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Trip Reports

Flight Review: TAM 777-300 MIA-GRU Economy and TAM A330 GRU-EZE Business

March 15, 2013

TPG Managing Editor Eric took advantage of those amazing deals on TAM back in November to book a roundtrip flight from Miami to Buenos Aires via Sao Paulo for just $339. Here’s his review of the flight experience. Although I’ve never flown TAM before and didn’t know what to expect, when I saw the low […]

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Help Me Plan My Trip to Easter Island

March 11, 2013

Last year my Dad and I went on a father/son trip to Rome, Istanbul and Amsterdam on a semi-mileage run-worthy $576 fare. What better way to bond with your parent than requalifying for both of your Medallion statuses! Understandably, my Mom was pretty jealous- especially since we ended up having an incredible time and packing […]

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Visiting the Tiyimiseleni Orphanage in South Africa With Savanna Lodge

January 30, 2013

This is the thirteenth post of my South Africa Series. Follow along to read my reviews on several different aspects of my trip. Other posts in this series include: Come Along With Me To South Africa!; Flight Review: South African Airways Business Class JFK-JNB; Hotel Review: Westin Cape Town; Trip Report: Watching African Penguins at Boulders Beach and the […]

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Trip Report: Safari Highlights at Sabi Sands Game Reserve in South Africa

January 29, 2013

This is the twelfth post of my South Africa Series. Follow along to read my reviews on several different aspects of my trip. Other posts in this series include: Come Along With Me To South Africa!; Flight Review: South African Airways Business Class JFK-JNB; Hotel Review: Westin Cape Town; Trip Report: Watching African Penguins at Boulders Beach and the […]

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Trip Report: South Africa Safari at Savanna Lodge in Sabi Sands Private Game Reserve

January 28, 2013

This is the eleventh post of my South Africa Series. Follow along to read my reviews on several different aspects of my trip. Other posts in this series include: Come Along With Me To South Africa!; Flight Review: South African Airways Business Class JFK-JNB; Hotel Review: Westin Cape Town; Trip Report: Watching African Penguins at Boulders Beach and the […]

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Hotel Review: Hyatt Regency Johannesburg

January 25, 2013

This is the tenth post of my South Africa Series. Follow along to read my reviews on several different aspects of my trip. Other posts in this series include: Come Along With Me To South Africa!; Flight Review: South African Airways Business Class JFK-JNB; Hotel Review: Westin Cape Town; Trip Report: Watching African Penguins at Boulders Beach and the Cape […]

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(Video) Trekking Up Table Mountain in Cape Town

January 24, 2013

This is the ninth post of my South Africa Series. Follow along to read my reviews on several different aspects of my trip. Other posts in this series include: Come Along With Me To South Africa!; Flight Review: South African Airways Business Class JFK-JNB; Hotel Review: Westin Cape Town; Trip Report: Watching African Penguins at Boulders Beach and the Cape […]

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Hotel Review: Park Inn Cape Town

January 23, 2013

While I was staying at the Hilton Cape Town, TPG Managing Editor Eric was checking out another points property in town, the Park Inn, which is part of Club Carlson. Here’s his review. The Park Inn is located on a major street in the Central Business District called Heerengracht, in what’s known as the Foreshore […]

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Hotel Review: 12 Apostles Hotel & Spa Luxury Room

January 21, 2013

This is the eighth post of my South Africa Series. Follow along to read my reviews on several different aspects of my trip. Other posts in this series include: Come Along With Me To South Africa!; Flight Review: South African Airways Business Class JFK-JNB; Hotel Review: Westin Cape Town; Trip Report: Watching African Penguins at Boulders Beach and the Cape of […]

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10 Things I Love About South Africa

January 18, 2013

This is the seventh post of my South Africa Series. Follow along to read my reviews on several different aspects of my trip. Other posts in this series include: Come Along With Me To South Africa!; Flight Review: South African Airways Business Class JFK-JNB; Hotel Review: Westin Cape Town; Trip Report: Watching African Penguins at Boulders Beach and the […]

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Hotel Review: Hilton Cape Town

January 17, 2013

This is the sixth post of my South Africa Series. Follow along to read my reviews on several different aspects of my trip. Other posts in this series include: Come Along With Me To South Africa!; Flight Review: South African Airways Business Class JFK-JNB; Hotel Review: Westin Cape Town; Trip Report: Watching African Penguins at Boulders Beach and the […]

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Ryanair Is The Worst Airline in the World

January 16, 2013

Disclaimer: I am fully aware that I am a victim of severe coddling by US airline top-tier elite status and the subsequent culture of getting almost everything for free. I do take responsibility for my lack of planning before flying “LyinAir,” assuming that I’d be able to “figure it out” on the fly. That turned […]

