The Two Million Mile Honeymoon Luxury Travel at Budget Rates

Lufthansa First Class A340 MUC-EWR

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Flying Lufthansa First Class has been my lifelong dream (for the past 3 months) so in order to get both Dhara and I into their First Class Cabin I did something that I’m not very proud of – I booked our flight to New Jersey. Read More

Thai Royal First Class 747 BKK-MUC

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After being escorted from the Thai Royal First Class Lounge we were welcomed into the nose of the 747 and delighted to see that our plane had the newer version of Thai’s First Class product.  On some Thai routes (ours included) you can never tell Read More

Thai Royal First Class Lounge – Bangkok

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We’ve enjoyed the dozens of Business Class Lounges we’ve been lucky enough to visit over the course of the past two years but after a visit to Thai Airways Royal First Class Lounge we might be forever spoiled for airline lounges.  It was truly on Read More

Conrad Tokyo – Executive Bay View Room

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For those who are not familiar with the Conrad Brand of Hotels (read: most normal people) it is one of Hilton’s two ultra high end brands along with their Waldorf-Astoria Brand.  This is important information for someone who is looking to redeem their two free Read More

Food Poisoning and Awful Seats on Singapore Airlines Business Class AKL-SIN & SIN-HND

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This trip report coves both legs of our flight from Auckland to Tokyo via Singapore on Singapore Airlines.  We flew this route back on October 1st, but I became violently ill with food poisoning on the second leg due to food I was served by Read More

LAN Business Class A340 SYD-AKL

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LAN operates a once daily flight between Sydney, Australia and Auckland, New Zealand which later continues on to Santiago, Chile.  Usually, an airline is not allowed to operate a flight unless either the origin or the destination is within their home country, but something known Read More

Park Hyatt Sydney

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The Park Hyatt Sydney is a luxury hotel in what is probably the most coveted location in Australia – on the waterfront between Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Opera House. Rooms generally start at about $800 per night but we booked our four nights for Read More

QANTAS Business Class 747 JNB-SYD

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Boeing’s 747 with its iconic hump on the front of the upper deck is probably the most recognizable aircraft on the planet.  Entering service in the 1970′s these Jumbo Jets transformed commercial aviation as they were more than double the size and had a much Read More

Radisson Blu Hotel Waterfront (Cape Town, South Africa)

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During our recent stay in Cape Town we spent two nights at the Radisson Blu Hotel Waterfront, a luxury hotel located next to the Victoria & Albert Waterfront.  Located within the harbor the hotel is designed with a nautical theme throughout, and much of it Read More

Ethiopian Airlines Cloud Nine (Business Class) 772 ADD-JNB

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This was the longest and most interesting of the three flights we needed to take in order to get from Kilimanjaro, Tanzania to Cape Town, South Africa.  We departed from Addis Ababa (the Capital of Ethiopia and the main hub for Ethiopian Airlines) so we Read More

Turkish Airlines Business Class A330 JFK-IST

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This is the first of two flights on our most recent trip from New York to Tanzania in Business class with Turkish Airlines.  The entire flight from New York to Tanzania was booked with 60k United miles each (it now costs 80k each). We flew Read More

The Towers of the Waldorf Astoria – Sultan Bin Abdulaziz Suite

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One of the many peculiarities of the world famous Waldorf Astoria is the hotel within a hotel known as the Towers of the Waldorf Astoria.  ”The Towers” section of the hotel occupies the 28th-42nd floors and consists of opulent suites that more closely resemble luxury Read More

Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac (Quebec City) Riverview Junior Suite

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The Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac is the most photographed hotel on the planet (for good reason) and is often regarded as the symbol of the city of Quebec as it dominates the city’s skyline. Opened in 1893, this grand hotel recently underwent a multimillion dollar Read More

Le Meridien N’Fis (Marrakech, Morocco)

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This past week we were fortunate enough to spend four nights at Le Meridien N’Fis in Marrakech, Morocco.  Arriving by train, the hotel was in a great location for us, only a mile away down the beautifully landscaped boulevard of Mohammed VI, and we were Read More

Lufthansa Business Class ATH-MUC & TAP Business Class MUC-LIS

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Using miles to book short Business Class flights within Europe is usually a terrible value because “European” Business Class Seats are simply regular Economy Seats with the middle seats left unoccupied.  However, flying Business Class also enables you to access the Business Class Lounge before Read More

American Airlines Flagship First Class 777-300er JFK-LHR

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Flagship First Check-In One of my favorite aspects of flying First Class is that your vacation essentially starts in the departure lounge, rather than on arrival at your destination.  Well, at select airports American has decided to start your vacation even earlier with their new Read More

American A321 Flagship First Class LAX-JFK

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As I mentioned in a previous post (United’s BusinessFirst Transcontinental Service) the competition is really heating up on the cross-country routes between New York and California.  The newest service between NY and CA began in January when American Airlines started replacing their old 767′s with their Read More

Radisson Hotel Fisherman’s Wharf (San Francisco)

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The Radisson Hotel Fisherman’s Wharf is a recently renovated hotel located directly across from Pier 39, a popular shopping center and tourist attraction in San Francisco.  The nights we were staying standard rooms were going for about $300 per night, but we were able to Read More

United BusinessFirst JFK-SFO

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Over the past year premium service between New York and California (LAX & SFO) has been an area where competition is heating up between the major airlines.  Less than a year ago neither United nor American offered a true lie-flat bed on these routes, but Read More

Antarctic Cruise aboard the Celebrity Infinity – Aqua Class Stateroom

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New Blog Category: Splurge Most of the luxury travel we have been fortunate enough to experience has come to us at little or no cost through the savvy accumulation and redemption of points and miles.  Though we have booked hundreds of thousands of dollars (yes Read More

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