Hyatt Regency Kathmandu

Labor Dispute Closes Hyatt Regency Kathmandu

There are some strange reasons that hotels might either have a delayed opening, or might be closed temporarily. For example, the St. Regis Cairo may never open because it's owned by a Qatari company. Meanwhile in Abu Dhabi, the Grand Hyatt mysteriously…

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Filed Under: Hotels, Hyatt
Chase Credit Cards Watermark 1

Register For Chase Freedom Q3 2019 Bonus

The Chase Freedom® Card is one of my favorite no annual fee credit cards, as it offers 5x points in rotating quarterly categories, for up to $1,500 of spend per quarter. Most people use this as a cashback card, meaning the 5x points really translates…

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Filed Under: Chase, Credit Cards
Westjet Plus 737 – 2

Review: WestJet Plus 737 Denver To Calgary

Since I had flown in from Miami the same day and wanted to leave a buffer in Denver (given American's on-time performance) I had quite a long layover. I spent my time in the American Admirals Club getting caught up on work, and also walked around the…

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American Planes Ord

Judge Orders American Mechanics To Stop Delaying Flights

A few weeks ago I wrote about how American Airlines filed a lawsuit against TWU-IAM, which is the union representing their mechanics. American and their mechanics union are currently in the middle of a heated contract negotiation. Or more accurately…

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Filed Under: American, Unions
Floret Seattle

SeaTac Airport Priority Pass Restaurant Saga Continues

If you've been hoping to visit Floret by Cafe Flora through Priority Pass, you're out of luck -- the restaurant has just been removed from the network. This February Priority Pass added a restaurant at Seattle Tacoma Airport -- specifically, Floret by…

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Filed Under: Great Deals
Azerbaijan 787

Azerbaijan Airlines Cancels New York Flights

As you guys know, I'm a huge fan of seeking out routes that others may find to be a bit unusual. For example, looking at New York JFK alone, I'd say my three most "unusual" flights out of the airport have been on AZAL Azerbaijan to Baku, on Uzbekistan…

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Filed Under: Other Airlines
American 787

American Suspends Manager Who Chewed Out Mechanic

Last week I shared a video of an American Airlines mechanic being chewed out by his manager. While we don't know the full context, here's part of the conversation in the video: "Every time you come down here you write s*** up and you f****** leave. You…

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Filed Under: American, Videos
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
Hyatt Watermark

Hyatt’s 10% Refund On Summer Award Redemptions

Hyatt has just announced a fantastic promotion. Those with either of Hyatt's co-branded credit cards, including The World of Hyatt Credit Card, can receive a 10% refund on points redemptions for stays between July 1 and September 2, 2019. In order to…

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Filed Under: Credit Cards, Great Deals
Jetblue Mint Watermark 1

Comparing Chase Sapphire Preferred & Citi Premier

At the moment both the Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card and Citi Premier℠ Card are offering 60K point welcome bonuses, which are among the best bonuses we've ever seen on these cards. These are two of my favorite cards with annual fees of under $100, so…

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Filed Under: Chase, Citi
Air Italy A330 Business Class – 2

Could An Alaska & Air Italy Partnership Be On The Horizon?

One of the things that I love about Alaska Airlines is that they partner with a unique array of airlines. They're not part of any global alliance, and have plenty of airline partners that belong to alliances, and also partners that don't belong to alliances.…

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Filed Under: Alaska, Other Airlines
Lufthansa First Class A380 – 18

My Airplane Hot Towel Rant — Am I Wrong?

I have a bone to pick with people. Let me start by acknowledging that I'm a selective germaphobe and I'm also really bad at science (great combo, I know!), so I might end up being totally off base here. That's a risk I'm willing to take. Heck, I'd much…

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Filed Under: Advice
Park Hyatt Bangkok Watermark

Ink Business Cash Card: 8 Reasons To Apply

The Ink Business Cash℠ Credit Card, is one of the all around most lucrative business credit cards out there. The card has a big welcome bonus, no annual fee, and offers up to 5x points. In conjunction with cards earning Ultimate Rewards points, this…

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Filed Under: Chase, Credit Cards

Recent Trip Reports

Sas A350

SAS Announces First A350 Routes

Over the past few years we've seen quite a few airlines add the A350 to their fleet, and it has been popular with both airlines and passengers. The airplane is fuel efficient and can fly long distances, and as a passenger it's also a joy to fly, thanks…

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Filed Under: SAS
Delta A350 Business Class – 1

Which Planes Have Delta One Suites?

In 2017 Delta introduced an all new business class product, making them the first US long haul airline to offer business class seats with doors (surprisingly JetBlue was the first airline in the world to have doors in business class, with their Mint…

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Filed Under: Delta
Four Seasons New York

Awesome Amex Offer For Four Seasons 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, Hotels
Edition New York Hotel – 11

Awesome 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 Flagship Lounge Lax – 28

American’s New Lounge Wine Selections

American Airlines has announced that they're introducing new wines in their lounges this month, including in Admirals Clubs, Flagship Lounges, and Flagship First Dining. As American describes it, their goal with creating a new wine list is to "provide…

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Filed Under: American
Singapore A380 Watermark Suites

Huge New 60K Bonus On Citi Premier Card

The Citi Premier℠ Card has an awesome new welcome bonus. If you don't have this card and are eligible, you absolutely should apply under this offer, in my opinion. The Citi Premier Card is offering a new 60,000 point welcome bonus after spending $4,000…

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Filed Under: Citi, Credit Cards
Air Force One

Air Force One’s Patriotic New Livery

At the moment there are two 747-200s that serve as Air Force One -- they were delivered in 1987, so they're over 30 years old. Whichever plane the president is flying on serves as Air Force One, so I guess you can say there are two Air Force Ones (though…

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Filed Under: Misc.
Westjet 787 Business Class – 5

Introduction: WestJetting To Gatwick

Welcome to my next trip report, covering travel in WestJet's new 787 business class, Air Europa's 787 business class, and more. The motivation for this trip was really simple. This spring WestJet started service with the 787-9, which represents an exciting…

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Filed Under: Marriott, Other Airlines