Up until a couple of years ago, there was a technique for savvy travelers to reach elite status by going on something called a mileage run.  This would consist of trying to find the cheapest tickets, regardless of the connections or duration to fly as far as one possibly can.  This was because back in the days, airlines would...
Mileage Plus updates.  In Q4 of 2018, United Airlines quietly released some changes to its Mileage Plus program.  As a 1K Member, Team GTE didn’t even get an email notification of these changes.  So, what does that mean?  This means, in 2019, United Mileage Plus members are going to get screwed.   Fortunately, most of the negative changes only affect...
All Nippon Airways has maintained a Skytrax 5 Star rating since 2013.  This has made ANA one of the premier airlines for any traveler to fly.  In the last couple of years, ANA has expanded their routes significantly outbound to the US.  San Jose, Houston, Chicago, and New York are all direct routes available to Tokyo.  ANA flies modern wide...
The EVA Air Amenity Kit have long been one of the better business class kits for commercial airline travel.  Earlier in the year, Eva Air stopped offering their Rimowa amenity kits on inbound flights to Taipei.  Instead, they started offering a leather kit by Georg Jensen.  While, it's not shabby, it's a big disappointment for those collectors that covet the Rimowa...
EVA Airways, a Skytrax rated 5-star airline, offers not one, but THREE flights daily from San Francisco to Taipei.  While Taipei may not be the must go to travel destination in Asia, it’s a great route to transfer anywhere through Asia.  To commemorate the 1 year anniversary of flying the Hello Kitty edition of the Royal Laurel Class, Team...
Hong Kong Airlines made a splash by announcing a nonstop route from San Francisco to Hong Kong four times a week, starting in May of 2018.  This put airlines who used to dominate this flight route like United, Cathay Pacific, and Singapore Airlines on notice, as Hong Kong Airlines typically been a lower cost carrier.  In a short time,...
Air New Zealand has been winning a lot awards recently.  Conde Nast and Airline Tatings gave them a "5 Star Rating".  Interestingly enough, Air New Zealand is only rated a 4 Star Airline by Skytrax.  Team GTE recently flew the Air New Zealand Business Premier Class long haul from Auckland to San Francisco to experience the airline ourselves. Pre Flight Overall Grade: A Our Air...
Singapore Airlines has consistently been rated as a 5 star airline year after year. Their service has long known to be impeccable, but how does the rest of the flight experience stack up? To begin, Team GTE recently flew on their flagship flight, SQ1/2, which goes from SFO->HK->SGP. Most importantly, this Boeing 777-300ER flight features the Singapore Airlines New...
The Amex Centurion Lounge Hong Kong opened in October of 2017 as Amex's first international lounge.  For the global traveler, it's a nice perk for the Amex Platinum and Centurion card holders. General Layout Grade: B+ Tucked near gates 60-80 , the lounge is a bit out of the way from central area of Terminal 1.  The...
ANA Economy Class- When Team GTE flies United on international long haul flights, we fly exclusively in Polaris Business Class because the Economy experience is so poor. That’s not the case for other airlines such as Singapore Airlines and ANA, where for a relatively short trip from San Francisco to Tokyo(Narita), economy class is actually bearable. Here are 10...
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