Trip Reports






Kauai (part 1) Our first trip on points and miles-Intro & United flights ORD-SFO-LIH
Kauai (part 2) Sheraton Kauai resort and spa
Kauai (part 3) Waimea Canyon
Kauai (part 4) St. Regis Princeville
Kauai (part 5) Kayaking to Secret Falls
Kauai (part 6) Queensbath and Hideaway Beach
Kauai (part 7) Hiking Kalalau Trail
Kauai (part 8) Napali coast boat ride
Kauai (part 9) Grand Hyatt Kauai
Kauai (part 10) Westin Princeville
Kauai (part 11) Food and Drink of Kauai




Denver (part 1) Four Seasons Denver
Denver (part 2) Activities in Denver

Bali & Hong Kong

Bali-Hong Kong (part 1) Preface, lounge in ORD, Cathay Pacific(CX) 1st class ORD-HKG.
Bali-Hong Kong (part 2) CX 1st class lounge, CX regional Business Class HKG-DPS
Bali-Hong Kong (part 3) Four Seasons Jimbaran Bay
Bali-Hong Kong (part 4) Excursions and sights and sounds of Bali
Bali-Hong Kong (part 5) Four Seasons Sayan
Bali-Hong Kong (part 6) Cathay Pacific(CX) Business class DPS-HKG 747 upper deck
Bali-Hong Kong (part 7) W Hong Kong
Bali-Hong Kong (part 8) Activities while in Hong Kong
Bali-Hong Kong (part 9) Conrad Hong Kong
Bali-Hong Kong (part 10) Cathay Pacific(CX) Business class HKG-ORD


Boston Liberty Hotel (SPG), Activities


Ireland (part 1) “The Gathering” Preface, AerLingus lounge, Business class flight BOS-DUB
Ireland (part 2) The Westbury Hotel
Ireland (part 3) Dublin Activities
Ireland (part 4) Radisson Blu Dublin
Ireland (part 5) Rental car, Powerscourt, Glendalough, Blarney Castle, Radisson Blu Cork
Ireland (part 6) City of Cobh, Ring of Kerry
Ireland (part 7) Radisson Blu Limerick, Doolin Cave, Cliffs of Moher, Galway
Ireland (part 8) Radisson Blu Galway
Ireland (part 9) Food and Drink of Ireland!
Ireland (part 10) Aer Lingus Business class flight DUB-BOS, Conclusion

(PointsPinnacle Blog is Born late October/early Nov)


Maui (Part 1) Return to Hawaii!  Introduction
Maui (part 2) Andaz Maui at Wailea
Maui (part 3) Road to Hana
Maui (part 4) Downhill biking  Mt. Haleakala and Snorkeling Molokini
Maui (part 5) Westin Ka’anapali
Maui (part 6) Food and Drink of Maui
Maui (part 7) Conclusion


Atlanta (part1) Visiting friends in the ATL
Atlanta (part 2) LeMeridien Atlanta/Dunwoody



Puerto Vallarta

Puerto Vallarta (part 1) American Airlines & American Eagle MKE-DFW-PVR
Puerto Vallarta (part 2) The Centurion Lounge Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW)
Puerto Vallarta (part 3) Sheraton Bunganvillas Resort and Conference Center
Puerto Vallarta (part 4) St. Regis Punta Mita
Puerto Vallarta (part 5) Marine Safari
Puerto Vallarta (part 6) Street scenes of Puerto Vallarta and Punta Mita
Puerto Vallarta (part 7) The food scene
Puerto Vallarta (part 8) American Airlines economy PVR-DFW-ORD

The Villages

The Villages/Orlando (part 1) Southwest Airlines flight Milwaukee (MKE) to Orlando (MCO)
The Villages/Orlando (part 2) Hanging out in The Villages (Food and Drink)
The Villages/Orlando (part 3) Southwest Airlines flight Orlando (MCO) to Milwaukee (MKE)


Paris (part 1) Introduction-Paris in May to see the King of Clay
Paris (part 2) LOT Business Class Chicago to Warsaw
Paris (part 3) Hotel du Louvre
Paris (part 4) The Louvre
Paris (Part 5) Park Hyatt Paris
Paris (Part 6) Notre Dame and adding our “lock of love” to a Parisian bridge
Paris (Part 7) Versailles
Paris (Part 8) French Open (day 1)
Paris (Part 9) French Open (day 2)
Paris (Part 10) Radisson Blu Champs Elysees
Paris (Part 11) Arc de Triomphe and Siene river cruise
Paris (Part 12) Radisson Blu Le Metropolitan
Paris (Part 13) Le Eiffel Tower and Sacre Couer
Paris (Part 14) Lunch at Le Jules Verne in the Eiffel Tower and other dining options
Paris (Part 15) LOT Polish Airlines Economy Class Warsaw-Chicago


