Travel Tips & Advice on “airlines”

A Two-Day Journey Home from Finnish Lapland to Chicago

Even I wonder after a grueling 44 hours to get back home whether travel is worth it! And after reading the timeline below, you will understand. The almost two days of travel began in Finland on Friday at 7:00a (EET – Eastern European Time), with breakfast, hauling suitcases to luggage room, and a reindeer sleigh […]

Finnair Airbus 320 from Helsinki to Ivalo – Lapland

Do I really have to mention how gorgeous Helsinki Vantaa Airport is? What do you expect from a country that is always on the cutting edge of design? Helsinki Vantaa Airport is certainly one of the most user-friendly airports I’ve ever been through with even a 24-hour book swap above Gate 27 on the second […]

A Wild and Crazy Trip into Finland’s Arctic Circle

The first leg of what I consider a short journey (anything less than 16 hours is “easy”) on United Airlines left Chicago O’Hare International Airport to Munich on time…gasp! And yes, we sat in Economy. If lucky enough to get exit row seats, there is plenty of leg room and with Video on Demand, time […]

Planning – Trying to Put the Finnish Lapland Pieces Together

Air? The easiest route to Finland from U.S. is Finnair who belongs to oneworld as does American Airlines, Cathay Pacific, British Airways, etc. However, oneworld, with American Airlines its primary carrier for U.S. citizens is not my choice of carriers. We stick to United Airlines and Star Alliance members like glue and did not want […]

What? There are Glass Igloos in Finland?

Blame this particular “bee up my rear end” on Marine (husband, Steve). There we were, waiting at the Cottage Hotel near Subarnabhumi Airport for our transfer back to the airport when Steve began chatting up another couple also waiting. At 5:00a, I don’t talk to Steve, let alone others unless completely necessary but Steve is […]

Long-haul Flights Are More Enjoyable in A Thai Airlines First Class Lounge

Or, I should really say in any First Class Lounge. Lets get the record straight right away. We only fly First Class International when we’ve accumulated enough miles for a free ticket, and First Class Domestic on upgrades! This is an unfortunately important distinction; unfortunate because who wouldn’t fly First Class all the time if wealthy […]

Layover Choices at Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport, Thailand

Steve and I debated choices (below) while still on the plane, and decided to gut stay in transit. It wasn’t worth leaving the airport for a hotel when we had to return by 6:00a even though the Novotel is walking distance from Suvarnabhumi Airport. (Hotel personnel will also transfer you to there, only two minutes […]

How to Plan A Two-Country Destination Vacation in Asia

Logistics were difficult. I waffled back and forth working on the entire itinerary with Viengtravel. Googled fingers off digging up the latest information on Cambodia and Thailand trying to create a workable itinerary. Air? We cashed in United Airlines mega-miles for free tickets when I discovered Chicago-Hong Kong-Bangkok-Phnom Penh was available in Business Class, and Bangkok-Chicago […]

Flying From Shenzhen to Beijing

Ten airport shuttle lines run between Shenzhen International Airport (SZX) and the downtown area. It would be at least a 40 minute drive from The Holiday Inn Express Shenzhen Luohu to the airport, 38 kilometers/23 miles away, and we decided to take one of the taxis waiting outside the hotel in the early morning. The […]

Star Alliance Air China Business Lounge, Beijing Capital Airport

Beijing Capital Airport Domestic Terminal is easy to navigate, signage is in English, and employees are stationed throughout to assist travelers. A fast, efficient check-in with Air China before heading to their Business Class Lounge. Steve and I are Gold with United Airlines which entitles us to use Business Class Lounges of all Star Alliance […]