Aerotel London Heathrow – 13

Review: Aerotel Heathrow Terminal 3

I had a roughly seven hour layover at Heathrow, as I arrived shortly before 7AM, and departed shortly before 2PM. I knew I wanted to check out the British Airways Arrivals Lounge, and my connecting flight was departing from Terminal 3, which has some…

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Hong Kong Airlines Lounge – 68

Hong Kong Airlines Gets Cash Injection

Hong Kong Airlines has been on the brink of going out of business for a while now, as the airline has been unable to pay staff, has had to shut off inflight entertainment, and has had to axe routes and return planes. Earlier this week the airline was…

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Alaska As Q400 Plane

Horizon Air VP’s Shocking Safety Memo

Horizon Air is Alaska Airlines' regional airline, and they operate a fleet of Embraer 175 and Bombardier Q400 aircraft. Well, the details of a pretty damning internal memo have been made public this week, and some of the revelations are shocking. The…

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American 767

American Airlines Cuts Cordoba, Argentina Route

American has historically been by far the strongest US carrier in Latin America. Over the past couple of years we've seen them cut a fair number of routes, though they've also tried to add some. One of the routes they added was a new flight between Miami…

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Skyteam Lounge Istanbul 4

SkyTeam Lounge Opens At New Istanbul Airport

This week SkyTeam has opened their seventh branded lounge in the world, at the new Istanbul Airport. The SkyTeam Lounge Istanbul will be used by seven SkyTeam airlines -- Aeroflot, Air France, KLM, Korean Air, Middle East Airlines, Saudia, and TAROM.…

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Wizz Air Ad

Wizz Air Shames Business Class Passengers In New Ad

Wizz Air is quite literally shaming business class passengers in a new ad... interesting. Airline industry executives are realizing they have to address climate change. Some are doing so in a level-headed way, like KLM encouraging people to take trains…

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New United Ceo

Scott Kirby Appointed United Airlines CEO

United Airlines has just announced a massive leadership change, at least on paper. I think we all saw this coming. United Airlines CEO Oscar Munoz will transition to the role of Executive Chairman of the Board of Directors of United Airlines Holdings…

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Alaska Airlines Watermark

Save On Alaska Airlines 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: Alaska, American Express
Singapore Suites Watermark A380

Chase Sapphire Reserve Review (2019)

I don't think there's a single card that has changed the premium credit card landscape like the Chase Sapphire Reserve® Card did back when it was introduced in the summer of 2016. For a long time $450+ annual fee cards were thought of as being only for…

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Filed Under: Chase, Credit Card Reviews
British Airways Arrivals Lounge – 27

Review: British Airways Arrivals Lounge Heathrow Airport

I had quite a long layover at Heathrow Airport, so my first order of business was to check out the British Airways Arrivals Lounge, which I had never visited before. Arrivals lounges can be useful for early arrivals, and that's probably true at Heathrow…

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Filed Under: Airport Lounge Reviews, British Airways
Changi T4

Grrrrr: Singapore Changi’s Absurd Boarding Pass Rules

I briefly interrupt my trip report to bring you a "live" update from Singapore. I'm flying Cathay Pacific to Hong Kong, and wanted to check out the new Qantas First Lounge. Want to guess how many buses and trains I took to make this happen? 10 (T-E-N).…

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South African Airways Business Class 2

South African Airways Enters Into “Business Rescue”

South African Airways has been struggling for years (they haven't turned a profit since 2011), and things have only gotten worse in recent weeks, as the airline has been on the brink of liquidation. SAA was going to restructure and lay off about 1,000…

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Garuda Indonesia A330 900neo

Garuda Indonesia CEO Fired For Smuggling Harley Davidson

We sometimes hear about airline employees getting fired or arrested for smuggling of some sort, but in this case it's an airline CEO's turn. Indonesia's State Owned Enterprises Minister has announced that Garuda Indonesia's CEO will be fired. The reason?…

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Air New Zealand Edible Coffee Cup

Air New Zealand Introduces Edible Coffee Cups

I'm a huge fan of coffee, and in particular love to see airlines get creative with what they offer. On that note I'm loving Air New Zealand's latest initiative... I think? Air New Zealand currently serves more than eight million cups of coffee every…

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Filed Under: Air New Zealand
British Airways A350 Business Class – 1

Review: British Airways A350 Club Suites Business Class

To kick off this trip I flew British Airways' A350-1000 Club Suites from Toronto to London Heathrow. The A350 features British Airways' brand new business class seat, which is ushering in a new era for British Airways, given their previous woefully outdated…

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Filed Under: Airline Reviews, British Airways

Recent Trip Reports

British Airways 787

British Airways Mixed Fleet: What Is It?

Most airlines have some quirks when it comes to their workforce and labor contracts, though British Airways' cabin crew situation is among the most interesting to me. Whenever I review airlines I talk about the service, and in the case of British Airways…

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Filed Under: British Airways
Norwegian 787

Wow: Norwegian Hires Former JetBlue Executive

A lot has been going on at Norwegian lately, as the company shifts their focus from growth to profitability. Just a couple of weeks ago the company announced their pick for new CEO, who comes from outside the industry. He's replacing Norwegian's founder,…

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Filed Under: JetBlue, Norwegian
Park Hyatt St Kitts – 6

Hyatt Introduces Peak Award Pricing, And More

World of Hyatt is my favorite hotel loyalty program, and Globalist with them is my favorite top tier status. The program has maintained its value pretty well, though some significant changes are coming. World of Hyatt program updates have just been announced…

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Qatar Airways Qsuites A350 – 41

American’s Black Friday Promo On Purchased Miles (Extended)

American AAdvantage constantly has promotions on purchased miles. About a week ago they rolled out their "Black Friday" promo on purchased miles. It was due to expire yesterday, but has been extended through December 8, 2019. Through Sunday, December…

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Filed Under: American, American AAdvantage
Air Tahiti Nui Business Class 787 – 2

Wide Open: Air Tahiti Nui Business Class Awards

Tahiti can be one of the toughest destinations in the world to get to using points. That's because there are limited airlines flying there, including from the US mainland. You have Air France and Air Tahiti Nui from Los Angeles, and then you have French…

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Filed Under: Air Tahiti Nui, Awards
Lufthansa A380 First Class – 2

Extended: Buy LifeMiles With 150% Bonus

About a week ago LifeMiles launched their Black Friday/Cyber Monday promo on purchased miles. I posted a reminder of that, as the promotion was supposed to end yesterday. Well, I've just been informed that the promotion has been extended until Thursday,…

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Filed Under: AviancaTaca, Great Deals
Amex Biz Plat Watermark

Ends Today: Amex Business Platinum 100K Welcome Bonus

Since early September, The Business Platinum® Card from American Express has been offering an increased welcome bonus of up to 100,000 Membership Rewards points. This is just a heads up that this bonus is being pulled today, so you have just hours to…

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Filed Under: American Express, Credit Cards
Cathay Pacific First Class 1

Cathay Pacific Introduces Free First Class Wifi

Just a few weeks ago, Cathay Pacific unveiled some positive changes to their first and business class soft product, including new bedding and dining. Well, the airline has now made yet another positive change to their first class service. Effective immediately,…

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Filed Under: Cathay Pacific, Travel Technology
United A321xlr

United Airlines Orders 50 Airbus A321XLRs

It looks like United Airlines is about to spend billions of dollars on new planes. United Airlines has placed an order for 50 Airbus A321XLR aircraft. At list prices this order is worth seven billion dollars, though airlines always get significant discounts…

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Filed Under: United