Mar 02

January 2017: Auckland Trip Report

Day 1:  We arrived from Queenstown in the afternoon on our Jetstar flight. After collecting our checked-in luggage we found our way to the Skybus counter outside the terminal building. By purchasing Skybus tickets online, you save a little bit of money in comparison to showing up at the airport counter. We took the airport …

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Feb 24

Hotel Review: Crowne Plaza Queenstown

Crowne Plaza Queenstown 93 Beach St,Queenstown, 9300, New Zealand Crowne Plaza Queenstown is located on the shores of Lake Wakatipu and very close to the city center. The hotel is located just under 10 km from Queenstown International Airport. A complimentary night at this property costs 40,000 IHG points per night. We had booked 2 …

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Feb 21

Hotel Review: Hilton Queenstown Resort & Spa

Hilton Queenstown Resort & Spa Kawarau Village, 79 Peninsula Rd, Queenstown, 9300, New Zealand Hilton Queenstown Resort & Spa is a Category 7 Hilton Property located just 5 minutes from Queenstown International Airport. It is located next door to the other Hilton property in the area that I reviewed earlier, the Doubletree by Hilton Hotel …

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Feb 17

Hotel Review: DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Queenstown

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Queenstown Kawarau Village 79 Peninsula Road, Queenstown, 9300, New Zealand Doubletree by Hilton Queenstown is a Category 4 Hilton property located just 5 mins drive away from Queenstown International Airport. The hotel does not provide any complimentary airport shuttle and a cab ride is around $25 NZD one way. The hotel does …

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Feb 14

January 2017: Queenstown Trip Report

Day 1: We arrived at Queenstown International Airport around early afternoon on our flight from Sydney. In case you don’t already know, New Zealand exercises very strict bio-security at its airports (with huge fines for non-compliance) so we declared every single item that we were bringing in from Australia (packaged food, snacks etc). After clearing …

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Feb 10

Hotel Review: Sheraton on the Park, Sydney

Sheraton on the Park, Sydney 161 Elizabeth Street, Sydney, New South Wales, 2000, Australia Sheraton on the Park Sydney is located next to Hyde park and also St. James station which connects to Sydney Kingsford Smith International Airport via the Airport Link Train. However, if you are not traveling solo, I would recommend taking a cab …

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Feb 07

January 2017: Sydney Trip Report

Day 1: We arrived at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport early in the morning. After immigration and customs we lined up for the taxi line for a cab to the hotel. We were staying at Sheraton on the Park which is located right opposite of St. James station by Hyde Park. I had researched that we …

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Feb 03

Airline Review: Thai Airways – First Class (Boeing 747-400 with Lie Flat Sats) : Bangkok – Sydney (TG 475)

Flight:  Thai Airways TG 475 from Bangkok to Sydney Equipment: B744(Boeing 747-400) Class: First Seat: 3E-3F (middle seats together with direct aisle access) Seat Specification: True Flat Bed, Seat pitch: 76 “. Seat width: 21 ” Thai Airways operates  Boeing 747-400 aircraft on its Bangkok – Sydney route for its twice a day flights. Thai First Class on the 747 …

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Jan 30

Airline Lounge Review: Thai Airways Royal First Lounge and Spa, Bangkok

Thai Airways Royal First Lounge, Suvarnabhumi Airport (Concourse D) I had read several outstanding reviews on Thai Airways ground service for Thai Airways First Class passengers departing Suvarnabhumi Airport. About 4 days before our Bangkok-Sydney flight on Thai Airways, I found award space for 2 passengers on Thai F and booked it right away for me and Karen. …

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Jan 27

Airline Review: Cathay Dragon – Business Class (Airbus 320-200 with Recliner Seats) : Hong Kong – Kolkata (KA 168)

Flight:  Cathay Dragon KA 168  from Hong Kong to Kolkata Equipment: A322 (Airbus 320-200) Class: Business Seat: 10A (Window seat in 2 x 2) Seat Specification: Recliner seats Seat pitch: 42″. Seat width: 20″ Cathay Pacific operates Airbus 320-200 (Version 1) in its Hong Kong – Kolkata route which features 2 rows of recliner seats in Business and rest is economy …

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Jan 25

Airline Review: Cathay Pacific – Business Class (Boeing 777-300 with Lie Flat Seats) : Los Angeles – Hong Kong (CX 897)

