Cathay Pacific “The Wing” Lounge and HK Express Hong Kong to Chiang Mai

IntroductionAmerican Airlines First Class Greensboro to Charlotte to New York and a Day in NYCCathay Pacific Business Class New York (JFK) to Hong KongCathay Pacific Arrivals Lounge and 12 Hours in Hong KongCathay Pacific “The Wing” Lounge and HK Express Hong Kong to Chiang Mai Le Meridien Chiang Mai and Exploring Chiang Mai (Part 1) Exploring Chiang Mai (Part 2) and Dusit Princess Chiang Mai Hotel Thai Airways Bangkok to Delhi and Radisson Blu Connaught Place New Delhi Exploring Delhi (Part 1) India Rail Delhi to Agra Exploring Agra and the Taj Mahal and Radisson Blu Agra Taj East Gate Continue reading Cathay Pacific “The Wing” Lounge and HK Express Hong Kong to Chiang Mai

An Amazing Asian Adventure: Introduction

I had been eyeing a trip to Asia for a little while, since we had most recently done trips to Europe, South America, and the Caribbean. Both the Mrs. Guru and I had a relatively sizable number of frequent flyer miles with American Airlines, and as of now, American has, by far, the cheapest award prices to Asia. For comparison, a One Way Business Class ticket from North America to anywhere in Asia currently only costs 55,000 miles using American miles, but United and Delta both charge 80,000 miles. I knew that eventually, American would be raising their prices, which they just announced a few weeks ago, so it was the perfect time to book this trip while their prices were still way below the competition.

I also had read a lot about Etihad Airways (based in Abu Dhabi, UAE), since they have a First Class that is head and shoulders above any seat on any other airline today. Their First Class on the Airbus A380 isn’t just a seat; they call it an Apartment – and for good reason! Inside your Apartment, you have a huge seat, along with a separate 80” long sofa that folds down into a bed. Here’s a sneak peak of what the First Apartment looks like: Continue reading An Amazing Asian Adventure: Introduction

Flights to Ireland: $323 roundtrip


Act fast on this one!  Several airlines have dropped fares for flights to Ireland (specifically to Dublin) for as low as $323 roundtrip from cities like Chicago, Washington, DC, Cincinnati, and San Francisco.  Most of the low fares I’m seeing right now are on Delta and Air France, but other airlines like United and American are dropping some of their fares to match. There are dates available into late spring/early Summer, such as this trip from Washington, DC from May 8-15: The “base fare” before taxes on these flights to Ireland is only $0.50 to $0.55 each way…that’s right, fifty Continue reading Flights to Ireland: $323 roundtrip

Aegean Airlines Business Class Istanbul to Athens

Turkish Airlines CIP Lounge Istanbul

As a bit of a refresher, we left from Greensboro on Friday morning, spent a few hours in Toronto, then flew overnight from Toronto to Istanbul, and spent a full day in Istanbul. After our day in Istanbul, we made our way back to the Istanbul airport, and took some much needed showers in the amazing Turkish Airlines lounge.

The lounge just opened about a year ago, so it’s in excellent condition, and is huge!

The lounge has 2 floors, with video games, a miniature remote control race track, a golf practice simulator (which unfortunately was closed while we were there), a kids’ play area, and a small movie theater Continue reading Aegean Airlines Business Class Istanbul to Athens

Flights to Copenhagen, London, and Iceland for $99 each way

A relatively new budget airline called WOW Air, based in Reykjavik, Iceland just announced that they are starting service to the US in early 2015.  They’ve been around since 2011, calling themselves, “The airline with the biggest smiles and the lowest prices.” Over hte past 3 years, WOW Air has been flying from Iceland to about 20 cities throughout Europe, but they are now launching flights to the US – at this point, just to Boston and Baltimore (BWI). Flights to Boston begin on March 26, 2015 and flights to Baltimore begin on June 3, 2015, and the introductory fares Continue reading Flights to Copenhagen, London, and Iceland for $99 each way

Flights to Bali, Indonesia – $537 roundtrip

Things have been a bit busy lately, so I haven’t had a chance to post recently, but here’s an awesome deal to get back into the swing!  Flights to Bali from Philadelphia are as low as $537 roundtrip – and that includes all taxes and fees!  Even if you have to factor in an extra flight to get to Philadelphia from your location, you can likely keep your total under $675 or so. Bali is an incredible destination – lots of beautiful beaches, but lots of culture and places to explore as well.  The Mrs. Guru and I spent a Continue reading Flights to Bali, Indonesia – $537 roundtrip

Canada, Greece, Turkey, and Italy: Intro and Greensboro to Chicago

Santorini, Greece

As you probably have read, a few weeks ago, the Mrs. Guru and I took an incredible trip to Greece, with quick stops in Istanbul (on the outbound) and Milan (on the return). I’ve posted a few times with some details on how this trip came together, so I’ll summarize some of those points here, with links to more detail if you missed any of those discussions or want to refer back to them.

I started planning this trip last December, when United announced that they would be raising the cost of awards starting in February. Any trips booked before February 1, 2014 (even for travel after February) would be bookable at the old/lower prices, but after February 1, the prices would go up – for Business Class to Europe, United raised the price from 100,000 miles roundtrip to 140,000 miles roundtrip, so I definitely wanted to book before the 40% increase! I had only been to Greece once (for just a few days), and the Mrs. Guru had never been to Greece, so we decided that it would be a great destination. Continue reading Canada, Greece, Turkey, and Italy: Intro and Greensboro to Chicago

Flights to Milan from New York – $499 roundtrip!

Emirates Airline has launched a sale for travel between New York and Milan – even though it may seem strange for Emirates to fly between New York and Italy, since they’re based in Dubai, the flight does continue on from Milan to Dubai…but this is a fantastic opportunity to score a great deal just on the flights to Milan.  The Mrs. Guru and I were just in Milan a few weeks ago on our way back from Greece, so stay tuned for more details on that trip. The one catch with this sale is that it is specifically targeted to Continue reading Flights to Milan from New York – $499 roundtrip!

Χαίρετε από την Ελλάδα! (Hello from Greece!)

Grand Bazaar

The Mrs. Guru and I are en route on our Greek adventure – we’re currently in a Lufthansa lounge at the Athens airport, waiting for our flight to Santorini.  I’ll be posting a full report on the whole trip after we get back, but wanted to post a quick update.  As you may have read, we left on Friday, flying up to Toronto (through Chicago), then from Toronto to Istanbul on Air Canada.  I had never actually been to Canada before, so since we had about a 4 1/2 hour layover, we hopped on a bus and headed into the Continue reading Χαίρετε από την Ελλάδα! (Hello from Greece!)

We’re Off…Like a Herd of Gophers

Air Canada Executive First Cabin

Hello from Chicago!  The Mrs. Guru and I just completed the first leg of our next adventure…earlier this morning, we flew up from Greensboro, and have a relatively short layover here.  Our next stop is Toronto, where we have about 4 hours – just enough time to head into the city for a quick lunch.  From Toronto, we continue on an overnight flight to Istanbul, Turkey.  The Toronto to Istanbul flight will be about 10 hours long, so fortunately we were able to score seats in their Executive First Cabin: