Tagged: SFO

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Emirates Economy Class: DXB-SFO A380

After grabbing some rest in the sleep ‘n fly pods after my redeye flight from the Maldives, I was ready for the 16 hour flight from Dubai (DXB) to San Francisco (SFO) on their A380. Given this would be the longest flight I’ve flown in Economy, my seat assignment was...

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TSA PreCheck Lines Long? Signup for CLEAR!

The secret of TSA PreCheck is out and the lines are much longer in the last year than they were 5+ years ago. Many travelers have taken the time to signup and most haven’t even paid for it. A few premium credit cards such as Chase Sapphire Reserve and AMEX...

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The St. Regis Maldives Vommuli Resort: Overview

The new St. Regis Maldives Vommuli Resort opened in November 2016 and I was lucky to be able to spend a few nights at the resort in early November just after their 1 year anniversary. The resort is a 45 minute seaplane ride from Male (MLE), but getting to Male will...

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How to Fly Private for Cheap!

The holidays remind many travelers of how painful it can be to travel commercially. Luckily, there are a few small companies offering excellent options to fly private without having to pay $5,000+ per hour. Checkout the options below… Blackbird Air Blackbird offers mainly turboprop and seaplane service on short 30...

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Delayed or Lost Luggage?

With bag fees on the rise over the past years, most travelers try to travel with just a carryon. Sometimes it’s inevitable that you’ll have to check a bag, especially on an international trip. In the last 3 months, I’ve had 2 instances where my checked bag failed to show...

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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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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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Hotel Tips and New Global Entry Interview Option

Staying in hotels almost 50% of my nights last year, I learned a few tips. Tip #1: Book directly with the hotel, using 3rd party sites such as hotels.com increases your odds at getting “walked” last minute. This means you will be placed in a nearby hotel due to an...

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Award Booking Assistance using Chase Ultimate Reward Points

A few loyal readers, Claire & Danny, signed up for the Chase Sapphire Reserve 100K bonus when it was available last year and recently reached out to me to assist with booking an award using their Chase UR points. They were flexible on their dates but their destinations were set in...

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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...