Tag: Burning Miles

Hamburg Trip Preview

Yet another interruption in my Norway/Netherlands/Malta trip report series… Just six weeks after I returned, I’ll be heading back across the Atlantic for a bit of a wacky trip that includes mile earning and burning, and hopefully some relaxation if events beyond my control don’t get away. It also feels like the past month has
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Trip Report: Austrian Airlines Business Class Washington to Vienna (IAD-VIE)

This is part 2 in a series about my summer 2017 trip, which took me to Norway, the Netherlands, and Malta.  You can read an overview of the trip here. (I have done some website redesign that should help with readability.  I still cannot figure out how to get my photos to resize for mobile
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South Africa & Namibia Preview #1: Booking Award Travel to South Africa

In a few weeks I’ll be traveling to South Africa and Namibia, which will be my first trip to the mainland of Africa.  (Back in 2014, I went to the Seychelles with layovers in Ethiopia.)  At this point, South Africa, China, India, and Japan are pretty much the only major global destinations I haven’t been,
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Hotel Review: Crowne Plaza Auckland

This is part 12 in a series about my November 2016 trip to New Zealand, booked off a $215 mistake fare. Auckland has no shortage of hotels, with several large international chains well-represented.  I originally was going to spend one night at the Hilton Auckland, which is perched at the end of a pier in the
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Sick in the Air: Airberlin Business Berlin to Chicago, American ORD-MSP-DCA and the Escape Lounge MSP

Travel is unpredictable.  Award travel can be particularly so.  Add that in with the other variables that can upset a trip and a lot of it’s a gamble.  And, ooh, boy, did I have a terrible trip back from Berlin – not really the result of any airline behavior or anything, just luck. My return
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Barcelona Bound:  AA Business Class DCA-PHL-BCN

This is part two in my trip report series from my July 2016 trip to Spain.  For an introduction, visit this post. I was scheduled to fly from DCA to JFK on a Tuesday evening, then on Wednesday evening fly JFK to Madrid on American, followed by Madrid to Barcelona on Iberia.  Not an ideal
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Summer in Spain:  Trip Preview and Anatomy

Since my Brazil mini-vacation, I haven’t stopped traveling, with trips to Minneapolis, New York, and Lubbock for work and family.  I’m glad to be at home in DC for a few weeks, but it also means I need to start turning my attention to my only real vacation of the summer. For each of the
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2015 Index and YWW Year in Review

It’s a bit late, but here is my 2015 travel year in review post.  It was a huge travel year for me, as I hit 5 continents and did more long-haul flying than I’d ever done before. It was a lot of mileage redemptions, and low on the mileage earning front.  I re-qualified for American
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Seoul (ICN) to Taipei (TPE) on Cathay Pacific Business Class

A 9:20am flight isn’t that early, unless you are flying out of Incheon, which is basically like flying out of Baltimore if you live in DC. I woke up at 5:15am, checked out of the Holiday Inn Express and headed to the Metro. My original plan had been to take a taxi to Seoul Station,
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Korea and Taiwan: Starting with a Rare United Flight, Domestic First Washington-Dulles (IAD) to San Francisco (SFO)

United Flight 424 Washington-Dulles to San Francisco A320, Domestic First Sched. Dep. 8:15 am       Actual Dep. 8:13 am Sched. Arr. 11:10 am       Actual Arr. 11:00 am Woohoo! Cathay got me my computer back only 4 days after I lost it. Onto the trip reports. This is Part 1 of a series of blog posts about
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