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…