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TSA: It’s Not Sexual Assault When the Government Does It

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Categories : Advice Travel

In March the TSA announced that pat downs would become more ‘intimate’ and began reaching out to local law enforcement to let them know they’d be getting complaints about sexual assault but to please ignore them. TSA believed that...

30 Photos From Afghanistan That You Won’t See In The News

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Categories : Afghanistan Photo Essays Travel

30 Photos From Afghanistan That You Won’t See In The News Matthew Karsten0 Traveling in Afghanistan Afghanistan Last summer I traveled into the mountains of Afghanistan for a two week backpacking adventure. Not your typical summer vacation destination. Here’s...

The Worst Thing About Each Travel Provider

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Categories : Advice Travel

This is a lightning round, I’m going to give one quick thing that overwhelms everything else and I’m not going to offer a detailed explanation — just a simple statement of the one worst thing about an airline, a...

The Strategy to Deal with Chase 5/24 and the Order In Which to Apply for Credit Cards

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Categories : Advice Travel

I receive compensation for many links on this blog. You don’t have to use these links, but I am grateful to you if you do. American Express, Citibank, Chase, and other banks are advertising partners of this site. Any...

How to Start Turning Around Bad Service at US Airlines

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Categories : Advice Travel

Southwest Airlines flight attendants are unionized. They offer some of the best service in the US airline industry. American Airlines has some fantastic flight attendants, but the service customers receive is like Forrest Gump’s proverbial box of chocolates. American...

When Is The Last Time Airline Frequent Flyer Programs Put Their Members First?

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Categories : Advice Travel

Starwood Preferred Guest developed a fervent following among its most valuable customers — that became uniquely obvious when Starwood was being acquired — because leadership of the program put members at the center of everything they did. When there...

Delta’s Comfort Dogs, Pop Up Spas, and Status Challenges Plus United in Twitter Trouble

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Categories : Advice Travel

News and notes from around the interweb: United probably shouldn’t have tweeted an offer of a free flight to the guy who earned free Wendys nuggets for a year Delta will offer status challenges to elites from many more...

Family Gets Kicked Off JetBlue Flight to Vegas Over Birthday Cake

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Categories : Advice Travel

A family flying JetBlue from New York JFK to Las Vegas for a 40th birthday on May 3 brought along a cake from Tonnie’s Minis bakery for the celebration and that cake became a flash point that led to...

3 Great Ways to Really Leverage Travel With a Companion That Actually Work.

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Categories : Advice Travel

I receive compensation for many links on this blog. You don’t have to use these links, but I am grateful to you if you do. American Express, Citibank, Chase, and other banks are advertising partners of this site. Any...

The 25 Routes Where You Want to Avoid Flying American Airlines

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Categories : Advice Travel

American Airlines started selling ‘basic economy’ fares three months ago. These fares try to make the travel experience difficult enough that you’ll spend more for less restrictive tickets. Last group to board, no full sized carry on allowed (“personal...

Pilots Say Electronics Ban Makes Planes Unsafe and New Singapore Plane With No Coach

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Categories : Advice Travel

News and notes from around the interweb: Come to the May 30th DC area frequent flyer meet-up! European Cockpit Association, representing 38.000 pilots from 37 European states, expresses serious safety concerns resulting from electronics bans (HT: Reid F) With...

Pilot Under Investigation for Allowing Woman to Join Him in Cockpit Alone

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Categories : Advice Travel

A Chinese woman on Pakistan International Airlines flight PK853 from Tokyo to Beijing spent over two hours in the cockpit including time alone with just the pilot, staying there for landing. I’ve made the case that PIA is the...

Hyatt Has a Giant New Hole in its Loyalty Program, and I Don’t Know If They Can Fill It

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Categories : Advice Travel

When I heard that Jeff Zidell who runs Hyatt’s loyalty program was leaving the company, I didn’t jump to post about loyalty program news instead I was just sad to learn news about a friend (whether it’s good or...

Five Bonus Offers Not to Miss This Month

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Categories : Advice Featured Travel

Credit card bonuses boost your balances quickly, in some cases a single credit card can get you more than one flight or a premium cabin flight. Get one yourself, get one for your travel companion, and you’re booking award...

UH OH: Delta Already Has Signs for Electronics Ban on Flights to US from Europe, Says Ban Started Today

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Categories : Advice Travel

SFO 1K photographed a Delta sign, all professionally produced, announcing the electronics ban has begun on flights from Europe to the U.S. The electronics ban is not in fact in effect, however it was expected to be apparently even...

11 Surprising Things I Learned About the World’s Airlines Today

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Categories : Advice Travel

Many of things I probably knew and yet digging through data still found them surprising. American Airlines has the second most aircraft on order (still!) of any airline in the world, behind only Indonesian low cost carrier Lion Air’s...

Love & Hip Hop Star Booted from Delta Flight For Boarding With Glass of Wine In Hand

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Categories : Advice Travel

Basic principles: Airline flights aren’t “BYO.” If the demands the alcohol you brought on board to drink, you had better give it up. You can buy alcohol post-security, such as at duty free. (And Memphis airport is going to...

Alaska Airlines Offers Elite Status Extensions and How to Know an Airline CEO is Lying

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Categories : Advice Travel

News and notes from around the interweb: Mark Calvey reports that Alaska Airlines is allowing Virgin America first class passengers to access their lounges (as they do Alaska Airlines paid/award but not upgrade first class). With the US contemplating...

TSA Lying to the White House? Behavior Detection Officers Not Redeployed to Front Line Screening

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Categories : Advice Travel

The TSA has had employees roaming the airports watching passengers, using their spidey senses to figure out who might be a terrorist. They get a couple of weeks of training — not a graduate degree — and the training...

American Handed Out Big Raises to Employees, Can We Count on Promised Improvements In Customer Service?

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Categories : Advice Travel

A week and a half ago American unilaterally offered raises to pilots and flight attendants before contracts were up. Over three years this costs the airline an extra billion dollars. American’s CEO Doug Parker sees this as a one...