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Delta Airlines & Virgin Atlantic Announce Mutual Frequent Flyer Benefits & Codeshare Routes

The joint venture between Virgin Atlantic and Delta Airlines was announced this morning with Delta confirming the 49% stake in Virgin Atlantic after the U.S. Department of Justice and the EU Commission approved the deal. The combined airlines will serve 108 destinations via a codeshare and will include all flights between the UK and the US. Virgin Atlantic will also place their call sign on a number of Delta’s domestic flights, expanding Virgin’s foot print in the United States. ...

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20% Off Virgin America Flights This Fall

Virgin America is giving away 65,000 20% of coupons for domestic fall travel via their Facebook Fly with The Force Promotion. Participants must register via the Virgin America App Facebook page in order to receive a 20% off coupon for travel between 9/10 and 11/6/13. There are many restrictions on when the coupon can be used (i.e. no travel on Friday/Sunday, must be purchased 21 days in advanced, no multicity itineraries, Etc.), but if you are making a round trip on Virgin America this ...

Barclay Card Reconsideration Tips & Tricks

Barclay card has a number of great credit card offers available and they are actively trying to compete with American Express, Citi, and Chase for your business. A few cards are available for airlines including: Lufthansa, US Airways, Virgin America, & Frontier Airlines (click each link for a review of the card). In addition, Barclay offers general point-earn cards that are redeemable for cash back opportunities for travel related expenses like the $400 cash back Arrival card. Yet, with ...

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Flight Delay, Cancellation, & Downgrade Compensation in Europe

Traveling is only as much fun as you make it and only as stressful and you perceive it to be. Some trips will go over smoothly, and others will have numerous issues that cause you to grit your teeth and your heart to palpate, but again, everything normally tends to work itself out. Recently, on my grand European getaway, I had two separate irregular operations that lead to delays and flight cancellations. The first was my flight from Geneva to Frankfurt and the second was from Washington DC ...

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Lufthansa Miles & More Card:Bonus Miles

The Miles and More card is your chance to travel the world for free. Unlike many of the other mile earning cards you may have in your wallet, the Barclays Miles and More card is tied to one of the largest frequent flyer programs in Europe and includes a number of European airlines. Adria Airways, Air Dolomiti, Austrian Airlines Group, Brussels Airlines, Croatia Airlines, LOT Polish Airlines, Lufthansa, Lufthansa Regional, Lufthansa Private Jet, Luxair and SWISS are ALL Miles and More partner ...

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Lufthansa Business Lounge Terminal Z Frankfurt


The Frankfurt Airport is home to a number of Lufthansa’s business class lounges, first class lounges and senator lounges. On my trip home from Europe, I had the opportunity to visit the business class lounge in the Z terminal for a short period. The lounge was modern and chic with decent views of the gates, but horrible views of the runways. The plane spotting was just average as far as views from the lounge are concerned. The oversized lounge had plenty of seating in a number of ...

JetBlue TrueBlue Points No Longer Expire!


JetBlue TrueBlue points just improved their frequentf flyer program, following the likings of Delta airlines, and have made it so their points no longer expire! The TrueBlue program is a revenue based program, earning a fix number of points per dollar spent (similar to Virgin America Elevate or Southwest Rapid Rewards) instead of miles flown. Previously, TrueBlue points expired every 12 months if there was no activity on the account, however now they NEVER expire!

This morning I found ...

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Lufthansa 747-8i Business Class FRA-IAD


The day had finally come and I was going to fly one of the newest planes in the sky, the 747-800 intercontinental! I have flown the other two new wide body planes recently (China Southern A380, Korean Air A380, and United’s 787, click each for a review) and I was more than ecstatic to mark another first off my list. The plane is a beautiful as the original 747, but with an extended upper deck and curved wings similar to the 787. The plane is distinctive and has one of the most beautiful ...

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American Airlines Launches San Diego - Miami Non-stop


June 12, 2013 American Airlines initiated nonstop service from San Diego to Miami, reopening a route that has not been served in over 20 years! The relaunch of this route will not only connect point-to-point travelers, but open up a slew of markets via 1 stop to the Caribbean, Latin America, and Europe via American’s mega hub in South Florida.

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Swiss Air Lounge Review: Geneva, Switzerland


The Geneva Airport has two Swiss Air lounges: A Business Class lounge and a First Class lounge. The business class lounge is accessible to those flying intra-Europe or long haul business class On Swiss air and their partners and priority pass cardholders. The first class lounge is accessible to first class passengers, Star Alliance Gold flyers, and HON Senator level flyers. When I arrived at Geneva from New York (see trip report), I was able to visit the first class lounge, but only due to ...

