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As one of the most prominent bloggers in the fashion industry, Bryanboy has done his fair share of traveling, from making guest appearances and attending fashion weeks all over the world to fitting in some time for leisure travel.
TPG recently ran into the Philippines-native at an Amex By Invitation Only event with Grace Coddington and followed up with some questions about his travel habits. Here’s what he had to say.
What’s your favorite airline?
Such a tough question! It all depends on the route. I really like Delta and have been a Diamond Medallion for years, but I gave it up because I’m not a huge fan of the “SkyPesos” program. For flights between Europe and the US, I like British Airways. On long-haul flights to Asia, and in general, it’s a tie between Cathay Pacific and Singapore Airlines. Good food, good entertainment options, comfortable flat beds — Singapore Airlines business class is the best in the industry — and service with a smile. Asian Airlines are my favorite!
What’s your best use of points and miles?
I love using my points and miles to redeem travel and reunite with family members who can join me whenever I’m traveling. Traveling alone can be lonely at times and it’s nice to go on trips with people that I love.
Do you have any secrets for beating jet lag?
It’s all about adjusting your sleeping patterns to the local time zone. A sleeping pill doesn’t hurt if you’re taking a red-eye flight (like most flights to Europe). Staying awake on a flight when you’re landing at night is also a good idea.
What’s your favorite credit card?
I love my American Express Platinum charge card because it keeps my spending in check — I have to pay it in full each month. I’m so happy that it now offers 5x Membership Rewards points on all flight tickets. I also tend to use my Chase Sapphire Reserve card regularly. It’s amazing to get 3 miles per dollar spent not only on ALL travel (flights, hotels, Uber rides, subway tickets and Airbnb stays, etc) but also at restaurants and bars. It’s a terrific card.
Do you have a favorite airport lounge?
I try my best to avoid most airport lounges these days — who wants to spend time in a crowded lounge only to be served carrot sticks, stale pretzels and mayonnaise? Asian airport lounges are the best, and I must say my favorite airport lounge in the world is Cathay Pacific’s First Class Lounge at Hong Kong airport.
What about hotels? What’s your favorite hotel chain?
Starwood, hands down! It has the best hotel loyalty program in the business and its portfolio of properties around the world is amazing.
Do you have a favorite restaurant in Paris?
La Petit Lutetia in Saint Germain, right across from the Bon Marche. They have the best pepper steak ever. Terrific, swift service, generous servings and very spicy. Such a wonderful restaurant. I always ask for an outdoor table on a good summer day — it’s perfect for people watching.
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