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Trip Reports

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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Hotel Review: Maldives Airport Hulhule Island Hotel

November 26, 2013

This is the second post of 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 As part […]

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Review: Quick Singapore Layover & Singapore Airlines A330 Business Class to Male, Maldives

November 26, 2013

This is the first post of 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: Hotel Review: Maldives Airport Hulhule Island Hotel On my trip down to the Maldives […]

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Flight Review: Thai Airways A380 First Class FRA-BKK

November 18, 2013

This is the next installment of TPG Managing Editor Eric Rosen’s series on his month-long trip to Southeast Asia. Other posts include: Send in your Southeast Asia Tips, Flight Review: Lufthansa 747-400 First Class and Trip Report: Lufthansa First Class Lounge Frankfurt Terminal 2. In this post, he fills us in on the next leg […]

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Flight Review: EVA Air New York JFK-Taipei Royal Laurel Class Using United Miles and $24

November 15, 2013

If you’ve been following me on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook, you probably know by now that I was just in the Maldives before heading to India. My itinerary was taking me from New York to Taipei, then on to Singapore and finally to Male before hopping a short flight to the Conrad Maldives. Needless to […]

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Trip Report: Lufthansa First Class Lounge Frankfurt Terminal 2

November 14, 2013

This is the next installment of TPG Managing Editor Eric Rosen’s series on his month-long trip to Southeast Asia. Other posts include: Send in your Southeast Asia Tips, and Flight Review: Lufthansa 747-400 First Class. In this post, he fills us in on how he passed his time during his layover in Frankfurt in Lufthansa’s […]

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Flight Review: Lufthansa First Class 747-400

November 9, 2013

TPG Managing Editor Eric Rosen set off for his month in Southeast Asia earlier this week and the first leg of his journey was aboard a Lufthansa Boeing 747-400 in first class. Here’s his review. Although I’m based in LA, I was planning to leave for Asia from New York. I started looking for award […]

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Send In Your Southeast Asia Tips – Bangkok, Siem Reap and Koh Samui

November 6, 2013

TPG Managing Editor is about to embark on a month-long journey through Southeast Asia and needs your tips! A few months ago, a friend in Thailand suggested I come down for a visit in November since it’s low season in Southeast Asia (and I hope it’s not too rainy while I’m there because of it!), […]

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My Experience Becoming a Certified Scuba Diver: A Whole New World of Adventures Begin

October 30, 2013

In preparation for my upcoming trip to the Maldives, I wanted to get certified in scuba diving so I can take full advantage of some of the best diving in the world while I’m there. Two weeks ago I did some research and found South Beach Divers, located near where I live in Miami Beach […]

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Flight Review: American Airlines 757 Business Class Madrid-JFK

October 23, 2013

Earlier this month, I flew out to Madrid in Iberia’s new business class to celebrate my friend’s 30th birthday. It was fun to surprise her, and meant that I got to visit one of my favorite cities in the world. For my return trip, I had purchased an economy ticket on AA.com months ago and […]

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Flight Review: Iberia A330-300 Business Class New York – Madrid

October 10, 2013

Last week I went to Madrid for a few days to surprise my friend Lori for her 30th birthday. I had found a fare from Berlin to New York on Air Berlin with a return to Madrid on October 1 (I already had this surprise trip in mind!) on Iberia. I purchased the roundtrip ticket […]

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