Air Peace 777

Making My Nigerian Aviation Fantasy A Reality…

Long time readers will know that I'm not exaggerating when I say that I have a slight obsession with quirky airline startups. Air Belgium was perhaps the perfect example of that, and I was lucky enough to be one of the (relatively) few passengers to…

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Filed Under: Travel
Hainan 787 9

Great Hainan Business Class Fares From The US

Hainan Airlines is generally regarded as the best airline in mainland China. They have an excellent onboard product, in terms of the seats, service, and even food and drinks. Hainan often has attractive business class fares, which can be a great way…

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Filed Under: Great Deals, Hainan
Avianca 787

Avianca LifeMiles Credit Card Review (New 60K Bonus)

Avianca LifeMiles is one of the most useful frequent flyer programs for Star Alliance award redemptions. LifeMiles often sells miles at a discount directly, which can be a great value, and they also have some transfer partners, making their miles easy…

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Filed Under: AviancaTaca, Credit Card Reviews
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Air Canada Premium Economy

Aeroplan Award Redemption Changes

We can expect significant changes to Air Canada's loyalty program over the next year or so. Initially Air Canada was going to form their own frequent flyer program in 2020, which came after their contract with Aeroplan was due to expire. In the end Air…

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Filed Under: Air Canada
Air Italy Business Class A330 – 57

Air Italy Summer 2020 Flights To LAX, SFO, And YYZ

In 2018, Qatar Airways bought a 49% stake in Air Italy, which was formerly known as Meridiana. The airline currently operates A330s on long haul flights, and hasn't quite grown the way Qatar Airways had planned (initially the plan was for the airline…

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Filed Under: Other Airlines
Ryanair 737 Max 200

Ryanair Renames The 737 MAX

The Boeing 737 MAX has been grounded for months, with no end in sight to the grounding, given that they keep finding problems with the plane. Even once the plane is fixed and certified by the FAA, there will be a lot of work required to get the plane…

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Filed Under: Other Airlines
Kuwait Airways A330 800

Kuwait Airways’ New Business Class Seats

Kuwait Airways is a quirky airline, and they've been going great lengths to modernize their fleet in the past few years. The airline has taken delivery of new 777-300ERs and A330-200s, and in the next couple of years will start taking delivery of A320neos,…

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Filed Under: Kuwait Airways
Singapore A350 900ulr – 2

Good Deals With New Singapore KrisFlyer Award Promo

Singapore Airlines' KrisFlyer program offers monthly "Spontaneous Escapes" promotions, where they constantly have a list of flights that can be booked at a discount when redeeming miles. Presumably they're primarily discounting flights that they don't…

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Filed Under: Awards, Singapore
Kimpton Suite

IHG Offering Limited Time Status Challenge

While some hotel programs are aggressive about offering status challenges (like Hilton Honors), IHG Rewards Cub is generally pretty stingy in this regard. That's surprising, since the program isn't that rewarding, and also because they make it easy to…

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Filed Under: IHG Rewards
Hi Fly A380 1

Wow: Venezuelan Airline Leasing A380

Estelar Latinoamerica is a Venezuelan airline based in Caracas. The airline has a small fleet consisting of just six ancient 737s (three 737-200s and three 737-300s), and they're also currently leasing an A340 from Portuguese leasing company Hi Fly to…

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Filed Under: Other Airlines
Marriott Marquis

Here’s How Marriott’s CEO Defends Resort Fees

This past week, DC's Attorney General filed a lawsuit against Marriott regarding their resort fees. This is something that many consumers have been pleased about, given the frustration largely associated with the spread of these fees (known as resort…

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Filed Under: Hotels, Marriott
Chase Ink Watermark

Chase Ink Business Unlimited Card Review (2019)

There are lots of businesses that leave a lot of rewards on the table by not using the right credit card. In this post I wanted to take an in-depth look at the Ink Business UnlimitedSM Credit Card. This card was only introduced last year, and in my opinion…

