Review: British Airways 747-400 Economy — London to Johannesburg

In late January, TPG Contributor Katie Genter completed an Austin (AUS) — Johannesburg (JNB) — Houston (IAH) mileage run. For the second long-haul leg, she flew on a British Airways 747-400 from London Heathrow (LHR) to JNB. Here’s her experience in World Traveller Economy on this British Airways flight. (All photos are by the author.)…

Review: British Airways 777-200 Club World Business Class — London to Austin

For the return flight home from their trip to Madrid, TPG Contributors JT and Katie Genter flew in British Airways’ 777-200 Club World business class from London Heathrow (LHR) to their hometown of Austin (AUS). (All photos by the author unless otherwise noted.) After a wonderful week and a half enjoying Christmas and New Year’s in Spain, it was…

Review: Iberia A340-300 Business Class — London to Madrid

After flying transatlantic on the British Airways 747 upper deck, TPG Contributors JT Genter and Katie Genter continued from London (LHR) to Madrid (MAD) in Iberia’s A340-300 “Business Plus” cabin. Here’s their review of the experience. (All photos are by the author). Airport and Lounge We’d arrived in London from Dallas early that morning, but scheduled…

Review: American 777-300ER Main Cabin Extra — Los Angeles to London

TPG Contributor Katie Genter completed a mileage run in late January from Texas to Johannesburg (JNB) and back. For the first long-haul leg, she flew American Airlines’ flagship 777-300ER from Los Angeles (LAX) to London Heathrow (LHR). Here’s her experience in Main Cabin Extra (MCE) on this American Airlines flight. (All photos are by the…

Review: British Airways 747-400 Club World Business Class — Dallas to London

TPG’s resident economy reviewer JT Genter recently took to the skies in long-haul business class for the first time. Here’s his review of the upstairs Club World business-class cabin on British Airways’ 747. (All photos by the author unless otherwise noted.) Although I’ve flown 19 long-haul flights on nine different airlines in economy over the past decade —…

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

Update: Some offers mentioned below are no longer available. View the current offers here – Citi AAdvantage Platinum Select MasterCard 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…

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…