The Two Million Mile Honeymoon Luxury Travel at Budget Rates

QANTAS Business Class 747 JNB-SYD

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Boeing’s 747 with it’s 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

Avianca A330 Business Class SCL-BOG-JFK

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Avianca has a very small presence in Santiago but, thankfully, they do have a dedicated Business Class Check-In line which allowed us to bypass the long Main Cabin line and get checked-in and through security in a matter of minutes.  In fact, our quick check-in Read More

Radisson Plaza Santiago – Presidential Suite

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This is the ninth time I have booked a Standard Room at a Club Carlson hotel and, to their credit, they have never given me a standard room.  Generally we get a Business Class Room or a Mini-Suite but this time they pulled out all Read More

Park Hyatt Mendoza

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The Park Hyatt Mendoza is a luxury hotel with a great location right alongside Plaza Independencia, the central square of Mendoza.  Mendoza, located in the foothills of the Andes, is the capital of the Argentine wine region and is often referred to as the Napa Read More

Sheraton Iguazu Resort & Spa

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The Sheraton Iguazu Resort & Spa is a nice hotel in an absolutely amazing location.  Rooms start at about $400 per night but we booked two nights with a Starwood Preferred Guest “points and cash” rate of 6,000 SPG points and $110 per night, which Read More

American Airlines Flagship First Class 777-200 MIA-EZE

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Most of the flights we have booked for this year are in Business Class but we were also lucky enough to snag pairs of First Class seats on four longhaul flights in 2014.  This year, in addition to dozens of Business Class flights, we will Read More

American Airlines 757 International Business Class CUN-MIA

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For our short flight from Cancun to Miami we had the pleasure of flying in Business Class onboard American’s 757 with the international configuration of angle-flat seats.  These planes are most often used on 7+ hour flights to and from Europe but sometimes you’ll get Read More

The Plaza Hotel (New York City)

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For Dhara’s birthday this year we had the great fortune of staying at The Plaza Hotel in New York City.  On the weekend we stayed standard rooms were going for almost $900/night but for our stay we were able to cash in one of two Read More

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