Category: Airlines

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Singapore Airlines Business Class: NRT-SIN A380

Singapore Airlines introduced their new Business Class seats on their A380 at the end of 2017 and I was lucky to be able to fly it earlier this year before all A380’s were grounded due to COVID-19. I redeemed 95,000 Singapore Airlines miles plus SGD 50 in taxes for Business...

Apartment 3A & 4A 0

Etihad First Apartment Class: AUH-JFK A380

This was our final long haul flight on the way home from our journey to Africa last year which I booked on miles/points. I was only able to secure 2 First Class seats (3A & 4A) at the time of booking which can be very challenging with Etihad, but you...

Caviar & Champagne 0

Cathay Pacific First Class: SFO-HKG B777-300ER

This was our first flight on our journey to Africa last year which I booked on miles/points. I was only able to secure 1 First Class seat at the time of booking, but I set an ExpertFlyer alert in case they opened up a seat closer to departure. Sure enough,...

Tamarama Beach, Sydney 0

2020 Travel Halted: COVID-19

On March 11th, the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 Coronavirus as a global pandemic. This has brought global travel to a halt. The entire industry is frozen and we’ve seen flights been reduced by at least 80%. Here are some of the latest developments:   Emirates is now testing all...

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Air Seychelles Economy Class: SEZ-PRI DHC-6 Twin Otter

After arriving from Johannesburg on Air Seychelles brand new A320neo, we connected to Praslin on their small twin otter plane which they use for inter-island (domestic) flights. The plane seats 19 passengers, but given such a late night flight there were only 8 passengers. We boarded the plane from the...

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Air Seychelles Economy Class: JNB-SEZ A320neo

Flying a new airline and a brand new plane to a new country to scratch off my map made this a fun flight. Air Seychelles has a limited route network, but from Johannesburg they offer a flight 5x weekly. They received their first A320neo aircraft in August 2019 so the...

Cape Town 0

South African Airlines Business Class: JNB-CPT A320

South African Airlines offers an option to bid for a Business Class upgrade on your Economy ticket. We decided to give it a try for the 4 of us on the flight from Johannesburg to Cape Town which is a ~2hr flight. The lowest bid was $55 per person so...

Airlink E190 @ HDS 0

South African Airlink Economy Class: JNB-HDS E190

Getting to Kruger National Park isn’t easy and you have to first get to JNB (Johannesburg) which took ~30 hours of flying from SFO via HKG. With limited airline options in South Africa, you are forced to go with some expensive options compared to other countries in the world. We...

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Asiana Airlines Business Class: SEA-ICN A350-900

I transferred 95,000 AMEX points to ANA to book my flights for my trip to Japan, I was faced with no award availability in Business Class on ANA. The transfer time of ~72 hours is always a risk with ANA redemptions using AMEX points. Luckily since ANA is part of...