TravelCharlie

Over the years, I have slowly learned the in’s and out’s of the travel industry from my day job as a marketing manager which requires me to travel frequently. With all of my day job travel, I’ve reached Delta Diamond Medallion, United Gold and Marriott Platinum Elite status. After several inquiries from my friends and family asking me for travel help. I decided I wanted to share my knowledge and techniques to more people. My intent is to share my knowledge and experiences to empower readers to explore the world as cheaply as possible. You don’t have to be wealthy to enjoy a lavish travel experience. With a strong passion of East and South East Asia culture and history, my voice will be in deals and unique experiences in that region.

Flight Deal: Los Angeles to Taipei for $363

Amazing flight deal to Taipei, Taiwan next month in December on Xiamen Airlines. Flight prices usually increase after December 15, 2019, due to the holiday season. This is a good opportunity to visit Taiwan before prices go up. Availability December 3 – 10th December 5 – 12th How To Book Skycanner is showing different other travel agencies (OTA’s) where you can book such as Expedia. Where to Stay Taipei is a bustling city from night markets to shopping districts. Depending on what kind of traveler you are, you might want to stay in certain districts to maximize your time....

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New EVA Air Salvatore Ferragamo Amenity Kit

Goodbye Rimowa, and Hello Salvatore Ferragamo! Eva Air has announced starting November 15, business class passengers will receive the new Salvatore Ferragamo amenity kit on all long haul flights from Taipei. Overall Thoughts Although I am sad I won’t be able to collect another Rimowa amenity kit, EVA Air continues to maintain its consistency. They provide superior service in both hard and soft products. The new EVA Air amenity kits from Salvatore Ferragamo will complement their soft product very nicely. Rimowa Amenity...

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EVA Air Hello Kitty Hand-In-Hand Plane Tour | San Francisco to Taipei Route

Last week, I attended EVA Air’s inaugural ceremony and I got to tour the new Hello Kitty plane scheduled for Thursdays and Saturdays. Watch My Vlog Tour   Checking-In Your Hello Kitty experience starts the moment you check-in at the counter with Eva Air. Specially designed boarding passes and baggage stickers are handed out.   Royal Laurel Class – Business Class I flew Eva Air’s business class earlier this year from Taipei to Los Angeles and I was thoroughly impressed. In fact, I would go ahead and say it’s my favorite business class product to fly across the Pacific....

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EVA Air Hello Kitty Plane Hand-In-Hand Jet Inaugural Ceremony

EVA Air invited me to attend their inaugural Hello Kitty Hand-In-Hand jet ceremony which departed from San Francisco to Taipei, Taiwan on October 29, 2019. I was excited to get an invitation as I flew earlier this year on their Hello Kitty A330 from Seoul, South Korea to Taipei, Taiwan. Hello Kitty Hand-In-Hand Jet Ceremony   Flight Schedule The EVA Air Hello Kitty Hand-in-Hand jet will operate bi-weekly on Thursday and Saturday until December 1st. After December 1, 2019, EVA Air will increase its Hello Kitty Hand-in-Hand jet service to three times a week. For an updated flight schedule,...

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Delta Airlines Museum Tour

I’ve been flying with Delta Airlines for several years now but every time I fly into Atlanta for work I never get the chance to go sightseeing. On a recent work trip, I had a few hours to spare before my flight departed and I decided to explore the Delta Airlines Museum Tour. Watch my Tour Vlog   Location The Delta Airlines Museum is located next to Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. The address is 1060 Delta Blvd, Atlanta, GA 30354. Luckily, I was staying at the Renaissance Concourse Atlanta Airport Hotel and drove to the Delta Air Museum in...

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China Southern Airlines Economy Class Vancouver to Guangzhou

I recently flew China Southern Airlines economy class from Vancouver to Guangzhou when I booked an award ticket. I could have easily flown out of Los Angeles (LAX) which China Southern operates an A380 but I didn’t have enough Delta SkyMiles in my account to make that purchase.  This was my first time flying with China Southern and I came in with no expectations as I heard their product is a hit or miss at times from other travel bloggers.                  Watch my full trip report below   China Southern Airlines Economy...

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Delta Airlines A350 Suites Shanghai to LAX

Last year, I flew Delta’s new flagship A350 plane from LAX to Shanghai. This time around, I flew the opposite route to see if my flight experience would be different from my previous one. Consider subscribing for future flight reviews Delta Airlines A350 Suites Meal Service Sadly, I was too optimistic about Delta’s catering this time around. Let’s start off with the beverage service. It caught me off guard when the flight attendant had to take my menu from me because she forgot how to make their signature drink (captured in my youtube video).  When evaluating business products from...

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Deal Alert: Hainan Airlines LAX to Beijing or Shanghai for $376

Hainan Airlines is having cheap flights to China departing from Los Angeles.  In fact, I took advantage of a similar sale last year and it cost me under $400 when I used Rakuten Rewards cashback. Travel Tip: You need a valid Chinese visa to travel to China from the United States. A 72-hour visa for Beijing or a 144-hour visa for Shanghai doesn’t qualify on round-trip flights from the United States. You will be denied boarding. Flight Availability If you want to take advantage of a 3-day weekend like I did last year. The best time to fly is...

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Eva Air Business Class Taipei to Los Angeles

I flew from Taipei Taoyuan International Airport back home to Los Angeles on EVA Air in Business Class. Long before I started doing flight reviews and blogging, my first ever business class experience was with Eva Air. This was about 4 years ago and I don’t remember too much but I’m was eager to try them again on this flight. Consider subscribing to my YouTube Channel The Boeing 777 is configured in a 1-2-1 seat configuration which is great because it gives you direct aisle access and you’re able to move freely without disturbing other your next door neighbor....

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Grand Hyatt Beijing Hotel Review

I was visiting Beijing for my very first time and I was only staying for the weekend. I was looking to stay at a hotel ideally in the center of the city to maximize my time in Beijing. Since I have the American Express Platinum Business Credit Card, I went ahead and booked it the hotel to take advantage of its member perks. The Grand Hyatt Beijing Hotel is part of the American Express Hotel Collection which cardholders are able to get $100 credit in food and beverage and a room upgrade if available upon check-in when booked through...

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