Court Blocks Heathrow Third Runway On Environmental Grounds

In theory Heathrow Airport is supposed to get a third runway eventually, and now the project has hit yet another roadblock. Could this finally be the end of any plans for a third runway? The London Court of Appeal has blocked the plans for Heathrow's…

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Filed Under: Aviation
Adria Crj Business Class – 9

Launching Soon: WOW Air Italy, Or Something

I've actually never seen a startup airline quite like this before. The rebirth of WOW Air is odd because it seems to me like the people running it are serious about the airline (unlike Baltia), and they have the cash (unlike Global Ghana Airlines #LowAltitudeFlightAttendants),…

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Filed Under: WOW Air
Qatar Airways 777 Oneworld

LOT Polish & Oneworld: You Two Should Talk

Hey LOT Polish, you should really meet my friend oneworld... The first global alliance (Star Alliance) was formed in 1997, and for the first decade the concept was around, it was all the rage. However, at this point many would argue that the concept…

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Filed Under: LOT, oneworld
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Ott Airlines

OTT Airlines, China Eastern’s Odd New Subsidiary

China Eastern has today revealed details about a new subsidiary they're launching. We knew this was coming, though the whole concept has to make you wonder. Historically China Eastern has exclusively operated Airbus and Boeing planes, though later this…

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Filed Under: China Eastern
Condor Business Class 767 – 3

Uh Oh: Lufthansa Will Cut Ties With Condor

I'm not surprised by this move, but it also isn't good news for Condor. Several weeks ago it was announced that Polish Aviation Group (PGL), the parent company of LOT Polish Airlines, will be acquiring Condor Airlines. The deal is expected to close in…

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Filed Under: Lufthansa, Other Airlines
Virgin Australia Business Class 777 – 1

Virgin Australia Plans Long Haul Fleet Renewal

It looks like Virgin Australia will be deciding on their long haul fleet renewal plans in the not-too-distant future, so what could that look like? Currently Virgin Australia's wide body fleet consists of: Five Boeing 777-300ERs, which are an average…

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Filed Under: Virgin Australia
Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills – 9

Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills Sued For Corporate Espionage

The Peninsula Beverly Hills is suing the Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills and Hilton over what they call corporate espionage. This week the Peninsula Beverly Hills has filed court papers accusing Hilton of engaging in corporate espionage and unfair business…

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Filed Under: Hilton, Hotels
British Airways 747

Ridiculous: British Airways Stops Allowing China Flight Refunds

Obviously the coronavirus situation is having an impact on the global economy, though there's no denying that airlines are among the hardest hit, due to the uncertainty and fear caused by it. For the most part we've seen travel brands be fairly reasonable…

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Filed Under: British Airways, Lufthansa
Amex Credit Cards Watermark

My American Express Credit Card Strategy (2020)

There are lots of aspects to maximizing your credit card strategy, including taking advantage of the best welcome bonuses, spending categories, and card perks. Sometimes I think it's interesting to break down credit card strategies by card issuer, so…

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Filed Under: American Express, Credit Cards
Marriott Chase Watermark

Big Chase Marriott Card Bonuses Ending Soon

Since mid-January, Chase and Marriott have been offering increased bonuses on two popular co-branded cards. The Marriott Bonvoy Boundless™ Credit Card and Marriott Bonvoy Bold™ Credit Card are offering welcome bonuses of 100K and 50K points,…

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Filed Under: Chase, Credit Cards
Qantas Safety Video

Qantas’ 100th Anniversary Safety Video

Qantas is currently celebrating their 100th anniversary, and to commemorate that they're introducing a new safety video, which will debut on all flights on March 1, 2020. The safety video takes place through different eras of flying, starting in the…

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Filed Under: Qantas, Videos
Air New Zealand Skynest

Air New Zealand Skynest: Bunk Beds Coming To Economy?

Here's something that would be absolutely awesome, but I'm skeptical of whether it will ever become a reality. Air New Zealand has today unveiled a new lie-flat prototype sleep product for economy travelers. The airline is today filing a patent and trademark…

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Filed Under: Air New Zealand

Recent Trip Reports

American 737 Max Business Class – 2

American Airlines App Now Shows Upgrade List 8 Hours Out

It sure is nice to know where you stand on a flight upgrade list. Not only does it help you manage expectations, but it can also be useful if you have an opportunity to easily change to another flight, or are considering a paid upgrade. I've managed…

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Filed Under: American
Thai Airways Watermark

My Chase Credit Card Strategy (2020)

There are lots of aspects to maximizing your credit card rewards, including taking advantage of the best welcome bonuses, spending categories, and card perks. Sometimes I think it’s interesting to break down credit card strategies by card issuer, so…

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Filed Under: Chase, Credit Cards
American 777 200

American Airlines’ New Strategy: Brilliant Or Bizarre?

2020 has been a fascinating year for American Airlines so far. On the one hand, I'm thrilled to see that they've woken up and are actually starting to develop a strategy. Is there actually an underlying strategy, though? Or at this point is American…

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Filed Under: American
Lufthansa First Class Watermark

Best Cards For Earning Amex Membership Rewards Points (2020)

The US American Express Membership Rewards program is one of the all around most useful transferable points currencies. Not only does Amex have a lot of airline and hotel partners, but they also often have transfer bonuses that can get you even more…

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Filed Under: American Express, Credit Cards
British Airways A350 Business Class – 2

British Airways Releases 100K Business Class Award Seats

One of the things that I appreciate about British Airways Executive Club is that they guarantee a certain amount of award availability on each flight. British Airways guarantees a minimum of two business class and four economy class award seats on all…

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Filed Under: Awards, British Airways
Tap Business Class A330 – 72

Lufthansa & United To Invest In TAP Air Portugal?

Reports suggest that Lufthansa and possibly even United might be working together to buy a major stake in TAP Air Portugal. While I totally get the logic, this would be terrible for consumers. Airline entrepreneur David Neeleman founded JetBlue and Azul,…

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Filed Under: Lufthansa, TAP Portugal
Global Entry Slip

I Got Secondary Screening With Global Entry

Over the years Global Entry (which offers expedited immigration to "trusted" travelers) has saved me a countless number of hours. It has turned US immigration from an annoying pain point of travel, to a consistently seamless process. Of course when you…

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Filed Under: Travel
Singapore A350 900ulr – 2

The World’s 15 Longest Flights (2020)

Lately we've seen a trend whereby airlines have added an incredible number of new ultra long haul flights. This is a reversal of a previous trend, because prior to a few years ago we saw fewer and fewer long flights introduced. When you look at the list…

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Filed Under: Travel

Wyndham Promo: Free Night After Two Stays

While Wyndham is the largest hotel franchising company in the world in terms of number of properties (they have 9,300 hotels in 90 countries), I don't talk all that much about their loyalty program, Wyndham Rewards. With Wyndham's newest "Make Your Break"…

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Filed Under: Hotel Deals, Wyndham