Flight:  Cathay Pacific CX 897  from Los Angeles to Hong Kong Equipment: B773(Boeing 777-300ER) Class: Business Seat: 18K (single seat with direct aisle access) Seat Specification: True Flat Bed, Seat pitch: 81.0 “. Seat width: 21 ” MilesPointsTravel Disclaimer: This review is solely the work of Karen. I personally did not fly on this segment.  Cathay Pacific operates 4 daily …

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Jan 23

Hotel Review: Park Plaza Sukhumvit Bangkok

Park Plaza Sukhumvit Bangkok BTS Asoke Station, 16 Ratchadapisek Road, Klongtoey, Bangkok Park Plaza Sukhumvit Bangkok is one of 4 Carlson Rezidor Hotel properties in the Sukhumvit area of Bangkok. It is located in the heart of Bangkok right next to BTS Asoke station as well as Sukhumvit MRT station. Because of its accessibility to both BTS …

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Jan 19

Airline Review – Cathay Pacific – Business Class (Airbus 330-300 with Lie Flat Seats): Hong Kong – Bangkok (CX 705)

Flight:  Cathay Pacific CX 615 from Hong Kong to Bangkok Equipment: A333(Airbus 330-300) Class: Business Seat: 16K (single seat with direct aisle access) Seat Specification: True Flat Bed, Seat pitch: 82.0 “. Seat width: 20.2 ” My Cathay Pacific flight from Hong Kong to Bangkok was operated by an Airbus 330-300 featuring lie-flat seats in 1-2-1 configuration. For such …

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Dec 26

Airline Review – Singapore Airlines – First Class (Boeing 777-300 with Lie Flat Seats): San Francisco – Hong Kong (SQ 1)

Flight:  Singapore Airlines SQ 1 from San Francisco to Hong Kong Equipment: B773(Boeing 777-300 ER) Class: First Seat: 1K (Window) Seat Specification: Flatbed seat (non-suite), Seat pitch: 71 “. Seat width: 35 ” This was my second time ever on a Singapore Airlines First Class flight (or any First Class for that matter). My first time in Singapore F was on this same route …

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Dec 07

Dec’16 – Jan’17 – India, Australia and New Zealand Trip: Introduction

Its December and once again time to visit India. For the last few years, I had planned our trip in such a way that after visiting India, we could add some other destinations before returning to the US. In 2013 we visited the Maldives, 2014 was a short trip to Phuket, Thailand, 2015 had us …

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Nov 21

Hotel Review: Hyatt Regency Maui Resort & Spa

Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa 200 Nohea Kai Drive, Lahaina, Hawaii, USA, 96761-1985 Hyatt Regency Maui Resort & Spa is a category 5 Hyatt property located right on Kaanapali Beach in Lahaina, Maui. A complimentary night at this resort costs 20,000 Hyatt Gold Passport points (27,000 Hyatt Gold Passport points for Club Level room). The …

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Oct 24

September 2016: Maui Trip Report

Day 1: We arrived on our flight from Kauai early morning. After picking up rental car, we drove from Kahului airport to Hyatt Regency on Ka’anapali Beach. After checking in, we drove to the Fish Market in Lahaina. Karen ordered some Shrimp Burrito while I had Pork Tacos. Both were very delicious. After lunch, we …

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Oct 13

Hotel Review: Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort & Spa

Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort and Spa 1571 Poipu Road, Koloa, Hawaii, USA, 96756 Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort & Spa is the sole Hyatt property in Kauai, located in Poipu area close to 15 miles from Lihue Airport. It is a category 6 property costing 25,000 Hyatt Gold Passport points per night for redemption stays (33,000 …

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Sep 30

September 2016: Kauai Trip Report

30Day 1: We arrived at Lihue International Airport, Kauai around just before noon on our morning flight from Los Angeles. We took the Hertz airport shuttle to the car rental lot and were soon on our way to our hotel. We were staying at the Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort & Spa for 2 nights. After …

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Sep 13

September 2016: Hawaii Trip – Introduction

During the 2016 Labor Day weekend, Me and Karen took 2 extra days off from work and went to Hawaii for a mini-vacation. We visited 2 islands on this trip – Kauai and Maui. While this was my first time in Hawaii, Karen had already been to Oahu on her previous Hawaii Trip in 2014. …

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