With the year in 2020 coming to an anticipated close, as it some times happens, I was short a few night credits for renewing next year’s Marriott Bonvoy status. Even though Marriott was offering roll over elite status for the year 2021, I was only a few nights short of qualifying for Titanium status again. Not knowing how Marriott was going to calculate status for 2022 as a result of the worldwide… Read More

While I don’t usually combine flight posts, it seems to make sense in this case since these flights blended into each other. Economy flights aren’t that exciting to write about, but they do form an important part of any trip. This post is one chapter in our trip to the United Arab Emirates, Qatar and the Maldives on United Airlines and Etihad Airways. This trip was booked and credited to Aeroplan and… Read More

For our journey home, we settled into United Airlines service from Dubai to Washington Dulles. This would be my longest United Airlines flight at 7,059 miles, and as luck would have it, my last long haul flight in economy class in over 8 years. Despite the long haul distance, the flight made for interesting people watching. This post is one chapter in our trip to the United Arab Emirates, Qatar and the… Read More

On our United Airlines flights from Doha – Dubai – Washington Dulles, we had a brief stopover back in Dubai. We made the most of this by enjoying the contracted Marhaba Lounge in Dubai Terminal 1. This post is one chapter in our trip to the United Arab Emirates, Qatar and the Maldives on United Airlines and Etihad Airways. This trip was booked and credited to Aeroplan and Etihad Preferred Guest. For… Read More

As our trip drew to a close, it was time for our round – a – bout trip home. We started with this bizarre fifth freedom flight between Qatar and the United Arab Emirates on United Airlines. This post is one chapter in our trip to the United Arab Emirates, Qatar and the Maldives on United Airlines and Etihad Airways. This trip was booked and credited to Aeroplan and Etihad Preferred Guest…. Read More

Never being one to give up exploring, we scheduled ourselves a few days in Doha, Qatar. Who knows? You never know when you will make it back somewhere and having a ticket that started and ended in the country seemed like the perfect excuse to take in some of the city. Indeed, we found Qatar to be an interesting place to spend some time in that didn’t have all the shiny glitz… Read More

On our way back from the United Arab Emirates and the Maldives, we had a two day stopover in Qatar. You never know when your travels will bring you back so it’s important to take advantage of these opportunities if you can. We ended up at the Marriott Doha Hotel located near the old Doha International Airport for a convenient two day stay. While not the newest property, it make up for… Read More

Thanks to mechanical issues, we ended up sustaining a small delay in our connections. Fortunately, we ended up at our destination safely, if not a little bit late. This post is one chapter in our trip to the United Arab Emirates, Qatar and the Maldives on United Airlines and Etihad Airways. This trip was booked and credited to Aeroplan and Etihad Preferred Guest. For more information on how this trip was booked,… Read More

Thanks to some surprise flight delays, we ended up spending more time in the Etihad Airways Pearl Business Lounge than we originally anticipated. Despite the high density seating, the lounge offered great food and beverage (including champagne); making it a worthwhile stop on any connecting travellers journey. This post is one chapter in our trip to the United Arab Emirates, Qatar and the Maldives on United Airlines and Etihad Airways. This trip… Read More

Its always a let down to leave any island paradise. Thankfully, Etihad Airways made it a lot more pleasant with comfortable medium haul service from Malé to Abu Dhabi. This post is one chapter in our trip to the United Arab Emirates, Qatar and the Maldives on United Airlines and Etihad Airways. This trip was booked and credited to Aeroplan and Etihad Preferred Guest. For more information on how this trip was… Read More