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So far impressed with US Airways today.

Hello from US 191 PHL-PHX, today is my first trip on US Airways in many years. I got a real good fare for R/T Business class from Manchester, UK to Seattle back in July for this weekend. A full review is coming but as I sit onboard this US Airways A321 with WiFi and so far very good service, I’m impressed! I do have to admit I had really low expectations. I will say the international meal was not bad at all, the crew was happy and funny.. but at times a little less professional then other airlines, the uniforms are a mess, I think one FA had a sweat outfit on with US Airways logos on it. The cabin of this A321 is very new and in good condition. The boarding process in PHL was something that needs help and the ground crew were just lackluster. There was a no-show in the F cabin and the head FA wanted to know who was next for the upgrade and the ground crew just did not want to deal with it. Good on this FA for making them find out and do their job.

 

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DEAL: SWISS €1,111.- R/T Biz Class from Germany today only. 11/11/11

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Just like the Lufthansa Deal, SWISS is also having the 11/11/11 €1111.- Business Class deal from German to some locations like:

From Hamburg

Boston ab EUR 1197,-
Chicago (ORD) ab EUR 1197,-
Dubai ab EUR 1109,-
Montreal (YUL) ab EUR 1197,-
Nairobi ab EUR 1108,-
New York (JFK) ab EUR 1197,-
New York (EWR) ab EUR 1197,-
Tel Aviv ab EUR 1109,-

From Franfurt
Boston ab EUR 1214,-
Chicago (ORD) ab EUR 1214,-
Dubai ab EUR 1126,-
Montreal (YUL) ab EUR 1214,-
Nairobi ab EUR 1102,-
New York (EWR) ab EUR 1214,-
New York (JFK) ab EUR 1214,-
Tel Aviv ab EUR 1126,-

You have to book via this link and sadly looks like in Germany only.

Is Priority Club Platinum Status a Joke? I think so.

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I got status matched to Priority Club Platinum from my Hilton Diamond Status a few weeks back. Tonight is my first stay in an IHG hotel, a Crowne Plaza in the UK.

All I can say is how can people be loyal to this program? What the hell do you get from being a Platinum? I’m currently top tier with Hilton and Hyatt; I have been top with Starwood in the past. So I have become ...

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A LOT to move! Photos from Warsaw. (updated)

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The LOT Polish airlines B767 that “crash” landed in Warsaw yesterday, skid down the runway on its belly, coming to a stop at the intersection of both the runways in Warsaw closing the airport for more than 24 hours.

UPDATE

- Warsaw airport is now open.

- I had a polish friend provide a translation of ATC:
[Ground]: tower, LOT16?
[LO16]: LOT16
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bmi to sell bmi Regional

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 Sources say that bmi is in advanced discussions to sell bmi Regional to a U.K investor group previously associated with the regional business. The sale would be in the form of shares of bmi Regional, all assets used in the bmi Regional business including the aircraft fleet, the existing regional route network and the continued employment of the existing staff.

Sources say that ...

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LOT Polish Airlines Crash Lands in Warsaw - All 230+ people safe!

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The LOT Polish airlines flight from Newark, New Jersey made what experts have described as a textbook crash landing, sliding on to a halt on its belly. Once stationary all four escape chutes deployed and passengers ran for safety as fire crews doused the engines.

I have flown on LOT Polish Airlines a bunch of times, even from Warsaw to the States and back once. Come to find ...

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Hilton Garden Inn Dulles North - A Dependable Choice

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Over the past 6 years I have flown out of IAD (Washington Dulles Airport) a lot. I have been a guest at many of the hotels around the airport. There is a good deal of choices and at times over the weekend at some good rates. When a promotion with some other brand is not running; I tend to stay at the Hilton Garden Inn Dulles North. This hotel is only a few years ...

The Park Hyatt Milan - The best, for sure!

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For my Mothers Birthday I treated her to a weekend in Milan. I was lucky to score a room at the Park Hyatt Milan, emailed the GM of the hotel asking if they could put some birthday related welcome amenity in the room. (I offered to pay) He quickly got back to me and said he would take care of it with with complements. When we arrived at the hotel around 10am our room was not yet ready the ...

