United A319

A United Captain’s Awesome Pre-Flight Pep Talk

This is a tough time for many, including those working in the airline industry. Most airline employees are facing pay cuts at best, and job losses at worst. During tough times like these you can take one of two approaches -- you can come to work unhappy,…

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Air Canada A320 Business Class – 4

More People Are Trying To Board Planes With Guns

Well this is kind of alarming... The Transportation Security Administration is seeing quite an increase in the number of people trying to bring guns through airport checkpoints. Specifically, in July 2020 firearms have been detected in carry-on bags…

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Filed Under: Security/TSA
Radisson Blu Hotel

Radisson Offering 3,000 Points For App Booking

If you're making a booking with Radisson anytime soon, make sure you use the mobile app. Radisson Rewards is offering 3,000 bonus points for your first eligible booking of two or more nights that you make through the Radisson app: This is valid for stays…

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Filed Under: Club Carlson
Hot Deals for August

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Cathay Pacific First Class 2

Recap: 9 Opportunities To Buy Points

We frequently see loyalty programs sell points at a discount, and for many this is an opportunity to buy points at a cost that makes sense, especially for aspirational redemptions. At the moment we're seeing many programs sell points at a discount, so…

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Filed Under: Great Deals
Qantas Business Class 787 – 5

Qantas Will Fly 787s Over Antarctica

Qantas doesn't plan on operating international flights for over a year, and the airline has retired its 747 fleet, grounded its entire A380 fleet, and will soon ground most of its 787 fleet. But that isn't stopping the airline from chartering out its…

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Miami Airport

I Confronted Miami CBP Officers About Not Wearing Masks

This weekend I landed back in the US. As I entered the baggage claim hall in the immigration facility, the first two Customs and Border Protection officers that I saw were standing in close proximity to one another chatting, and not wearing masks. This…

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United Polaris 767 – 66

Brazil Bans Pillows On Airplanes

In order to minimize contact between people in light of coronavirus, we've seen airlines around the world adjust onboard service, and we've even seen some governments place limits on what service can be provided. Well, Brazil has just introduced what…

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Omni

Omni Hotels & Resorts 25% Bonus On Gift Cards

Lately we’ve seen a lot of travel brands get creative when it comes to generating revenue. With so many businesses having liquidity issues, we’re seeing companies offer a deal if you pay now for travel later. We've seen many hotel brands sell gift cards…

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Bodrum Pool

Visiting Bodrum, Turkey: Coronavirus Impressions

I just spent quite a bit of time in Bodrum, Turkey. This was my first attempt at an international trip since the pandemic started, and Turkey is one of the few countries that has no restrictions on who can visit (yes, that even includes Americans). In…

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Brightline Virgin Trains – 1

Virgin Cuts Ties With Brightline, Exits US Train Market

Virgin and Richard Branson will no longer be associated with what's arguably the United States' single best rail experience. First a bit of background. The US isn't exactly known for its great rail service, though Brightline Florida is an exception.…

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20110602 Virgin Australia Yr801 3664 (voz) 737 800 Take Off And Taxi

Weekly Review: August 8, 2020

I hope everyone is having a good weekend so far! On the points & travel front, this week Amex and Chase introduced new transfer bonuses, JetBlue extended its seat blocking policy, Emirates pulled out of Fort Lauderdale, limited time offers were introduced…

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Coronavirus Testing

Logistics Of International Travel During Coronavirus

Before I talk specifically about our time in Bodrum (which I'll start doing in the next installment), in this post I wanted to talk more about the general logistical challenges and risks of international travel at the moment. Let me first clarify that…

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Filed Under: Advice, Travel

Recent Trip Reports

Aer Lingus Business Class Seat Watermark

Which US Avios Credit Card Should You Apply For?

There are three credit cards in the US that earn Avios, which is the points currency of International Airline Group (IAG) carriers. These three cards include the: Aer Lingus Visa Signature® Card (review) British Airways Visa Signature® Card (review)…

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Filed Under: Aer Lingus, British Airways
Qantas 787 Business Class – 1

Qantas Sending Its 787 Fleet To The California Desert

Qantas recently retired all of its 747s and sent all of its A380s into long term storage, and now a majority of the Australian flag carrier's 787 fleet is also going to the desert. The Boeing 787-9 has in recent years become the backbone of Qantas' long…

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Air India Express 737

Fatalities As Air India Express 737 Crash Lands

This is absolutely tragic. An Air India Express Boeing 737-800 crash landed this evening. The flight in question was Air India Express 1344, bound from Dubai to Kozhikode. The plane operated the roughly ~1,660 mile flight as scheduled, in 3hr56min, but…

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Hyatt Place St Pete

Save 10% At Hyatt With Chase Offers (Targeted)

With Chase Offers you can save money for purchases with select retailers. These promotions are targeted, and you'll see different bonuses on different card accounts. There's a great new offer for anyone who is planning a Hyatt stay in the next couple…

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Filed Under: Chase, Great Deals
United Polaris Lounge Watermark

Review: United Club Infinite Card (With 100K Bonus)

United Airlines and Chase issue several co-branded credit cards. At the moment there are increased welcome bonuses on two of the popular personal credit cards. I recently reviewed the United℠ Explorer Card. In this post wanted to take a closer look at…

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Filed Under: Chase, Credit Cards
Riga 3

US Ends Blanket International Travel Warning

The US has lowered its international travel warning, though there aren't many implications to this as of now. Back in March: The US State Department issued a Level 4 "Do Not Travel" health advisory for all non-essential international travel The US Centers…

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Statue Of Liberty Munich 3

Munich Airport’s Epic Statue Of Liberty Impersonator

This is probably my favorite thing I've seen all week... This week United Airlines resumed nonstop flights between Newark and Munich, after the route was put on hold due to the coronavirus pandemic. For the most part there's not much fanfare associated…

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Filed Under: Humor
American Admirals Club Miami – 26

Hot Food Returning To American Admirals Clubs

Back in March, major US airlines closed their airport lounges. This was both due to a lack of demand, as well as due to a need for updated procedures to keep guests safe. We've now seen airlines slowly start to reopen airport lounges. Initially this…

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Lufthansa A350 900

IATA Now Charging For COVID-19 Travel Regulations Map

Well this is pretty disappointing... It can be extremely difficult to keep up with international travel regulations, given how frequently they change, and how complex they are. A couple of month ago I wrote about IATA's COVID-19 travel regulations map,…

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Filed Under: Travel Technology