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Air New Zealand Business Class / Economy Class Review Auckland (AKL) to Brisbane (BNE) 777-200

Air New Zealand Business Class / Economy Class Review Auckland (AKL) to Brisbane (BNE) 777-200

After my great experience with Air New Zealand Business Class from San Francisco to Auckland, I was excited to be onboard the same product (but different airplane) again for my flight to Brisbane. Immigration and Security at the International Terminal in Auckland looked intimidating with long lines but they moved quickly and it took less […]

Posted on May 28, 2018 by in Airline Reviews

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Boutique Air Review Oakland (OAK) to Merced (MCE) – and then they left me stranded in Merced, CA

Boutique Air Review Oakland (OAK) to Merced (MCE) – and then they left me stranded in Merced, CA

Boutique Air was started in 2007 here in San Francisco by Shawn Simpson, an ex-Google employee. After initially serving charter contracts, the airline has been finding a way to grow, serving cities under the Essential Air Service program. The EAS is worth $263 million and is paid for by the federal government. Most cities would not […]

Posted on May 6, 2018 by in Airline Reviews

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China Eastern Economy Review Bali (DPS) to Los Angeles (LAX) and T/G Lounge Review – or my adventures with the poor man’s Business Class continue

China Eastern Economy Review Bali (DPS) to Los Angeles (LAX) and T/G Lounge Review – or my adventures with the poor man’s Business Class continue

This was the return part of a trip that started last December, as I flew with China Eastern from Los Angeles to Bangkok. I did like my ‘outbound’ trip, especially considering the low price (really just $170 per direction, so $340 for the round-trip). I arrived at Bali‘s Denpasar Ngurah Rai International Airport 2.5 hours before the […]

Posted on April 14, 2018 by in Airline Reviews, Free Lounge Access and Lounge Reviews

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KLM Business Class Review (new cabin) Kuala Lumpur (KUL) – Jakarta (CGK) 777-300ER and Malaysia Airlines Golden Lounge KLIA Review

KLM Business Class Review (new cabin) Kuala Lumpur (KUL) – Jakarta (CGK) 777-300ER and Malaysia Airlines Golden Lounge KLIA Review

KLM has been running the so-called ‘shuttle’ between Kuala Lumpur and Jakarta for many years. The Netherlands still has strong ties to its former colonies and the KLM brand is strong despite their airline’s hub being so far away. KLM is using the newly remodeled Malaysia Airlines Golden Lounge at the KLIA Satellite Terminal. To […]

Posted on March 29, 2018 by in Air France/KLM Flying Blue, Airline Reviews

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Asiana Business Class Review Los Angeles (LAX) to Seoul (ICN) A380 and Star Alliance Lounge LAX Review

Asiana Business Class Review Los Angeles (LAX) to Seoul (ICN) A380 and Star Alliance Lounge LAX Review

Asiana has always been an airline I’ve gone back to, despite its issues. It’s just so well-integrated into Star Alliance and award availability isn’t an issue either. I arrived early with my connecting flight into LAX and made my way from the United terminal to the Tom Bradley International Terminal. You can walk there without […]

Posted on March 15, 2018 by in Airline Reviews

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Is it time to stop flying AirAsia?

Is it time to stop flying AirAsia?

I have been flying Air Asia for half a decade and saw it grow from a small operation in a tiny cargo terminal to what is now Asia’s biggest airline. Out of about two dozen flights, almost all were positive and I liked the airline’s commitment to simplicity, low cost, and punctuality. I also liked […]

Posted on March 14, 2018 by in Airline Reviews

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United Basic Economy Review San Francisco (SFO) to Salt Lake City (SLC)

United Basic Economy Review San Francisco (SFO) to Salt Lake City (SLC)

For my first United Basic Economy flight, I chose the San Francisco to Salt Lake City route. United operates the route with Embraer and Bombardier aircraft to connect their Denver and San Francisco hubs (with stops in Aspen). Booking United Basic Economy I booked my tickets via Orbitz, which simply mentioned the cabin item restriction […]

Posted on January 19, 2018 by in Airline Reviews, United Mileage Plus

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LEVEL Economy Review Barcelona (BCN) to Oakland (OAK) A330-200 and Sala VIP Miro Lounge BCN Review

LEVEL Economy Review Barcelona (BCN) to Oakland (OAK)  A330-200 and Sala VIP Miro Lounge BCN Review

