Trip Reports

Hotel Review: Soho House Berlin’s Big Room

August 22, 2013

The last stop on my recent European trip was Berlin, where I had booked a room at Soho House, one of the hottest hotels in the city. Soho House is a private club, originally founded in London (hence the name) and draws most members from the arts, media and fashion. In the US, clubs include […]

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airberlin Business Class Berlin-JFK Flight Review: Tall Travelers Beware!

August 21, 2013

This week I got to try out a new carrier- airberlin business class from Berlin to JFK. While known as somewhat of a low-cost carrier, they do offer a respectable business class and they are in the process of retrofitting their cabin with all aisle access lie-flat beds. I was lucky (or unlucky, as you’ll […]

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Trip Report: Five Days in Iceland- Horseback Riding, Whale Watching and the Golden Circle

July 18, 2013

Last week I decided to go to Iceland last minute by redeeming Delta SkyMiles to fly BusinessElite from JFK to Reykjavik and using a combination of Club Carlson points and cash to check out both Radisson Blu properties in Reykjavik. Since I hadn’t been out of the country since May, I booked the ticket on […]

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Club Carlson Options in Reykjavik: Radisson Blu Saga Vs. Radisson Blu 1919

July 17, 2013

When I decided to plan a very last minute trip to Reykjavik in Iceland last week, I naturally weighed up my hotel options carefully and decided on  to take advantage of my favorite Club Carlson credit card perk by staying at not one, but two, of their properties there – first at the Radisson Blu Saga Hotel, and then […]

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Using Frequent Flyer Miles To Go To Iceland: Delta JFK- Reykjavik (KEF) Review In BusinessElite

July 16, 2013

Last week, I was able to find some l0w-level award space on Delta’s seasonal route from New York (JFK) to Reykjavik, Iceland (KEF), which spurred my last minute trip to Iceland. After burning 100,000 SkyMiles and $47 for BusinessElite, I was booked and ready to go. Delta offers seasonal summer service which runs through September 1, from […]

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What Should I Do In Iceland For 5 Days in July?

July 9, 2013

Although I’ve been enjoying summer so far on the east coast hanging out with family and friends, barbecuing, spending some time out on the water and generally just taking advantage of the gorgeous weather we’ve been having – when I sit still for too long, the travel bug starts to bite me. I have a […]

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Hotel Review: W Santiago Marvelous Suite

June 28, 2013

Last month on my Mother’s Day excursion to Easter Island, my mom and I made pit stops in Santiago on the first night and the final night of our trip before returning back to the States. I’ve been wanting to check out the W Santiago for a while now since I’d heard such great things […]

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Milan Restaurant Review: Ristorante Giacomo and Cocktails at the Armani Hotel

June 11, 2013

Rounding out my recent trip in Italy, we spent our last two nights staying at the Park Hyatt Milan. For our first night we had tickets to the Beyonce concert so we got a quick bite to eat beforehand at the hotel and had a few drinks before heading over to the Mediolanum Forum. For […]

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Flight Review: Alitalia A330 New Magnifica Business Class Milan – JFK

June 3, 2013

To top off an incredible weekend in Italy with some great friends where I went to Florence and then Milan to see Beyonce, we got to fly back to the states in Alitalia’s new Magnifica Business class product aboard the airline’s A330-200. I’ve been eager to get on one of these flights since I was […]

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Hotel Review: Park Hyatt Milan Junior Suite

May 29, 2013

The Park Hyatt Milan was the second hotel stop on my recent trip to Italy. My friends and I spent our first two nights at the St. Regis Florence, then traveled by train an hour and 45 minutes from Santa Maria Novella (Florence) station to Milano Centrale. From Milano Centrale it was about a ten-minute […]

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Florence Eating and Shopping Guide and Il Latini and La Giostra Reviews

May 24, 2013

One of the things I was most excited for on my trip to Italy was all the great food I was going to have. Italy of course is known for their pizza, pasta, and desserts (gelato!) among many other things so I wanted to make sure I covered all the bases and got to try […]

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#throwbackthursday: 8 Of My Most Memorable Flights/Trips

May 23, 2013

Throwback Thursday, also known as #tbt on Twitter and Instagram, is when people post old pictures of themselves from the past. Well, I thought I’d do a fun walk down memory lane including pictures from some of my memorable past flights/trips. For me, some of my best trips may not be the best in-flight products, […]

