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JAL 787 Business Class Narita to San Diego

2014-04-27-17.07.31

After much anticipation and an amazing trip to Mabul, Malaysia I was finally going to experience the 787-800 for the first time on a long haul flight. I had already flown United’s 787 between Houston and Chicago, and LAN’s 787 between Madrid and Frankfurt, but never before had I actually been able to experience the 787 on a long haul flight. As a true aviation nerd, my nerves were shaken with excitement and after a long 15 hour layover in Tokyo which included enough time to run ...

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Around the World For 120,000 Miles

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I have read many times that booking an award ticket with US Airways is NOTHING short of a headache, and based on every blog I’ve ever read it appears to be true. However, I have also read a number of stories about amazing award bookings that can ONLY be done with US Airways miles. This time, I experienced both—an amazing award ticket with routing rules that are nearly impossible to replicate at a cost that one could never complain about. Yet it did take me over 9 hours and 10 ...

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American Airlines Stops Selling Tickets On Orbitz

American Airlines just announced that starting immediately Orbitz will no longer display and sell American Airlines tickets on their website and US Airways tickets will no longer be for sell via the online distributor after September 1, 2014.

“American Airlines fares are no longer available through consumer websites powered by Orbitz, including orbitz.com and cheaptickets.com. We also anticipate removing US Airways fares from Orbitz on September 1, 2014. You can continue to ...

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US Airways Tells Me I Am Sick!

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Today I completed my first US Airways award booking and WOW what an effort it took (more to come soon and more to tell) but I had to write this as I was laughing out loud in the American Express Centurion Lounge in DFW when I received my confirmation from US airways. The around the world routing ticketed and came back confirmed, but under the special details section of the ticket it read “medical”. As it turns out, only people who are crazy would fly for DAYS on a plane to get to ...

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National's One Two Free 2014 Car Rental Bonus

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National Car Rental is back again this year with their “1, 2, FREE” promotion and is giving travelers the possibility to earn a free rental day after two car rentals or after earning 600 points. To earn a free rental day, just rent a midsize or larger vehicle for two days or longer twice. The promotion runs August 20, 2014 through January 31, 2015 and you must register in order to partake in this promotion. Also note that retroactive credit not be recieved for rentals ...

Delta's SkyClub New Breakfast Items - I Witnessed Them, Hardly an Upgrade

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Last week Delta Skyclubs rolled out their first round of enhancements after increasing Skyclub prices and previewing enhancements earlier this year which included new food items, spa services, and amenities such as shoe shines.  The first enhancement included a new menu which appeared to include a growing list of items of which the SkyClub currently did not offer. The long list was quite deceptive to the naked eye, looking as though it included 50 plus Items, but really only include a ...

2,000 Bonus Hyatt Points After One Stay

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Hyatt Gold Passport is offering targeted members 2000 bonus points for their first stay at hotels between September 1 and November 30, 2014. The offer is only good once, and only a maximum 2000 points will be rewarded. Be pam for an email titled “Exclusive Offer: Earn 2,000 Bonus Points”. To sign up, follow the link in the email, as it tends to be customized per person or copy the following link and insert your own Hyatt Gold Passport Number (where I placed the words ...

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A tweet worth 8000 points

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By now you have probably heard about the Hilton HHonors enticing “triple your points” promotion where HHonors members can earn double points for stays at Hilton Hotels, Monday through Thursday, and triple points for weekend stays Friday-Sunday between August 1 and October 31, 2014. If you have not heard about this promotion yet, do not worry, you’re probably not missing out, as 1,362 properties have opted out of this promotion!With only 4,112 worldwide, that’s one ...

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Marriott MegaBonus Promotion Sept 2014 - January 2015

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As any Marriott brand Loyalist knows, Marriott enjoys their quarterly MegaBonus offers, and this Fall brings us yet ANOTHER MegaBonus! As Marriott tries to lure business and leisure travelers to their hotels this fall, the 15 hotel brands are offering members a chance to earn bonus points based on their status and spending patterns with Marriot. Click here to see your personalized Mega Bonus.

 

My MegaBonus as a Platinum member includes 55,000 bonus points for ...

FinnAir Announces A350xwb Routes, Seating Configuration, and New Economy Comfort

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Finnair will be the first European airline to take delivery of the new Airbus 350xwb aircraft which is designed to rival Boeing’s carbon-fiber reinforced thermoplastic 787 and 777x. Finnair announces that not only will the plane receive a newly designed cabin special for this aircraft, but they plan to take this aircraft initially to the Far East, commencing service of the A350xwb to Shanghai, Bangkok and Beijing in the second half of 2015 and expand service to Hong Kong and Singapore ...

