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Airport Lounge Access

Most travelers never even think about gaining access to the elite Lounges inside the airports. I used to always think you must be traveling First Class or have elite status with the airline. That is no longer the case with more reciprocal access programs now available to the occasional traveler. The...

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JetSuite SuiteDeal: Private Jet (Phenom 100) SJC-VNY

Topping my best flight experience in Etihad Suite Class last year, I decided to fly private for the 1st time in my life. I’ve been tracking JetSuite’s SuiteDeal offerings since June of 2014 trying to gain a better understanding of the routes JetSuite repositions their planes for paying customers. A SuiteDeal...

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Starwood Preferred Guest: Platinum Status

I’ve maintained Starwood Preferred Guest Platinum status for 5 years now and have stayed over 190 nights at SPG hotels around the world. It’s the best hotel loyalty program in my opinion. The hotels and their locations are ideal for almost 100% of my travel. Starwood contains 9 brands ranging from...

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National Premier Selection: Maserati Ghibli S Q4

National Car Rental announced in November 2014 that they will be carrying the Maserati Ghibli S Q4 at 10 locations in the US. They are Boston, Fort Lauderdale, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, Nashville, Orlando, Phoenix, Raleigh-Durham, San Diego and Seattle. While I was in San Diego last month I decided to give...

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Happy New Year! 2014 Review

Happy New Year! 2014 was a busy year with over 75,000 miles of flying around the world. Here is a quick overview of my 2014 experiences…   Hotel Stays (13): Sheraton Hacienda del Mar, Los Cabos, Mexico Novotel Taipei Airport, Taiwan Aloft Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Westin Tokyo, Japan Park Hyatt Tokyo, Japan...

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AMEX Centurion Lounge SFO

During my Thanksgiving travels I was able to check out the new Centurion Lounge which opened a few weeks ago at SFO Terminal 3 (United).  I was flying Delta out of Terminal 1 but you are able to get into Terminal 3 as long as you have a boarding pass...

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Round the World Trip 2014: Part 5

Part 5: Returning Home AUH-JFK Etihad EY103 Suite Class: I was ready for a comfortable flight back to the US after touring around Dubai for 36 hours. I arrived to the airport early to make sure I could take advantage of the lounge and I didn’t want to miss this flight. It was scheduled...

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Round the World Trip 2014: Part 4

Part 4: Middle East Flights CMB Airport 6 Hour Layover: Prior to arriving to Colombo, I was able to obtain my Etihad boarding pass and added it to Passbook on my iPhone. Upon arriving to the Araliya Business Class Lounge, I soon realized that this wasn’t going to be any easy...

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Round the World Trip 2014: Part 3

Part 3: Asia Flights Tokyo-Kyoto Nozomi 247 Non-Reserved Class: I decided to take the Nozomi N700 Bullet train down to Kyoto from Tokyo which wasn’t on a plane but it was quite a flight on the tracks. When the train arrived to the station I knew this wasn’t your typical train. We...