on the new American Airlines 777-300ER. My ticket was a total of $1,238 for Economy (round-trip with a return later in the year); I then used one of the eight EVIPs I receive each year to instantly upgrade to business, which otherwise…