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…

18 Hours in Seoul: What To Do, See & Eat

During my whirlwind Asia trip, I was in Seoul for just one night to get Korean BBQ, which is my idea of a good excuse to fly Singapore Airlines First Class. Arriving at 8 p.m and leaving at noon the next day didn’t give me much time to explore the city, but I tried to pack in as much as…

My Experience Flying Malaysia Airlines Business Class

I recently took an around-the-world trip from NYC (with a stay at the new Park Hyatt New York) and then on to Tokyo for 62,500 AA miles and $5.60, with award seats on American’s A321 first class JFK-San Francisco (SFO) and JAL’s Boeing 777-300ER first class SFO-Tokyo Haneda (HND). I hadn’t visited Tokyo for a long time, but it took me no time at all…

Follow My Travels on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter

If you follow TPG on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter, you may notice that I’ve been posting a lot more lately, with a lot more pictures and stories of my travels. In the past I’ve viewed social media as an alternate and more nimble way to relay information that was already available on the site. However, I’ve been greatly…

Flight Review: United 767-300 BusinessFirst Transatlantic

TPG Special Contributor Eric Rosen took advantage of some great summer business class airfares to Europe this spring to score a cheap ticket to Rome in August on United. Here’s his review of the airline’s flagship BusinessFirst cabin aboard a Boeing 767-300. Back in April, The Flight Deal found that United was offering some amazingly low…