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Seattle - Just Say NO to Delta! Frequent Flyer Programs Hit Rock Bottom

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If 2013 and the start of 2014 wasn’t a clear enough sign of what consolidation of the airline industry does to frequent flyer program then I can’t think of how to lay it out any clearer. Across the industry, Delta, United, American, Alaska, and Southwest have all devalued their frequent flyer programs over the last 36 months, making it harder to earn miles and requiring more miles for award redemption. Delta even had the audacity to turn Skymiles into a revenue based program in ...

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90,000 miles in Business Class to Asia is still an option

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US Airways changed their partner award chart without notice today to match American Airlines award ticket cost from the US lower 48 and Canada to North Asia. I have reviewed the whole award chart and no other award regions were changed. The policy which is bad for consumers quickly increased the cost of awards from the USA to North Asia by 20,000 miles in business class. The good news is there are still a few sweet spots in the US Airways Award chart, as I had outlined before in my Top 10 ...

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American Airlines Introduces 5 Tier Award Chart & Changes Baggage Policies

Airline mergers are hardly good for consumer and today proves it yet again as we were all just #Parked. Airlines try to claim that airline mergers create more competition, adds tons of benefits for frequent flyers, and consumers benefit from larger network. But lets be real,  since the creation of the the Super Pac (AA, United, Delta) Elite benefits and non elite consumer benefits have been stripped and removed. With just three super airlines now ruling the US Aviation industry, policies ...

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American Airlines Reveals New 777-200 Cabin

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American Airlines has been quickly retrofitting their planes, introducing new planes, and refreshing their brand image as the once cutting edge airline now tries to play catch up with their largest US competitors and overseas competitors in order to provide customers with a modern and comfortable inflight experience. After being the first US based airline to fly the 777-300ER, with an extremely solid hard product offering, the airline is now retrofitting their other widebody jets and ...

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A380 Economy - 11 Abreast

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Airlines love to cram more passengers in less space, especially in the economy class cabin where seat pitch has been reduced significantly in the last 20 years. Ultra-thin seats have been installed and in many situations: seats, arm rests, and aisles width has been decreased. As airlines try to increase profit margins as labor and fuel costs rise, passengers comfort takes a beating in order to raise revenue and cram more people into the flying tin can. In the last few years, a number of ...

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Alaska Expands Inflight Entertainment Options

Alaska Airline has not been known to be the airline with the best inflight amenities, but yet they still have some of the most loyal frequent flyers in the US Aviation industry. Their all Boeing 737 fleet is less than exciting with most airplanes lacking powerports and all planes lacking seatback personal televisions (PTVs). The airline heavily invested early in GoGo Wifi and offered bulky digiplayers on long haul flights to passengers in first and those willing to pay in economy. Passengers ...

Delta International Economy Amenity Kits & Upgraded Snacks

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Years ago Delta Airlines stopped providing customers in international economy amenity kits. I can recall back in 2007 traveling to Europe for the first time, I flew Delta from New York JFK to Bucharest. On that flight I was provided with an amenity kit that included a bright red eye mask, cheap headphones, and earplugs. Soon after that flight, Delta discontinued providing customers in the main cabin amenity kit and blamed it on costs and 9/11 (like every other cut back in recent years). Now, ...

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Virgin America Introduces Total Temperature Control

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Virgin America & Nest has teamed up to offer frequent flyers the options to control the temperature around each seat! The new Virgin America’s IFE known as Red is here and it’s going to give passengers more choices than ever--now introducing Inflight temperature control! No longer will passengers on Virgin’s flights have to worry about being too warm or cold based on the crew's mood. Having a hot flash or have the sniffles? Don’t worry, if your hormones are ...

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Iberia Madrid Barajas T4s Lounge

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The Iberia Lounge at Madrid Barajas airport in terminal 4s is by far the best Iberia lounge in Madrid. The lounge offers all the amenities of other lounges, but also offers an upgraded buffet along with cold prepackage items as the lounge is located in the non-schengen  secured flight area of the airport and is primarily used by long haul travelers to the Americas, Middle east, Africa, Asia, and beyond. The lounge is hidden and is accessible post security, after immigrations, and the ...

OneWorld Triple Play - TAM, US Airways, and SriLankan Airlines Join OneWorld

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Tomorrow (March 31, 2014) is a good day for Oneworld Fliers as both US Airways and TAM join their other halves in the fast growing OneWorld Alliance. US Airways and TAM have both left Star Alliance as of March 30, 2014 at midnight and joined OneWorld on their first scheduled flight on March 31 due to mergers with American Airlines and LAN respectively, creating the new American Airline Group and LATAM Airlines Group. The addition of both TAM and US Airways will add a number of new ...

