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

2014-05-26-06.00.01

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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BREAKING NEWS: MALAYSIA AIRLINES' 777-200 CRASHED ENROUTE FROM AMSTERDAM

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0825am PST: July 17 brings us another disheartening day in Air Travel as initial reports are claiming that Malaysia Airlines flight 17 to Kuala Lumpur from Amsterdam appears to have crashed 50 miles shy of the Russian boarder, inside Ukraine. This news hits hard, as Malaysia Airlines is still searching for missing flight MH370 which went missing with 227 passengers and 14 crew members on March 8, 2014.  There has been no official reports confirming this crash yet, however Russian media ...

Double Miles on Nonstop Seattle Flights on Virgin America, Delta, and Alaska Flights

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Virgin America is jumping on the Seattle double mile promotion bandwagon, matching the bonus opportunities that Delta and Alaska have been offering to members of their own loyalty program for the last year. Similar to the Delta promotion offer, not only is Virgin offering double redeemable miles, but is offering double elite miles that count toward elite qualification for those who register. Double miles are only available on nonstop flights from Seattle to San Francisco and Los Angeles. Yet, ...

Loyalty Made Me Do It - Virgin Gives New Elevate Fliers $50 - $150 in Flight Credit After One Flight

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As Delta and United has moved to lousy revenue based program similar to low cost carriers like Jet Blue, Virgin America, and Southwest; Virgin America is calling for travelers to break free of their 1986 style airlines and move on up to Virgin America. Launching the Loyalty Made Me Do It companion, the  airline launched a micro-site where visitors can check out hilarious videos depicting the dismal relationship many travelers face with their current frequent flyer program which ...

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Cathay Pacific Business Class HKG - KUL Trip Report

2014-04-19-15.56.01

After an amazing stay at the Renaissance Harbour view Hong Kong Hotel and rendezvousing with friends, it was time to continue my trip on Cathay Pacific to Kuala Lumpur. I visited the Pier lounge shortly, as I didn’t have much time for a long stay at any lounges due to check in and baggage issues and also boarded my flight to KL which was delayed about 15 minutes. This was my first intra-Asia flight on Cathay, and by exploring the seat map I could see that this was one of the few 777-200 ...

Alaska Increases Carry-on Baggage Space by 48%

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Alaska airline announced today that they will be the first airline to install Boeing’s newest Space Bins which increase storage capacity by almost 48%! The new space bins allow easier loading as they hang two inches lower (watch you heads when you stand up) but are deeper and wider which allow bags to be stored on their sides instead on their back. This innovated design allows for 178 standard size carry-on bags to be stored compared to the 117 now.

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Last Day for 50,000 Lufthansa's Miles & More Credit Card Bonus

Today is the last day to sign up and get the 50,000 miles Lufthansa Mles & More Card. The bonus ends today and will be reduced to the typical 20,000 miles bonus with an additional 10,000 miles for a horrible balance transfer options. This card is awesome, as 50,000 miles is still enough miles to fly round trip to Europe in coach. Although, to get this bonus new card holders (card is churnable) must spend $5000 in the first 90 days of having he card.

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Life Behind Walls - A Trip Inside Palestine

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Imagine life behind a wall, a modern day prison where you have freedom to roam, but your freedom is halted 50+ feet concrete walls. Visiting with friends and family are distant memories which are only revisited through modern technology thanks to the invention of facetime and Skype and jobs and property are lost because access has been cutoff; as like your family these things are on the other side of the wall. This wall I speak about is not the 1980s era Berlin wall, but it’s the wall ...

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Delta Slowly Backpedals On Transcon Upgrade Policy

Early last December, Delta revamped their unlimited complimentary domestic upgrade elite policy and transition to a program similar to United which still offered unlimited complimentary upgrades on most routes but required Global Upgrade Certificates to be used on premium transcontinental routes between JFK and Seattle, San Francisco, and Los Angeles and long haul routes between Hawaii and the East Coast. Prior to these changes, Delta offered Unlimited Complimentary upgrades (UCU) on all ...