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Flight Review: Delta BusinessElite JFK-Milan

May 22, 2013

Last week I was planning on flying from JFK to Rome with a layover in Madrid, then traveling to Florence by train and ending up in Milan. After getting several reader recommendations when I posted my top 10 things I was looking forward to on my trip, I didn’t want to have to split my […]

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Flight Review: LAN 767-300 Premium Business Class MIA-SCL

May 16, 2013

One of the aspects of my Mother’s Day Trip to Chile, I was most looking forward to was flying LAN’s Premium Business Class from Miami to Santiago, which I had gotten for $900 a ticket thanks to an amazing deal back in February. My mom and I flew from LGA to Miami, and our first […]

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Mother’s Day Trip Report: My Mom’s Version of our Easter Island Trip

May 12, 2013

For a special Mother’s Day trip report, I asked my mom to give me her impressions of our mother/son trip to Easter Island and here is her version of our incredible trip. I travel the world and have seen many amazing places, but getting to travel to one of the destinations at the top of […]

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Interview With The Go-To Easter Island Tour Guide: Paul Pownall

May 9, 2013

The few days we spent on Easter Island were the highlight of my mom’s and my Mother’s Day trip to Chile – thanks in no small part to our guide Paul Pownall, who had been suggested by numerous TPG readers. Paul took us all over the island to check out the famous Moai (stone heads) […]

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Hotel Review: Taha Tai Hotel, Easter Island

May 8, 2013

Although we spent a couple of great days in Santiago, the real point of my Mother’s Day Trip to Chile, was to head 5 hours west across the Pacific to Easter Island, which has been near the top of my list of cool places to visit around the world since I was a kid. Easter […]

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Flight Review: AirTran Airways Business Class PIT-TPA

May 6, 2013

I recently had two press interviews in Pittsburgh and then one in Tampa the following day. I didn’t have much flexibility in terms of scheduling and I wanted to fly nonstop from Pittsburgh to Tampa, so my only option was to book on AirTran, which I haven’t flown since college when I got a super-cheap Vegas […]

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Follow Me (And My Mom) On Our Mother’s Day Trip To Chile!

April 30, 2013

Back in February, I bought my mom (and myself) a Mother’s Day present of $900 roundtrip business class tickets from New York to Santiago, Chile, when there was an amazing fare deal on LAN. We just started our trip and we’re on our way to Santiago, so I wanted to reach out to readers for […]

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Flight Review: American Airlines 777-300 New Business Class GRU-JFK

April 9, 2013

After having a great experience flying First Class on one of American’s brand new 777-300′s and spending a whirlwind four days in Sao Paulo I was looking forward to flying back to New York again on American’s new 777-300ER, but this time testing out the airline’s new international business class. Instead of using points for […]

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(Video) Flight Review: AA 777-300ER JFK – GRU in New First Class and a Behind the Scenes Tour of the Plane

April 4, 2013

As I posted the other day, I spent my Tuesday night flying from JFK to Sao Paulo in Brazil aboard one of American Airline’s new 777-300ER’s so that I could experience the airline’s new first class product. I posted in real-time on  Twitter, Instagram and Facebook with live updates from the trip. But I also […]

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My Trip to Sao Paulo Brazil on the New American Airlines 777-300 in First Class

April 2, 2013

Tonight I’ll finally be checking out the American Airlines brand new 777-300ER aircraft from JFK to Sao Paulo, Brazil and thanks to AAdvantage miles, I’ll be enjoying all 4,745 miles in their new First Class cabin. I also reached out to AA to let me on the plane early to snap pics of all cabins, […]

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Trip Report: Eric’s Adventure at Iguazu Falls, Argentina

March 26, 2013

TPG Managing Editor Eric is spending a month down in Argentina (I’m such a tough boss!) checking out the scene in Buenos Aires and venturing around the country for wine-tasting and adventure. He also just spent a few days up at Iguazu Falls by redeeming British Airways Avios for an award ticket on LAN and […]

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Hotel Review: St. Regis Monarch Beach King Executive “Suite”

March 25, 2013

Miles and I had a pretty extensive trip to California last month, which ended up lasting nearly two weeks. After about 10 days in Los Angeles, we headed down to San Diego for a night to stay at the Park Hyatt Aviara in Carlsbad, and then we decided to visit Laguna Beach for the first […]

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