Lounge Review: ANA Business Class Lounge at NRT

All good things must come to and end, and as much fun as we’d had over the past week eating our way through Japan, it was to time to pack up and head home. After checking out of the hotel, we jumped on the Metro for just 1 stop to Tokyo Station, and connected to the Narita Express (NEX) for a smooth 1-hour ride to the airport. By now we had been accustomed to the amazing Japanese efficiency, and took for granted how we were literally through security and at the entrance of the lounge in minutes.

Lounge Review: Star Alliance First Class Lounge At LAX

***This is part 2 of my “Fat and Furious” trip report detailing a recent trip to Japan which included stops in Tokyo, Kyoto, and Matsuyama*** 1. Introduction 2. Star Alliance First Class Lounge at LAX 3. Singapore Airlines Suites Class Los Angeles to Tokyo 4. Conrad Tokyo 5. Eating Tokyo Part 1 – Department Store Hopping in Ginza 6. Funaya Ryokan In Matsuyama 7. Living The Onsen Life In Matsuyama 8. The Ritz-Carlton Kyoto 9. Eating Kyoto – The Search for Matcha and Geisha 10. Kaiseki Dinner at 3-Michelin Star Kikunoi Honten 11. The Peninsula Tokyo 12. Eating Tokyo Part 2 – Maids, Robots, and Cosplay 13. Eating Tokyo Part 3 – Cherry Blossoms and THE BEST STEAK EVER 14. ANA Business Class Lounge at NRT 15. ANA Business Class Tokyo to San Jose _______________________________ Our travel day started with a 10AM hop from San Jose to Los Angeles, and despite no line at security, clear blue skies, and on-schedule departures all around, I was sweating bullets. See, I’m a paranoid, nervous wreck when it comes to flight connections and if you gave me the choice between 1-hour or 3-hour layovers, I’d take the longer one every time. Throw in the fact that our SJC to LAX flight was on a separate ticket from the onward flight to Tokyo, and any minor issue or delay that arose would have given me a heart attack. My wife had vetoed an overnight connection, so I had planned ahead for any number of doomsday scenarios. I researched all of the flights from SJC that would… read more

Spain-giving 2014: Sala VIP Lounge BCN, KLM Crown Lounge AMS

***This is part 7 of my “Spain-giving 2014” trip report detailing a recent trip to Barcelona over Thanksgiving weekend*** 1. American Express Centurion Lounge at SFO 2. Korean Air Lounge at LAX 3. KLM Business Class Los Angeles to Barcelona, via Amsterdam 4. Majestic Hotel & Spa Barcelona 5. Exploring Barcelona in a Motorcycle Sidecar 6. Day trip to Girona for Lunch at El Celler De Can Roca 7. Sala VIP Lounge at BCN, KLM Crown Lounge at AMS 8. KLM Business Class Barcelona to San Francisco, via Amsterdam ____________________________________________ It doesn’t matter if you’re jet-lagged or not, 6AM flights suck. We were up at the butt-crack of dawn and jumped in a taxi to the airport. As you can imagine, the airport was empty at this hour and we blazed through security. We headed straight for the lounge where I knew there was a hot cup of coffee with my name on it waiting for me. But as it would turn out, we were too early and the Sala VIP Lounge at BCN had yet to open. We loitered outside for 10 minutes where a small crowd began to form, and a couple minutes after 5AM the lounge opened its doors. I sprinted over to the coffee machine for a cappuccino, and I could feel my brain finally starting to work. There was a small spread of pastries, crackers, and fruit for breakfast, but my stomach had yet to wake up and nothing looked that appealing. The lounge is… read more

Year In Review: Hungry For Points Top 10 Posts Of 2014

While my blog has technically been in existence for years, the early posts were really just a repository of trip reports to be shared with family and friends. But 2014 marked the beginning of the new and improved Hungry for Points website after joining the Prior2Boaring/BoardingArea back in July. I’ve learned so much since then, especially at “blogging school” at the BoardingArea Conference back in September, and am excited for what 2015 will bring. Before we close the book on 2014, I thought that it’d be fun to run through the top 10 posts from the past year, as voted by your pageviews: 10. How I Found Over $100 in Lost Money Using MissingMoney.com I’ll always remember this one since it was during my first week after joining P2B, and it received so many more pageviews than the other posts that week. My main takeaway? People love money! So I made sure to follow-up with another money-finding tip using TopClassActions.com. 9. Honeymooning RTW in 21 Days: Conrad Maldives Rangali Island A detailed review of our honeymoon stay at the Conrad Maldives where we had so many amazing experiences, ate some fantastic food, and forged long-lasting friendships. I instantly fell in love with the Maldives, and returned 6 months later for an equally amazing stay at Cocoa Island by COMO. 8. My Oldest Credit Card Just Got the Axe A eulogy to my oldest credit card, which I’d had for over 15 years. Credit card issuers are cracking down on inactivity,… read more