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Lufthansa Winter Schedule - A380 and New Routes

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It is always good to keep up with new routes offered by Star Alliances member so I can better use my miles. Lufthansa is adding three new destinations this winter: Rio de Janeiro, Aberdeen and London Gatwick. Available capacity across the entire route network will be increased by 4% over last year. This growth is mainly because the use of larger aircraft types that have joined the Lufthansa ...

Sorry Sir Silver is not Elite

When you travel a lot you run into people that are just well a pain in the ass. Today at a Hilton in London there was a man who was yelling at the front desk agent, I’m Silver Elite! I should get an upgrade! The agent was very professional as the guy kept yelling at her in his Chicago Bears NFL jersey. (There is an NFL game today in London). She was trying to tell him that only Gold and ...

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What the hell is going on here!?!? Hilton Reward Night Booking system gone nuts.

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Here is a quick “tip” to look around for reward nights in the Hilton system. There is something going on with the reward points needed for a free night. Hilton just started the options to book “Premium” rooms with points. Many problems have been reported about not finding standard rooms any more at some high end Hiltons around the south pacific mostly. With the only ...

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Marriott Beijing City Wall - Best Marriott I Have Ever Been Too!

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 First off I’m not a Marriott guy at all, and I have only been to a few Marriott hotels around the world in the past five years, and have never really been impressed. The program and hotel offerings never really fit my travel pattern. Never the less, I was happy to be a guest at this new-er hotel in Beijing. It was booked in conjunction with a cruise from Singapore to ...

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The Hilton Manchester (UK) Deansgate - Disappointing

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Well here we go again yet another Hilton in the UK that is just sub par. Is there any Hilton brand standard people that work in the UK? or is just bad Hilton's in the UK the standard?

This hotel is not as horrifying as the Hilton at the Manchester Airport, but still has some issues! I have a copy of the Hilton Brand Standards guide and this hotel is just blatantly doing what the hell ...

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SAS Scandinavian Airlines will launch 21 new destinations

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This is good news for anyone who likes the Star Alliance, now there are some new ways to burn some miles in Europe.

 

SAS launched 17 new routes this year. Next March SAS will launch flights between Copenhagen and Shanghai.

 

From what I'm told here are the new routes that SAS will offer:

New routes from Copenhagen:

Kaliningrad. March 25 ...

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Source: Virgin Atlantic to buy bmi and Join Star.

A very good source tells me that Virgin Atlantic will buy "most of" bmi (British Midland International) within 90-120 days and Virgin Atlanic will join Star Alliance within a year after that. The bmi name will go away and the Virgin Atlanic name will stay after they fully join. Lufthansa is ready to sell bmi after they off load a few more LHR slots trying to make some money back from their ...

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Impressed with UNITED phone agent when making reward booking..

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Ok well I’m impressed! I think I could have found the love of my life.. ok that might be a little too far but this UA phone agent went above and beyond.. and found something I did not even see when I was looking. Now that is good.

I always do my homework and know what flights I want when booking a reward. I check out the reward seats that are out there, have the airline I want to ...

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Review of the HYATT REGENCY WARSAW - Poland

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***UPDATE AS OF MARCH 2014 - Hotel no longer a Hyatt*** 

I love the city of Warsaw and in the past I have really enjoyed the Hilton in Warsaw. This time the Hyatt had a rate I just could not pass up. 80 Euro a night and I was also able to apply one of my Diamond Suite Upgrades.

I really like this hotel! The staff and service are top class.

Check in is was very ...

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Hilton buys 900 Million dollars worth of Mints

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Blackstone the owner of Hilton worldwide, has just purchased the small hotel chain Mint in the UK. Mint Hotel, formerly known as City Inn, began just over a decade ago with a single venue in Bristol. It now boasts a chain of eight hotels, including sites in Leeds, London and Manchester. There is one Mint outside the UK in Amsterdam. The Mint Hotel at the Tower of London is the largest hotel in ...