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I Flew easyJet and Liked it!

I won't lie, I took my first intra-Europe flight on easyJet the other day and I liked it! It wasn't anything special, but I still enjoyed my flight. 

Why did I like easyJet?

1) Straight forward pricing. Yes, I had to pay to check my bags, but the website made it extremely clear how much it would be and provided me with a discount for paying for it online vs at the airport.

2) Early check in. There's no excuse for having to check in at the airport with easyJet, ...

Krakow Business Class Lounge - Schengen Flights

2013-09-09-05.27.02

The small but modern business class lounge in the Krakow International Airport Schengen departure area of the airport is shared by all airlines who fly within Schengen countries from Krakow. This means, OneWorld, SkyTeam, and Star Alliance passengers along with Priority Pass card holders and alirines that belong to no alliance share one space. Thankfully, the airport is not extremely busy and during my early morning visit I had more than enough room to stretch out and relax as I watched the ...

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Save 10 - 50% on US Airways Award Tickets

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US Airways and Barclay Bank have been extremely busy this fall trying to get people to earn and burn US Airways miles. Earlier this week I wrote about the newest promotion from US Airways Credit Card which rewards people with 6 miles per dollar spent at grocery stores, gas stations, and select department stores. Then there’s the US Airways Shared miles promotion currently happening, which provides a 100% bonus on miles shared between two people and the Fall Kick off, offering 50% or ...

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Delta Continues Seattle Expansion; Could Sour Relationship With Alaska Airlines

Delta continues to expand in Seattle and encroaches on routes that have been long time Alaska Airline strong holds with more domestic flights to and from Seattle.  This all began in March of 2012 when Delta announced expansion plans in Los Angeles.  Included in that plan were new routes to Seattle, Spokane, Costa Rica, Boston and more. Then in July, Delta announced more west coast expansion from LAX to smaller markets such as Portland and San Jose along with an increase frequency on ...

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US Airway Bonus Miles Galore: 6 miles per dollar spent at gas stations, restaurants, and department, toy or game stores

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The US Airways Visa Card is quickly becoming one of my favorite credit cards to have in my wallet for a number of reasons! First off, when I signed up for the card I received 40,000 bonus points (Now only 30,000 points). In addition, after only a couple of months, I received an offer to earn 15,000 bonus miles for spending $750 a month for 3 months on the card! That promotion ended in August, and now it’s September and I just received another promotional offer! This time I will earn 5 ...

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Prague OneWorld Airport Lounge - Menzies Aviation Lounge

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After flying CSA Czech Airways from Madrid to Prague, I decided to do some quick airport lounge hopping before leaving. In the transit area, I visited the Skyteam ESTRA lounge and also briefly stopped in the OneWorld s7/Finnair lounge which is operated by a third party; also known as the Menzies Aviation lounge. The lounge is small, but provides excellent runway views and plenty of space to relax before a flight.

 

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Prague Airport ERSTE Premier Lounge - SkyTeam Schengen Flights

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After landing in Prague from Madrid, I stopped by the CSA Czech Airways lounge to print out my train tickets I had bought from Prague to Krakow for later that week. The lounge is operated by a third party operator and despite being looking like a SkyTeam lounge, and listing all the skyteam partner along with about 20 other airlines, the lounge would not grant me access. This is because they are only paid by Skyteam airlines when passengers are departing. I then noticed the lounge was a ...

Travelocity Rewards American Express – Limited Time Offer $100 statement credit

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Barclays Bank is further expanding their offering of credit cards and is now partnering with Travelocity Rewards to provide consumers with a no annual fee credit card that provides up to 3% cash back or money back towards a flight or flight + hotel vacation package. This is not only a great card for people who book a lot of travel through Travelocity, but the card is an American Express card as well! This is a nice change from the typical Visa or MasterCard that Barclay usually ...

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CSA Czech Airlines Madrid - Prague Business Class

2013-09-03-09.21.35

After a lovely week of exploring and partying in Madrid and Barcelona, my trip with my brother across Europe continued. Using a 100,000-mile Delta Business Class award (thanks to being able to book phantom award space on KLM via a long sell) ticket, we were able to stop over in Spain and continue to Prague on CSA Czech Airlines. Thankfully, Delta Award rules allow 1 stopover in route and open jaw routing. So, in this case, we took full advantage of this by flying from LAX-AMS-MAD, MAD-PRG, ...

Air France Reveals Newly Designed Economy & Premium Economy Cabins

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Earlier this year I wrote that Air France would be renovating their entire long-haul fleet and introduce their Best and Beyond initiative . At that time very little about the new cabin was revealed, but AF had promised that the new economy and premium economy cabin would be announced in September and the new business class cabin would be announced come the New Year. With it being the end of September, Air France has finally released a publication with a complete overview of the new economy ...

