In February 2015, Four Seasons started their World Tour Packages that featured travel on their own luxury private jet. This was no normal Boeing 757-200; this plane was specially designed for Four Seasons and included 52 lie-flat seats and meals prepared onboard by an executive chef.
This plane would whisk travelers on around-the-world itineraries, visiting iconic landmarks and staying at world-class Four Seasons hotels along the way. The initial response from bloggers like Ben from One Mile at a Time was skepticism about who this plane and these trips were for:
And to some degree I have to wonder how much of a market there is for this. Millionaires probably couldn’t reasonably afford this, while billionaires would presumably want a more tailored experience than a month-long journey with 50 other people and no flexibility — they can just get their own jet. Maybe they’re going after “poor” hundred millionaires?
A year later, Ben wrote another article asking if the Four Seasons plane was overrated and questioning its long term viability:
But personally I’d be surprised if this business model works long term or is expanded. I’m guessing some high end travelers are trying it once out of curiosity, but long term do you really want to drop that kind of cash on such a “rigid” trip, when you could ultimately fly better airline products and have a more customized experience for less?
Well, here we are in 2019 and Four Seasons has announced they’re getting a new plane, an Airbus A321-LR, which will go into service for the trips in 2021. So I guess they’re doing OK. But how?
I was lucky enough to get to talk to someone who’s been on a Four Seasons trip. They were nice enough to share with me the pictures from their trip and even let me read the personal journal they wrote while away (yes, people still write in notebooks, and this leather-bound book was specially provided to guests by Four Seasons for just that reason).
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Nintendo is scheduled to set up a huge booth at the San Diego Comic-Con, the grandaddy of all Comic Cons, held at the San Diego Convention Center on July 18-21. Their focus will be on its new game, Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order. However it will also have a Nintendo Gaming Lounge at the San Diego Marriott Marquis & Marina, which is right next door to the convention center. The lounge will be open to the public and will offer playable games such as Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3, Pokémon Sword and Shield, Super Mario Maker 2, Luigi’s Mansion 3, Cadence of Hyrule: Crypt of the NecroDancer Featuring the Legend of Zelda, and The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening.
Southwest Airlines will be at the lounge with a Super Mario Maker 2 contest that attendees can enter. Winners can potentially win a Nintendo Switch + Super Mario Maker 2 bundle.
However, not everyone who attends Comic-Con lives in San Diego – they have to travel to get there. And apparently not everyone has to “win” in order to get that Nintendo Switch + Super Mario Maker 2 bundle. And that’s where things got interesting for some airline passengers…
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Happy Wednesday to all of our travel friends, both near and far! Here are some articles we’ve read from other bloggers (and other sources) that we think you may like, as well, so we’re passing them along.
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A while back, we wrote about 27-year-old Cassandra De Pecol, who visited all 196 countries in the fastest time ever documented. She was also the youngest American to complete such a feat. She not only broke the previous Guinness World Record in less than half the time of the previous record holder but also became the first woman on record to travel to every country in the world.
Of course, records are made to be broken, and there’s a new person on her way to earning the reign of “youngest person to visit them all,” and she’s a 21-year-old American named Lexie Alford.
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The Port Authority of New York & New Jersey is in the middle of NYC’s current transportation transformation. They built a new Goethals Bridge between Staten Island and New Jersey, rebuilt the roadway of the Bayonne Bridge, and did extensive renovations on the George Washington Bridge. JFK is getting a $13 billion transformation, LGA is in the midst of an $8 billion renovation and EWR’s Terminal One is being redeveloped. They’re also looking at a replacement for the obsolete Port Authority Bus Terminal.
So when the Port Authority suddenly announces proposed plans for toll and fare increases, is anybody really surprised? Raise your hand if you are. Anyone? Bueller?
Here’s the low-down on the proposed increases:
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