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REVIEW: American Airlines Flagship International First Class Lounge New York JFK In 360°…

A truly great travel experience is curated by the traveler via flexibility offered from the airline. Want to eat now? Go for it. Want a few drinks before you get on the plane? By all means. Want to unwind in a place which is conducive to the nature of your work or pleasure? Be our guest. American Airlines is making a significant investment in  airport lounges, with the JFK Flagship International First Class lounge among the first to begin the new makeover. If this space is any indication, things are off to a great start......(Continue Reading)...

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Are Hotel CLUB Lounges Worth The Price? Here’s Everything YOU Need To Know…

It feels surreal. That's the first thought when you find yourself 40 stories up in an incredible city sipping craft cocktails and champagne while savoring delicious canapés overlooking the skyline. You've probably seen the "club level" option when booking your hotel and there are times when the extra cost is totally worth it and there are times when it's best to give it a hard pass. Here's how to decide once and for all...(Continue Reading)...

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Hotel Review: La Residence, Franschhoek, South Africa. The #1 Hotel In Africa…

La Residence is not just a place that treats you like a king, it's a destination that caters to actually kings, in a style only imaginable in a time long before. With celebrities such as Elton John, Robert Redford, Norah Jones and literal royalty making this unique property their home away from home in Franschhoek, the wine growing mountain region ofSouth Africa, you can certainly expect the red carpet. Of course, in order to deliver standards held by kings you need a general. In this case that is the command of General Manager Edward who takes personal interest in each and every guest in a way I can only affectionately describe as being Wes Anderson's "Grand Budapest Hotel" manager in the real world...(Continue Reading)...

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A 360° Look At Qatar Airways (INCREDIBLE) Al Mourjan BUSINESS Class Lounge In Doha, QATAR…

The only question is: Why isn't home this good? No waiters? No chefs? The Qatar Airways Al Mourjan Business Class Lounge is everything you could ask for from a business class lounge and even then, it's so much more. Exclusive to business class passengers (nope, elite status won't get you in) it's kept in pristine condition with immense offerings. Take a look for yourself in 360°'s...(Continue Reading)...

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Hotel Review: The Shangri La, Bangkok, Thailand + Club Lounge…

Bangkok and buzz are two words that go very well together. The city is an exciting chaos of people, places and things. To balance out the eccentric madness you need a place where you can really kick your feet up and feel at home. The Shangri-La Bangkok is one of the cities most respected hotels and with attractive rates and additional perks we gave it a spin, plus the river views never hurt...(Continue Reading)...

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Review: Qatar Airways (Swanky) A320 Flat Bed Business Class In 360° Virtual Reality.

The next level of travel isn't just booking flights, it's paying attention to the aircraft type you'll be flying on, since many offer different setups even within the same airline. Before our flight aboard Qatar's A320 there was much speculation as to whether the plane, primarily used for shorter flights would feature flat beds or "old school" recliner seats that don't go fully flat. Fortunately it was the former, and the service was outstanding...(Continue Reading)...

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360° Virgin Atlantic CLUBHOUSE Tour. The BEST Business Class Lounge In The World…

Can we all say one giant **** to the airport terminal? Passengers are the last thought when building an airport terminal and that's why just about everyone hates flying. One group of passengers who never hate flying, or at least not the part on the ground, are those lucky enough to squeeze into the Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse at London Heathrow, the best business class lounge in the world. If you didn't already know, you can get in just using those frequent flyer miles...(Continue Reading).

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The 10 BEST Travel APPS For Every Step Of Your Journey (Which Also Make You Look Like A Pro)…

There's an app for that. But seriously, just about every frustration you've ever had in booking, getting inspired, looking up reservations and figuring where to eat have an app, just for that. If you prefer pulling corks out of champagne bottles more than pulling hair, these are your must have apps for happy planning, vacationing and flying...(Continue Reading).

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Six Tips + Tricks To Get The BEST PRICE On Hotel Rooms (And Maybe Bigger Rooms Too)…

Getting there is easy. You already know how to find cheap flights, score upgrades, hit airport lounges and use your miles like a pro. Staying in hotels is an essential part of the journey, and there's no reason that you shouldn't be able to sleep like a king, without a kings ransom. Here are essential tips to finding the best hotel deals...(Continue Reading).

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REVIEW: Qatar Airways A380 Business Class (Plus BAR) In 360° Virtual Reality…

As a point of editorial reference, I want it to be known that air travel in the front of the plane has become so ridiculous that the barrier for wow factor is no longer "having" a bar, but how spacious and luxurious your bar on a commercial plane is. With this mindset we arrive at Qatar Airways A380 business class. We've flown their A350, A320, 777 and find each to deliver an incredible level of service so needless to say, we were very excited to experience their only aircraft with a lounge and bar area...(Continue Reading)...

