Articles by thetravelingmillennial

American Airlines Flagship First Dining (JFK) – Review

AA First Class Dining Room I recently traveled to Bali to relax for the New Year, and I did so in style with miles and points.  Each leg of my trip is discussed in a separate post: American Airlines Flagship First Dining (JFK) – Review Cathay Pacific 777-300ER First Class – Review The Wing – HKG Airport – Review The Pier – HKG Airport – Review Cathay Dragon A330-300 Business Class – Review Hilton Bali –  Review Citadines Kuta Beach Bali – Review Uber and Ubud, Bali SingaporeAir A330-300 Business Class – Review SingaporeAir A350-900 Business Class (SIN-MAN-IAH) – Review I…


Driving the Furkapass – Switzerland

I recently traveled to Switzerland and had an incredible trip!  I will separately write about each segment of my trip: American Airlines 767-300 Review – Business Class American Airlines JFK Flagship Lounge Switzerland Overview – A Beautiful Country 3100 Kulmhotel Gornergrat (review) and Zermatt, Switzerland Driving the Furkapass, Switzerland These pictures do not do it justice, but driving the Furkapass was awesome!!!!  I rented a car to drive from Zurich to Zermatt because I wanted to drive on the Furkapass, so I was disappointed to learn the pass was closed on my journey to Zermatt.  However, the Kulmhotel confirmed that…


Delta Premium Economy – US to Europe – From $700s

Flower Shop in Amsterdam Update:  it appears Delta is offering cheap economy tickets during the same dates listed below.  For example, I’m seeing $435 from JFK (New York) to CDG (Paris) in Delta economy. While I understand that not everyone is in the market for a premium economy ticket, $700s is an excellent price for Delta premium economy airfare to Europe.  Premium economy on Delta earns 1.5 EQMs per mile flown and features seats that are similar to domestic first class seats, making it easier to sleep on overnight flights. New York – from $700s Departure airports:  JFK (New York)…


U.S. DOT Complaint – JAL Does the Right Thing

I enjoyed my week in Dubai (location of Emirates’s hub) This evening I received unexpectedly good news from a rather surprising source.  Two months ago, I filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of Transportation over JAL’s unannounced imposition of significant fuel surcharges on Emirates award flights.  Today, JAL responded with news that may help more passengers than just me. JAL’s Surprise Fuel Surcharges – Emirates Award Flights In November, I wrote about how I transferred SPG points to JAL in order to book an Emirates first class award flight (the plane with the shower!!).  Travel aficionados would deem this…


SPG Transfers to JAL in Record Time!

JAL’s new online award booking interface. Previously, SPG Starpoints took about one week to transfer to JAL.  This delay is significant because award availability can disappear in that amount of time and JAL’s award program can completely overhaul how it imposes fuel surcharges in that amount of time (true story!).  JAL is a useful program because you can book a roundtrip first class flight on Emirates for 105,000 JAL miles or 85,000 SPG Starpoints (Starpoints have a 5,000 mile bonus for every 20,000 Starpoints that are transferred to JAL). I recently wrote about how JAL–without notice–started imposing significant fuel surcharges…


JAL Mileage Plan Partner Award Fuel Surcharges

Middle East carriers have excellent premium cabin products. UPDATE:  my workaround was updated. As I posted yesterday, JAL recently imposed fuel surcharges on Emirates award flights.  As TTM reader Josh pointed out, JAL published their award surcharges (maximum rates) online.  Here is JAL’s new fuel surcharge policy for partner award flights and my analysis on how to minimize these fuel surcharges. JAL Partner Award Fuel Surcharge Policy TAXES AND FEES: Each award is subject to government-imposed taxes and fees which must be paid by the customer when award travel is ticketed.  These fees are calculated based on the customer’s specific…


JAL Mileage Bank Changes Emirates Award Fees

Etihad A380 First Class (plane with a shower!) UPDATE:  Here’s a link to JAL’s full partner award flight fuel surcharge policy. JAL Mileage Plan, a frequent flier program for a Japan-based airline, is often used by travel aficionados for its lucrative award flights.  Historically, the program has offered excellent partner awards, utilizing a distanced-based chart, but the process for redeeming the awards was difficult and often involved long phone conversations with JAL’s call center.  One of my favorite uses of the JAL Mileage Plan was to book medium- to long-haul Emirates award flights because the miles required were reasonable and…


3100 Kulmhotel Gornergrat and Zermatt, Switzerland (Review)

View of 3100 Kulmhotel Gornergrat from the Matterhorn Viewing Deck I recently traveled to Switzerland and had an incredible trip!  I will separately write about each segment of my trip: American Airlines 767-300 Review – Business Class American Airlines JFK Flagship Lounge Switzerland Overview – A Beautiful Country 3100 Kulmhotel Gornergrat (review) and Zermatt, Switzerland Driving the Furkapass, Switzerland Book a room at the Kulmhotel:  Orbitz.com Once I landed in Zurich, I picked up my rental car and drove to Zermatt, a small town in the Swiss Alps.  The views along the way were amazing but were nothing compared to…


Switzerland–A Beautiful Country!

Coffee in Gornergrat, Zermatt, Switzerland.  Mount Matterhorn is pictured in the background. I recently traveled to Switzerland and had an incredible trip!  I will separately write about each segment of my trip: American Airlines 767-300 Review – Business Class American Airlines JFK Flagship Lounge Switzerland Overview – A Beautiful Country 3100 Kulmhotel Gornergrat and Zermatt, Switzerland (Review) Driving the Furkapass, Switzerland Once I landed in Zurich, I picked up my rental car and drove to Zermatt, a small town in the Swiss Alps.  The views along the way were amazing!  I booked a “Whatever car is leftover” category from Dollar…


American Airlines 767-300 Review – Business Class

American Airlines 767-300 at its gate at JFK. I recently traveled to Switzerland and had an incredible trip!  I will separately post about each segment of my trip: American Airlines 767-300 Review – Business Class American Airlines JFK Flagship Lounge Switzerland Overview – A Beautiful Country 3100 Kulmhotel Gornergrat and Zermatt, Switzerland (Review) Driving the Furkapass, Switzerland To start, you may wonder how I flew business class to and from Europe.  Surprisingly, I did not pay one cent for the ticket! Booking – Miles and Points Last year, American Airlines offered excellent economy fares to Zurich, Switzerland on multiple dates,…