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Filed Under: Chase, Credit Card Reviews
Air France Lounge Boston – 4

Air France Planning Vancouver To Tahiti Route

There are a lot of people from Metropolitan France who like to vacation in Tahiti, though it's a long way between the two places, and almost all ways involve transiting the US: -- Air Tahiti Nui and Air France both fly from Paris to Los Angeles to Tahiti…

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Filed Under: Air France/KLM

Recent Trip Reports

Air Europa Business Class 787 – 32

Lufthansa CEO: It’s “Irresponsible” To Sell $11 Flights

Lufthansa's CEO, Carsten Spohr, has made some controversial comments today about the cheap fares charged by some of the carrier's major European ultra low cost rivals. Spohr has said that airlines selling flights for less than 10EUR (~11USD) is "economically,…

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Filed Under: Lufthansa
Twa Hotel Jfk – 44

Weekly Review: July 13, 2019

Hello from New York! This week I fly to New York to check out the TWA Hotel, and Ford and I will also be spending a couple of weeks here escaping the Miami summer heat. In early August I'm headed to Greece for a pre-Marriott Bonvoy devaluation redemption.…

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Filed Under: Weekly Review
Twa Hotel Jfk – 64

Review: TWA Hotel New York JFK

This past week I finally had the chance to stay at the TWA Hotel JFK. I don't think I've ever been this excited about staying at an airport hotel... or even about staying at any hotel, for that matter. Not only is this hotel an aviation geek's dream,…

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Filed Under: Hotel Reviews, Hotels
Vueling A321

IAG CEO Explains 737 MAX Order

In mid-June at the Paris Air Show, IAG (the parent company of British Airways, Iberia, Aer Lingus, and Vueling) expressed interest in a surprising aircraft. The company signed a letter of intent to acquire 200 Boeing 737 MAXs, valued at $24 billion at…

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Filed Under: Aer Lingus, British Airways
Adria Crj Business Class – 9

American Investors Just Bought WOW Air’s Assets

This situation just keeps getting stranger. In late March 2019, Icelandic low cost carrier WOW Air ceased operations. A couple of days ago I wrote about how there were plans to launch a new low cost carrier in Iceland that looked an awful lot like WOW…

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Filed Under: WOW Air
Alila Ubud

Chase Ultimate Rewards Credit Cards (2019 Guide)

Over the past few years, Chase has built what I'd argue is the most compelling transferable points currency and portfolio of cards, with their Chase Ultimate Rewards portfolio. The Ultimate Rewards program is so incredibly well rounded, thanks to the…

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Filed Under: Chase, Credit Cards
Neiman Marcus

Awesome Amex Offer For Neiman Marcus Purchases

For those of you not familiar with Amex Offers, it’s a program available through most Amex cards, where different cards are eligible for different savings and bonus offers. In many cases the offers can be huge, and more than offset the annual fee on…

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Filed Under: American Express, Great Deals
Alaska Airlines Lounge Seattle 9

Gorgeous New Alaska Airlines SeaTac Lounge Now Open

Alaska Airlines has made some significant improvements to their lounges over the past couple of years, including adding new locations, renovating existing locations, and mixing up their food & drink selection. Historically the Alaska Lounges in Seattle…

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Filed Under: Alaska
Naomi Campbell

Naomi Campbell’s Intense Pre-Flight Routine

British supermodel Naomi Campbell has a YouTube channel called "Being Naomi," where she covers various aspects of her life. In the most recent "episode," uploaded yesterday, she shares her airport and airplane routing. She seems to love flying about…

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Filed Under: Videos
American A321 First Class – 3

Rumor: American Airlines To Introduce Free Wifi (Eventually)

Rumor has it that American Airlines plans to introduce free inflight wifi... eventually. This is both exciting, and also a really sad reflection of how American Airlines does business. Inflight technology has come a long way. Over the past few years…

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Filed Under: American, Travel Technology