Pandemic Travel Interlude: Avis Drama, Lower Hudson Valley, Tarrytown House Estate, and Sheraton Tarrytown

I said my next post would begin my trip report of my February/March 2020 trip to Japan, but I changed my mind. Instead, I’ll give you a quick report of some travel I did this summer. Being in isolation for months, living alone and working from home, was rough. My… Read more »

2020 Seemed So Bright: Dublin to London on British Airways and London to Washington on Virgin Atlantic

Boarding a BA A320 at DUB

This recap of my return trip, British Airways Dublin to London and Virgin Atlantic London to Washington, is the sixth in a series of six posts about my December 2019/January 2020 trip to Dublin and Belfast. My last post, covering my stay at the Hilton Belfast, is available here. Note:… Read more »

Review: Hilton Belfast

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Front of Hilton Belfast

This review of the Hilton Belfast is the fifth in a series of six posts about my December 2019/January 2020 trip to Dublin and Belfast. My last post, covering the Giant’s Causeway and my exploration of Western Belfast, is available here. Note: this trip was taken before the COVID-19 pandemic,… Read more »

Belfast Part 2: Causeway Coast & Black Taxi Tour

This is the fourth in a series of posts about my December 2019/January 2020 trip to Dublin and Belfast. My last post, covering the first part of my stay in Belfast, is available here. Note: this trip was taken before the COVID-19 pandemic, and thus may reflect a very different… Read more »

Refunds: Air Canada is the worst

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So back in late-March and early April, I canceled a May trip to Spain, which involved flights on a bunch of different carriers, hotels, and the like. I talked about the process here.  Since then, I’ve canceled June and July trips involving American, Alaska, United, and Delta, and received refunds… Read more »

Belfast Part 1: The train from Dublin and Exploring the City

River Lagan at dusk

This is the third in a series of posts about my December 2019/January 2020 trip to Dublin and Belfast. My last post, covering my three nights in Dublin, is available here. Note: this trip was taken before the COVID-19 pandemic, and thus may reflect a very different world than we… Read more »

[UPDATED] Cancellation experiences: Delta revenue, Aeroplan and American award, and Iberia award; Hotels.com and Club1hotels

There has been a lot of constantly shifting policies and debates as to what airlines are required to do with regard to existing bookings in light of COVID-19. There are lots of nuances and honestly it seems airlines are not being consistent at all.  But I thought I’d share my… Read more »

Three Nights in Dublin, the Radisson Blu Royal Hotel, Dublin and Hilton Garden Inn Dublin Custom House

This is the second in a series of posts about my December 2019/January 2020 trip to Dublin and Belfast. My last post, covering my flights from DC to London to Dublin, is available here. I had five nights total in Ireland and Northern Ireland. After my long day of travel,… Read more »

F***ed by a Virgin: Virgin Atlantic Washington to London, Six Hours at Heathrow, & Aer Lingus Heathrow to Dublin

This is the first in a series of posts about my December 2019/January 2020 trip to Dublin and Belfast. Virgin Atlantic Flt. 22, Washington-Dulles to London-Heathrow (IAD-LHR) Airbus A330-300, Economy Sched. Dep. 6:25pm          Sched. Arr. 6:40am +1 Actual Dep. 6:20pm           Actual Arr. 6:37am +1 Aer Lingus Flt. 159,… Read more »