Hakkasan Beverly Hills

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Restaurant: Hakkasan Beverly Hills Where: 233 N Beverly Dr, Beverly Hills, CA 90210, 310-888-8661 The concept: Originally opened in London in 2001, Hakkasan is now known the world over, from Miami to Mumbai, from San Francisco to Shanghai. And recently, Hakassan threw open its doors in Los Angeles. At Hakkasan Beverly Hills, modern Cantonese cuisine […]

St. Regis Bahia Beach in Puerto Rico

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I recently traveled to Puerto Rico to meet my dad and a camera crew to shoot promotional videos on behalf of the Starwood Preferred Guest® Card from American Express, an advertising partner. I’ve been a SPG Amex card member for quite some time, which is one of the reasons they invited me to be part of […]

How to Get TSA PreCheck for Free

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If you get my weekly newsletter (sign up here) then you know that I have a love/hate relationship with TSA PreCheck. I love it because the line is usually much shorter and I don’t have to take off my shoes, belt and jacket. I also don’t have to take my laptop or my 3-1-1 compliant […]

Riding the Greyhound Bus to Canada

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I know that my name is Johnny Jet, not Johnny Bus, but I above all I like to save money and time and avoid hassles when I travel—and sometimes taking the bus is the best option. This week, I learned a valuable trick while booking a Greyhound ticket from Erie, Pennsylvania to Mississauga, Ontario (just […]

The Tauck Baseball Hall of Fame Event Featuring Ken Burns and Phil Niekro

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When I first found myself in the travel business in the late ’90s, I learned about a storied tour company that was based in my hometown of South Norwalk, Connecticut. Throughout the last few years, their name, Tauck, kept coming up and I was not only a little embarrassed that I didn’t know much about […]

L.A. to New York First Class on Virgin America

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I’ve flown Virgin America over a dozen times, but never before in First Class on a transcontinental flight. Last week, I had a paid Main Cabin Select (premium economy) ticket but they upgraded me at the last minute so I could check out their product and let you know. Here’s what I found: LAX-JFK Virgin […]

Why I Got Banned From Uber and How to Fix the Problem

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I’m a huge fan of Uber since it’s so much easier and cheaper than taking taxis. With just a few clicks, you can order and pay for your ride. It’s so much better than a taxi because you can track the driver’s proximity, the drivers are friendly, it’s a cashless service including the tip, and […]

LAX: The perfect long layover

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Just five miles from Los Angeles International Airport is one of the best beach communities in all of America.  I live just five miles from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) so I know what I would do if I had a long layover there. I always tell my friends and family transferring through LAX on […]