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South Africa Series: Cape Town Dining

January 14, 2013

This is the fifth post of my South Africa Series. Follow along to read my reviews on several different aspects of my trip. Other posts in this series include: Come Along With Me To South Africa!; Flight Review: South African Airways Business Class JFK-JNB; Hotel Review: Westin Cape Town; Trip Report: Watching African Penguins at Boulders Beach and the […]

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(Video) Trip Report: Watching African Penguins at Boulders Beach and the Cape of Good Hope

January 10, 2013

This is the fourth post of my South Africa Series. Follow along to read my reviews on several different aspects of my trip. Other posts in this series include: Come Along With Me To South Africa!; Flight Review: South African Airways Business Class JFK-JNB; Hotel Review: Westin Cape Town; Cape Town Dining; Hotel Review: Hilton Cape Town; 10 Things I […]

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(Video) South Africa Wine Country Highlights

January 9, 2013

For lack of a better word, my trip to South Africa so far has been amazing. I spent the first three days in Cape Town at the Westin, exploring, eating and drinking my way through the seaside cosmopolitan city. I still have another weekend to go in Cape Town, so stay tuned for that blog […]

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Hotel Review: Westin Cape Town

January 8, 2013

This is the third post of my South Africa Series. Follow along to read my reviews on several different aspects of my trip. Other posts in this series include: Come Along With Me To South Africa!; Flight Review: South African Airways Business Class JFK-JNB; Trip Report: Watching African Penguins at Boulders Beach and the Cape of Good Hope; Cape […]

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Flight Review: South African Airways Business Class JFK-JNB

January 7, 2013

This is the second post of my South Africa Series. Follow along to read my reviews on several different aspects of my trip. Other posts in this series include: Come Along With Me To South Africa!; Hotel Review: Westin Cape Town; Trip Report: Watching African Penguins at Boulders Beach and the Cape of Good Hope; Cape Town Dining; Hotel […]

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Hotel Review: Sheraton Edinburgh

January 6, 2013

On my recent trip to Ireland and Scotland, I stayed at the Sheraton Grand Hotel and Spa, Edinburgh (where I hit my SPG 100-night platinum threshold). The hotel  underwent a complete renovation not long ago and features 269 newly renovated guestrooms and suites, a Sheraton Club lounge, fitness center and One Spa. This is a Category […]

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Come Along With Me To South Africa!

January 4, 2013

This post marks this beginning of my South Africa Series. Follow along to read my reviews on several different aspects of my trip. Other posts in this series include: Flight Review: South African Airways Business Class JFK-JNB; Hotel Review: Westin Cape Town; Trip Report: Watching African Penguins at Boulders Beach and the Cape of Good Hope; […]

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Help Me Plan My Trip To South Africa

December 31, 2012

I plan on exploring a lot of new destinations this year and want to focus on traveling to amazing places in the Southern Hemisphere, starting with…South Africa, where I’m headed later this week! We ran a Destination of the Week on Cape Town in 2012, and while I know I’ll be going to familiar places […]

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Flight Review: United Business Class EWR-DUB-EWR and My Thoughts on 757 Service to Europe

December 28, 2012

Yesterday I wrote about my high stakes ticketing debacle with United that resulted in a nice upgrade for my friend. Whether you agree with my approach or not, here is the flight review, not taking into accounte the hair-raising ground customer service experiences. For my pre-Christmas jaunt to Ireland and Scotland, I decided to fly […]

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A Tale of Playing With Fire and Winding Up Upgraded on United Airlines

December 27, 2012

In September, I had an insane ticketing experience using United miles for a Swiss Airlines business class flight Miami-Zurich-Nice. In the end I was denied boarding due to inexplicable “United ticketing issues,” and since then I’ve contacted United on numerous occasions – formal complaints, emails to senior management, correspondence with their social media team via […]

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Flight Review: Swiss Business Class ZRH-LAX

December 8, 2012

Although I flew Swiss business class from Zurich to San Francisco with the rest of the Star Megadoers last month, we were all  busy catching up, talking shop and taking stock of the service on the flight (and resting up for the busy week ahead!). But TPG Managing Editor Eric actually took a separate flight […]

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Flight Review: Korean Air First Class 777-200 ICN-MAD

November 19, 2012

It seems like months ago now thanks to the whirlwind of the Star Megado, but it was just a week or so ago that I was in Seoul, and after a few great days there doing things like touring the DMZ, eating Korean barbecue all over town, and checking out the funky boutiques of Garuso-gil, […]

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