11 Hours in Beijing, China with the 72-Hour Visa-Free Stay Program

March 25, 2014

We traveled to Singapore from Houston on Air China this week.  Our flight itinerary included an 11-hour layover in the Beijing airport, arriving at 3:47 am in the morning. Rather than sit around an airport after a 15-hour flight, we took advantage of China’s 72-hour visa-free transit stay program that was introduced in 2013. China’s 72-hour […]

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Experiencing Air China’s ‘Forbidden Pavilion’ First Class Flight Service

March 24, 2014

On Sunday morning we flew from Houston, Texas (IAH airport) to Beijing, China (PEK airport) on Air China flight 996 aboard a Boeing 777-300ER aircraft. Since Air China is a member of the Star Alliance, we were able to use United frequent flyer miles to fund this trip in Air China’s First Class which is called the […]

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6 Favorite Travel Planning Resources

March 11, 2014

I was asked to share travel planning strategies with a group of sixth graders who are tasked with planning a major trip to Europe as a class project. We use many resources for our travel planning, so Mr. Jones and I discussed which are the simplest, go-to websites that we use for travel planning. We […]

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The #1 Action U.S. Travelers Can Take For a Better Flight Experience

February 28, 2014

“I just won’t fly anymore. The security makes flying too much of a hassle. I’ll either drive or stay home.” We frequently hear comments like this from people who like to travel but don’t want to fly. While we understand the dislike of air travel hassles — from security lines to crowded planes to canceled […]

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