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Delta Announces a Premium Economy Cabin

Delta Airline currently only offers two classes of service: Business class (or domestic first) and economy class. In addition, on most aircraft, Delta also has a section of the economy class cabin they refer to as economy comfort. Economy comfort by definition is the same as the economy class cabin but provides slightly more legroom and recline. Furthermore, on flights from New York to San Francisco, Seattle, and Los Angeles, along with all international flights, alcohol is also free of ...

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Iberia Business Class Lounge Madrid

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Before a lovely flight on CSA Czech Airlines to Prague from Madrid, my brother and I stopped in the Iberia lounge in Terminal 4 at Madrid-Barajas Airport. The lounge is located just a few steps past security and welcomes OneWorld business class customers, OneWorld Emerald & Sapphire fliers along with CSA business class customers. 

The lounge is a large box with a reception desk in the middle, guests are free to enter the lounge to the left or the right. To the left is a ...

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AC Palacio Del Retiro Marriott Autograph Collection, Madrid

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Luxurious, upscale, independent boutique hotels define the Autograph Collection by Marriott. They are independent hotels located around the world, which promise to offer individuals a unique, customized experience. The historical AC Palacio Del Retiro lives up to the Autograph Collection demands, presenting a supreme location for exploring Madrid and a one of a kind historical hotel experience.

Located across the street from the famous Retiro Park, steps away from the Prado Museum and ...

KLM Business Class AMS-MAD

2013-08-28-14.45.45

I have written about intra-Europe business class in the past, and like I said last time, business class for European flight is truly not worth it and is hardly business class. From what I have seen thus far from my experience, business class in Europe is actually Tommy Class, meaning the middle seat is blocked off/not sold, and there is no difference between the hard product (seat) between coach and business except for maybe a few inches of added leg room. Despite this, if you’re ...

KLM Crown Lounge Amsterdam Schiphol Airport

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After a wonderful flight on KLM from Los Angeles on the beautiful 747, my brother and I had a couple of hours to waste at the Amsterdam Airport. After quickly exploring the plethora of shops, outdoor terraces, replicate airplanes on the roofs, green spaces, and the casino (there’s so much to do at Schipol!) my brother and I decided to visit the KLM crown room.

While at Amsterdam Schipol Airport, my brother and I had the opportunity to visit two KLM lounges. We ...

Delta’s Not So Smart Travel Pack

Have you ever wanted to know what it was like to be a Delta Medallion Member? If so, Delta is now selling “Smart Travel Packs” which basically offers the majority of the Silver Medallion benefits for $199! The Smart Pack is for sale and is available to all Skymiles member and gives you the opportunity to bundle what Delta has unbundled for $199. This $199 fee includes what Delta calls their most popular added benefits, but only provides them to Smart Pack purchasers until January ...

American Express Membership Reward 40% Bonus on Transfers to Virgin America

For two weeks only, American Express is offering a 40% bonus for all membership reward point transfers to Virgin America. Normally points transfer at an abysmal ratio of 2:1, but from September 16 -30, points will transfer at a 2:1.4 ratio or to make it easier, 200 membership reward points will equal 140 Virgin America Elevate points.

Although this bonus opportunity is subpar to the typical 1:1 ratio that is available for Delta Skymiles, British Avios, Air France Flying Blue, Cathay ...

Travel on Halloween & Save 31% on Southwest Airlines

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Southwest Airlines is giving travelers who travel on Halloween the opportunity to take 31% off their cheapest fares (aka "wanna get away" fares). The entire Southwest Airlines & AirTran route map is on sale, excluding international travel. The good news is, travel to/from Puerto Rico is included in the sale, which means travelers could have a tropical vacation for 31% off!

Do note that roundtrip travel is required, but a 31% savings if you travel on Halloween (which is a Thursday) could make a long weekend get away completely worth it!

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Delta Phantom Award Tickets ARE BOOKABLE

I have been planning a graduation trip for my brother to Europe for months. The trip has been booked since April, but given the opportunity I was hoping to fly business class instead of economy. Despite this, finding transatlantic award space on Delta or their partners is nearly impossible. For weeks I had seen award space on KLM and even Virgin Atlantic, yet when I tried to book it the webpage it would error out. I would then call Delta and their agents would tell me the flights I was ...

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KLM Business Class LAX - AMS

 Transatlantic award space on Delta is extremely difficult to find at the low-level threshold of only 50,000 miles each way in business class. It’s even harder to find on Delta’s partner, as very few seats are actually made available by Air France, KLM, Alitalia, etc. Yet, somehow (another blog post to come later) I was able to score two business class seats on KLM from LAX to Amsterdam this week! Thus meant my brother’s graduation trip to Europe would be flown in KLM ...

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