January 6, 2021
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REVIEW – Qatar Airways : Q Suites – B777/A350 – Malé (MLE) to London (LHR) – [COVID-era]

Whilst BA has gone down the route of creating additional plastic waste and reducing the quality of wine on board, Qatar has instead opted to give full bottles of sanitiser to passengers in addition to providing them all with face shields, gloves and face masks.
December 30, 2020
new BA 777 suites cabin

REVIEW – British Airways : First Class Suites – B777 – London (LHR) to Malé (MLE) – [COVID-era]

I was curious to see the new First Class cabin in the flesh and when you compare it to the 14 seat cabins that previously graced the 777 this is clearly a superior product. The doors are actually the least exciting change in my mind. I can see the business logic for installing them but in reality they make little difference to the overall experience.
December 9, 2020
four seasons dubai jumeirah

REVIEW – Four Seasons Dubai at Jumeirah Beach : Deluxe City-View Room [COVID-era]

Book Four Seasons Dubai at Jumeirah Beach with Classic Travel Intro and Booking Jump straight to the Conclusion This is a bit of a weird hybrid review. Personally I stayed at the Four Seasons DIFC during this trip (as well as spending a few nights at the Andaz the Palm […]
November 29, 2020
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REVIEW – Four Seasons Dubai DIFC : Four Seasons Room & Studio Suite [COVID-era]

I had two terrible nights of sleep here and despite that I would still return in a heartbeat and emphatically recommend this hotel to anybody. The quality of the hardware and service isn't just better than everything in Dubai, its up there with the best I've ever encountered globally. Despite very healthy occupancy by COVID standards the property almost always felt like it was ours alone. It is hard to overstate how special it is to have this feeling in a large city like Dubai.
November 3, 2020
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REVIEW – Andaz Dubai The Palm : Terrace Suite [COVID-era]

I'm not going to lie, I've had mixed experiences with the Andaz brand in the past. I struggle to see how a hotel can be both casual and luxurious at the same time. All too often you'll find that youth oriented brands like W, Andaz and Edition are just cutting corners but still charging luxury prices...
October 28, 2020
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REVIEW – Waldorf Astoria Dubai DIFC : King Corner Suite [COVID-era]

It's been a while since any hotel I stayed at hit every single one of the basics on my checklist and that alone should tell you something. The Waldorf Astoria DIFC is a hotel that offers a hell of a lot in a market which is arguably rather saturated already. The decor makes it a real standout amongst DIFC properties and the location makes it an ideal base of operations for a visit to Dubai...
October 14, 2020
A350 club suites mini cabin

REVIEW – British Airways : Club Suites Business Class – A350 – London (LHR) to Dubai (DXB) and back – [COVID-era]

To be able to fly at all right now is a real privilege in the current era and BA's Club Suites present you with just about the most socially distanced product you could hope for in Business Class. If you're hungry, eat before; if you're thirsty, you'll be taken care of. Right now this is the new normal and for the time being I'm ok with it...
October 5, 2020
PH Dubai DXB 58 - TRIP REPORT - Another birthday trip to Dubai...this time during COVID

TRIP REPORT – Another birthday trip to Dubai…this time during COVID

A number of my friends happened to be gathering on my birthday weekend in Dubai. Flights were cheap, award availability was plentiful and Dubai's luxury hotels appeared to be experimenting in delivering a price as close to free as humanly possible...
August 18, 2016
featured champlagnes - Champlagnes - TG F, OZ J & F and NH F - Sofitel, Hyatt, Conrad, Hilton

Champlagnes – TG F, OZ J & F and NH F – Sofitel, Hyatt, Conrad, Hilton

After a couple of months of reading the Trip Reports forum on FlyerTalk.com, I slowly became aware that an itinerary involving multiple flights in international First Class, was no longer a lottery winning dream. This could actually be done. Not only that but with judicious routing and planning it could be done cheaply and awesomely, maximising all the little extras that make each airline unique.
August 24, 2016
usdm TR - Bali and Taipei - *A Getaway with USDM - BR J, TG J - Peninsula, Alila

Bali and Taipei – *A Getaway with USDM – BR J, TG J – Peninsula, Alila

There is definitely a line of thinking in our hobby which states that any change to a loyalty program = the sky is falling. USDM was a crazy experience. I will miss hours spent listening to the hold music, the adrenaline rush when a crazy routing gets ticketed or even the crushing blow of having the rates desk kill a dream route after the final award seat in a 10 leg itinerary opens up.
September 1, 2016
Banner 2 - Sun, Snow and Sushi - One Week, OneWorld F Round The World

Sun, Snow and Sushi – One Week, OneWorld F Round The World

Round the World in First Class for $1,400 worth of US Airways miles, plus taxes. Just for fun I checked the cash price for these flights in the cheapest non-flexible First class fare buckets: $23,400.