Author: Palo

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ANA First Class “The Suite”: NRT-ORD B777-300ER

After a wonderful experience last year, I had to try ANA “The Suite” again. This time it would be an evening flight departing from Tokyo. I was able to lock in the one-way First Class flight using 121,000 United miles + $49.85 in taxes for NRT-ORD-SAN, but the ORD-SAN segment...

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JAL First Class: SFO-HND B777-300ER

I’m always excited to plan a trip to Japan! My friends invited me to go skiing in Nagano in January. I was able to find award availability 5 months in advance of the trip using my Alaska Airlines miles for redemption on Japan Airlines. It cost me 85,000 Alaska Airlines...

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Singapore Airlines Business Class: SIN-SFO A350-900 ULR

After traveling around Indonesia, Vietnam, Cambodia & Singapore for 2 weeks, I was ready for my flight home. Luckily, I had a nonstop booked from SIN to SFO. I’ve flown this nonstop route once before, but this time I was flying on their Premium Ultra Long Range layout where they...

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British Airways Premium Economy (World Traveller Plus): LHR-SAN A350-1000

After a wonderful flight over to Europe on Lufthansa in Business Class, we decided to book British Airways in Premium Economy (World Traveller Plus) nonstop back into San Diego. Using 42,500 Alaska Airlines miles + $237.15 in taxes per person we were able to lock in VIE-LHR-SAN. Taxes are high...

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Happy New Year! 2023 Review

Happy New Year! 2023 continued to improve and saw strong travel demand over 2022 as COVID restrictions are now nonexistent. During 2023, I was able to fit in a few fun international trips. I flew 94,000 miles and visited 10 countries. This reflects a ~8% increase in miles from 2022....

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Lufthansa Business Class: LAX-FRA B747-8i

We needed a flight to attend the Hungarian Grand Prix earlier this year and I was able to snag 2 Business Class seats on Lufthansa using 77,000 United miles and $41.30 in taxes per person one-way for LAX-FRA-VIE. Flying into Budapest was soldout using miles, but a few hours on...

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Best Travel Power Strip: Anker 615 USB Power Strip

With the upcoming holiday travel season, I wanted to share with you the travel power strip I’ve been using this year while flying and staying in hotels globally. It fixes so many of the common issues… Adapter falling out of a worn out plug (common on inflight outlets) due to...

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Pro Tool: Seats.aero for Airline Award Availability

As award availability has become harder and harder to find, there is an app to present the data you need without creating 100+ searches with each airline. A former Robinhood Security Engineer, started Seats.aero as a side project. I’ve been using it since March 2023 and have found value in...

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ANA First Class “The Suite”: LAX-HND B777-300ER

ANA released their latest First Class product, The Suite, back in July 2019. The COVID pandemic limited the possibilities of flying this product. It’s featured just on a few routes (SFO-HND, LHR-HND, JFK-HND) as only nine 777 planes feature the latest seats. The routes change based on the season, but...