Travel Tips & Advice on “airlines”

Visiting Japan’s Land of Fire

Marine Steve (spouse) and I first visited Japan in 1987, a primarily hiking trip into the Kita Alps with stays in basic ryokans, onsets, two whirlwind days in Tokyo, and ended in fabulous Kyoto, every traveler’s favorite place. We loved this total immersion into Japanese culture and didn’t return for one reason only; the exorbitant currency rates […]

United Airlines Boeing 767-400ER Business Class Zurich-Chicago

There is a Swiss Air nonstop from Zurich (ZRH) to Chicago (ORD) year round but United Airlines does not fly nonstop; a connection is necessary through Washington, DC Dulles International Airport (IAD). Since we stick to United Airlines like glue because of upgrades to Business Class from Economy, not possible when flying Swiss Air or […]

Departures from Modern Zurich Airport, Switzerland

There are two terminals at Zurich International Airport (also known as Zurich Kloten Airport) and United Airlines is located in Terminal 1. Zurich Airport like everything in Switzerland is immaculate, easy to navigate, multiple languages are posted and spoken; it has ample restaurants, fast food venues and expensive stores. Just follow the signs and you’ll […]

Premium Green Lounge at Delhi Airport, India

Another exciting tour in India may have ended at the Udaipur Airport but we were not done yet. Ahead was Flight #1 on Jet Airlines from Udaipur to Delhi International Airport, Flight #2 on Air China from Delhi to Beijing, and Flight #3 from Beijing to Harbin, China to see the yearly, world famous Ice […]

A Stressful Travel Day from Indore to Nagaur in Rajasthan

It is a two-hour ride from Maheshwar to Indore Airport where we “thought” a non-stop flight on Jet Airlines would leave at 1:00p, arriving in Jaipur at 2:40p. We were slightly surprised not to see the flight on the departure board but our jaws dropped open at the check-in counter in when Jet Airlines blithely announced, “Oh, […]

Jet Airways Economy Class from Varanasi to Khajuraho

The Varanasi airport is modern, up-to-date and easy to get around if your luggage isn’t overweight and there isn’t heavy fog in Delhi. Most airlines begin their route in Delhi, stop in Varanasi (VNS), and then continue on to Khajuraho (HJR). Fog in Delhi? Your flight will be delayed. When booking flights, also be aware […]

Leg 2: Air China Business Class Beijing to Delhi

The Air China flight from Beijing (PEK) leaves at 8:20p on an Airbus A330-300, and arrives in Delhi (DEL) at 1:10a. We used United Airlines miles for free Business Class tickets, a big money-saver but were disappointed that the seats do not recline fully flat. However, even though I kept sliding down on the angled seats, it’s […]

Leg One: United Airlines Business Class, Chicago to Beijing

It is 14 air hours (all right, 13-1/2 today) from Chicago to Beijing and then 7 air hours from Beijing to Delhi; enter into this equation time from sunrise in Chicago to sunset in Delhi, hours sitting in airport clubs and it usually adds up to 36+ hours. Repeat and repeat again, “It will be […]

Planning Yet Another Visit to India

Air? I begin with air; usually, the most expensive part of a trip and spend days trying to decide what the least expensive way from Chicago to Delhi is while optimizing potential upgrades. The end result this time is to buy round trip tickets on United Airlines from Chicago-Beijing, and hope that Global Upgrades will […]

Welcome to Harbin, The Ice City of China

IT’S NOT TOO LATE TO MAKE YOUR HARBIN ARRANGEMENTS… Harbin is known for having the most bitterly cold winters among major Chinese cities, and referred to as the Ice City, which is why we were here right now. Coincidentally, Chicago could have tied Harbin for the Ice City title since frigid temperatures were exactly the same […]