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How – and Where – to Use All Your Hyatt Category 1-4 Free Night Awards

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A New Best Barbecue Restaurant in the World Has Been Crowned

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Texas Monthly has updated its Top 50 Texas Barbecue list (and therefore the top barbecue spots in the world). Central Texas barbecue has a focus on meat, especially brisket. You may get onions, peppers or pickle slices, and white...

Final Week for 100,000 Point Signup Bonus and Free Weekend Night Amex Hilton Surpass Card

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New Offer 10% Back on Hyatt Redemptions This Summer (and How to Leverage It)

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Emirates Customer Service Emails Their Outrage to a Passenger By Mistake

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Ten years ago then-Spirit Airlines CEO accidentally included a customer in a reply instructing staff how to handle their complaint. Please respond, Pasquale, but we owe him nothing as far as I’m concerned. Let him tell the world how...

Airline Wanted to Charge Passenger $117 for Urinating in a Bottle When All Lavatories Broke

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Airlines have been cutting back for years. Before it was basic economy and seat fees, there were checked bag fees, and the elimination of free meals onboard that we used to all think were disgusting anyway. Frustration with seeming...

Six Places to Use Newly Ubiquitous Uncapped Hyatt Free Nights

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LEAKED: New Emirates First Class Configuration on Boeing 777s

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Emirates has one of the world’s best first class products on their Airbus A380 — suites with doors, good food and drink program, onboard showers and a bar behind business class. Their Boeing 777s, the other mainstay of their...

Alaska Adds Finnair as New Partner Across the Atlantic

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oneworld member (and American Airlines partner) Finnair has just been announced as a new Alaska Airlines partner. Helsinki, credit: Alaska Airlines Alaska Airlines is certainly creative in its partnerships, working with many members of both SkyTeam and oneworld alliances...

Man in Make America Great Again Hat Removed From United Flight for Self-Upgrading

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Dr. David Dao was hardly the first passenger forcibly dragged off a United flight by law enforcement. He wasn’t even the first Asian male dragged off. He wasn’t even the first Asian male whose dragging off of a United...

Stripping Naked in the Middle of a TSA Checkpoint Is Not Protected By the First Amendment

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Several years ago I wrote about the man who stripped naked at a TSA checkpoint. John Brennan reportedly tested positive for explosives, stripped naked, and refused three TSA demands to get dressed. Criminal charges in Oregon state court were...

8 Ideas for Where to Spend Your Marriott Points

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How Much Should You Spend on the British Airways Visa?

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Delta SkyMiles Makes Big Money Because of Costco, and It Won’t Last

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Thursday I wrote about Delta CFO Paul Jacobson’s talk at the Bank of America Merrill Lynch 2017 Transportation Conference. Brian Sumers at Skift wrote about it Friday morning as well, Delta argues recent changes to its frequent flyer program...

Another Airline Goes Revenue-Based and Priority Pass Loses Another Lounge

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Uber’s New Pricing Model May Charge You More, Make You Wish for a Return “Surge”

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Customers hated surge pricing. Although reaction to it is fascinating because it’s almost perfectly inversely correlated with understanding of economics. Surge pricing: Got more drivers on the road during peak times, or times they’d rather stay home such as...

American Has Its ‘United Breaks Guitars Moment’ Mishandling Musician’s Banjo

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We all know what happened when musician Dave Carroll checked his guitar on a United flight. You’d expect that to serve as a cautionary tale for musicians everywhere. Perhaps it did and is the reason why Michael Bont of...

8 Special Resorts Where Starwood is Discounting Free Night Awards

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Yesterday I wrote that Starwood’s 35% discount on several of their most expensive resorts is back. They haven’t yet updated the promotion web page but the discount is live. And I now have confirmation of which hotels are bookable....

New Route With United Polaris Seats, Richard Branson Wants to Start New US Airline, and More

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News and notes from around the interweb: Delta appears to be restricting the visibility of its seat maps. Customers with reservations can only see seat maps for the cabin they’re booked in. Expert flyer is no longer showing Delta...

Secret Trick to Booking Etihad First Class Awards Departing the U.S. That Don’t Appear to be Available

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Two weeks ago I wrote that Etihad First Apartment award availability from Abu Dhabi to New York JFK was wide open. It still is. I’ve argued that this is the very best first class in the world. It’s not...