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Saloon VIP Terminal J Miami - AKA Club America

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Club America in Terminal J at Miami international Airport is a crowded place in the late afternoon as the lounge is shared by all international airlines operating out of Terminal J. This includes not only Tam, who I was flying, but Lufthansa, Avianca, LAN, Aerolineas Argentinas, Swiss, and more. Many of these airlines operating late afternoon and evening departures to Europe and Central and South America, therefore around 5:45pm when I entered the club, it was nearly at capacity and finding a ...

JetBlue Reduces Legroom and Adds Checked Baggage Fees

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If one was to believe that Wall Street doesn’t ruin everything, then I’d argue that, that person was among the most naive individuals on the planet. Companies that trade publically are under extreme pressure to produce profitable returns in order to increase shareholders wealth, and when companies are not preforming to the same level of their peers they find resourceful ways to increase returns and increase profitability. Today, the Wall Street victim is JetBlue, and as a gift ...

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Cabin Crew - They Make or Break an Airline

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Despite a poor experience with American Airlines last week which involved an agent with true little mAAn syndrome and led to the police being called, I am happy to report that I had a great inflight experience last weekend while flying to Missouri for the Seattle Seahawks vs Kansas City Chiefs game.  I flew first class on 500 mile-upgrade certs on AA from Sacramento to Dallas and onward to Kansas City. In Dallas, I met up with my partner who flew in from our home in San Diego and then we ...

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American Airlines' Agent Calls Police and Tells me to "Get Your Ass Back Here" After I Asked for his Name to Complain

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After an amazing trip around the world, my vacation had come to an end and I was flying from Los Angeles to Sacramento on American Eagle. After a semi short three hour layover in the Flagship First Class lounge in T4 it was time to return to work when the end of a great trip took a sharp turn for the worst.

Around 4:10pm on 11/11/14 my partner and I attempted to board the bus to the remote terminal (gates 44A-44J). My partner had a boarding pass for a flight to JFK ...

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Alaska Airlines Fly 2, Get 1 for the Tax

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Alaska Airlines is celebrating Ski Season with a fly twice, get one free voucher between select western ski destinations and Washington, Oregon, and California. This awesome promotion allows residents of Washington, Oregon, and California who sign up and fly four individual flight segments to select cities of before February 23, 2015 the opportunity to earn a free voucher to be used for a future flight. The promotional voucher is good for a round trip ticket back to any of the promotional ...

American Airlines Premium Lounge - Miami

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American Airlines operates a slew of Admiral Clubs around the world with varying service levels. Domestic US clubs tend to offer barebones service offerings which include trail mix, cookies, bagels, olives, cheese, and fresh veggies depending on the time of day along with a mixture of cheap beer, wine, and unpalatable spirits. Everything else American likes to upcharge for, charging club members more for meals, higher quality drinks, etc. Yet then there are a few anomalies, where at ...

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American Express Centurion Club T1 Mexico D.F.

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I tend to LOVE American Express Centurion lounges so when I missed my flight in Mexico City and found that I had a few extra hours to kill I decided to relax in the Centurion Club instead of clearing security and going to the Admirals Club. Yet to my surprise, this Centurion club was nothing like those found in the USA (especially the ones I have been to in Vegas and Dallas) and instead was an extremely basic lounge with more items for sale then anything.

The Centurion club I ...

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Courtyard Airport Hotel - Mexico City

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If traveling to and from Mexico City and you need an Airport hotel I would HIGHLY suggest the Courtyard by Marriott Mexico City airport which is connected by sky bridge to Terminal 1. The hotel is modern, has nice rooms, and is located within the airports grounds. Not to mention, at only 10,000 points a night or ~$170, this is a great hotel to use points at, especially when comparing the prices to the Hilton also located in Terminal 1 which charges 50,000 HHonors points a ...

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American Airlines & Alaska Airlines expand airport lounge access for members

Alaska Airlines and American Airlines has had a relationship working together and codesharing on a number of West Coast flights allowing Alaska to fly American Airlines customers up and down the West Coast and extensive codeshare agreement for Alaska customers to/from American's major hubs in Dallas, Chicago,  New York, and Miami. The airline also recognizes each other Elite passengers and provide select elite benefits for passengers when traveling each airline respectively.  Yet a ...
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Rookie Mistakes Could Have Cost Me My Around The World Trip

Last weekend I started my nearly 30,000 mile trip around the world on a US Airways First Class Award ticket and an amateur mistake almost cost me the entire trip! My trip started from Mexico City which allowed me to take advantage of on my favorite US Airways award chart gems: Central America/Mexico/Caribbean to South East Asia/Central Asia for 120,000 miles in first. Yet in order to start my trip in Mexico City, I obviously had to position myself in Mexico. Thankfully I fly every week for ...

