Palo Will Travel Blog

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The St. Regis Maldives Vommuli Resort: Island Amenities

The St. Regis offers a vast amount of island amenities to keep you busy during your stay. Even though you are “stuck” on the island during your stay, you have plenty of choices. During our 3 night stay, we didn’t get around to trying everything out. There were plenty of...

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Elite Upgrades in 2017 & Status for 2018

During 2017, I carried elite status on American Airlines, Virgin America and United. The upgrade results were almost 100% which isn’t typical! Checkout the results below… American Airlines Executive Platinum American Executive Platinum is top tier status and required 100K+ of flying in 2016 to use this status in 2017....

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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: The St. Regis Suite

Wow! Upon arrival, Ismail Waheed, our butler toured us around our St. Regis Suite. The resort is just 1 year old so everything was brand new and modern. From the fixtures to the high end electronics to the amazing balcony with a pool, hammocks & a cabana, this was true...

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Etihad Business Class: AUH-MLE A330-300

I was ready to get to Male after spending 7 hours in the Business Class lounge at AUH during my connection from LHR. It’s a short 4 hour flight from Abu Dhabi to Male. We were flying on Etihad’s older A330 in Business Class, but luckily it had lie flat beds which...

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Etihad First Apartment Class: LHR-AUH A380

After an amazing trip flying Etihad’s Apartment Class in 2016, I was ready to fly it again yet this time from London to Abu Dhabi which is about half the flight time than Abu Dhabi to Sydney. I searched for Etihad award ticket availability using ExpertFlyer and locked in a ticket...

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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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Icelandair Economy Class: KEF-LHR B757-200

After a relaxing visit to the Blue Lagoon prior to my flight to London, I was faced with chaos at the airport as Icelandair kiosk check-in machines were all down requiring everyone to use the check-in counter. While waiting in line and trying to research a backup plan, an agent...