American Screwed Up Its Brand New Business Class Seat

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American’s new business class seat is the B/E Aerospace Super Diamond going into their Boeing 787-9, Airbus A350, and later retrofits of Boeing 777-200s. Here’s that seat: Source: American Airlines There is currently one Boeing 777-0 flying with this...

American Express Launched the Biggest Delta Offer Ever

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Here’s Why ‘Earn and Burn’ is the Best Strategy

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We’ve known devaluations were coming for a very long time. It was obvious when I wrote ten years ago that I was afraid the great values wouldn’t last: What if I can’t use 60,000 Cathay Pacific miles to fly...

Several US Cities 25% Off Business and Coach Awards to Europe/Israel

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Air France KLM’s Flying Blue program should be interesting to U.S. frequent flyers for several reasons. They offer one-way awards They are an American Express Membership Rewards, Citi Thank You points, and a Chase Ultimate Rewards transfer partner. They...

Pilot Sent to Prison and Do American’s New Uniforms Give Flight Attendants Hives?

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News and notes from around the interweb: airberlin’s real problem: “airlines that fool around with grammar by using infantile lower or mixed case branding in their titles are doomed” Club1 Hotels is a new site offering wholesale hotel rates....

Always Remember to ‘Garden’ Your Travel Reservations

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It’s important to “do gardening” on your bookings, especially ones that you make relatively far in advance. By gardening (a description I think I first got from Nicholas Kralev), I mean tending to the bookings — checking up on...

You Always Get Upgraded When You Want Upgrades the Least

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Last week I needed to be in San Diego for one night. There aren’t any non-stops between Austin and San Diego, I rather expected Southwest might have one, but I wound up on American through Dallas. My flight into...

When 5/24 Doesn’t Apply, and When it Doesn’t Count

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British Airways Will Start Charging for Water in January, Buy Avios Less than 1 Cent Apiece

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News and notes from around the interweb: Club1 Hotels is a new site offering wholesale hotel rates. It’s normally paid membership but for a limited time they’re giving free one year memberships if you sign up now. And they’re...

Review: New York JFK – Abu Dhabi Etihad First Class Apartment, the Best Flight in the World

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I’ve argued many times that the greatest luxury in air travel is space and privacy. As a result there’s no first class product that comes close to Etihad’s First Apartment on the Airbus A380. There’s an inflight chef, an...

13 Best Songs About Travel

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Here’s the 13 best travel songs. Following my stab at a list of the 13 best movies about travel, I thought I’d work to come up with the very best songs about travel. That’s a very different exercise than...

A New Trick to Jump the Upgrade Queue on American (But if You Don’t Know It, You Could Lose Out)

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American Airlines gate agents are under a lot of pressure to get flights to push back exactly on time. As a result they organize their duties around this goal, at the expense of passengers. I’ve written extensively about “D0”...

Department of Justice Standing in the Way of Alaska-Virgin America Merger

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Earlier in the week Alaska Airlines agreed to delay the close of its acquisition of Virgin American to at least October 17 in order to give the Department of Justice more time to review anti-trust issues. Of course the...

Valencia’s Inner Fire

Valencia’s Inner Fire Fallas: A week filled with churros, fire and pure excitement. Something I am going to try my hardest to explain, but I can’t promise that I will do it justice. Fallas is a festival in Valencia held every year that leads up to March 19th, which is...

Free American Airlines Lounge Access if You Have United or Delta Status

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Last year I wrote How to Get – and Use – Airline Status Matches. Travel providers are interested in acquiring their competitors’ best customers, but elite status has a lock-in effect. Sure, you might want to defect from United...

The Shocking Fact About Trump’s New Hotel Brand and Free Points

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News and notes from around the interweb: Club1 Hotels is a new site offering wholesale hotel rates. It’s normally paid membership but for a limited time they’re giving free one year memberships if you sign up now. And they’re...

Free Upgrade to AwardWallet Plus, and This Time I Won’t Run Out of Codes!

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Should You Fly First Class on a US Airline or Business Class on an Asian Carrier?

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Not all Asian carriers have the top business class products, but all of the truly best business class products are offered by Asian or Middle Eastern carriers. Take Singapore Airlines. With a four-across configuration like in first class, Singapore...

How to Earn Top Elite Status With Nothing But Credit Card Spend

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With These Airlines You’ll Want to Eat Onboard — Not at a Restaurant

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It’s rarely the case that airlines will provide meals that will be better than what you can get on the ground. The prepacking in the flight kitchen, constrained spaces onboard, and altitude present real challenges. And food is hardly...