Flight Review: Cathay Pacific Economy BKK-HKG

During his recent round-the-world trip, TPG Special Contributor Eric Rosen took a few regional flights within Asia. Here’s how he scored a good-value award on Cathay Pacific, and his review of the service in economy from Bangkok to Hong Kong. One of the loose ends in my big itinerary traveling around the world was how to…

Flight Review: Norwegian Air Intra-European 737-800 OSL-ARN

During his recent round-the-world trip, TPG Special Contributor Eric Rosen traveled throughout Scandinavia and got to take a flight on European upstart airline Norwegian Air. Here’s his review of the experience. Although my round-the-world award included business class flights on EVA, Singapore and SAS, one of the flights I was most interested to take was…

Celebrating My Parents’ 60th Birthdays in Grand Cayman

This year my parents both turned 60 so I wanted to get the family together for a long weekend, and decided what better place to do it than Grand Cayman? As I’ve mentioned before, my introduction to the points and miles world was when I was eleven years old and figured out how to use…

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

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…

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

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,…

Flight Review: Azul Airlines Embraer 195 REC-FEN

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…