3d Imagery, 737 Max, Max, 737 Max 7, 737 Max8, 737 Max 9

Lion Air Bans People From “Documenting” Flights

Earlier I wrote about Garuda Indonesia's very, very bad logic. A popular Indonesian vlogger was on a Garuda Indonesia flight from Sydney to Bali in business class. The flight wasn't great, as they ran out of alcohol quickly and didn't have printed menus.…

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Filed Under: Other Airlines
British Airways Club Europe 1

British Airways’ New Low Fee Award Tickets

British Airways Executive Club is known for their outrageously high "carrier imposed surcharges" on award tickets. On transatlantic flights in first or business class you can expect to pay $1,000+ in cash in addition to the Avios required. In my opinion…

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Filed Under: Awards, British Airways
Emirates First Class A380 – 1

Emirates & Marriott “Your World Rewards” Partnership

Back in the day, Starwood Preferred Guest had some awesome partnerships with Delta, Emirates, and China Eastern. With Marriott and SPG combining their loyalty programs, some of these partnerships have been discontinued or put on hold, as they figured…

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Filed Under: Emirates, Marriott
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Pakistan 777

Pakistan Reopens Airspace To Foreign Airlines

In late February 2019, Pakistan closed their airspace to foreign airlines. This followed escalating tensions between India and Pakistan, though the impacts of the closures were felt far beyond that. Pakistan airspace is frequently used by airlines operating…

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Filed Under: Travel
Garuda Indonesia 777

Outrageous: Garuda Indonesia Can’t Take Feedback

Oh Garuda Indonesia... It seems that Garuda Indonesia isn't very good at taking feedback from customers/those reviewing their flights. Several readers have emailed me regarding an incident that has unfolded at the airline over the past couple of days.…

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Filed Under: Garuda Indonesia, Media
Air Belgium Business Class – 91

New Business Plan: Air Belgium Launching Caribbean Flights

This is sort of like that time Baltia changed their business model to go from flying 747s between New York and Russia, to flying regional jets between BALtimore, Trenton, Islip, and Albany. Okay, maybe it's not quite as bad, but it sure does represent…

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Filed Under: Other Airlines
Emirates Fll Route Launch At Airport

Emirates Launching Mexico City Flights

This route has been in the works for a long time, and it looks like it's finally happening. Emirates will launch daily flights from Dubai to Mexico City via Barcelona as of December 9, 2019. The airline will operate the route with the following schedule:…

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Filed Under: Emirates
Amanzoe Watermark

Chase Ink Business Cash 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 Cash℠ Credit Card -- this is a credit that I personally have, and that I love.…

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Filed Under: Chase, Credit Card Reviews
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
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

Recent Trip Reports

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