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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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Flight Review: JAL First Class Chicago to Narita, Business Class to Seoul

November 9, 2012

If you’ve been following me on Twitter or Facebook, you’ll know that I’ve spent the last few days hanging out in Seoul. TPG editor Eric flew there over the weekend on Korean Air’s A380 in their latest Prestige Business class cabin, and though I’ve recently become handy at redeeming Ultimate Rewards points for Korean Air […]

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Flight Review: Korean Air A380 Prestige Business Class LAX-ICN

November 7, 2012

As you know, I’m headed to Seoul this week and I’ve recently become adept at redeeming Korean SkyPass miles, so I got TPG editor Eric a one-way ticket on Korean’s A380 in their most up-to-date lie-flat Prestige business class to join me for 62,500 miles, which I transferred from Chase Ultimate Rewards. Here’s his review […]

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Inside Look At Space Shuttle Endeavour Exhibit Opening at California Science Center

October 30, 2012

Although you can’t earn frequent flyer miles on it, TPG editor Eric couldn’t resist the chance to attend a media preview of the Space Shuttle Endeavour at the California Science Center last night. Here are his photos from the event and info on the exhibit itself. On September 21, it seemed like all the eyes […]

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Help Me Plan My Trip To Seoul, South Korea

October 25, 2012

As I mentioned in this post, I have a one-way JFK to Hong Kong first class ticket on Cathay Pacific that I booked with 75,000 pre-Avios British Airways miles; and now that I’m adept at booking Korean Air awards using Ultimate Rewards, I figured I’d have TPG editor Eric meet me in Seoul for some […]

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Flight Review: Air China 777-300ER Business Class Beijing-Los Angeles

October 11, 2012

Over the summer, TPG Managing Editor Eric winged his way from Beijing to Los Angeles in business class aboard Air China’s 777-300ER. Here’s his review of the experience. I ended a summer trip to China in Beijing, and courtesy of the folks who brought me over for a consulting job, I was given a ticket […]

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