Review: Iberia Velázquez VIP Lounge – Best Oneworld Business lounge?

madrid barajas iberia Velázquez lounge

Iberia recently refurbished their lounge in Madrid T4s - I was curious to see what it'd be like, as the  Velázquez VIP Lounge lounge had been one of my favourite in Europe. The verdict? The refurbished version has transformed the lounge from very, very good to excellent - so much so, I'd have happily spent many hours here - a rare verdict for an airport lounge.  Iberia's T4s lounge is available for use by passengers flying with oneworld airlines in business

TAP Portugal E190 Economy OPO-MAD

TAP, Portugal's flag carrier, has a decent European network, as well as an impressive range of destinations in South America, particularly Brasil. The airline offers two daily departures from Porto to Madrid, this one departing at 20.15.  --Check-In-- Check-in was a simple process. At Porto, it's possible to check in at the counter, or, if you don't have bags to check-in, you can use the electronic check-in machines, which rarely seem to have a queue. TAP is a member of Star Alliance,

Review: Qatar Airways Business Class – Oslo – Doha Boeing 787 Dreamliner

Qatar Airways 787 Oslo Business Class Product Seats Champagne Review

Having found a good priced ticket from Oslo to Singapore in one of Qatar's frequent sales, I was eager to see what their business class product would be like. I'd heard little negative about Qatar's offering, and I wasn't left disappointed. If you don't mind a short transit in Doha, Qatar offers a good option if you're looking to fly to Asia.  At the Airport Oslo is quite a nice airport, and easy to navigate. From Oslo, Qatar offer two daily departures

Review: Novotel Phuket Kata Avista Resort And Spa

Novotel Kata Beach Avista Resort and Spa Thailand Phuket

As a fan of the Le Club Accor programme, I was keen to find a good Accor option in Phuket for a four night stay in August. I'd previously visited the island before, and headed to the Novotel Kamala Beach, and had been very impressed. This time, I thought it might be nice to head somewhere new, but ended up being somewhat disappointed.  The Novotel Kata Avista Resort has the potential to be a good option, but suffered from lacklustre facilities,

Is it worth visiting Krabi, Thailand, in August?

Krabi Thailand August Weather Sea Town Sofitel

Is August a good time to visit Krabi? It's the question we asked ourselves before heading to Thailand. August is low-season in Krabi, and can be characterised by high temperatures and rainy days. On the plus side, unlike a visit in January, the beaches aren't packed, attractions are less crowded and prices lower. In the end, we decided to take the plunge, and spent a week in Krabi - and didn't regret it.  Before continuing, it should be pointed out

Review: Cathay Pacific First Class Lounge, London Heathrow

Cathay Pacific First Class Lounge Heathrow food restaurant dining champagne review

If you're travelling on a oneworld airline with lounge access eligibility, and are departing from London Heathrow Terminal 3,  you're in luck - with a number of different lounges to choose from - including separate First and Business lounges from American Airlines, British Airways, and Cathay Pacific. Qantas has also just opened a joint Business and First lounge. Without exception, the First Class Lounges are accessible to those travelling in First and oneworld Emerald members, whilst the Business Class Lounges

Iberia Express Business Class Review: EDI-MAD

Iberia Express Business Class Meal Brunch Quiche Food

With a difference of just €20 at the time of booking between economy and business, Iberia Express appeared to offer a competitive direct option between the Scottish and Spanish capital's. It should be noted, however, that this route is seasonal, and currently operates between June and October.  At the Airport Check-in queues were long, with only 3 desks open. There was a priority desk for passengers travelling in Business, or oneworld frequent flyers, and as such I was checked-in within ten minutes.

Review: Doha Airport First Class Lounge

Doha First Class Lounge Dining Eating Area Restaurant Buffet

Qatar has a rather complex lounge policy - with separate lounges for those travelling in First and Business, and for those who are eligible for lounge access due to their frequent flyer status. If you're a oneworld Emerald, and are flying economy, you'll be directed to the 'First Class' lounge - although this is not the lounge used by those ticketed in First, who are instead directed to the far superior Al Safwa Lounge.  Having searched for reviews before visiting the

Review: Best hotel in Bangkok, Thailand? So Sofitel

So Sofitel Bangkok Bedroom

Bangkok isn't short of places to stay - whatever your budget. It's particularly good if you're looking for luxury accommodation at prices far cheaper than Europe or North America. For our first two nights in Thailand, we opted for the So Sofitel - and were impressed by the experience.  Location So Sofitel is located opposite Lumphini Park, and has an MRT station located five minutes away. After landing at Bangkok Suvarnabhumi, we opted to take an Uber to the hotel, which cost

Qatar Airways Economy: Nice – Doha Boeing 787 Dreamliner

qatar boeing 787 economy cabin interior

Having only flown Qatar's Business product, I was curious to see how economy compared on the 'World's 5-star airline'. Launched in July 2017, Qatar's new service to Nice forms part of its expanding network across Europe.  At the Airport Check-in opened approximately 3hrs before departure, with five desks in operation - one for business, one for oneworld frequent flyers (Emerald and Sapphire), one for those who had already checked in online, and two more for economy passengers. We were able to use

Oneworld Status Match – LATAM

In the world of frequent travel, status matches shouldn't be overlooked. Upon providing proof of an existing frequent flyer status, some airlines will match it in their own programme. It's particularly useful when the airline in question is part of an alliance, allowing you to unlock useful perks such as lounge access when using a range of different carriers.  To date, I've obtained two status matches - one with Avianca Brasil (2015), and the other with LATAM - the latter of

The amazing Hong Island – Krabi, Thailand

Hong Island Krabi Thailand 2017 Beach Long Boat

Having heard about its beautiful beach and lagoon, we were keen to take a trip to Hong Island to check it out for ourselves and weren't disappointed. From Krabi, it's possible to take a group tour (either in a long boat, or via speedboat) or alternatively you can charter your own transport to the island. We opted to rent a longboat for the afternoon, and this set us back 2000 baht. We were staying at the Sofitel, but chose not

Nice Côte d’Azur Canopy Lounge Review

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Located in the non-Schengen area of Nice's Terminal 1, the Canopy Lounge offers a roomy space to relax prior to flying, with an albeit basic range of snacks.  Getting to the lounge is simple - once having gone through security, head to the B zone and clear passport control. Once you're through passport control, turn left into the main shopping area, where the lounge is on the first floor (accessible via stairs and lift) and is clearly signposted.  The lounge is very

Review: LATAM Business Class Barcelona – São Paulo

latam flight review Business

Keen to escape the European winter, and enticed by the chance to celebrate the New Year in Brazil, I booked flights to Salvador, via Sao Paulo with LATAM. At approximately €1400 the fare seemed to offer fairly good value, even though I was aware I'd be on the Boeing 767 service, as opposed to the A350 service operated to Madrid. Whilst the service was good, both the hard and soft product fell short, not least when compared to rival services