I've been reading the news and social media rant about what happened on United Flight 3411. Here are some of my favorites: NY Times Gizmodo What's Really the issue? No one has correctly addressed the core issue, so I just had to write an extra blog post this week to explain. It's not about United being racist against asians, it's not about unfairly...
Introduction For those who live in the Bay Area, San Jose Mineta International Airport (SJC), located in San Jose, CA is often an overlooked as a location to fly out of for international flights.  In the past 10 years, San Jose Airport was an international airport mostly because it had flights to Mexico, but in 2013 ANA started a direct flight...
Airline – EVA Airways Flight – BR 55/56 Plane – Boeing 777-300ER Eva Air Hello Kitty Website - Here Hello Kitty Jet Type - Sanrio Characters "Shining Star" Asians love cute things. Eva Air Hello Kitty flights definitely fits this old.  Most routes are in Asia, but there is one from Chicago to Taipei.  Of course, team GTE had to jump on the Hello Kitty bandwagon...
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...
So what is United Classified? This is OTG/United’s first attempt to reward United’s top customers by offering a secret “speakeasy” style restaurant tucked away somewhere in Terminal C.   Surprisingly, United doesn’t publicly disclose the qualification thresholds to be able to dine at United Classified.  Recognized as an up and coming travel blogger with unique and unbiased content, GTE...
This month, GTE was able to fly on the new United Polaris Business Class airplane configuration. The amenities was available on all of United’s flights since November 206, but the seats and pods are currently only available on their newer 777-300ER planes. For my flight from SFO to HKG, they started using this plane in April 2017. I’ve already...
United Polaris Review On Tuesday September 27th I was invited to the premiere of United’s new business class at Dogpatch Studios in San Francisco CA. This revamp has been years overdue, as not only does United currently have one of the oldest fleets for their international long haul flights (think 777-200ERs, 747s from the Continental merger, etc), their International Business...
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...
  United Polaris Flight Review - How is the new United Polaris international Class that they Launched in December of 2016? I flew it for the first time from SFO to HKG on UA 869. Unfortunately, I was one month too early as I was still flying the ancient Boeing 747-400 planes. The new 777-300 ER equipped with the proper...
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...
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