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British Airways First Class Review LHR-PHL Avios Award – Mom’s Perspective Wins!

Posted on 7 CommentsPosted in Airlines, Flights, Heathrow Airport (LHR), Travel with Mom

It’s been a while since I’ve flown British Airways First Class so when the opportunity arose to redeem my Avios points on Mom’s trip directly home from London to Philadelphia, I figured why not give Mom a First Class finish to our luxury Paris & London trip. I already knew what to expect but seeing […]

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British Airways Concorde Room (First Class Lounge) Review at Heathrow

Posted on 3 CommentsPosted in Airlines, Business Travel, Heathrow Airport (LHR), London, Travel with Mom

I’ve read it’s been called “The Millionaire’s Door” and Mom and I got to walk through that door after we passed through fast track security at London Heathrow Terminal 5.  We were greeted at that door by a British Airways staff member who looked at our boarding passes and said “Welcome”.  I opened the nondescript […]

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Africa: How To Plan a 27 Day Safari with an Award Ticket and Luxury Tent

Posted on 2 CommentsPosted in Africa, Airlines, Safari, South Africa, Travel

Going on an African Safari has always been on my list but I dismissed it forever thinking I couldn’t go alone, I didn’t have the money, the time, you name it, I talked myself out of it and put in the “when I hit the lottery bucket”.  Well, since I believe the universe does have […]

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The British Airways Lounge JFK New York with Elemis Spa Review

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The first time I visited the British Airways lounge JFK at Terminal 7, I was with my niece and we had just fled the city that was gridlocked due to a Presidential visit in our own version of the Amazing Race.   I was stress out upon arrival while my niece was eyes full of […]

The Airfare Sale – How to Plan, Pounce and Snag that Great Travel Deal

Posted on 1 CommentPosted in Airlines, Points World, Travel Tips

It was 6 p.m. on a Thursday when I happened upon Facebook and saw it – the 3 Day British Airways Business & First Class Fare Sale. This great deal was ending at midnight!  I’m not sure how I missed the tweets, the blogs, the Facebook posts and the many other social media adverts about […]

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Westin Malta Review – Luxury Views, Food and Great Service

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Travel diversification means having a points balance in a few hotel, credit card and airline programs can allow you to be spontaneous in your travels.  That’s what happened when my Starwood account drew me to Malta (a country my family had to Google to figure out where I was).  When I was at the Westin […]

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British Airways World Traveller Plus Review (BA PHL-LHR-PHL)

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I’ve been very spoiled over the years flying Club World (business class) on British Airways from Philadelphia to London return for work in my prior job.  Now that has ended, I’ve had to pay my own way to London (yes, I know cue the sad tiny violins) and have done it in a variety of […]

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Two Days in London to Get My British Airways Silver Elite Status Back

Posted on 1 CommentPosted in Airlines, Business Travel, London, Points World, Travel

I wanted my British Airways Silver Elite Status back and this is what I did to get that card! My weekend packing should have entailed two outfits that fit into a backpack or duffel bag and yet here I was with my ten day suitcase all ready to go.  When I pack for a normal […]

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Arden Road Travel, Customized Trip Planning by PhilaTravelGirl

Posted on 2 CommentsPosted in Business Travel, Insider Tips & Tricks, Loyalty Points, My Favorites, Philadelphia, Travel Tips, Travel With Children

Three years ago, I started writing about my travels and pressed “publish” on this blog.  I had no idea how my life would change from that action – the blog has helped me overcome sudden loss, connected me with new friends in London and around the world and has been my creative outlet during my […]

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The Great Northern Hotel London – A Luxury Boutique SPG Award Stay

Posted on 11 CommentsPosted in Hotels, Lodging, London Hotels, Loyalty Points, luxury hotel, Travel

I’ve stayed in many London luxury historic hotels, boutique hotels and small rooms but my first visit to the Great Northern Hotel London melded all of my past experiences into one luxury Starwood (SPG) award stay. The original railway hotel first opened in 1853 and has been restored with such luxury and glamour that it has […]