Toronto (Part 1) Introduction
Toronto (Part 2) Four Points O’Hare
Toronto (Part 3) Niagara Falls
Toronto (Part 4) Ritz Carlton Toronto
Toronto (Part 5) CN Tower
Toronto (Part 6) Center Island
Toronto (Part 7) Rogers Cup
Totonto (Part 8) Four Points Toronto Airport


Thailand (Part 1) Introduction
Thailand (Part 2) United Airlines 747 First Class Chicago (ORD) to Frankfurt (FRA)
Thailand (Part 3) Lufthansa Senator Lounge Frankfurt (FRA)
Thailand (Part 4) Thai Airways A380 First Class Frankfurt (FRA) to Bangkok (BKK)
Thailand (Part 5) Thai Airways 737 Business Class Bangkok to Koh Samui (USM)
Thailand (Part 6) Conrad Koh Samui
Thailand (Part 7) Mae Koh National Park Boat trip and Chaweng Beach
Thailand (Part 8) Bangkok Airways Economy Class Koh Samui (USM) to Phuket (HKT)
Thailand (Part 9) Naka Island a Luxury Collection Resort and Spa
Thailand (Part 10) James Bond Island and Little Island Boat trip
Thailand (Part 11) Phi Phi Island Boat trip
Thailand (Part 12) Patong Beach and Bangla Road
Thailand (Part 13) Air Asia Economy Class Phuket (HKT) to Chiang Mai (CNX)
Thailand (Part 14) Four Seasons Chiang Mai
Thailand (Part 15) ELE (Elephant Life Experience) Elephant Camp
Thailand (Part 16) Wat Phra That Doi Suthep Temple
Thailand (Part 17) Bangkok Airways Economy Class Chiang Mai (CNX) to Bangkok (BKK)
Thailand (Part 18) St. Regis Bangkok
Thailand (Part 19) Dinner at Vertigo at Banyan Tree Rooftop
Thailand (Part 20) Chatuchak Weekend Market and Wat Pho Temple
Thailand (Part 21) Cathay Pacific Business Class Bangkok (BKK) to Hong Kong (HKG)
Thailand (Part 22) American Airlines First Class Hong Kong (HKG) to Dallas (DFW)


Atlanta (Part 1) AirTran Milwaukee to Atlanta
Atlanta (Part 2) W Atlanta Buckhead




Australia (Part 1) Introduction- First Time Down Under!!!
Australia (Part 2) British Airways First Class Lounge O’Hare
Australia (Part 3) Cathay Pacific First Class ORD-HKG
Australia (Part 4) Hyatt Regency Hong Kong
Australia (Part 5) Cathay Pacific’sThe Wing First Class Lounge HKG
Australia (Part 6) Cathay Pacific Regional Business Class HKG-KUL
Australia (Part 7) Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur
Australia (Part 8) Around Kuala Lumpur
Australia (Part 9) Malaysia Airlines Golden Lounge KUL
Australia (Part 10) Malaysia Airlines Business Class KUL-MEL
Australia (Part 11) Radisson on Flagstaff Gardens Melbourne
Australia (Part 12) Australia Open Day One (2nd round of tourney)
Australia (Part 13) Around Melbourne
Australia (Part 14) Great Ocean Road Excursion
Australia (Part 15) Australian Open Day Two (4th round of tourney)
Australia (Part 16) Park Hyatt Sydney
Australia (Part 17) Sydney Opera House Tour
Australia (Part 18) Bondi Beach
Australia (Part 19) Qantas Premier Lounge SYD
Australia (Part 20) Qantas Domestic Business Class SYD-BNE
Australia (Part 21) Qantas Business Class BNE-LAX


Chicago (Part 1) Introduction-Post Valentines’s Day Getaway!
Chicago (Part 2) Amtrak Hiawatha Milwaukee to Chicago
Chicago (Part 3) Waldorf Astoria Chicago


Japan (Part 1) Introduction- A Babymoon…….Sakura Style!
Japan (Part 2) Japan Airlines First Class Chicago O’Hare to Tokyo Narita
Japan (Part 3) St. Regis Osaka
Japan (Part 4) Around Kyoto
Japan (Part 5) Around Nara
Japan (Part 6) Andaz Tokyo
Japan (Part 7) Around Tokyo
Japan (Part 8) Conrad Tokyo
Japan (Part 9) Fujigoko Sakura viewing (Beautiful full bloom cherry blossoms)
Japan (Part 10) Westin Tokyo
Japan (Part 11) Japan Airlines First Class Lounge
Japan (Part 12) Japan Airlines First Class Tokyo Narita to Chicago O’Hare


