The Two Million Mile Honeymoon Luxury Travel at Budget Rates

The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise – One Bedroom Suite


We’re currently on a roadtrip across North America and decided to stop in the Canadian Rockies to burn a handful of Fairmont certificates Dhara earned through a credit card signup earlier this year. Fairmont actually operates several luxury hotels within Canadian National Parks in the Read More

How to Book First Class European Train Tickets For Less Than Economy


If you’ve traveled by train in Europe and purchased either a RailPass or point to point tickets on a site like RailEurope then you paid too much–probably way too much. The first time I was planning an extended trip in Europe I read a number Read More

Air Berlin Business Class A330 DUS-JFK


We recently flew Air Berlin’s new(ish) Business Class product home to New York from Dusseldorf, Germany and we were generally impressed. Air Berlin has long been regarded as a budget airline but in the last few years has installed a high quality Business Class product Read More

InterContinental Paris – Le Grand


The InterContinental Paris is a beautiful grand old hotel in central Paris. Opened in 1862, this historic hotel has hosted Kings and Queens for over a century and a half. The weekend we stayed standard rooms were going for over $600 per night but we Read More

Radisson Blu Hotels in Paris – Le Metropolitan Hotel vs Le Dokhan’s Hotel


During our recent trip to Paris we stayed at a few different hotels including two Radisson Blu properties – Le Metropolitan and Le Dokhan. We booked two night stays at each property for 70k Club Carlson Points per stay, which was a great deal considering Read More

InterContinental Amstel Amsterdam


The Intercontinental Amstel Amsterdam is an iconic luxury hotel located beside the Amstel River in central Amsterdam.  During our five night stay standard rooms were going for $750 per night (a total of $3,750 for our stay) but we were able to book our room Read More

Hyatt Regency Kathmandu – Surviving the Earthquake


Fortunately for us the Hyatt Regency Kathmandu is not just the nicest hotel in Nepal, it’s also probably the sturdiest structure in the entire country. The day the earthquake hit, April 25, was our 11th day staying at the Hyatt so I had already taken Read More

Etihad Diamond First Class 777 JFK-AUH


We’ve had a few amazing First Class experiences in the past few months (Cathay, Thai, & Lufthansa to name a few) so Etihad Airways really had their work cut out for them when it came to impressing us.  Etihad offers door to door service in Read More

Cathay Pacific Business Class 777 HKG-JFK


On our way home from Asia we again had the option of flying Cathay Pacific First Class with a connection in Los Angeles or Cathay Business Class direct to New York.  Since we already experienced Cathay Pacific First Class on our outbound flight we opted Read More

Le Meridien Chiang Mai – Executive Suite


The Le Meridien is a luxury hotel located in downtown Chiang Mai’s commercial district right beside the famous night market.  Standard rooms generally go for over $200 per night in the peak winter season in which we were visiting, and the executive suite we ended Read More

Holiday Inn Resort Koh Phi Phi – Beachfront Bungalow


I have always thought of Holiday Inns as modestly priced, functional, no frills hotels (and most of them fit that description) but they also operate a number of luxury resorts under the Holiday Inn Resorts brand.  In fact, we even considered staying at their resort Read More

Conrad Maldives: King Water Villa & King Deluxe Beach Villa


Wow.  Just wow.  The Conrad Maldives is absolutely stunning and easily the nicest place we have ever been in our entire lives.  To call it Heaven on Earth might be an understatement.  But, before I get carried away, I should say that it is not Read More

Cathay Pacific First Class 777 LAX-HKG


Last month we had the pleasure of flying both Thai Airways and Lufthansa’s New First Class products and were really looking forward to seeing how Cathay Pacific’s First Class stacked up.  The first thing we noticed when we boarded the Boeing 777 in Los Angeles Read More

Lufthansa First Class A340 MUC-EWR


Flying Lufthansa First Class has been my lifelong dream (for the past 3 months) so in order to get both Dhara and myself 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


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


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


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


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


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


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

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