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The Cheapest Flight I Have Ever Taken

Hello from London! I'm finally back after four months of traveling. I have a few debriefing posts about the trip I'll do in the next few days including my experience island hopping around the Caribbean. I've held British Airways Executive Club Silver…

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Delta Apologizes For Bizarre In Flight Dating Initiative

Last month Delta started supplying new Diet Coke branded napkins for passengers in flight. Nothing unusual about that, but what did raise eyebrows was the unusual instructions on and purpose for these napkins (beyond their normal use). They encouraged…

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Virgin Australia Announces New CEO

Last year I wrote about my frustrations with Virgin Australia as a long time, very loyal customer. I suggested that the current CEO, John Borghetti, had done as much as he could with the airline, and it was time for someone new to come in and take his…

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Chennai Airport
Video: Live Baby Leopard Rescued From Passenger’s Checked Luggage

Can I file this under the 'here's something you don't see everyday' category? On Saturday morning, customs officials at India's Chennai Airport stopped a 45 year old male passenger coming off a flight from Bangkok for a random security check. As they…

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British Airways Testing Reduced Aircraft Cleaning To Minimize Delays

I'm sure I'm not the only one who has boarded a flight, particularly in economy, and discovered the previous passenger's rubbish in the seat pocket, or a tray table that has not been properly cleaned. I find this more on short-haul flights, where the…

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Filed Under: British Airways
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Ryanair CEO Changing Roles As Group Restructures

Michael O'Leary is the infamous and eclectic CEO of low cost carrier Ryanair, which by passengers carried is the largest airline in Europe (low cost or otherwise). Here's a standard image of him at a press conference: Mr. O'Leary has been in the role…

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Alitalia 777
Excellent Alitalia Business Class Fares From Paris To Tokyo

As I've written about before, discounted premium fares between major cities in, say, Europe and Asia are less common than premium fares between more obscure cities. You may be flying on a good carrier between two continents, but neither origin or destination…

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Filed Under: Alitalia, Flight Deals
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Turkmenistan Airlines Banned From European Airspace — Thousands Stranded

Turkmenistan Airlines is one you may not be familiar with, although they do have a fleet of 34 aircraft (including two Boeing 777-200s). They don't currently fly to the US, although they do serve a few destinations in Europe, including Paris, Frankfurt,…

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Air France Renaming Regional Airline, ‘HOP!’

Many airlines have regional brands that are closely connected to their larger 'mainline' brand. Qantas has QantasLink, Lufthansa has Lufthansa Regional, KLM has KLM Cityhopper, etc. These regional brands usually operate smaller aircraft than their mainline…

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Filed Under: Air France
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Singapore Airlines Will Retain ‘Singapore Girl’ In Brand Refresh

When I think about the history of aviation there are some iconic images that come to mind. TWA, Pan Am, the Concorde... And the Singapore Airlines 'Singapore Girl.'

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Filed Under: Singapore
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When Should You Buy Miles?

You will often see posts here at OMAAT about airlines and hotels selling miles at discounted rates. Before I discovered OMAAT many years ago, I thought the only way to acquire miles was to earn them through traveling or spending lots. But selling miles…

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Filed Under: Advice
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EgyptAir Brings Forward 787 Launch With Updated Destinations

A couple of weeks ago Ben wrote about EgyptAir's plans for their new 787-9s this year. They will be receiving the first of six they have on order, and the seat map suggests they will be installing a greatly improved 1-2-1 new business class product.…

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Filed Under: EgyptAir
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How And Why Qantas Is Incentivising Passengers To Change Flights In Advance

It’s no big industry secret that airlines overbook flights. They have complex algorithms to determine how full each flight is likely to be, and know that not every passenger booked on a flight will actually board. Some passengers will change to…

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Filed Under: Qantas
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Bahrain Submerging A 747 Underwater For Scuba Divers

I've been snorkelling many times, and always enjoyed it. In Turks and Caicos last month, I managed to see five sting rays and a turtle at once, which was amazing. I've thought constantly about taking the next step to scuba diving -- the only thing stopping…

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Video: Passengers Walk Through Water As LaGuardia Terminal Floods

Well here's something you don't see every day! Some airports have purpose built water features inside the terminals, such as Singapore Changi building a 40 metre indoor waterfall in "The Jewel," which is set to open later this year and is connected to…

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Air New Zealand Refunds Passengers After Severe Turbulence

If you fly regularly, you've probably experienced significant turbulence before. I notice it the most when ascending or descending through clouds, and it's usually over quickly. Even though I've taken hundreds of flights without incident, the experience…

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Filed Under: Air New Zealand
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Rapper Azealia Banks Launches Online Tirade After Being Banned From Aer Lingus

She's baaaa-aaaack... Azealia Banks, a 27 year old rapper from New York, is no stranger to controversy when flying. Many of you may not know who she is, but may recognise this track, which is probably her most well known.

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Filed Under: Aer Lingus
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My Five Favourite Beaches Around The World

I love just about nothing more to relax than lying in the sunshine on a beautiful beach in an exotic location. A lot of my travel for most of my adult life has revolved around seeking out some of the most beautiful beaches I can find around the world.…

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Hotel Des Indes
Hotels.com Incentivising Online Reviews For New Properties

I've written before about how I receive multiple emails every single day asking me to leave detailed reviews for everything I've purchased online, from hair product, to small electronics, to accommodation bookings. While I agree it's important to have…

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Filed Under: Hotels
Brunei
Royal Brunei (Re)Launching Flights To Brisbane

Royal Brunei Airlines is a small boutique airline based in Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei. They only have 14 aircraft, yet are known, at least in Australian frequent flyer circles, for a few key reasons: -- Flying from Melbourne to London (their only two…

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