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Le Méridien Maldives Resort & Spa

I headed back to the Maldives for my 3rd visit to see if the Le Méridien Maldives Resort & Spa lived up to its hype which opened during COVID-19 on September 1st, 2021. Being able to book it using Marriott Bonvoy points for a stay in October 2022 made it a...

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How to stay connected while traveling around the World (2023 Edition)

It’s been almost 9 years since my last post on this topic and how the landscape has changed… While traveling around the world we now have access to better coverage, faster data speeds and cheaper options than in 2014 🙂 Cellular-based Options Adding an International roaming option to your existing wireless...

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Happy New Year! 2022 Review

Happy New Year! 2022 was a significant improvement over 2021 as most COVID restrictions were lifted. During 2022, I was able to fit in an international trip in April, October & November! I flew 87,000 miles and visited 7 countries. This reflects a ~30% increase from 2021. Below is an...

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Qatar Airways Business Class: DOH-MLE B777-300ER

After an overnight stay at the St. Regis Doha, we headed in an Uber to the airport to catch our flight to Malé as we continued our journey from LAX. The sunrise was amazing on our drive to the airport. Security and passport control was quick @ DOH. As Qatar...

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Qatar Airways Business Class QSuite: LAX-DOH A350-1000

Earlier this year, I found award availability on Qatar Airlines in Business Class using Alaska Airlines miles for 85,000 one way from LAX to MLE via DOH. An amazing redemption to fly to the Maldives again in style 🙂 I had my eye on Le Méridien Maldives since they opened...

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JSX (JetSuiteX) Semi-Private: LAS-SAN E135

I was excited to try another route that JSX (JetSuiteX) offers as they grown significantly since I reviewed them back in 2018. They now serve 19 destinations domestically (route map below) compared to just 8 in 2018. Flying from Las Vegas to San Diego is a quick 45 minute flight,...

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8 Year Anniversary

8 years, 3,000+ photos & 250 posts later… I still enjoy contributing to my travel blog. The past 2 years have been different given COVID-19, but we are seeing the world back to normal for the most part and travel is open 🙂 I’m truly blessed with the opportunity to...

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Alaska Airlines Premium Class: SFO-HNL B737 MAX 9

At the end of 2021, I was short on qualifying for Alaska MVP 75K Gold so I decided to do a 28 hour trip to Hawaii. I was sitting on some expiring credits due to COVID-19 so the $408 trip was well worth it. I was lucky to be able...

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American Airlines First Class: EZE-MIA B777-300ER

It was around 4 weeks before this flight, I saw an in-app upgrade offer from Premium Economy to First Class for $1,056 on my EZE-MIA segment. With a flight length of ~9 hours, it was over double my threshold of $50/hr to upgrade my cabin out of pocket. This was...

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American Airlines Business Class: DFW-EZE B787-9

My first international trip outside of North America since February 2020 when COVID-19 started was to Argentina. I was able to find “C” class availability using ExpertFlyer on the DFW-EZE segment which allowed me to upgrade my Premium Economy ticket to Business Class for 15,000 AA miles one-way. Flying on American’s...