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Alaska Airlines New Routes: Portland to Kansas City, Omaha, and Minneapolis

Alaska is further expanding their Northwest network with Midwest connections, but this time building their network from their Portland hub to connect PDX to three Midwest citi ...

Regional First

Swiss Business Class to Zurich and Dusseldorf

One nice thing about our European trip was that we happened to be traveling between hubs of Star Alliance airlines, so we had the convenience of nonstop flights.  With a baby and all of the accessorie ...

Cloud Commuting

Video Overview: Korean Air Kosmo Suite

  Last week I flew on Korean Air First Class Kosmo Suites on two different planes: the A380 and the 777-300ER. From time to time, I enjoy making travel videos, and I compiled footage from both flights to m ...

Live and Let's Fly

Can You Travel Without the Hassle?

If you’ve read my blog, you know I have elite status with a handful of airlines and I’ve played the game long enough to know how to beat the crowd. Even so, I wish flying could be half as easy as renting ...

Cloud Commuting

Review: Korean Air First Class Lounge @ LAX

As the beginning of our babymoon to Singapore and Bali, we were booked on Korean Air A380 First Class LAX-ICN, flight 012, which leaves at 11:30PM. We got the airport with plenty of time as we wanted to chec ...

Regional First

The Airbus A350 XWB visits Milwaukee

I've talked about my home airport in Milwaukee (MKE) before.  I like convenient parking, short lines, the excellent Gallery of Flight Museum, and the fact that I can be there in less than 20 minutes on mo ...

Cloud Commuting

Using SPG Keyless for the First Time (Video)

I was in Portland this past week for OSCON, and I stayed at the Aloft Portland Airport at Cascade Station. As my stay approached, I got an e-mail from Starwood, letting me know that my upcoming stay was eli ...

The Road More Traveled

Flight Review - British Airways First Class, Atlanta to London Heathrow

At last, after months of planning and anticipating, it was time to hit the skies and head across the pond for our Mediterranean cruise.  Since we used miles, we had to tak ...

The Road More Traveled

Revisiting American's First Class Meal Service

Almost one year ago, American made the decision to revamp its domestic First Class meal policies.  You can read the specific detials in Rocky's post on the subject from last summer, but the gist was, ...

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