During my recent business trip to Dubai I opted to stay at the Pullman Jumeirah Lakes Towers as I had several meetings around Dubai Marina and this property seemed to be the Accor 5-star property with the best value for money.
The hotel is conveniently in walking distance of Dubai Marina mall and parts of Dubai Marina (granted that depends on how much you are accustomed to the climate in the UAE) and roughly 40 minutes drive from the airport. While the hotel offers a pick-up service for AED200, which I used due to scheduled late arrival at DXB, I do think it is a better option to use uber or Careem. Alternatively Nakheel station of the red MRT line is right in front of the hotel (price from the airport with nol card will be around AED10) which is fine during off-peak only!
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Before my flight back to Kuala Lumpur on Oman Air I decided to spend one more night in Munich so I would have the day of my departure in the city for some shopping, since Oman Air flights from MUC depart in the late evening.
After my last stay in Munich in the alleged airport hotel Ibis Hallbergmoos was not that nice after all and the following nights in a 5-star Pullman in Riga were even worse, I decided to stick to Accors 4-star level, which provides a lot better value for money in European properties. The Novotel Munich City Arnulfpark seemed like a good choice for that and given that it was freezing cold in Munich with lots of snow, I had a good incentive to thoroughly review this hotel.
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On my flight back to Muscat on Oman Air I was invited to the Atlantic lounge, which is a contract lounge, prior to departure. Oman Air, as most non star alliance airlines in Munich, operates out of Terminal 1, which is a bit dated and has quite small gate areas.
After a quick check-in and some unpleasant discussion with German customs as usual (they just don’t like that you are entitled to VAT refund as a German living abroad…) I had a quick security check thanks to the fast track. It was an extremely cold day in Munich with lots of snows so I was looking forward to my departure, the Atlantic lounge certainly did not give me solid reasons to stay as well.
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Oman Air just informed Sindbad members about some pretty generous changes in their baggage policy. Since my recent flight from Kuala Lumpur to Munich via Muscat I joined Oman Airs Sindbad program and got a, also pretty generous and easy, status match from my Emirates Skywards status.
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On my recent flights from Kuala Lumpur (KUL) to Munich (MUC) and back via Muscat (MUC) on Oman Air I was invited twice to the Oman Air business class lounge in Muscat, while I had some time to explore the lounge and it’s features during my first stay it was too crowded to take pictures, thankfully the second trip allowed for a few snapshots.
In general Muscat airport is somewhat in a transition state as the old terminal has only remote gates and is quite outdated. It was built some decades ago back in the mid 20th century and the passenger capacity is long exceeded, as well as the facilities can’t really match todays expectations at an airport. While it isn’t the worst airport the experience for transiting in MCT is anything but seamless.
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I know I said I wouldn’t be flying TAP Portugal in business so soon again after my last, rather unsatisfying, experience with them. But TAP runs a upgrade program through plusgrade, which I was aware of before but never used it. This time I thought I just give it a try and bid the minimum amount of EUR100 to be able to review their ground service at Lisbon airport – it looks like there weren’t too many other people bidding so I got upgraded.
Knowing that TAP operates one of Europes oldest fleets and does virtually nothing to provide a competitive product on most routes to Portugal, where they basically have a monopoly, I went into this not exactly thrilled, but little did I know what I was about to endure.
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Vietnam and especially Ho Chi Minh City is one of my most frequented locations due to work related events and I have been to the city dozens of times since mid of 2014. While Vietnam is a challenging environment in terms of infrastructure and language barrier people there are also very friendly and I enjoy most of my time spent in the country.
Since I am based in Kuala Lumpur (KUL) I have essentially 3 options to fly in business class to Ho Chi Minh City (SGN), all of which feature a more or less similar product with minor differences.
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Since I frequently visit a part of my family in Portugal I also have flown many times with TAP Portugal (TP) but never actually reviewed them. This time for New Year I had an other trip here and managed to get a very good deal for a multi city ticket from Frankfurt (FRA) to Lisbon (LIS) and back to Munich (MUC) where FRA to LIS was in J, my first time business class with TP so I thought it is worth writing a review.
Intra Europe business class is really nothing to write home about on almost all carriers, so I had very low expectations on this flight. Since it started with an invitation to a rather average Lufthansa business class lounge in Frankfurt I was looking forward to an uneventful and rather underwhelming experience.
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On my recent flight to Lisbon (LIS) with TAP Portugal I was invited to the Lufthansa business class lounge in Frankfurt international airport (FRA) terminal 1. Since terminal 1 is the Lufthansa/Star Alliance terminal at FRA they have a very strong presence, in fact everything is Lufthansa branded – even including the gate desks.
I have been flying multiple times from Frankfurt with Etihad and Emirates, but only in terminal 2 so it was a first time for me to go to the ‘Lufthansa terminal’. Since I did not really know how big of a presence they have there I asked the check-in agent about which lounge I should use, which she replied to with ‘yes’. I then tried to clarify if there is a TAP Portugal lounge or which one I would be invited to which again she replied to with ‘yes’. I found that quite surprising since TP has only a few daily flights from FRA and it wouldn’t make sense to have their own lounge. After I realised there are only LH lounges at FRA terminal 1 now I am not sure if the agent just assumed I would know about it or if she herself didn’t know what kind of lounges there are…
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Kuala Lumpur international airport terminal 1 (KUL) is the home of Malaysias national carrier Malaysia Airlines. Since it is the biggest hub for the airline MAS operates 2 separate business class lounges.
One of the lounge is located in the main terminal building – which is mostly used for domestic and regional Asia destinations – the Malaysia Airlines Regional lounge. The Malaysia Airlines Golden lounge is in first floor of the satellite building at KLIA near the C gates.
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