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AirBerlin Stuttgart to Catania Trip Report


AirBerlin is one of OneWorld’s newest members, joining the alliance in March of 2012. It has been slightly over a year since AirBerlin joined the OneWorld alliance and I have been itching to get on board to try out their hybrid product. For those of you who do not know, before joining OneWorld, AirBerlin was an LCC and still remains primarily a leisure carrier, taking casual travelers to vacation destinations. Their hybrid product offers a mixture of Boeing and Airbus narrow body jets ...

British Airways Executive Club: Stuttgart, Germany


The small lounge is one of four lounges at the Stuttgart Airport, but there is only one open to OneWorld flyers who are traveling from Stuttgart. The other three lounges at this small airport include the Air France/KLM lounge, a Lufthansa lounge, and a tiny closet of a room for Priority Pass card holders. All the lounges are located on the upper level mid terminal, allowing easy access post security and to gates for just about all travelers.

The British Airways lounge is probably the ...

US Airways' Barclay Credit Card: The End Is Near

Sources say that the new American Airlines will be keeping its contract with Citibank and be ditching US Airways Barclay’s card. Although this may not be surprising, AA is keeping with Citibank due to the fact that in 2009 Citibank advanced AA $1 billion for miles.

Citibank advanced $1 billion to American in September 2009 to pre-purchase miles in the AAdvantage frequent-flier program. The obligation is secured by takeoff and landing rights at airports, airport facilities, ...

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Garuda Indonesia on Track to Join SkyTeam

Today the SkyTeam announced that Garuda Indonesia is on track to become the alliance’s 20th member airline and also its 2nd South East Asian carrier and 7th Asian carrier. A long time in the making and planning, the airline is now finally meeting the requirements to become an official member airline and is scheduled to be integrated into the SkyTeam network by March 2014.

SkyTeam confirms that it will welcome Garuda Indonesia as its 20th member in March, 2014.  the national ...

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Skymile Earning Rate Changes: In Depth Review

On Monday, a number of bloggers and people started ranting about Delta’s new earning rates on partners starting Sept 1, 2013. This was all because Delta sent out a mass email to Skymile members and announced on flyer talk that changes were in the works on how people earned miles on Skyteam and Skymiles partners. Despite this, very few people failed to realized that the majority of this announcement was introduced on the Skymile page back in January and Monday’s announcement was ...

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Lufthansa Flight Geneva - Frankfurt Business Class


Intra-Europe flying isn’t that exciting, it honestly is very similar to domestic flights in the USA, therefore if you can go straight to your destination, it is often times worth it instead of hopping around Europe on regional carriers or small jets. Despite this, there is one thing that is very different about flying Business class in Europe vs. the USA: even on short flights, they feed you!

Last week I flew from Geneva to Frankfurt (after a canceled flight), a mere ...

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Lufthansa Flight Geneva - Frankfurt Untrip Report

After two days of traveling, thanks to my crazy routing SAN-IAH-ORD (Overnight) ORD-LGA, JFK-GVA (9 hour layover to see the city) it was time to finally head to Frankfurt, my final destination. Everything seemed in order and before my fight I headed to the Swiss Business class lounge for a drink and snack before my flight. At boarding time, I headed to my gate and awaited departure.

Boarding commenced exactly on time and business class passengers started to board the bus which was ...

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Swiss Airlines JFK- GVA Business Class Review


Star Alliance flying has never been my forte, but this year, thanks to a mixture of my Chase Sapphire, which transfers to United and my American Express Platinum (or Amex Premier Gold), which Membership Rewards transfer 1:1 to ANA and Aeroplan, I have found myself using my points to fly on Star Alliance carriers more often than any other airline group. Last Christmas I dabbled with Asian carriers: flying Asiana, Thai, and Singapore Airlines around Asia and now this Spring I got to ...

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Swiss Lounge JFK


The Swiss Lounge in T4 at JFK is a great place to kick back and relax before any long haul flight. Those flying on Swiss Airlines in business class or those with Star Alliance Gold status have access to the lounge. The lounge is no longer airside, meaning the mad rush to security to catch the plane when boarding begins is no longer an issue (thanks to the Delta remodel of T4). The lounge is also divided into two sections: on the left is the first class and HON circle members lounge ...

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KLM Crown Lounge Houston: The Best Lounge in the Airport


Nice lounges in the USA are harder to come by than in other parts of the world, especially lounges that offer a decent selection of snacks/food and alcohol. Of course, international airlines tend to offer better selections than US airliners and this is the case at the KLM Crown Lounge in Houston.

The KLM Lounge in Houston is fairly small, but can easily accommodate 75+ people and is located in concourse D, where most of the international airlines depart from. The lounge ...

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