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Time for some reviews!

I know, I know. I always say this isn't a review blog, yadda yadda yadda. But I like writing reviews, and people like reading them (if my stats are to be believed). I'm taking a trip at an unspecified point in the near future, so here are some reviews I'll write either during the trip when I get some downtime, or after I get back, or months from now when I finally get around to it.

  • KLM Business Class - Other reviews range from calling it the worst business class in the sky to calling it pretty good. Will it be everything I hoped for?
  • Waldorf Astoria Amsterdam - it gets universally great reviews, but I will also write about how Diamond status affected my stay, so this could be of interest to other new Hilton Aspire cardholders.
  • Atlantic Airways to/from the Faroe Islands - I've flown this route before, and it's completely unremarkable. Still, there aren't very many reviews of it online, so why the hell not.
  • Crowne Plaza Copenhagen Towers - Another one that I'm expecting to be perfectly serviceable, but I might as well review its usefulness as an IHG free night certificate option.
  • Eventyr Lounge CPH - Since we have a long layover in CPH, I'm excited to try this fairly new lounge. It just joined Priority Pass, so a lot of people will be able to make use of it. The main pro is that it's after immigration, which can be pretty slow.
  • British Airways Club Europe - my first time in intra-Europe business class! I expect this one to be more "rant" than "review."
  • Sofitel LHR Terminal 5 - It would have been a great opportunity to use my Hyatt free night certificate at the Hyatt Place near Heathrow, but I really didn't want to deal with taking a bus away from and back to the airport. As long as the ceiling isn't so low I have to duck, the location of this hotel should outweigh any negatives.
  • British Airways Concorde Room - It can't be as lackluster as everyone says it is, right? I really want to like it, but if the internet is any guide, it's about as swanky as public toilet.
  • British Airways First Class - Again, expectations have been tempered -- as 1000 other reviewers have already told you, BA First is just a really nice business class. But this is at least the 787-9 version, which is the nicest iteration, so I still have high hopes.

That's the trip in a nutshell... It's basically a repeat of a trip we did 17 months ago (minus a week in Paris), but with everything else upgraded slightly (KLM business class vs. Delta; BA First vs. SAS business; Waldorf Astoria vs. Intercontinental, etc). We have a hot tub overlooking the water at our AirBNB in the Faroe Islands, too, so I have a feeling the trip will be worth it just for that.

What would I want to see in an AirBNB loyalty program?

What's the deal with [Seinfeld voice] Bank of America's requirement to bank with them in order to get approved for credit cards?