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Alitalia Business Class Frankfurt to Rome

2013-09-28-20.20.11-1

After a fantastic five weeks traveling Europe, it was time to return to the states. I was traveling on a Delta award ticket and I had redeemed 100,000 miles to fly business class to and from Europe. My return flight was on Alitalia from Frankfurt via Rome and onwards to LAX. Upon arriving at Frankfurt, I found that my Alitalia flight departed from terminal 2 which is a good 10 minute walk & tram ride from the airport metro stop. After trekking for what seemed like miles (Star Alliance ...

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TSA Precheck Expands to San Diego Despite Government Shutdown

Despite the government shutdown, I am happy to report that TSA is continuing to expand TSA Precheck across the country and has not paused the roll out of precheck in new airports during the partial shutdown. Last week, when I flew from San Diego on October 3rd (day 1 of the shutdown), the TSA agents told me that due to the shutdown all TSA training was halted and the launch of TSA Precheck in San Diego would be delayed due to the shutdown and lack of training. In spite of what I was ...

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JetBlue Introduces Family Pooling

JetBlue has announced a new perk to their Frequent Flyer program: Family Pooling. The introduction of family accounts makes JetBlue the US based airlines to allow pooling of frequent flyer points between family members. Each family is allowed to consist of 2 adults over the age of 21 and up to 5 children under the age of 21. Each person will still have their own Frequent Flyer account, but will be able to allocate a certain percentage of points per transaction/flight to the family ...

Two for One Business Class Tickets on Qatar Airways

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Qatar Airways is running a fall special that allows your to bring your companion with you in business class free of charge! Travel must be completed by March 2013 and you must travel beyond Doha to enjoy this two for one special! The best part is, the fares are not even the restrictive or the highest fare class. Which means the fares are somewhat reasonable considering that they are business class tickets and 2 people are traveling for the price of 1 person! The kicker is, to take advantage ...

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AirBerlin Economy Class Krakow to Berlin

2013-09-09-05.06.28

Earlier this year, I flew AirBerlin from Germany to Catania, Italy as part of an award ticket by transferring my American Express Membership Reward Points to my British Airways Avios account. On that trip, flying AirBerlin was nothing special and AirBerlin did not offer any OneWorld Elite benefits (I.e. priority check in, priority boarding, priority baggage, etc). The experience was fine, but nothing spectacular. This time, my brother and I flew AirBerlin on an early morning flight from ...

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

2013-09-03-14.33.57

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

2013-09-03-14.18.16

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

2013-09-03-09.45.55

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

2013-08-29-21.11.41

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

2013-08-28-12.25.36

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 ...