The Pier - Cathay Pacific Business & First class lounge at HKG

2014-04-19-15.07.05

The Pier Business class lounge at Hong Kong International airport is just one of many OneWorld and Cathay Pacific lounges within the megaplex. The pier, is one of the furthest lounges from security and the rest of the airport located by gate 62 and 66, but I opted to visit this lounge only as I did not have much time before my flight to explore the airport and it was the lounge closet to my gate. Already being worried I’d miss my flight, I was lucky to even be able to explore the Pier, ...

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American Airlines Tweets "Our fat bottomed girls make your world go round"

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Early this afternoon, American Airlines posted on Instagram a photo of a Boeing Jet with the caption “our fat bottom girls make your world go round.” As you can imagine many people took the quote literally and were appalled by the comment, calling it crude, crass, sexually inappropriate and not politically correct, amongst many other things. From Twitter to Instagram, some people LOVED the photo and caption while others hated it. I was on the love side and even made a sarcastic ...

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US Airways Share Miles 100% Bonus

US Airways is once again having a 100% mileage bonus opportunity when two people share miles between each other. In the past few months we have seen a number of US Airways bonus miles opportunities which have included a slew of bonuses, the best being last winter which gave a 100% bonus on the miles shared. This time, the bonus is still 100% but the is split between both the person giving the miles and the person receiving the miles. This bonus opportunity runs though June 30, 2014 and ...

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Virgin America Main Cabin Select SFO-SAN

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Often times when flying intra-California routes for work I am posed with the dilemma of either connecting via LAX on a legacy carrier or breaking my alliance to American (formerly Delta) and fly direct on either Southwest and sometimes Virgin. I will usually choose to connect when returning home, as I am in no rush, although sometimes due to time constraints I regularly will fly direct when going to work. Despite this being my norm, a few months ago when returning home from the Bay Area, I ...

US Airways Increases Medium & High Level Award Cost for Travel in North America

US Airways/American Airline has apparently learned from their mistake and the company is actually giving frequent fliers a heads up this time before further devaluing their award chart. For the second time this year, US Airways has announced increase in award prices, but instead of giving no notice, they are giving travelers until July 31, 2014 to book award travel at current costs. Starting August 1, 2014, Award travel will cost more miles than they do today for first class travel on a three ...

AA Elites Now Recieve Unlimited Upgrades on US Airways From June 11, 2014

The new American Airlines has announced new Elite benefits today as American Airlines and US Airways begin to merge their two frequent flyer program and merge elite flying benefits across their two programs. In January, we saw the two airlines announce a slew of basic elite benefits which included priority boarding, baggage, check in, and security check along with free checked luggage on both airlines for elite travelers. However, the grand slam benefit of being an elite traveler, ...

Delta Upgrades Transcontinental Premium Economy Product

Delta is once again upping its game on their transcontinental route by further enhancing their premium economy product offering. In the last year we’ve already seen Delta offer free spirits and free upgraded snack wraps to economy comfort customers between New York’s JFK and Seattle, San Francisco, and Los Angelas, and today Delta announced that starting tomorrow customers will see further improvement to their economy comfort cabin with more added amenities which include a full ...

Delta Consolidated Operations at SAN

As of June 5, 2014 Delta is moving out of the smaller commuter terminal at San Diego International and moving their LAX bound flights to Terminal 2 in an effort to reduce operating costs and move all flights into a single terminal, reducing the number of staff needed as the two terminals are about a ½ mile apart, requiring a completely separate ground staff. The move will not only reduce the staff that Delta will need for its SAN operations, but the move provides LAX bound customers an ...

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Renaissance Harbour View Hotel Hong Kong

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After a long but enjoyable flight from Los Angeles to Hong Kong, I had scheduled a 20 hour layover in Hong Kong, maximizing my time in the SAR in order to visit old friends. I had booked a standard room using 30,000 Marriott Rewards points at the Harbour View Renaissance Hotel in Wan Chai (central area) and was able to book the room online via Marriott’s website. I chose the hotel based on the location and easy access to the airport express train that departs from the Central MTR ...

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