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Live and Let's Fly

New California British Airways Route Has Lots of Award Space

British Airways will commence service between the Silicon Valley and London on May 4, 2016, offering daily non-stop service between San Jose, CA and London Heathrow on its new 787-9 Dreamlin ...

Live and Let's Fly

United Cuts First Class to Australia; Will Exclusively Use 787 for LAX International Flights

@airlineroute reports that by Spring of 2016 United Airlines will abandon first class service to Australia and use 787s for all longhaul international ...

Regional First

Amenity Kit Review: Lufthansa First Class (Escada Male Summer 2014)

Welcome to my first post in our new amenity kit review series! I will be following James' scale and reviewing some of the various amenity kits I've received on a scale from 1 to 5 and ...

Live and Let's Fly

How to Make the Most of an Airline Schedule Change

Airline schedule changes are inevitable, and the earlier you book your trip, the more likely you are to encounter one. Schedule changes can be devastating when your perfect non-stop flight is canceled ...

Behind the Curtain

Emerald Cafe

National Car Rental challenged us to imagine what it would be like to live life in #TheEmeraldWorld: a place where every store, hotel or airline worked like the Emerald Club, which allows members to bypass the counter, pay one low price a ...

Pursued Adventures

Amenity Kit Review: Japan Airlines Business Class

Welcome to our new amenity kit review series! I will be reviewing the amenity kits on a scale from 1 to 5 (being the best) and I will rate them based on five categories: Bag/container: design, quali ...

DoubleWides Fly

Copa ConnectMiles in Business Class: Now Earn 250% Miles Flown

Copa Airlines ConnectMiles is offering double miles on all purchase business class flights between September 1 and October 31, 2015 on both Copa Airlines and Copa Airlines Colombia flights ...

The Trip Sherpa

W Bangkok - Oh no, I'm the Old Guy

I Am Way Too Old For This... Among premium international hotel chains, a new trend for hotels is to tailor to the younger, cooler generation.  Brands like W Hotels from SPG (Aloft is their junior brand), Andaz ...

Friendly Skies

Hotel Review: The Westin Portland Harborview

Located in downtown Portland, the Westin is one of two Starwood properties in the State of Maine. On a recent trip to Midcoast Maine, I had an extra night before flying back to Kansas City, so I booked a ...

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