Chicago (Part 1) Introduction- A baby on a business trip!
Chicago (Part 2) Omni Hotel Chicago


Greensboro, GA (Part 1) Introduction: Baby’s First Flight
Greensboro, GA (Part 2) Ritz Carlton Reynolds, Lake Oconne


Denver (Part 1) Introduction
Denver (Part 2) JW Marriott Cherry Creek


O’ahu Hawaii

Hyatt Place El Segundo
Four Seasons O’ahu at Ko Olina
Pearl Harbor Memorial
Makapuu Point Lighthouse
Polynesian Cultural Center’s-Ha:Breath of Life


Intro to London 2016: To See a GOAT on Grass
American Airlines Business Class Chicago (ORD) to London (LHR)
Radisson Blu Edwardian Hampshire Leicester Square
The May Fair Hotel
Buckingham Palace and Changing of the Guard
St. Paul’s Cathedral
Westminster Abbey
The Tower of London and Tower Bridge
Wimbledon AELTC
London Eye
Dining in London
Brexit, London Street Scenes and Red bus tour
British Airways Business Class London(LHR to Chicago (ORD)


Introduction: Maldives an Ocean Paradise
Etihad First Class Lounge JKF Airport
Etihad First Class Apartments New York (JFK) to Abu Dhabi (AUH) A380
Hyatt Capital Gate Abu Dhabi
Sheik Zayed Grand Mosque Abu Dhabi
Etihad Regional Business Class Abu Dhabi (AUH) to Male (MLE)
Conrad Maldives Arrival Lounge and Maldivian Seaplane
Conrad Maldives
Around Rangali Island
Maldivian Sea Plane
Leeli Lounge Male Airport
Emirates Business Class Male (MLE) to Dubai (DXB) B777
Conrad Dubai
Around Dubai
Emirates First Class Lounge Dubai
Emirates First Class Dubai (DXB) to Dallas (DFW) B777


Fairmont Olympic
Around Seattle


Las Vegas

Introduction: Bringing Baby to Vegas
Bellagio Luxury Resort & Casino
Around Las Vegas


Introduction: Spring Break in the MIA
Turnberry Isle Review
Miami Open


Radisson Blu Minneapolis Downtown Review


Italy 2017: Introduction
Alitalia Business Class Chicago to Rome
Hotel Lungarno (Florence)
Around Florence
Dining in Florence
Il Falconerie (Cortona)
Around Cortona
Dining in Cortona
Rome Cavalieri Waldorf Astoria
Around Rome
Dining in Rome
Alitalia Lounge Rome (FCO)
Lufthansa Business Class Rome to Munich
Lufthansa First Class Lounge Munich
Lufthansa First Class Munich to Chicago

New Orleans

Ritz Carlton New Orleans
Around New Orleans


JW Marriott Chicago


Riviera Maya Mexico

Andaz Mayakoba


Iberia Business Class Chicago (ORD) to Madrid (MAD) A340-600
Westin Palace Madrid
Around Madrid
Dining in Madrid
Hotel Arts Barcelona (A Ritz-Carlton hotel)
Enoteca Paco Perez (Two- Michelin Star Restaurant)
Around Barcelona
Park Hyatt Mallorca
Around Mallorca
Rafa Nadal Academy and museum
Dining in Mallorca
Iberia Business Class Lounge Madrid (International terminal satellite lounge)
Iberia Business Class Madrid (MAD) to Chicago (ORD) A340-600

New York

Introduction: Completing the Career Fan Slam
Hyatt Centric Times Square
US Open Tennis Tournament (Kids Day)

Costa Rica

Introduction: Over the Hill in Costa  Rica
Andaz Costa Rica Resort at Peninsula Papagayo

Marco Island

JW Marriott Marco Island


Day at Disney World



Introduction: Seychelles in Style
Review: Hyatt Regency Chigago O’Hare
Review: Qatar Airways Business Class B777-300ER Qsuite Chicago (ORD) to Doha (DOH)
Review: Qatar Airways Al Safwa First Class Lounge
Review: Qatar Airways Business Class A330 Doha (DOH) to Seychelles (SEZ)
Review: Doubletree Resort and Spa by Hilton Seychelles-Allamanda
Around Mahe
Review: Hilton Seychelles Labriz Resort & Spa
Review: CatCocos Business Class ferry from Victoria Harbor to Praslin
Review: Raffles Seychelles (Praslin)
Around Praslin and Crieuse Islands
Review: Four Seasons Seychelles
Review: Qatar Airways Business Class A330 Seychelles (SEZ) to Doha (DOH)
Review: Qatar Airways Business Class B777-300ER Qsuite Doha (DOH) to Chicago (ORD)







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  3. Looking forward for more reports to come 🙂 Keep up the good work!!! Highly appreciate and grateful for your efforts.

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