Tag: airlines

Tips to Maximize Hotel and Airline Points for Travel

When we talk about airline and hotel points, we often think back to our first around the world trip in 2010 when we traveled for 3 months through 10 countries and pretty much stayed at hotels 4* and above the entire time with top-tier elite status in a major hotel rewards program which meant room…
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August 26, 2018 5
We Leave Today Trip Route Map: 19,143 miles over 10 segments

How We Use Points for Hotels and Flights – Last Year’s Trip

We often get asked how we travel so much, use points, and score such great deals. As a precursor to our blog post about tips to maximize points redemptions, we will share all the details about our annual extended vacation last October/November 2017 to give you an idea of the amount of planning it takes…
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July 10, 2018 2
Puppy on WestJet

Airline Strikes: What You Need to Know

They don’t happen often but then they do, airline strikes can wreak havoc on travel. As of May 10, 2018, 91% of WestJet pilots voted in favor of a strike that could affect flights at the end of May and into June, depending on how negotiations go. In this post, we will discuss the impacts…
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May 11, 2018 0
EVA Royal Laural Menu

Airline Review: Why you should fly EVA Air

The best flights are those that you don’t want to end, the ones where you need a few extra hours to fully experience all the great amenities onboard. For us, flying on EVA in their Royal Laurel Class  777-300ER service between North America and Asia tops our list of those “best flights”. In this post,…
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March 4, 2018 0
Grounded flight at YUL

Air Canada’s AC Bid Upgrade: Is it worth it?

For the last couple of years, Air Canada has introduced a new program, the AC Bid Upgrade. Passengers who purchase tickets or redeem points for a flight can place a monetary bid to hopefully obtain a seat in a higher class of service; bids can be placed on seats in premium economy, Premium Rouge, and…
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February 16, 2018 2
Interjet flight taking off from PVR

Flying Interjet Between Canada and Mexico: What You Need to Know

At this time, Interjet offers service to Mexico City and Cancun from Toronto, Montreal, and Vancouver, the 3 busiest Canadian airports utilizing Airbus A320 aircraft. As it is a new airline, I’ve been asked what I think of them, whether or not they’re a reputable airline and if I’d fly them. In this post, I will discuss some…
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December 20, 2017 4
The bar at The Pier at HKG

Review: Cathay Pacific’s The Pier Business Class Lounge at HKG

Maxine and I have been fortunate to experience first class and business class lounges across the world (including the Emirates First Class Lounge at DXB – Dubai Airport) but if there is one lounge that tops our list, it’s Cathay Pacific’s The Pier, Business Class lounge at HKG – Hong Kong International Airport. During our…
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November 6, 2017 0
The Danzai Noodles on EVA Air BR 25 between Seattle to Taipei.

Airplane Food: Top 5 In-flight Meals

In the Bon Appetit article “Anthony Bourdain Thinks You’re Crazy For Eating Airplane Food“, Anthony Bourdain answers questions about what’s acceptable to eat aboard a flight, which in fact is nothing at all…unless you’re on a long flight and in that case cheese and lots of port (emphasis on lots of port) are acceptable. While…
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November 6, 2017 0
The Arabic Mezze plate in Emirates First Class between DFW-DXB with 2002 Dom Perignon champagne

Emirates First Class: A Really Fun Thing We’ll Never Get To Do Again

OK, so I’m deviating from the standard content of this blog to share a more autobiographical post, a detailed account of my experience flying Emirates First Class from IAH – Houston George Bush International Airport to BKK – Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport via DXB – Dubai International Airport in October 2016. While some people say the day they…
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January 9, 2017 1