British Airways First Class Watermark

A Very British Day Of Credit Card Applications

October has been a month of new credit card applications for me, given that I fell under Chase's 5/24 limit: -- First I applied for the IHG® Rewards Club Premier Credit Card (review), for which I was instantly approved; I've wanted this card for the…

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Filed Under: British Airways, Credit Cards
Airline Flight Simulator – 5

Uh Oh: Damning Boeing 737 MAX Text Messages

With the 737 MAX having been grounded globally since March, and with no real indication as to when the plane will be back in the sky, you'd think things couldn't get much worse for Boeing. Well, yesterday things got much worse for Boeing. What happened?…

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Filed Under: Misc.
United 787 Polaris – 33

La Compagnie Will Fly To Las Vegas Via Iceland (Twice)

French all business class airline La Compagnie flies year-round between Newark and Paris Orly. The airline has two A321neos they recently took delivery of, which feature fully flat business class seats and wifi. This past summer the airline operated…

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Filed Under: La Compagnie
Al Safwa Lounge Doha – 21

Review: Qatar Airways Al Safwa Lounge Doha (Purchased Access)

We had a roughly eight hour layover in Doha, as we were arriving from Cape Town around midnight, and departing for Dallas shortly before 8AM. So that left us with a few choices for spending our layover. The way I viewed it, we had a few options for how…

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Filed Under: Airport Lounge Reviews, Qatar
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Air Canada Business Class 1

Earn Bonus Points On Air Canada With Amex Offers (Targeted)

For those of you not familiar with Amex Offers, it’s a program available through most American Express 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…

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Filed Under: Air Canada, American Express
Qantas 787 Livery

Qantas Flying Nonstop From New York To Sydney Today

Today is a pretty cool day for aviation, as a nonstop flight from New York to Sydney will be operated for the first time by a commercial airline. Now, don't get too excited -- this is a one-off, and the plane will only be very lightly loaded. But it's…

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Filed Under: Qantas
Mandarin Oriental

Save At Mandarin Oriental With Amex Offers

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, Hotels
St Regis Chengdu Watermark

Great New Amex Offer For Marriott Stays

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, Marriott
American A321

American A321 Still Grounded Six Months After “Incident”

In mid-April I wrote about a pretty terrifying incident that happened on an American Airlines flight bound from New York to Los Angeles. The flight was operated by one of American's special A321T aircraft in a premium heavy configuration, featuring just…

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Filed Under: American
Qatar Airways A350 Business Class – 9

Review: Qatar Airways A350-900 Business Class

After a once in a lifetime trip, it was time for the long journey home. We managed to all travel back on the same flight using miles, with what I consider to be one of the best award chart sweet spots out there. Qatar Airways has my favorite business…

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Filed Under: Airline Reviews, Qatar
Lufthansa First Class Watermark

The Six Fantastic No Annual Fee Credit Cards I Have

I have a lot of credit cards. Many of them have annual fees, which I consider to be worthwhile given the perks they offer in return. Every year when the annual fee is due on cards, I do an analysis as to whether or not it makes sense for me to keep the…

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Filed Under: American Express, Chase
Asiana A350

Asiana Forced To Suspend SFO Flights Due To 2013 Crash

Most probably remember the Asiana Airlines 777-200 that crash landed at San Francisco International Airport in July 2013. The accident, which was primarily determined to be pilot error, caused three fatalities and nearly 200 injuries. As a result of…

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Filed Under: Asiana
Global Ghana Airlines

Oh No: Global Ghana Airlines Delays Inaugural Flight

Yesterday was supposed to be a game changing day for aviation. Global Ghana Airlines was supposed to launch their highly anticipated service between Chicago and Accra. The new eagle that was supposed to bring us the faith to fly was supposed to take…

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Filed Under: Other Airlines

Recent Trip Reports

La Compagnie A321

Great La Compagnie Business Class Sale

La Compagnie is the all business class transatlantic airline that started flying in mid-2014. The airline operates flights between Newark and Paris Orly, and this past summer also operated seasonal flights between Newark and Nice (I guess the route was…

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Filed Under: Great Deals, La Compagnie
Istanbul New Airport – 5

Istanbul Airport Finally Gets Priority Pass Lounge

The new Istanbul Airport opened earlier this year, and it represents quite a change over the old Istanbul Ataturk Airport. The airport is beautiful, but also absolutely massive and poorly designed, in my opinion. Anyway, for many travelers one major…

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Filed Under: Travel
Dining Watermark

NEW Amex Business Edge Credit Card Launches In Canada

American Express is expanding their offerings in Canada as of today with a new credit card (not a charge card!) geared towards small business owners. Like the American Express Cobalt™ Card, the American Express Business Edge Card carries a points…

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Filed Under: Business, Canadian Credit Card Reviews
A330 900 Neo

New $59 Annual Delta SkyMiles Select Program

Delta has just rolled out an interesting new program, called SkyMiles Select. This is a $59 bundle of travel benefits for SkyMiles members that's described as having a $100 value. The benefits are all valid for a year, and kick in within 24 hours of…

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Filed Under: Delta
St Regis Maldives Suite

Buy Marriott Bonvoy Points For 30% Off (Last Chance)

There are quite a few loyalty programs that frequently run promotions on purchased points, which can represent a great deal, especially for aspirational redemptions. Back in the day Starwood Preferred Guest would often have promotions on purchased points,…

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Filed Under: Marriott
American Airlines Gate

New: American Airlines App Boarding Notifications

Here's a fantastic development. As of today, American Airlines' app will notify you when boarding for your flight starts. A message will pop up saying: "We have started to board your flight to [destination]. Please head to gate [number]." It's my understanding…

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Filed Under: American