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Cathay Pacific's New Regional Business Class HKG - NRT Trip Report

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  After a short but enjoyable flight from Kota Kinabalu to Hong Kong on Dragon Air, followed by a short connection in Hong Kong due to a delayed departure from Kota Kinabalu, I ran across the Hong Kong airport to make my connection to Narita. My overnight flight from Hong Kong to Japan was scheduled to be on a B777-200 with the older regional product. I wasn’t overly excited for this flight, as it was overnight in a dated seat, but I was excited to fly on a flight that gave me ...

Dragon Air Business Class Review: Kota Kinabalu to Hong Kong

2014-04-26-20.54.08

After an amazing week of scuba diving, relaxing, people watching, and exploring the tiny island of Mabul, Malaysia I was on my way back to the states. I had originally booked an economy class award ticket from Malaysia back to San Diego flying TWU-KUL-NRT-SAN, however the night before business class space was released and after a quick Skype call to AA, I had rebooked a business class ticket for just 20,000 more miles flying TWU-BKI-HKG-NRT-SAN with a long layover in NRT which would allow me ...

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GOODBYE Southwest, I'm coming "home" Delta

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Over the last year, it’s been more than obvious that I have not been Delta’s biggest fan. After flying them back and forth a dozen times or so from the West coast to Maine, and securing just enough miles for only Silver status in 2014, I left Delta after 7+ years of being a long time NWA Loyalist, Delta FF convert due to merger and holder of Platinum status for 4 of the last 7 years. Yet, with only enough miles to be Silver Medallion, I told myself that 2014 would be the year I ...

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Alaska Airlines & CFO Russell Wilson Newest Commercial

The battle for Seattle and the Seahawks is far from over, and Alaska Airlines is further expanding their partnership with Seahwak's star quarterback, Russell Wilson. Three new commercials will be aired in the Pacific Northwest starting August 7, 2014. Coincidentally the first day of the Preseason!

 

I absolutely love this commercial. I laugh watching Russell Wilson, Alaska Airlines CFO (Chief Football Officer), drills employees and take them through boot camp style training. The ingenious commercial reminds locals that not only is Alaska Airlines number one in customer service for a reason, but they are constantly improving to be Seattle’s best airline. After all, Alaska Airlines is Truely Seattle!

And with that...Delta get off our Turf! 

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Americans Go Hungry - Revised Meal Times

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US Airways and American Airlines are starting to align policies as Doug Parker's teams takes over the new American Airlines and focuses on increasing revenue and destroying what is left of what use to be good. With only four major airlines left in the United States (Delta, United, American, Southwest), and only three with a global footprint, the airlines are at the helm to make flying as miserable as possible and charge more than ever before.

Yesterday, the same day that the AP ...

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Southwest Drink Prices - The Next Price Increase?

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When Southwest and Airtran merged almost two years ago many people asked what would happen to Southwest’s customer friendly policies which include no change fees and bags that fly free. Two years have come and gone and still bags are flying free at Southwest Airlines and as long as tickets are canceled before departure, full credits are provided for future flights. However, as the airline industry is extremely cut throat, I am willing to bet that Southwest will increases the cost of ...

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Drunk On a Plane - Humor

Throughout my 9 years of having elite status across a slew of airlines, I will be the first to admit that I have been drunk on a plane a number of times! In fact, I will be the first to admit that when I fly longhaul, I enjoy sipping whiskey or scotch, get my buzz on and passing out in business class. If you read my blog you've probably notice that little cup of apple juice in many photos. :P On the trips where I find that my upgrade didn't come through or I actually purchased a ticket in ...

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To Rome And Back: US Airways SAN-PHL Trip Report

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Since the AA/US merger, I had avoided US-Scareways like the plague (I've been flying them a lot recently though). Yet, with having an unexpected week off of work I decided instead of sitting around my house, I would jet off to a part of the world that I had never been to, as long as I could cash my miles in for a business class ticket. My original plan was to see the northern Croatia coast or Albania. After several hours of searching flights on the three alliances: Star Alliance, OneWorld and ...

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One Week, Three Plane Crashes - It's Safe To Fly

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It’s been a hard week for travelers and aviation enthusiasts as three aircraft of various sizes have been lost and over 440 people have perished. Two stories that have been developing over the last 36 hours include two planes which most likely crashed due to bad weather. First, Taiwan’s TransAsia Airways ATR-72 crashed yesterday in Taiwan, followed by news this morning that reports an Air Algerie MD-83 vanished from radar 50 minutes after takeoff from Burkina Faso en ...

Qatar Airways #HangMyHat Contest - Win 2 Business Class Tickets

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To celebrate new service to Dallas Fort Worth International Airport, Qatar Airways is offering US residents a chance to win two business class tickets to anywhere Qatar Airways flies from any of their seven US gateway cities (JFK, IAH, IAD, ORD, PHL, MIA, DFW) with their #HangMyHat contest.

To enter this contest, we're inviting US residents to share a picture of your favorite hat and where that hat might take you. Share an image or brief video with @QatarAirways ...

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