Air Niugini Crash Landing

Wow: Cockpit Video Shows Air Niugini Crash Landing

Some of you may remember the accident of Air Niugini flight 73, which crash landed in water on approach to Chuuk, Micronesia, on September 28, 2018. The plane had a total of 47 people onboard, including 12(!!!) crew and 35 passengers. Unfortunately one…

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Airline Flight Simulator – 5

Court Rules In Favor Of British Airways Pilots Union

A couple of weeks ago I wrote about how talks broke down between British Airways management and their pilots union over a new contract. Management has offered pilots an 11.5% pay increase over three years, though the pilots want more, claiming they want…

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Filed Under: British Airways, Unions
Kenya Airways 787

Government To Take Over Kenya Airways (Again)

Well, it looks like Kenya Airways finally has a new plan. Whether or not that's good news remains to be seen. Kenya Airways was entirely government owned until 1995, when it became the first African flag carrier to successfully be privatized. Currently…

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Filed Under: Other Airlines
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Air Peace 737

Is Air Peace Safe? Airline Has Another Incident…

Air Peace is a private Nigerian airline that I've been fascinated by. The airline has been flying since 2013 primarily as a regional airline, though just a couple of weeks ago launched their first long haul flight to Sharjah in the UAE. The airline has…

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Filed Under: Other Airlines
Amex Gold Card Watermark

American Express Gold Card Review (2019)

The past couple of years American Express has refreshed their portfolio of cards, especially those cards earning Membership Rewards points. One of the changes that we've seen is that the popular Premier Rewards Gold Card was rebranded as the Amex Gold…

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Filed Under: American Express, Credit Card Reviews
Air Belgium Business Class – 91

Air Belgium’s New Caribbean Flights On Sale

Air Belgium is one of my favorite airlines to follow, and last week they announced a new business plan -- the airline went from being focused on flights to Asia, to not operating any scheduled flights at all, to now operating flights to the Caribbean…

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Andaz Singapore – 61

Buy Hyatt Points With Up To A 40% Bonus

World of Hyatt has just rolled out their newest promotion on purchased points, which has the potential to be a great deal for anyone considering a stay at a Hyatt. Through August 27, 2019, World of Hyatt is offering a 40% bonus when you buy at least…

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Filed Under: Great Deals, Hyatt
Amaszonas Flight Attendant 1

Sole Surviving Flight Attendant From Crash Returns To Skies

This is a pretty incredible story. Some of you may remember the LaMia flight that crashed in November 2016. LaMia 2933 was a charter flight operated by an Avro RJ85 that was scheduled to fly from Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia, to Medellín, Colombia.…

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Filed Under: Other Airlines
Southwest 737

My Dad Is Flying Southwest, And I Need A Drink

I sort of feel like I'm explaining life on earth to a martian here... My dad is flying Southwest tomorrow for the first time. There are a few things to understand about my dad, and about my relationship with him. First of all, my dad isn't very good…

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A330 900 Neo

Gift Cards No Longer Trigger Amex Airline Fee Credits

One of the awesome features of several American Express cards is the annual airline fee credits they offer, which range in value from $100 to $250. Well, it looks like for a lot of people this benefit has just gotten less valuable. Which Amex cards offer…

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Filed Under: Credit Cards
Japan Airlines First Class – 54

Buy Alaska Miles With A Mystery Bonus

Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan is one of my favorite programs to buy miles from, both thanks to the frequency with which they sell miles, and what a good deal their redemptions can be. Alaska Airlines has just launched their latest promotion on purchased…

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Filed Under: Alaska, Great Deals
Global Entry Kiosks

Global Entry & Renewing Your Passport

As I wrote about earlier, I just went through the process of renewing my passport. Now that I have a new passport, I realized that there's one important thing that I have to do. As anyone who travels frequently internationally knows, Global Entry is…

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Filed Under: Advice
Citi Premier Card Watermark

Citi Premier Card Review (2019)

When talking about mid-range credit cards that earn transferrable points, the Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card is probably the first card that comes to mind for many. The card offers a big sign-up bonus, bonus categories, and great protection. However,…

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Filed Under: Citi, Credit Card Reviews
British Airways 747

British Airways Pilots Vote To Go On Strike

A couple of weeks ago I wrote about how talks broke down between British Airways management and their pilots union over a new contract. British Airways is experiencing record profitability at the moment, and the pilots want their share of that. They…

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Filed Under: British Airways, Unions

Recent Trip Reports

New Passport 1

Odd Feelings About My New Passport…

I just went through the process of renewing my US passport. Ford's passport was due to expire in August, and mine in December, so we figured we might as well both renew them at once. Over the weekend I got my new passport in the mail. Much to my surprise,…

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Fiji Airways A330

Fiji Airways Takes Pre-Flight Dining To The Extreme

The past few years we've seen airlines investing significantly in their business class products. Not only do more airlines offer dine on demand onboard, but many airlines also offer pre-flight dining. This gives passengers the flexibility to eat what…

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Filed Under: Fiji Airways
Air New Zealand 787 10

So Cool: Air New Zealand Hiring Temporary Flight Attendants

I've always kind of wanted to be a flight attendant, but just for a hot minute. Not for 46 years, as seems to be the norm in the US. There is something that seems kind of fun about doing the hand motions pointing out where the exits are, having the power…

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Filed Under: Air New Zealand
Lsu Locker Room 2

The LSU Locker Room Looks Like An Airplane

I'd kind of like to spend a night in the LSU locker room, and not in a weird way (or maybe this is actually the weird way to want to spend a night in a locker room?)... LSU Football has shared on Twitter pictures of their locker room, and frankly they…

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Apple

Today Only: Earn Lots Of Miles On Apple Purchases

Online shopping portals can be a great way to pick up additional miles & points for purchases you’d make anyway. Just for following a specific link you can earn bonus points in addition to the ones you’d earn anyway for credit card spending. Whenever…

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Filed Under: Alaska, United
United 777

New Airline Shopping Portal Bonuses

Online shopping portals can be a great way to pick up additional miles & points for purchases you’d make anyway. Just for following a specific link you can earn bonus points in addition to the ones you’d earn for credit card spend. The number of bonus…

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Filed Under: American, Great Deals
Money Watermark

Citi Double Cash Card Review (2019)

Many of us go to great lengths to maximize our credit card strategy. For example, I have over two dozen credit cards -- I have some cards for the perks, while I have other cards for the bonuses they offer when I spend money on them. While I know many…

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Filed Under: Citi, Credit Card Reviews
Newyork Skyline Sunset

5 Ways To Get The Most Out Of A Destination

I've written before about how my "urge" to get on a plane has lessened lately. My sweet dog and his abandonment issues have a lot to do with it, as it's heartbreaking to leave him, but I've also found my interests have changed somewhat. I still love…

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Filed Under: Travel
Courtyard Santiago Rooftop Seating

Review: Courtyard Marriott Santiago Las Condes

Our quick trip to Santiago presented us with a little bit of a quandary: with only one full day to see the city, but two nights at our disposal, our goal was to maximize time, tourism value, and points all in one shot. This was the only opportunity to…

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Filed Under: Hotel Reviews, Hotels
American Eagle Crj

American Airlines’ Inconsistent Delay Compensation

I had an interesting experience involving contacting customer relations at American recently, which I figured I'd share. First let me provide a bit of background. I get emails constantly from readers who share with me how unsatisfied they are with airline…

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Filed Under: American