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Mexico D.F. American Airlines Admirals Club

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It is amazing to me how different every American Airlines Admiral club is, especially those in foreign countries. I have reviewed the Admirals Club in London, which wasn’t much to write home about and the club in Tokyo, which many AA frequent fliers claim is the best in the system. Yet I will easily argue, that despite American’s 1980s décor in the Admirals club in Mexico city, the staff are among the friendliest and the snacks and bar among the best stocked system wide! ...

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EBOLA - Mexico D.F. Warning

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If you follow me on Twitter or read my blog, you are probably already aware that I am on my nearly 30,000 mile trip around the world which includes stops in North America, South America, Europe and Asia. In the last 4 days I have visited major airports in the USA, Mexico,South America, and Europe and I find that despite all the hype US media sensationalist news has made about Ebola, the only airport I've passed through with Ebola warnings was Mexico D.F.

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Malaysia Airline Chef on Call - How to Order your meal

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Malaysia Airlines allows customers booked in first class and business class to preselect their inflight meals via the program “chef on call” The airlines has over 30 dishes for business class and First class passengers to choose and the menu is specialized based on where the plane is departing from.

Per Malaysia airlines: "The Chef-on-call menu for both our First and Business classes is revised every two months where five dishes will be replaced with new ones to ensure ...

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Carolinas Aviation Museum - Limited Time Discount

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Last weekend I flew out to Charlotte, North Carolina from the West Coast to watch my hometown NFL team, Seattle Seahawks, beat the Carolina Kittens Panthers. Yet before game day, I had a day to waste in North Carolina.

View from my seat - 50 yard line row 11 Visitors side :)

So I did what any true AVGeek would do and spent a few hours exploring the Carolinas Aviation Museum at Charlotte/Douglas International ...

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American Airlines AAdvantage 2015 - Bucks Industry Trends & Remains Best in Class

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The 2015 American Airlines AAdvantage program has been announced and unlike American’s largest competitors, 2015 will bring minor changes and an overall approved flying experience for American Airlines and US Airways customers without the transition to a revenue based system. The change also brings changes to the US Airways Dividend program as the two program merger and the 2015 frequent flyer program looks more like the current AAdvantage program and less like the US Airways Dividend ...

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US Airways Credit Card Adds 2 New Benefits - It only gets better!

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As we all know there is a limited of time remaining to still sign up and earn bonus miles with the US Airways credit card. As US Airways and American merge, the US Airways credit card will stop accepting new card holders after the two airlines frequent flyer programs are aligned. Yet the good news is, in the meantime not only is Barclays Card still accepting new credit card applications and awarding thousands of bonus miles, the credit card continues to add additional perks. This week I ...

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Alaska Airlines Announces San Diego to Kona Service

Alaska Airline has been busy defending their ground in the battle for Seattle with Delta this year and has expanded new service from Seattle to Baltimore, Detroit, Albuquerque, Tampa, and Cancun and has also grown in Salt Lake Cities by increasing frequencies between Seattle and Salt Lake and expanding new service to five destinations: Los Angeles, San Diego, Las Vegas, San Francisco, and San Jose. Despite all this growth, Alaska has not forgotten about their newer employee base in San Diego ...

AirBerlin Business Class Berlin - Miami

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When I usually think about a European premium airline, Lufthansa typically comes to mind. Furthermore, if asked about traveling on a German airline, the behemoth airline group Lufthansa is usually the first to be mentioned. Many travel bloggers rave about Lufthansas’ first class product and often times overlook much smaller airlines such as AirBerlin. Despite this, I had the opportunity to fly AirBerlin a few months ago and I must say I was overly impressed with AirBerlin’s long ...

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Virgin America Named Best in US Travel & $47 1 Day Only Sale

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Virgin America was named the Best US Airline by Condé Nast Travel for the 7th year in a row in the magazines Reader Choice Awards and to celebrate the success the airline is having a 1 day Fly In Winning Fashion Sale with shorthaul flights starting at just $47!

“This year, over 76,000 readers of the premium travel magazine participated in the annual survey, casting more than one million ...

$15-$50 Off Virgin America Flights with LivingSocial

Virgin America has teamed up with LivingSocial to offer deals on your next Virgin America flight with travel deals on your next short, medium, or long haul flight offering up to 3x the value paid towards a future flight!

Whether it's your first time or you're a regular jet setter, you know the value of a fare deal. No matter where you're headed—a cross-country long haul or a single-state short haul—get there in style with Virgin America.

• $25 for $75 ...