Has the TSA Ever Locked Your Suitcase Before?

There's a first time for everything. When my wife and I were unpacking after arriving in Cancun, Mexico, we noticed that her suitcase could not be unpacked... It was locked with a lock we had never seen before.

Very odd... I tried the usual combinations... 0,0,0. 1,2,3. 1,1,1. Nothing. As I started fiddling with this lock, I noticed the bottom of it was marked by TSA.

I mean c'mon... what's the point of that? Locking my suitcase without giving me the combination? What a bunch of pranksters! Anyhow... I had the last laugh... Hotel "engineering" had some bolt cutters that came in handy.

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A Quick Look at the Amedee-Maingard Lounge at the Mauritius Airport

While this article is current as of December 2012, Mauritius is currently in the process of building an entirely new international terminal. After having a wonderful stay at the Four Seasons Mauritius, it was time to continue our journey in Cape Town, South Africa!
We arrived to the airport ...
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Is this United's Plan to Exterminate Gate Lice? I Hope So!

In early 2012, a few things happened to make United's boarding process significantly worse for top-level elites.
The red carpet lane, designated for 1Ks, Global Services members, and premium cabin passengers, was done away with. United introduced the Premier Access lane, replacing the red ...
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Using BigCrumbs and Expedia to Book Flights

 
When you fly on a paid ticket, you earn miles. If you pay for that ticket with a rewards earning credit card, you earn points for the purchase as well. Many people assume those to be the only two ways to earn miles on the purchase. It turns out that you can earn an extra set of points by ...
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The Four Seasons Mauritius at Anahita: The Conclusion

The Grounds, Garden Villa, and Service
The Food
The Conclusion
This post is the third and final in my review of the Four Seasons Mauritius at Anahita. If you couldn't tell from the other two posts, we found the overall experience to be fantastic, and this was augmented further by ...

The Four Seasons Mauritius at Anahita: The Food

The Grounds, Garden Villa, and Service
The Food
The Conclusion
We had an absolutely wonderful stay at the Four Seasons in Mauritius. We ate like kings. The food at this resort is absolutely fantastic. The food is so good that I thought it was worth an entire post to highlight some ...
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Get Jealous. I'm flying in Business Class on a 787 Soon.. SO CAN YOU!

My favorite perk of being a 1K member with United is having zero fees for changing award tickets. I'm constantly looking to improve my routings for trips that I've booked. Imagine my surprise when I found this one the other day (click here for the full screenshot).


See anything out ...
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Johannesburg to Mauritius on South African Airlines Business Class

Wow! What a long journey it had been so far… We left Los Angeles on Friday afternoon, flew overnight to London, and then we flew all the way to Johannesburg. After a quick stop in the lounge to shower, now we were off to Mauritius! It was Sunday morning now, and by the time we landed, it ...
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United 787 Schedule for November / December Will Change...


The good new is that United is finally using Twitter a bit more regularly than they used to. The bad news is that it appears that if you booked a flight in November or December that was originally scheduled to be on a dreamliner, you might be out of luck. Here is the full text of their ...
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South African Airlines Business Class from London to Johannesburg


After landing in London from our journey on Virgin Altantic Upper Class, we decided to check out the Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse, as it is apparently one of the nicest lounges in the world. Unfortunately, we were REJECTED by the lounge! Apparently, in order to enter the lounge, you must have a ...
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Virgin Atlantic Upper Class to London: LAX to LHR


I still remembering hearing the radio commercials for "Virgin Atlantic Upper Class to London" when I was growing up in LA. I didn't know much about flying, and I didn't know much about London, but I loved that lady's accent! As the first major part of our honeymoon, my wife and I were able to ...
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"iPod Integration" ~ United Needs to Update Their Inflight AV Software

In terms of quality of seat and entertainment, I think United's business class is quite competitive. The screen is huge, and the controller is nice and response. There's a huge amount of content to view. However, I think it's time to fix up the iPod integration.

Take a look at the ...
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Last Minute Honeymoon Changes

When life gives you lemons, you make lemonade... Right? Right???
Well, we were tossed a couple lemons right around the same time.
Lemon One: The St. Regis Mauritius announced that it would not make its October 1 opening date. It would be pushed back to November 1. We were set to arrive in ...
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The United Club at Sao Paulo (GRU) is a Disaster

Let me repeat that. The United Club at Sao Paulo (GRU) is a disaster. It officially earns the title of "Worst United Club I Have Visited." There are a few that I haven't seen, but this is by far the worst of the ones I have. Instead of escaping to a "Club Away from the Hubbub" as United once put it, ...
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If Your Suitcase is Too Pretty to Check, Get a New Suitcase

I literally just witnessed this the other day. Because we were boarding a regional jet, most of us had to gate check our baggage. This guy thought his suitcase was so pretty that he felt he needed to put it in a separate protective cover before checking it. Photo sequence below.

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TAM Airlines Economy Class Buenos Aires to Sao Paulo

While frequent fliers are typically most interested in premium cabin trip reports, I think it's always interesting to read about carriers that we're not exposed to quite as often and the experiences they offer, even when in economy class. Recently, I flew from Buenos Aires to Sao Paulo in TAM ...
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