Palo Will Travel Blog

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72 Hours in the Life of Palo: San Francisco to Sydney

Ever wonder what it takes to travel from San Francisco to Sydney? It might seem all of my travels are fun and easy, but that’s not always the case. Check out the 72 hour adventure! Monday 10AM (T-36 before LAX-SYD AA73): I received a notification from ExpertFlyer stating there is upgrade...

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Virgin Australia Business Class: OOL-SYD B737-800

I booked this Virgin Australia domestic Business Class ticket using Virgin America points as typically I fly Coach for short flights. It was just a 90 minute flight from Gold Coast to Sydney, but the service was fantastic! Virgin Australia mainly flies 737-800 planes on their domestic routes which is the...

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JetBlue Mint Class: SFO-JFK A321

I earned 75,000 JetBlue miles during a promotion last year and I finally used them for Mint Class from SFO to JFK on a redeye flight. It was a perfect flight to test their Mint Class, “Business Class”, lie-flat service. JetBlue offers Mint Class on select routes which can be...

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March 2017 Updates

March is always a big month with changes for the travel industry. Airlines make changes, hotel programs change, credit card changes and as always technology changes. Here are the top highlights this month! Airlines Singapore Airlines is making changes to their award chart effective March 23, 2017. They are increasing...

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Qantas Business Class: SYD-MEL A330-300

I wanted to try out Qantas’s A330 Business Class and found award availability using British Airways points when I booked this ticket a few months ago. It was a short 1.5hr flight from Sydney to Melbourne but it gave me enough time to get to know the seat. The business...

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Luggage Recommendations

I was recently asked by a reader to recommend luggage that would last more than a couple of trips. We have all bought luggage that lasted just 1 trip, but after 125 days on the road last year alone I’ve put some of the best to the test. The best brand...

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Apple iPhone 7 Plus & Portrait Mode – “DSLR” Effect

While traveling, I take photos exclusively using my iPhone (exception GoPro). Apple introduced the iPhone 7 Plus this past September and the dual lens camera sold me. It created a Digital SLR effect by combining the photos from each lens (2x telephoto and wide-angle). I have always carried the standard...

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Hertz 24/7 Australia: Audi Q5

Hertz 24/7 Australia is a separate entity than your traditional Hertz rental car location. Your Hertz login won’t work. They operate just like Zipcar here in the US. I was excited to try it out and drive in Australia for the first time. The cars are parked in designated car sharing spaces throughout...

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Virgin Australia Business Class: LAX-BNE B777-300ER

Virgin Australia announced their new ‘The Business’ cabin in 2014 and their first B777-300ER flew with the new offering on April 30th, 2016. The retrofitting took a few months but was 100% complete on August 31st, 2016. I had a confirmed Premium Economy seat using Virgin America miles but I was...

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Travel Tips & Tricks for 2017

Last year was my busiest year of travel and I learned a few new tips & tricks. The following tips & tricks will make your travel experience for that well deserved vacation much more enjoyable. Be sure to check out my new How-To Guides page to get started. Tip: Flight Times...