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Upgrades, Better Seats, Cheap Flights: The One Tool That We Just Can’t Plan Or Book Travel Without…

If you don't care about flight upgrades, better seats in your cabin, free flights using miles or anything of that sort, click away, nothing for you here. If you do enjoy those things then settle in. There's much to be discussed here. There's one tool that almost every travel writer, blogger or wizard raves about and we're going to elaborate on it. It's called Expert Flyer...(Continue Reading)...

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The BEST Travel GEAR From Luggage To Chargers, Headphones And MORE…

A benefit and a curse of traveling is that you really get to test things out. The curse is that you buy some things that end up breaking, sometimes before you barely get to know them. The benefit is that you also occasionally come across a travel product that you can’t live without, which seems to “carry on” without breaking, no matter how demanding your travel schedule. Here are my absolute favorite travel gear and accessories that I never leave home without…(Continue Reading)...

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HOTEL REVIEW: The Hotel ICON, Kowloon, Hong Kong (A Must Stay)…

Hong Kong and hospitality have a certain ring (and history) to them. When choosing a hotel in the iconic city, you'll have no shortage of choices. Ritz, Peninsula, Mandarin, they're all there, all with something special to offer. One lesser known hotel seemed to offer quite a lot, including an extensive club lounge, a Tesla airport pick up and quietly, a #3 rating on TripAdvisor, with consistently raving compliments about the staff and how special they made each stay for each and every guest. With high expectations (as always), our expectations were greatly exceeded... (Continue Reading)...

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Hotel REVIEW: Marriott ST. PANCRAS Renaissance Hotel, LONDON, UK.

Much like all renowned cities in Europe, there's an incredible sense of place and history to be found in London. For a hotel however, that can create a bit of an identity crisis. History is wonderful, but too tired and old a decor and you deter an entire group, too new and you miss that sense of place that travelers seek. The Marriott St. Pancras Renaissance manages to eloquently tip toe its way managing both, marrying incredible architecture, history and culture with upscale contemporary rooms and amenities...(Continue Reading)...

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The Five BEST + Most Luxurious FIRST Class Airline Cabins…

Well folks, from the flight deck, we've now covered all flight cabins. The worst economy, the best economypremium economy and business class. That leaves us here. When business class is not enough, there's only one way to go. First class. If that's not enough, perhaps the looney bin or the White House is the next stop. International First class has become such a luxurious, refined experience, it's hard to imagine that a private jet could offer more comfort, better food or more service. Here are the five best seats in the world...(Continue Reading).

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Does Booking Hotel + Airfare Together ACTUALLY Save Money? We Have The Answer…

Airlines and hotels "best" rates, really mean, the "best" rates they are willing to show you publicly. That doesn't mean someone else isn't paying less, in fact, they more than likely are. Air, hotel and car rental packages are the perfect opportunity to undercut competitors without showing a specific price for each individual part. The airline sells for less than normal, so does the hotel, and the customer is happy. What's not to like? Well, it can be perfect, and it can be painful...(Continue Reading).

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REVIEW: Cathay Pacific FIRST CLASS Boeing 747-400 In 360° Virtual Reality…

Cathay Pacific First Class is a stunning example of just what exactly the difference between business and first class is, and really, why first class exists in the world at all. If you're looking for an experience where attention to detail is an art form, comfort is a refined skill and wining and dining in the sky is actually worth missing some sleep for, you've come to the right place. We used 40,000 British Airways miles to give it a whirl from Hong Kong to Tokyo, aboard the 747 Queen of The Skies and to put it simply, four and a half hours was nowhere near long enough...(Continue Reading)...

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REVIEW: Qatar Airways Airbus A350-900 BUSINESS Class In 360° Virtual Reality…

Business class is always more pleasure than business, and when you're flying on the airline that just won the best business class award, flying on their newest, most desired aircraft, the Airbus A350-900, excitement is impossible to avoid. The problem is that excitement generally leads to expectation, and expectation is hard to deliver on. On an around the world adventure, sampling the best first and business class cabins, we took a ride on Qatar Airways flight 57 from Doha to Munich, aboard their state of the art new plane. The experience? Nothing short of Fantastic...(Continue Reading)...

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REVIEW: Virgin Atlantic’s 787 Dreamliner UPPER CLASS In 360° Virtual Reality…

Flying business class is an experience, and if it's done right, that experience hits all the right notes from the minute you arrive at the airport, up until the last cup of coffee in the arrivals lounge. Since we've reviewed the Upper Class service quite a few times, we thought it would be fun to instead simply share the experience as simply as possible, solely with 360° virtual reality photos, which you can control in any direction by clicking and dragging (computer) or swiping with your finger (mobile)...(Continue Reading)...

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One Hotel In TOKYO Is Spying On Guests To IMPROVE Stays (And Others Probably Are Too)…

They're watching you! No, but seriously, they are. Is that a bad thing? A brand new five star hotel, The Prince Gallery just opened up in Tokyo and before booking, it was naturally time for some research. Aside from stunning pictures and an attractive description, I stumbled upon a company document on Google, which details how the hotel plans to spy on guests, in a good way of course....(Continue Reading).

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