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San Diego Commuter Terminal to Close June 4

FINALLY!! The day has come when the San Diego Commuter Terminal will say goodbye to regional service and the final three occupants will move their regional jets to operate out of terminal 1 and 2! Per the ...

The Road More Traveled

Cruise Line Ancillary Fees Meet the Law of Unintended Consequences

Roasted chicken for lunch on the NCL Dawn A couple of weeks ago, I reported that Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) would begin charging a $7.95 fee for most room service orders, a service ...

Cloud Commuting

Booking a Singapore Airlines Business Class Ticket with Virgin America Elevate

Virgin America is often brushed aside by frequent fliers. People generally acknowledge that their flying experience is better than most domestic carriers, but the Elevate f ...

Live and Let's Fly

Fly to Europe in a 44-Seat Business Jet Using Your Miles!

SAS launched service between Houston and Stavanger, Norway last summer using a 44-seat jet featuring an all-business class configuration. Operated by PrivatAir on behalf of SAS, the flig ...

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Qatar Airways A320 Regional Business Class Luxor (LXR) to Doha (DOH) Trip Report

Qatar Airways Regional Business Class from Luxor to Doha does regional service right. After a fantastic trip through Cairo and a Nile River Cruise, sadly my trip was comi ...

Pursued Adventures

Trip Report: Air New Zealand Business Premier Auckland to Shanghai, Boeing 777-200

This Air New Zealand Business Premier (business class) flight review is part of my trip to Japan and New Zealand a few months ago. Air New Zealand is a Star Alliance ...

Regional First

Review: A Duplex Suite at the Sheraton Prague Charles Square

I had a great day touring Prague, and I also wanted to share a review of my home base while there, the Sheraton Prague Charles Square.  Rates were cheap, and I was fortunate to have my ...

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Silvercar Launches Chicago O'Hare Rentals

Silvercar is quickly becoming the “Uber” of the rental car business with a tech savvy smart phone application, hassle free rentals, low add on fees and a fleet of fully loaded Audi A4s! As a freque ...

Live and Let's Fly

Aer Lingus to Join oneworld: No Irish Luck for Me!

In January I wrote a piece entitled IAG Group Moves Closer to Aer Lingus Acquisition and speculated that Aer Lingus would rejoin the oneword alliance if the acquisition by Britis ...

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