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Alaska Adds Flights to South, Midwest, & East Coast From Seattle

Alaska Airline is expanding in Seattle again as they announce a number of new routes from Seattle to the south, east coast, and Midwest. The Airline, trying to fend off Delta’s rapid expansion in Seattle, is looking to quickly expand into a number of markets that the airline doesn’t currently serve, so they can continue to be the business traveler’s number one airline in Seattle. On Feb 11, Alaska announced new service from Seattle to Tampa, New Orleans, and Delta’s ...

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LAN 787 Business Class MAD-FRA

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The 787 is by far one of the newest and most elegant birds that are currently flying the skies. The plane with its sleek look, sloped wings, and distinguish looks is a plane I honestly look forward to flying every time. I will not lie, being only my second time to fly the 787, after I booked my ticket using my American Express membership reward points via a British Airways Transfer I was like a little kid on Christmas.  It only cost me 15000 avios + $23. It was easy to book via the BA ...

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Alaska & Delta Decrease Reciprocal Elite Benefits May 1

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Alaska Airline and Delta are reducing the reciprocal benefit that elite passengers recieve from each airline. The news came out via email today, but has been on both Alaska Air and Delta's webpages for a couple of days. The changes affect elite perks such as free baggage allowance, discounts on Delta economy comfort seats, boarding privileges and other benefits. As the battle for Seattle heats up and Delta and Alaska duke it out to be Seattle’s #1 “hub” airline, ...

Luxx Lounge Frankfurt

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The Luxx Lounge at Frankfurt sounds like it would be a luxury place for travelers to relax in a tranquil and elegant environment, maybe even offer guests some of the finer things in life; after all it’s the LUXX lounge.  The lounge is the only Priority Pass lounge in T1 and serves airlines such as US Airways, Qatar, Condor, Airmalta and others. Unfortunately, it is everything but luxurious, and instead, entering the lounge is like entering  time warp into a dark and danky ...

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DFW Centurion Lounge By American Express

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The American Express Centurion Lounge in the Dallas Fort Worth Airport is truly a luxurious airport lounge at its finest. The grandiose lounge in terminal D is only open to American Express Platinum and Centurion card holders (see post on singup bonus for American Express Platinum) and offers a unique airport experience typically reserved for high end carriers or international first class passengers. The brand new, ultra-modern chic, lounge offered high end amenities including signature ...

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How to Transfer American Express Membership Rewards Points to British Airways

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Now that you’ve earned thousands of American Express Points, especially thanks to the limited time offer from American Express, offering 40,000 bonus points for new Platinum card holders, you are probably wondering how to transfer them to an airline or hotel. This is actually extremely easy and can be done online via the Membership Rewards home page. Below I am going to show you how to transfer the points to British Airways, one of my favorite Amex transfer partners. The same process ...

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Medical Emergency In the Air & I'm the ONLY First Responder Aboard!

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Flying is something so many of us take for granted. Cheaper air fare today allows millions of people all around the world to fly from coast to coast, country to country, continent to continent, or city to city. Some flights are long and some flights are short. In spite of the length of a flight, flying has become one of the safest ways to travel. Despite this, further reflecting on the fragility of life that Matthew wrote about last week, I had my own interesting flight experience this week ...

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AA Amenity Kit Winners

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Early this month I had a giveaway where I offered four people an opportunity win an AA Intl' Business Class or domestic Flagship First Amenity Kit. This was my second giveaway like this and I am hoping to be able to have many more in the future! Thank you to everyone who participated in this giveaway. I thank each of you for reading and hope to reward more of you in the future.

Using Random.org I would like to congratulate the following winners:

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Priority Pass Ends Relationship with US & AA Airport Lounges

Earlier this year when American Express announced that they were terminating their airport club agreements with American Airlines and US Airways, I wrote an article explaining how Priority Pass, which is free with the American Express, could be a travelers’ saving grace. After all, Priority Pass has club agreements with American Airlines in Honolulu and San Juan, Puerto Rico along with other Latin American Destinations and most US Airway Club locations accepted Priority Pass. I ...

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American Airlines 777-300 LAX-LHR Main Cabin Extra Trip Report

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­­American Airlines has been working hard to refresh their entire fleet and their newest wide body planes, the 777-300ER took to the skies last spring with American’s new Livery. The new plane featured an entire cabin refresh and includes threes dedicated cabin: First class suites hastrue lay flat seats with all aisle access business class cabin, while economy class cabin is split into two sections, with three rows of main cabin extra and 2 dozen or so rows of standard economy. ...

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