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Live and Let's Fly
Avelo 737-800 Inaugural Flight Report

Just like the excitement over the birth of a new child, comes the hopes and fears and the pride and pain of launching a new airline. On Wednesday, a new airline was... Read More

Renés Points
Avelo Airlines First Flight: Lots of Fun — But Will I Ever Fly Them Again? [REVIEW]

I had the privilege of flying Avelo Airlines’ first passenger flight yesterday. This was my first inaugural flight (my inaugural inaugural, if you will) of an airline.... Read More

Grab a Mile
Traveling to Hawaii during the Pandemic: My First Flight in 400 days

It’s been over 400 days since I last boarded a flight to anywhere or left the state of Texas for that matter. I know many of you have kept on traveling throughout the... Read More

The Gate
Iceland: Itinerary and Master Guide [Work In Progress]

Iceland is considered one of the most remote destinations in the world — but access to it has been rather easy in the years prior to the official declaration of the... Read More

Renés Points
Más Tequila: The New Delta Margarita in a Can! [Review]

Cinco de Mayo is around the corner and Delta Air Lines just introduced a pair of canned cocktails to its onboard menu — so I figured now is a great time to review... Read More

Live and Let's Fly
American Airlines 777-200 Premium Economy Review

I didn’t fly in premium economy class, but I did fly in a premium economy seat. For reasons I cannot explain nor understand, American Airlines does not market its... Read More

Live and Let's Fly
A Productive Day Trip To New York JFK On United Airlines

When United Airlines left New York Kennedy five years ago, I was present to say goodbye. Five years later, I was happy to welcome United back and enjoy transcontinental... Read More

Travel With Grant
My Experience Booking Vacasa Vacation Rentals with Wyndham Rewards Points

Good afternoon everyone, I hope your week is going well.  A few weeks ago, Greg the Frequent Miler wrote 2 great articles about using Wyndham Rewards Points to book... Read More

Live and Let's Fly
Review: United Club Chicago O’Hare (ORD – B6)

Confession time. When I was a kid, I used to stand outside this lounge, flag down a person coming in, and ask to be guested in. Yes, that’s my memory of the B6 United... Read More

The Gate
Fun With Borders: Georgia and Tennessee

Not knowing how my experience would turn out at Katz’s New York Deli in McCaysville in Georgia, I did not want to base my driving 178 miles for greater than three... Read More

Live and Let's Fly
Review: United Club Washington Dulles (IAD – D8)

During my recent international connection in Washington, DC I had time between flights to go lounge hopping. This review focuses on the D8 United Club at Washington... Read More

The Gate
Review: Katz’s Deli. No, Not That One…

Think Kosher delicatessen in New York and the first establishment which may come to mind is the legendary Katz’s Delicatessen — even though its food is reminiscent... Read More

Travel With Grant
Attend FTU Virtual Seminar on Saturday April 10 ($25) or Free with FTU Online Annual Membership

Good afternoon everyone, I hope your week is going well.  If you have no plans this coming Saturday (April 10), I highly recommend attending the FTU Virtual Seminar... Read More

Live and Let's Fly
Review: Lufthansa Lounge Washington Dulles (IAD)

During my recent international connection in Washington, DC I had time between flights to go lounge hopping. This review focuses on the Lufthansa Lounge at Washington... Read More

One Mile at a Time
Review: Big Sur Suite At Alila Ventana

The whole reason my mom and I recently traveled to California was to stay at the Alila Ventana Big Sur, which is probably my favorite Hyatt property in the US. I wrote a... Read More

The Travel Sisters
Bunny Cuddles in Chicago? Yes, Please!

Visiting the Cuddle Bunny in Chicago, a fun place where kids and adults can cuddle, pet and feed bunnies in Chicago. The post Bunny Cuddles in Chicago? Yes, Please!... Read More

Live and Let's Fly
Review: United Club Washington Dulles (IAD – C7)

During my recent international connection in Washington, DC I had time between flights to go lounge hopping. This review focuses on the C7 United Club at Washington... Read More

Travel With Grant
Stay at this Cool College-Themed Hilton Hotel in San Luis Obispo

Good morning everyone, I hope you had a great Easter and Passover.  A few days ago, Laura and I did a roadtrip around California and stayed at The Kinney San Luis... Read More

Ultima Llamada
Reporte: Gol Premium Lounge Aeropuerto de São Paulo Guarulhos T2

Reseña de mi visita a la GOL Premium Lounge de la Terminal 2 del aeropuerto de Guarulhos en São Paulo Read More

Live and Let's Fly
My Productive 10-Hour Trip To Nowhere On American Airlines

I recently spent over 10 hours on American Airlines, only to end up exactly where I started. But it was by design and proved to be an incredibly productive day aboard... Read More

Live and Let's Fly
Review: XO Citation X Van Nuys To Oakland

Introducing my wife and daughter to their first private jet experience was a lot of fun and our quick flight up the California coast was the ideal length for two young... Read More

Live and Let's Fly
Review: Hyatt Regency Monterey Hotel & Spa

The Hyatt Regency Monterey is a comfortable hotel on a golf course, ideally located just minutes from downtown Monterey. Hyatt Regency Monterey Review Check-In We... Read More

Jeffsetter
Royal Hawaiian Center Finds

The Royal Hawaiian Center may not be someplace locals often patronize outside of hitting up one of their many restaurants. But, these days, there are interesting, unique... Read More

The Gate
Tasting the Mint Chocolate Shake From Arby’s — and The Verdict Is…

Sometimes you need something that is sweet or filling — or both — whether you are traveling, at work, or at home. A delicious shake can help to satisfy that craving... Read More

Live and Let's Fly
Review: United Airlines CRJ-550 First Class

The United Airlines CRJ-550 offers the most spacious and comfortable regional jet experience in the skies. This review covers my first class journey from Newark to... Read More

Ultima Llamada
Reporte: Sala Vip Plaza Mayor Aeropuerto de Madrid

Reseña de mi visita a la sala vip Plaza Mayor del aeropuerto de Madrid, ubicada en uno de los extremos de la T4 y la única que acepta clientes de Priority Pass en esta... Read More

The Gate
He Threatened to Call the Cops — on Me?!?

I had some time prior to my appointment to donate platelets at the local blood center near where I am based; so I figured that I would take a walk, as the weather was... Read More

Live and Let's Fly
Review: United Airlines 787-10 Polaris Business Class [2021]

As the pandemic hits its first anniversary, what can you expect onboard a transcontinental flight on United in the forward cabin? This review covers United Airlines... Read More

The Gate
Pandemic Officially Declared One Year Ago Today

A media briefing which occurred exactly one year ago today on Wednesday, March 11, 2020 included the first time that the World Health Organization officially declared... Read More

Live and Let's Fly
Review: American Airlines 777-200 Business Class

In terms of transcontinental premium products, American Airlines currently offers a better overall product than either Delta or United. This review covers my journey... Read More

The Gate
…So I Tried a Fish Sandwich From Arby’s For One Dollar — You Can, Too — and The Verdict Is…

I have never eaten anything from Arby’s in my entire life — primarily because they are best known for their roast beef sandwiches; and I never particularly cared for... Read More

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