Tag Archives: Asia and Middle East Travel

Flying Alitalia Business Class from Tel Aviv to Rome to London-Heathrow

Our return routing from Israel to Washington was a complicated one.  Originally, I was booked on the reverse of our inbound trip, Tel Aviv to Paris, Paris to Dulles, on Air France business class.  There was no availability on any of the morning flights out of Tel Aviv, so I… Read more »

Why I’m Not Blogging About the Rest of my Israel Trip

Why I’m Not Blogging About the Rest of My Israel Trip It’s been a few weeks since my last post about my June trip to Israel. I had had a post on what we did in Jerusalem almost all written, including a discussion of the Light Rail, which I found… Read more »

The Arthur Hotel Jerusalem, or Why I’m Glad Hilton Hhonors and the Waldorf-Astoria Let Me Down

Jerusalem is not a great city for the points or loyalty-concerned traveler. Until this spring, the only property affiliated with one of the major chains was the Crowne Plaza, which is not centrally located for tourists, but close to most of the government buildings and the convention center. When I… Read more »

Israel Trip Report: Starting Out IAD-CDG-TLV in Air France Business Class

This post is the first in a series describing my recent trip to Israel with my boyfriend. Our trip included Jerusalem and Tel Aviv Pride. Air France Flt. 39  Washington-Dulles to Paris – Charles DeGaulle, Business Class, Boeing 777-300 ER Dep. 4:06 PM   Arr. 5:15AM +1 Air France Flt. 1960 … Read more »

The Most Morally Bankrupt Miles Blog Post Ever? Begging for First Class

Things have been crazy with a new job and a new schedule.  Hope to finish trip reports soon.  But today, another blogger posted something that may be the most morally bankrupt post ever, and it compelled me to take a break and stay up later than I should. Some background… Read more »

YWW Does East Asia: The Thai Airways First Class Experience – Bangkok to Paris Trip Report

Thai Airways Flt. 932- Bangkok (BKK) to Paris (CDG), 12hrs, Thai Royal First, Boeing 777-300ER (77W) First class is amazing.  Until this trip, I had never flown in international first class before, only in business class.  I have no delusions that my experiences as a first class passenger on Thai… Read more »

YWW Does East Asia: The Journey Home Begins: Penang to Bangkok in Thai Airways Business Trip Report

Thai Airways Flt. 426- Penang to Bangkok, Business Class, 1h40m, Boeing 737 A downside of the backwards way I planned the end of my trip was that I had an 8am departure from Penang Airport to Bangkok on Thai Airways.  It wasn’t so bad in that it would allow me… Read more »

YWW Does East Asia: Exploring Penang and the Holiday Inn Resort Penang Review

Penang is an island off the coast of the Western Malay peninsula, connected to the mainland by bridge.  It was very important to the British when they controlled Malaysia and Singapore, and was known as Prince of Wales Island.  The British influence remains in a number of areas — most… Read more »

YWW Does East Asia: From Hong Kong to Penang in Cathay Business Class Trip Report

I didn’t even bother to ask for late checkout from the Eaton, so left pretty early for the trip to Hong Kong International Airport.  There are shuttle buses that the Hong Kong Airport Express train runs on various routes picking up and dropping off passengers at hotels, and bringing them… Read more »

YWW Does East Asia: Exploring Hong Kong Trip Report

(Sorry for the delay in finishing this series. Almost done. But life gets in the way.  Credit card links and shilling for airlines don’t pay my bills.) Despite a population of only approximately 7 million, Hong Kong feels like a megacity, with far more than we could explore in the… Read more »