LEVEL launched with big plans in early 2017 and I was curious to see how this low-cost long-haul airline would shape up for this review. LEVEL has been drawing most of its resources from BA and Iberia and is just emancipating itself. I had booked my ticket for just $149 on the day tickets became available; […]

Posted on January 16, 2018 by in Airline Reviews, Free Lounge Access and Lounge Reviews

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Canaryfly Review Las Palmas (LPA) to Tenerife North (TFN) and Sala Galdos Lounge Las Palmas Review

Canaryfly Review Las Palmas (LPA) to Tenerife North (TFN) and Sala Galdos Lounge Las Palmas Review

Canaryfly does not get much press but is one of the regional airlines competing with Binter Canarias and Air Europa for flights between the Canary Islands. Canaryfly and Binter Canarias sell tickets between the islands at a dual-price system – the subsidized price for island residents and the regular price. Regular fares are about twice […]

Posted on January 14, 2018 by in Airline Reviews, Free Lounge Access and Lounge Reviews, Travel Deals

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Saudia Economy Review Riyadh (RUH) to Addis Ababa (ADD) and Wellcome Lounge Riyadh Review

Saudia Economy Review Riyadh (RUH) to Addis Ababa (ADD) and Wellcome Lounge Riyadh Review

After deplaning from my prior Saudia flight from Kochi, I followed the rather flimsy signs towards transit. An overly sleepy single attendant manned the security checkpoint and mentioned that he expected just four (!) other transit passengers within the hour. Not a busy day then! Riyadh Airport has two terminals that are interconnected behind security with […]

Posted on December 29, 2017 by in Airline Reviews, Free Lounge Access and Lounge Reviews, Travel Deals

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Saudia Economy Review Kochi (COK) to Riyadh (RUH) A330 and Earth Lounge Kochi Review

Saudia Economy Review Kochi (COK) to Riyadh (RUH) A330 and Earth Lounge Kochi Review

For reasons I don’t fully understand, Saudia files very low fares from several South Indian cities to Addis Abeba (despite minimal competition). Saudia fares usually work one-way for half price and so I booked Kochi (COK) to Addis Abeba (ADD) for under $100 in economy for the 3,000-mile journey connecting via Riyadh (RUH). When booking […]

Posted on December 24, 2017 by in Airline Reviews, Free Lounge Access and Lounge Reviews, Travel Deals

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VietJet Review Saigon (SGN) to Bangkok (BKK) A320 and Orchid Lounge (SGN) Review

VietJet Review Saigon (SGN) to Bangkok (BKK) A320 and Orchid Lounge (SGN) Review

VietJet is Vietnam’s incarnation of a low-cost airline. VietJet is a publicly listed company and has been enjoying a competition-free environment in its sector as AirAsia hasn’t decisively moved in yet. The VietJet website was a bit clunky to work with and it took some back and forth to get the ticket I wanted. The […]

Posted on December 19, 2017 by in Airline Reviews, Free Lounge Access and Lounge Reviews, Travel Deals

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Thai AirAsia Review Bangkok (DMK) to Saigon (SGN) and The Coral Executive Lounge, DMK, Review

Thai AirAsia Review Bangkok (DMK) to Saigon (SGN) and The Coral Executive Lounge, DMK, Review

AirAsia has been busy building its second biggest base after Kuala Lumpur with its Thai affiliate at Don Mueang, the old Bangkok Airport. From a small number of flights – originally just domestic Thai flights and connecting to the other AirAsia bases – business has been growing quickly. The number of destinations from Bangkok now competes […]

Posted on December 14, 2017 by in Airline Reviews, Free Lounge Access and Lounge Reviews, Travel Deals

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Etihad cancels Dallas, Singapore Airlines new A380 cabin layout and seats, Citi Hilton cards will become American Express cards in 2018

Etihad cancels Dallas, Singapore Airlines new A380 cabin layout and seats, Citi Hilton cards will become American Express cards in 2018

– Etihad is suspending (i.e. cancelling) their Dallas flights Qatar Airways and Etihad are hurting from the cancelled codeshare agreement with American. The North-East US destinations and Los Angeles are safe but other QR/EY services to the US may get cancelled soon. Etihad needs to get its game together – after the disastrous equity investments, […]

Posted on November 2, 2017 by in Airline Reviews, Travel Industry Flight Status

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Kenya Airways Business Class Review Dubai (DXB) to Nairobi (NBO) 737 and SkyTeam Dubai Lounge Review

