Trip Reports

Bad News: Fairmont President’s Club Is Ending Next Year

December 13th, 2017|Hotel Loyalty Programs, Hotels, News, Reward Programs|

Le Club AccorHotels Program Replacing The Fairmont President's Club In 2018 Fairmont President's Club has long been one of my favourite hotel loyalty programs for Canadians, and unfortunately it's just been announced that Le Club AccorHotels will replace the Fairmont program as of July 2, 2018. I've had Platinum status with Fairmont for a number of years and have really [...]

Booked: First Class To Beijing Using Reward Points

December 7th, 2017|News, Trip Reports|

Introduction: First Class To Beijing Using Reward Points I've wanted to visit Beijing for a long time. To me, it's one of those 'bucket list' destinations with everything a global traveler expects: culture, history, shopping, food, nightlife, and of course, The Great Wall of China. Getting to Beijing using reward points is relatively easy from North America, with many carriers [...]

ANA Business Class Review, Boeing 787, Tokyo – Vancouver

December 5th, 2017|Airlines, ANA, Trip Reports|

Introduction: ANA Business Class, Tokyo - Vancouver When booking my trip to Shanghai, I intentionally decided to get home as efficiently as possible. While I usually prefer to take the longest, most convoluted route possible, and sometimes even travel for the sake of flying (see my 11-day trip around the world where I was in a new country almost everyday), [...]

ANA 787 Business Class Review, Shanghai – Tokyo

November 23rd, 2017|Airlines, ANA, Reviews|

ANA 787 Business Class Review Introduction When I booked my trip to Shanghai I knew I wanted to try different business class products across the Pacific to see how they compared. I flew United Airlines on their brand new Boeing 777 featuring the new Polaris seating on my outbound flight and really enjoyed the new configuration. Unfortunately, the service was typical [...]

5 Stunning Dog Friendly Luxury Hotels In Vancouver

November 20th, 2017|Hotels, News, Reviews|

Does your hotel of choice just tolerate pets, or does it welcome them with open arms, locally sourced dog treats, and plush dog beds? These dog friendly luxury hotels do, and your dog can smell the difference a mile away. There are a number of dog friendly luxury hotels in Vancouver so you don’t have to sacrifice to bring your [...]

Fairmont Peace Hotel Shanghai, One-Bedroom Suite Review

November 16th, 2017|Fairmont, Hotels, Trip Reports|

Fairmont Peace Hotel Shanghai Introduction Fairmont is one of my favourite hotel chains in the world for their historical properties, world-class service and consistent loyalty recognition. When planning my trip to Shanghai, I had originally planned to stay at only Fine Hotel and Resort properties, though my plans changed when Fairmont emailed me a complimentary 3rd night free certificate as [...]

Alaska Airlines Premium Economy, Bellingham – Maui Review

November 14th, 2017|Airlines, Alaska Airlines, Trip Reports|

Alaska Airlines Premium Economy Introduction I'm not a huge fan of flying economy, but when British Airways offers roundtrip tickets to Hawaii from the west coast for only 25,000 Avios roundtrip, I'm willing to make a compromise. Furthermore, American Express Membership Rewards just offered a 25% transfer bonus on British Airways Executive Club transfers, meaning roundtrip tickets to Hawaii from [...]

Four Seasons Hotel Pudong Shanghai, Pearl View Junior Suite Review

November 13th, 2017|Four Seasons, Hotels, Trip Reports|

Four Seasons Hotel Pudong Introduction I knew in advance I would be staying three nights at the Fairmont Peace Hotel on The Bund, and thought it would be nice to stay on the Pudong side to get better access to all that Shanghai had to offer. I originally considered booking the Ritz Carlton or Mandarin Oriental, but decided on the [...]

ANA All Nippon Airways Business Class Lounge Review, Tokyo Narita

November 8th, 2017|Airport Lounges, International, Trip Reports|

My flight from San Francisco landed well ahead of schedule at 1:30pm, and it was only a few minutes to get through transit security with no lineup whatsoever. I've transited Tokyo Narita several times and always enjoy the experience. I find the airport extremely efficient, with good signage and friendly staff! Best of all, I had access to the ANA [...]