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2020 Year in Review and YWW Index

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For the past 9 years, I’ve done a year in review post where I spew some facts and figures about my travel, comment on trends, and give out awards. You can check out prior years here: 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011.  I was trying to think if it made sense to do one… Read more »

Trip Report: Japan Airlines First Class New York to Tokyo (Pre-Covid)

Japan Airlines Flt. 5  New York-JFK to Tokyo Haneda (JFK-HND) Boeing 777-300ER, First Class Sched. Dep. 12:50pm     Sched. Arr. 5:10pm +1 Actual Dep. 12:42pm      Actual Arr. 4:38pm +1 This is Part 2 in a series summarizing my February-March 2020 trip to Japan, taken just before COVID-19 became a pandemic.  The… Read more »

Japan in the Before Times, Part 1: Intro, AA First DCA to JFK, & JFK Terminal 1 Lounges

This is Part 1 in a series summarizing my February-March 2020 trip to Japan, taken just before COVID-19 became a pandemic.  You can read about my decision not to cancel the trip and a brief overview of the trip here. I’m not sure how much I’m going to end up… 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 »

[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 »

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 »

Airline #71: Luxair to Paris-CDG and Air France Paris to Washington

Luxair Dash 8

This is the conclusion of a much-delayed series covering my Labor Day (August-September 2019) trip to Paris and Luxembourg. My last post covered my day exploring Luxembourg City. Luxair Flt. 8013 Luxembourg to Paris-Charles de Gaulle (LUX-CDG) Sched. Dep. 11:00am   Sched. Arr. 12:00pm Actual Dep. 11:00am     Actual Arr. 12:05pm Air… Read more »

Air France’s Dated A380 Economy Washington to Paris and Ibis Paris CDG Airport

This is the first in a much-delayed series covering my Labor Day (August-September 2019) trip to Paris and Luxembourg. Given how long has passed, the posts won’t be super detailed, but I’ll do my best from notes and pictures. Air France Flt. 55, Washington-Dulles to Paris-Charles de Gaulle (IAD-CDG) Airbus… Read more »

Homeward Bound: Delta Economy Rio de Janeiro to Atlanta to DC and Gol Lounge GIG

This is the third of three posts covering my November 2019 trip to Rio de Janeiro. You can read about the origin of this trip here, and my last post, covering my stay at the Hilton Rio de Janeiro Copacabana, here. Delta Flt. 60 Rio de Janeiro to Atlanta (GIG-ATL) Boeing… Read more »

2019 Year in Review and YWW Index

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World map showing flights flown in

Greetings from a train from Belfast to Dublin!! Every year, I take a look back on my year of travel and take a look at the year ahead. You can check out prior years here: 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011. This year, I actually traveled more than in the last few years, but I’ve… Read more »