Kenya Airways Business Class Review Dubai (DXB) to Nairobi (NBO) 737 and SkyTeam Dubai Lounge Review

Kenya Airways has been fighting the low fare wars with business class tickets from as low as $400 for the return trip from Dubai to Nairobi and beyond. I was curious to see if its business class product (seat, cabin and service) lived up to the promise. Kenya Airways uses the SkyTeam Lounge in Dubai. […]

Posted on October 26, 2017 by in Airline Reviews, Free Lounge Access and Lounge Reviews, Travel Deals

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Air France Business Class Review (NEW Cabin) Paris (CDG) to Dubai (DXB) 777-300 ER and Air France Business Class Lounge Review

Air France Business Class Review (NEW Cabin) Paris (CDG) to Dubai (DXB) 777-300 ER and Air France Business Class Lounge Review

Ever since Air France introduced its new business class product, I have wanted to try it and with this Air France Business Class flight from Paris to Dubai, I got the chance. Air France Business Class seats are the newer generation of the seats we all love from Cathay Pacific Business Class. It’s very private, […]

Posted on October 22, 2017 by in Air France/KLM Flying Blue, Airline Reviews, Free Lounge Access and Lounge Reviews, Travel Deals

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Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse San Francisco (SFO) Review

Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse San Francisco (SFO) Review

Virgin Atlantic has long been present with its own lounge at San Francisco International Airport (SFO). It was time for me to try out the Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse, to see how the food, lounge location and the staff are shaping up. The Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse is before security at SFO – just above the security […]

Posted on October 20, 2017 by in Airline Reviews, Free Lounge Access and Lounge Reviews, Virgin Atlantic Airlines

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Virgin Atlantic Business Class Review San Francisco (SFO) to London (LHR) 787

Virgin Atlantic Business Class Review San Francisco (SFO) to London (LHR) 787

Virgin Atlantic started to add a second daily San Francisco (SFO) service to London on their new 787 after they got delivered. Unfortunately, the decision for the Rolls-Royce engines hasn’t been too lucky, with them coming in for lengthy maintenance much before it was expected. My flight the day before this had been canceled but […]

Posted on October 19, 2017 by in Airline Reviews, Travel Deals, Virgin Atlantic Airlines

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Garuda Business Class Review and Denpasar (DPS) to Tokyo (NRT) using 777W and Garuda Business Class Lounge Denpasar Airport

Garuda Business Class Review and Denpasar (DPS)  to Tokyo (NRT) using 777W and Garuda Business Class Lounge Denpasar Airport

Bali Airport has recently seen an upgrade and the duty free area now raises the heart rate of anyone from China. So it was that night – immigration and security were quick but passing through the duty free area took longer than immigration and security. The Garuda Business Class Lounge at Denpasar Airport is a […]

Posted on September 8, 2017 by in Airline Reviews, Etihad Reviews & Etihad Guest, Free Lounge Access and Lounge Reviews

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Garuda Business Class Review Jakarta (CGK) to Bali (DPS) using A330 and Garuda Business Class Lounge Jakarta Airport (Terminal 3)

Garuda Business Class Review Jakarta (CGK) to Bali (DPS) using A330 and Garuda Business Class Lounge Jakarta Airport (Terminal 3)

Garuda Indonesia uses the international configuration for a number of flights between the busiest airports in Indonesia Jakarta and Denpasar. Terminal 3 at Jakarta airport was just inaugurated a few weeks ago and everything is still shiny. It looks more than Singapore Changi Airport than what you are used to from Jakarta airport. Garuda is […]

Posted on September 7, 2017 by in Airline Reviews, Cathay Pacific Reviews, Free Lounge Access and Lounge Reviews, Priority Pass Lounges

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AirAsia X Review Melbourne (MEL) to Kuala Lumpur (KUL) incl. Optiontown upgrade

AirAsia X Review Melbourne (MEL) to Kuala Lumpur (KUL) incl. Optiontown upgrade

AirAsia has been changing the way Southeast Asia and Australia are connected for many years now. The 10-hour journey can be bought for under $200 one-way – a price most legacy airlines can’t match. I found a fare for $119 for my dates excluding bags and food. I got excited and booked the non-refundable, one-way […]

Posted on August 21, 2017 by in Airline Reviews, City Guide Kuala Lumpur

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