Motif Seattle Hotel

Destination Hotels Joining World Of Hyatt

One of Hyatt’s disadvantages is that they don’t have nearly the global footprint of Hilton, Marriott, or IHG. However, I’ve been impressed by the ways in which they’ve creatively tried to expand their portfolio, both through partnerships and through…

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Filed Under: Hotels, Hyatt
Hifly A330 900 Business Class 2

Hi Fly Modernizes Fleet With A330-900neo

Hi Fly is a Portuguese wet lease operator. That's to say that you've never actually booked a ticket with Hi Fly, but you may very well have flown on one of their planes. Often airlines have a need for extra planes, whether it's due to an aircraft requiring…

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Filed Under: Other Airlines
American 777 200

What South Pacific Routes Will American Airlines Launch?

A couple of weeks ago American Airlines announced significant transatlantic expansion. In 2020 the airline will be launching year-round flights from Dallas to Tel Aviv, as well as seasonal flights from Philadelphia to Casablanca, Chicago to Krakow, Chicago…

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Intercontinental Willard

Buy IHG Points With Mystery Bonus (Last Chance)

In late June, IHG rolled out their latest promotion on purchased points. Note that this offer is valid through August 23, 2019, so you have just a few days remaining to take advantage of it. This is being marketed as a "mystery bonus," so you'll have…

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Filed Under: Great Deals, IHG Rewards
Cathay Pacific A350 Business Class

Wow: Backstory Of Cathay Pacific CEO’s Resignation

Last Friday I wrote about how Cathay Pacific's CEO suddenly resigned. Rupert Hogg had been CEO fo the company since May 2017, and by most accounts did a really good job. He had been with Cathay Pacific's parent company for over 30 years. As he described…

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Filed Under: Cathay Pacific
Easyjet – 6

My EasyJet Flight Cost How Much?!?

I had an incredible review trip trying all kinds of amazing business class products. Suffice to say that this portion of the trip ended on a low note. I actually reviewed EasyJet last year as I flew them between Milan and Santorini, though this time…

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Filed Under: Airline Reviews, Other Airlines

Update On American Who Killed Anguilla Hotel Worker

I'm not trying to be Nancy Grace here, though there's a story that I wrote about in April that has stuck with me ever since. It's a story where just about every week I've been Googling to see if there were any updates, since I found the situation to…

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Filed Under: Hotels
Aer Lingus A321lr Business Class – 27

Best Ways To Use Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan Miles

Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan miles are among my favorite mileage currencies out there. On a per mile basis, I value Alaska miles more than any other airline miles. In this post I wanted to talk a bit more about actually redeeming Alaska miles -- the…

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Filed Under: Alaska, Awards
Japan Airlines 777 First Class – 1

Citi American AAdvantage Business Card Review (2019)

I recently reviewed the Citi® / AAdvantage® Platinum Select® World Elite™ Mastercard®, and in this post wanted to take a look at the business version of the card, which is the CitiBusiness® / AAdvantage® Platinum Select® World Mastercard®. Is…

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Filed Under: American, Citi
Delta Business Class Watermark

5 Reasons You SHOULDN’T Use Airline Credit Cards

It always pains me to see people not maximizing their credit card spending. I'm not just talking about friends and family who have sub-optimal strategies, but even just being out-and-about I sometimes see the credit cards people use, and I can't help…

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Filed Under: American Express, Chase
American 777 Business Class

Citi AAdvantage Platinum Card Review (2019)

Airline credit cards are among the most popular types of credit cards out there. Many people may be loyal to an airline because of where they live or their travel patterns, and picking up a co-branded airline credit card seems like the most logical way…

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Filed Under: American, Citi
Air Italy Business Class A330 – 69

Air Italy Reports MASSIVE Losses

Air Italy is the controversial Italian airline that Qatar Airways has a 49% stake in. The airline used to be known as Meridiana, but with funding from Qatar Airways the airline relaunched in March 2018 with new planes, a new onboard product, and a new…

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Filed Under: Other Airlines
Delta Skyclub Seattle Watermark

Amex Business Platinum Card Review (2019)

American Express' Platinum Cards -- both the business and personal versions -- are among the most well known and popular premium credit cards out there. I recently reviewed The Platinum Card® from American Express, which is the personal version of the…

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Filed Under: American Express, Business
Avianca 787

Bogota Airport To Get US Pre-Clearance Facility

Many of you have probably heard of US pre-clearance facilities, available for US-bound flights at select airports around the world, including Abu Dhabi, Dublin, and Toronto, just to name a few. The idea is that you clear US immigration before boarding…

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Filed Under: AviancaTaca, Security/TSA

Recent Trip Reports

Delta 757 Damage 4

Rough Landing Seriously Damages Delta 757

Ouch! Delta operates a seasonal flight from New York JFK to Ponta Delgada in the Azores with a Boeing 757-200. Usually a rough landing isn't big news, but that's different for last night's flight from New York to the Azores. Delta 414 from New York to…

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Filed Under: Delta
American 737 Max Business Class – 2

American’s Latest Plans To Update Unpopular 737s

American Airlines has gotten a lot of flak for the way in which they’ve been configuring their narrow body aircraft. This started with the Boeing 737 MAX, as American configured these with more seats than the 737-800. As a result, American’s cabins are…

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Filed Under: American
Security Worker

Airport Security Fired For Calling Passenger Ugly

What on earth is wrong with people? A Rochester Airport security worker has been fired following what she did earlier this summer. First of all it's worth clarifying that Rochester Airport doesn't use the TSA, but rather contracts out to another company,…

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Filed Under: Security/TSA
Thai Airways A350 Business Class – 5

Review: Thai Airways A350 Business Class

And now it's time for a review of the MVP of this trip, in my opinion. Actually, there might be one more pleasant surprise coming up after this. To get back to Europe I was flying Thai Airways' A350-900 to Milan. While Thai Airways has several destinations…

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Filed Under: Airline Reviews, Thai

Weekly Review: August 17, 2019

Hello from Miami! Ford and I just got home -- I first took a quick review trip around the world (and then some), and then met Ford in Greece, where we had a fun and relaxing week. I'll be wrapping up the trip report for that this coming week, so stay…

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Filed Under: Weekly Review
Intercontinental Shanghai Watermark

IHG Rewards Club Premier Credit Card Review (2019)

Hotel credit cards are incredibly underrated. Even if you don't spend much  money on them, they can offer huge perks and sometimes even offer free nights. When you combine these two factors, a lot of these cards offer outsized value. In this post I wanted…

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Filed Under: Chase, Credit Card Reviews
Delta Business Class A350 – 32

Why Delta Pilots Oppose Delta’s New Partnership

Foreign airlines pose a risk to aviation jobs in the US! Sound familiar? Nope, for once it's not Delta making these accusations against the Gulf carriers, but rather it's Delta's pilots union making these accusations against Delta management. A couple…

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Filed Under: Delta, Unions
Etihad A380 First Class Apartment – 5

7 Great Opportunities To Buy Points

We frequently see loyalty programs sell points at a discount, and for many this is an opportunity to buy points at a cost that makes sense, especially for aspirational redemptions. At the moment we're seeing several loyalty programs offering great deals…

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Filed Under: Great Deals
United 787 Polaris – 2

United Airlines Reveals New Tokyo Haneda Routes

Last week the US Department of Transportation formally granted US airlines 12 additional daytime slots for Tokyo Haneda. This is Tokyo's most convenient airport, and there was quite some competition for these slots. Of these 12 slots, Delta was granted…

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Filed Under: United