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September 7, 2016

Etihad First and Business Class Lounge Washington, DC-IAD

This entry is part 3 of 6 in the series UAE-Dubai

After getting to Dulles way too early for our flight out to Dubai, we were extra-eager to finally arrive at the Etihad First and Business Class Lounge. This was one of our (many) highlights of our upcoming trip, and it didn’t disappoint. The Etihad lounge is located at A16, right next to their gate. Because they have just one gate at Dulles, Business & First passengers can board directly from the lounge which is super, super awesome (and a first for us!).

Headed to Gate A16

Entrance to the Etihad Business/First Lounge

As soon as the sliding doors closed [...]

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July 7, 2014

US Airways Flights: Using British Airways Avios out of Washington, D.C.-DCA

As I wrote about here (How-to: Book US Airways Flights With British Airways Avios), US Airways officially joined the Oneworld Alliance a few months ago. Joining the ranks of American Airlines, British Airways, Cathay Pacific, LAN, etc., US Airways is now eligible for bookings with Avios. This opens up lots of opportunities for maximizing short, non-stop flights out of US Airways’ hub cities: Charlotte-CLT, Philadelphia-PHL, Phoenix-PHX and Washington-Reagan-DCA.

First in this series was Charlotte, North Carolina-CLT, then Philadelphia-PHL and now we’ll look at Washington, D.C. It turns out that the Washington-Reagan hub has the fewest international [...]

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March 24, 2014

Amtrak Acela Express First Class: Washington, D.C.-WAS to New York-NYP

Amtrak Acela Express 2168 – First Class Car Review

I needed to get from Washington-WAS to New York-NYP and had already decided I was taking the train. But, instead of a Northeast Regional train (which has appx 1 departure every hour), I wanted to try America’s one and only “high speed” train.

Value and Booking

The Acela Express train isn’t cheap, especially when considering that it’s not so much of a “high-speed train” than an “Express Train”. The Acela will typically save you about 35 minutes when compared to the slower Northeast Regional train, but tickets can cost as much as 80% more (cheapest rates on the [...]

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February 24, 2014

Turkish Air Flight TK 8 – Washington-IAD to Istanbul-IST

This entry is part 3 of 13 in the series Turkey/Portugal

Our journey started off in Charleston-CHS on a small United Airlines commuter flight to Washington-IAD. We couldn’t have been more thrilled that the seat-back magazine, Hemispheres, featured article that was titled, “Three Perfect Days in Istanbul”–off to a good start!

…it must be a sign

We made it to Dulles from our connecting flight with about 3 hrs to kill before takeoff. I had a few United Club passes that I wanted to use before they expired, but we wanted to stay in Terminal B. Unfortunately, you’re out of luck when it comes to United Clubs in [...]

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February 7, 2014

Airspace Lounge BWI – Baltimore-Washington International Airport

BWI — Baltimore-Washington International Airport Terminal D (Note: Also accessible to other concourses by presenting a same-day BWI boarding pass to Concourse D security) Between D10 and D12, the Delta/United terminal 4:30am – 8:00pm

As I’ve said before (The Club at ATL – Atlanta’s Newest (and best?) Lounge and JFK Terminal 4 Lounges/The Oasis Lounge), which lounge I go to is often a function of which one will let me in. However, at BWI, the Airspace Lounge is the only (domestic) lounge, so that adage is a little less relevant. Here are your entry options:

Complimentary Access for American Express Platinum Card–up to 2 guests Pay to enter — [...]
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February 4, 2014

Lincoln Restaurant Review – Washington, D.C.

1110 Vermont Ave. NW, Washington, D.C. American $$$

Jeffrey and I were in DC recently and happened to stay just around the corner from Lincoln. After doing some quick research on Urban Spoon, we decided on the Lincoln because of its close proximity to our hotel and its good reviews (92%!).

When we walked in, true to its name, there were penny’s inside the floor. Pretty cool touch for a restaurant that takes its name from the President whose face is on the penny. The restaurant had a laid-back atmosphere with plenty of people, but it didn’t seem crowded at all. And, it’s not too nice — it wasn’t quiet and you don’t have to [...]

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January 26, 2014

Blitz Deal: Underpriced 1-Bedroom Suites ($299/night) at Westin City Center D.C.

Spotted a possible pricing mistake on Starwood:

The Deal

The Westin Washington, D.C. City Center is undercharging for One-Bedroom Suites…rates as low as $299/night for a 902 sq ft suite where Traditional Rooms are $329-$399/night.. I’m finding good availability in June, July, September, October, etc 2014–other months seem to be pricing correctly.

Sample of pricing mistake June 18-19 booking

Normal rates are closer to the $500 mark for the suite:

The normal price: Sample booking for Apr 14-17 comes to $479/night for a suite and $299 for the Traditional Room

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December 11, 2013

Amtrak Acela First Class: ClubAcela Lounge at Union Station Washington, D.C.

I took my first train trip on Amtrak’s Acela a few weeks ago from Washington, DC Union Station (WAS) to New York Penn Station (NYP). Because I had a First class ticket (Acela only has either Business Class & First Class), I was able to check out the ClubAcela lounge in Washington while I was waiting for my train.

You’ll need to present some credentials to make it past the doors to the luxury that lies beyond. Here are the ways to get into the Lounge:

Access included with First Class tickets on the “high-speed” Acela train or those traveling in sleeper cars Those with Select Plus/Executive status (top level Amtrak Guest Rewards [...]
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August 20, 2013

The Westin Washington, D.C. City Center Review

The property, as I've mentioned, is unique to say the least. The bar, restaurants and lobby are all designed to leave you feeling like you're suspended on a separate lily pad. I found the the bar to be too small for the size of the hotel...
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August 8, 2013

Park Hyatt Washington, D.C. Review

As I approached the entrance, 2 bellmen sprinted towards me to help with my luggage and escorted me to the check-in desk. The counter was spread out and quite spacious. They thanked me for my Diamond status, explained that breakfast was included...
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