Palo Will Travel Blog

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Uber Banned? Use Local Apps

While visiting Budapest, I was challenged with finding a new app for transportation as Uber is banned. Local laws can block Uber from operating which forces you to use local companies to get around. In Budapest, I was successful in using Taxify and Fotaxi. They operated in the same way...

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Qantas First Class Lounges: SYD & LAX

During my recent trips to and from Sydney, I’ve been able to enjoy the Qantas First Class lounges by utilizing my Oneworld Emerald status (AA Executive Platinum). The Sydney lounge is ranked in the Top 10 Lounges in the World so I had high expectations when going for the first...

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Virgin Atlantic Upper Class: SFO-LHR A340-600

After many flights with Virgin America and a few with Virgin Australia, I was ready to try Virgin Atlantic. This is Sir Richard Branson’s first airline which he started in 1984. I booked the flight using 70,000 Delta Skymiles and $5.60 back in November 2016. The same flight now costs...

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7 Business Travel Tips

Business travel isn’t quite the same as personal (holiday/vacation) travel since you only have your weekends free to explore as a tourist. The best way to keep healthy and fit is to maintain a similar schedule as you would if you were home. After traveling for ~40% of the time...

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XOJET Private Jet: SJC-SNA Bombardier Challenger 300

JetSmarter, the leading technology-enabled marketplace for private aviation, ran a promotion in June where you could get a free 90 day trial of their private jet membership by currently holding top tier status with a commercial airline or 1 million miles in a single mileage account. I was able to...

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Remembering 9/11

Today marks the 16th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks here in the US. It is a day all Americans will never forget. I still vividly remember that day and watching the TV in disbelief while getting phone calls from family on the East Coast. I visited the 9/11 Memorial Museum this past February...

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Summer 2017 Travel Tips

“Hack Your Aisle Seat” I had read online about a way to get the aisle seat armrest to raise even though it appears to be locked. There is a hidden button located near the hinge which releases the armrest so you can raise it. I tried it out on a...

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Cathay Pacific Premium Economy Class: HKG-SFO B777-300ER

I covered Cathay’s Premium Economy product in this previous post, but this one will focus on flying Premium Economy on the B777-300ER. The seats are similar yet the layout is different. After grabbing dinner in The Pier and a shower in a cabana in The Wing, I proceeded to the...

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AwardHacker & ReachNow

AwardHacker is a website similar to AwardAce which I mentioned here last year, but I find it easier to use. It’s a website which will show you the best mileage program to use for an award ticket based on the route you are trying to fly. It doesn’t show award...

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American Airlines Business Class: HND-LAX B777-200ER

I was originally scheduled to fly from Narita to LAX, but a C Class seat became available on the Haneda to LAX route therefore allowing my to use my SWU for an upgrade to Business Class. The text alert came in from ExpertFlyer just after landing into Narita from Jakarta....