Shenzhen Airlines A320

All Of The Alliance Airlines I Haven’t Flown

Here's a post that may only be appreciated by my fellow airline geeks. As most of you are probably aware, there are three major global airline alliances -- oneworld, SkyTeam, and Star Alliance. Between them, they have nearly 60 member airlines. I'm kinda…

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Filed Under: oneworld, SkyTeam
Lufthansa A380 First Class – 1

Lufthansa’s Outrageous 89% Increase In Fuel Surcharges

Reader Max posted a question on Ask Lucky last Saturday, wondering why he was getting a higher price for fuel surcharges than Ben had paid on his recent trip with his dad. I should probably have had a second cup of coffee, because when I looked at the…

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Filed Under: Awards, Lufthansa
Sas 737 800 Zrh Pushback

SAS Brings Back Kids Fly For (Almost) Free

I have found SAS to be a very family friendly airline. My family has flown them several times and have had pretty good experiences. I'm sure it doesn't hurt that we have Star Gold status, but in general I think much of this would be available to anyone.…

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Filed Under: Family, Kids
United 737

Taking Advantage Of United’s Close-In Award Space

As a Tampa-based flyer, one of my biggest challenges is finding domestic short-haul award space to an international gateway. Over the last year, I had two Star Alliance awards for my wife and I where this was an issue: -- A mix of Swiss Business Class…

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Filed Under: Awards, Star Alliance
Eurowings A330

Star Alliance Wants To Add Low Cost Carriers As Partners

Low cost carriers are taking over an increasing amount of the global market share for air travel. It used to be that most low cost carriers operated short-haul flights, though now we're seeing many low cost carriers operate longhaul flights as well.…

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Filed Under: Star Alliance
Thai Airways First Class

6 United Awards To Book Before November 1st

A few months ago United MileagePlus announced some major program changes, which kick in for bookings as of November 1, 2017. The key thing for most of us is that some Saver award prices are increasing. Given that lots of us have United miles and Ultimate…

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Filed Under: Awards, Chase
Singapore 777 Business Class – 5

Singapore Award Space Returns To

In December of 2013, with no notice, United removed Singapore award inventory from Singapore makes consistent award space available to all their Star Alliance partners, but the reimbursement rates can vary by airline. Singapore awards have…

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Filed Under: Awards, Singapore
Lufthansa First Class 747 – 1

Star Alliance Is Working On A Shared Award Flight System

The Star Alliance was founded the day after I was born (which can't be a coincidence). ;) Last weekend they celebrated their 20th anniversary in Frankfurt with 27 member airlines in attendance. However, a lot has changed since the alliance was formed,…

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Filed Under: Star Alliance
San Diego Approach

Edelweiss Adds Seasonal Service To San Diego

San Diego will see increased transatlantic traffic this summer, as Edelweiss (a wholly-owned subsidiary of Swiss), is adding direct flights between Zurich and San Diego. This isn't earth-shattering news, but for those of us in San Diego where we currently…

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Filed Under: Edelweiss, Star Alliance
Juneyao Airlines

Star Alliance Announces Their Newest Partner Airline

Star Alliance is the world's largest airline alliance, though the last few years their expansion has slowed down a bit. Perhaps that's largely because the importance of alliances as such has decreased, as airlines focus more on joint ventures and strategic…

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Filed Under: Other Airlines, Star Alliance
Vienna Austria

ACT FAST! Wide Open Business Class Award Space To Europe!

If you have plans to go to Europe in the next 11 months, stop everything! Star Alliance carrier Austrian Airlines has released a ridiculous amount of award space on routes to and from North America, through the end of the schedule. How ridiculous? Like…

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Filed Under: Austrian, Awards
Air Canada Business 2

Aegean’s Frequent Flyer Program Really Is Amazing!

A couple of days ago I wrote a post asking which Star Alliance frequent flyer program I should credit my miles to. I'm on a paid business class ticket on Air Canada and South African Airways to Cape Town, which has me flying 24,000+ miles. While I fly…

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Filed Under: Advice, Aegean
Saa Business Class 3

South African Airways A340 Business Class In 10 Pictures

Hello from South Africa! It's not often that travel actually exhausts me, but after doing two back-to-back redeyes and traveling for almost 48 hours, I'm just about ready to hibernate. Last night I flew from Frankfurt to Johannesburg on a South African…

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Filed Under: Other Airlines, South African Airways
Avianca 787 Business Class – 8

Introduction: The Long Way To Spain

At the beginning of the year I vowed to review as many new business class products as possible, and in particular named 16 airlines I was eying. I've been doing everything I can to review as many of these airlines as possible, and as I've gone through…

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Filed Under: Aeromexico, AviancaTaca
Cape Town

I Just Booked A Cheap Business Class Fare To South Africa!

At the beginning of the year I wrote a post about the 16 airlines I want to review in 2016. You guys have asked for me to review new airlines (especially in business class), so I’ve been doing what I can to check out new carriers. So far in 2016 I’ve…

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Filed Under: Air Canada, Great Deals
Ethiopian 787 Business Class 04

Ethiopian Airlines Changes Which NYC Airport They’ll Serve

Ethiopian Airlines is Africa's fastest growing airline, and they're almost trying to turn into the Turkish Airlines of the region, in terms of trying to turn their home airport into a global hub. While they're great for connections to destinations in…

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Filed Under: Ethiopian, Other Airlines
Air India First Class – 15

Introduction: The Long Way Between LA And London

Welcome to my first new trip report of 2016, as my goal for this year is to sample as many new first & business class products as possible. And I'm sure you guys will agree this is a good start. ;) The way this trip came to be is sort of funny. In mid-December…

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Filed Under: Air India, American