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LaGaurdia Shut Down After Southwest Landing Gear Failure

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Breaking News: Southwest Airlines Flight 345, from Nashville to LaGuardia landed without nose gear this afternoon at LaGuarida. The New York Airport has had an Air Traffic control ground stop since the incident and Southwest has so far reported no injuries.

There is still mixed reports coming in as this is breaking news, but thus far, it appears as though there are no major injuries. The Boeing 737 was carrying 149 people and per the reports appears as though its nose landing gear ...

Mercedes-Benz Car Transfer for Global Service Members

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United Airlines has begun to roll out luxury car transfers for a handful of United's most premium flyers while transferring with tight connections at Houston Intercontinental Airport. The service is reserved for Global Service members who have extremely tight connections at IAH and is 100% by random. The two Mercedes (one sedan & one SUV) cannot be reserved but instead will be deployed based on need determined by United.

Mary Clark, A United Spokeswoman explained the serviced ...

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Another Upgrade Taken Away By Delta

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Everyone loves a free upgrade, in fact many of us travel and throw ourselves behind a single airline frequent flyer program because we love the benefits. The benefits of regional and in some cases, system wide upgrades, free baggage allowance, free same day travel changes, etc etc. Yet, not every airline can deliver and sometimes benefits that we become accustomed to are stripped away at the worst possible times. Despite this, there is NOTHING worse than when you receive a perk, such as an ...

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Delta's D Game

Is It just me, or has Delta put away their “A” Game and replaced it with their  “D”  Game? Or maybe I had just drank the kool-aid for too long and Delta has always had their left foot forward, showing us their “D” game all along! Either way, after being on a hiatus from business travel and using my miles for a number of leisure flights this year (flying to/from the Philippines, trips around South East Asia, and miles to/from and within Europe) I ...

Delta: L'eggo My Eggo

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Airline Food SUCKS and we all know it! No matter how scrumptious we say it is, we all know it’s not healthy, it’s overly seasoned, full of salt and not good for our guts. Yet despite this, we fly and eat and dine and drink at 30,000 feet. The large majorities of us have lowered our expectations and know that dining on an airplane is no Top Chef experience, let alone a healthy choice. However, when on the ground airport lounges, food also stinks! There are very few food options in ...

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Austrian Airline Smart Upgrade - Your Chance For a Cheaper Business Class Ticket

Everyone wants to experience the front of the plane, yet many of us CANNOT really afford it. This is why we churn credit cards and fly cheap tickets or go on “mileage run”, to sit up front without paying for. Now, Austrian Airline is offering you a chance to fly upfront for only a few extra dollars! That’s right, Austrian is now allowing passengers to make an offer and fly business class for less!

To take advantage of this program, book a ticket on Austrian Airlines ...

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Air France To Refresh All Cabins

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Money losing Air France is trying to reinvent itself with a “100 actions” initiative. The airline’s 500 million euros Best & Beyond program will overhaul the airline product and will be completed by 2015. The airline recognizes that new trends in the aviation industry have changed what customers want and Air France is responding.

Air France wants to be the world’s premier airline and they recognize that in order to be the Best & Beyond, their hard ...

Hilton HHonors Summer Promotion: Triple Your Trip

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This summer, Hilton is giving HHonor members the opportunity to earn 2x or 3x the points on every stay for summer stays between July 9, 2013 and September 30, 2013. The "Triple Your Trip" summer promotion allows you to collect 3x the points on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday nights and 2x the points on stays Monday-Thursday.  This promotion is clearly geared towards leisure travelers who tend to travel on the weekends, but still offers the business travelers an awesome opportunity to ...

Delta SkyClub Policies: Good For Employees, Bad For Customers

Being a long time NWA flyer, I am still accustomed to the old NWA culture and customs. Each time I come across a nuance, I’m thrown through a loop, especially when I have a hard time wrapping my head around it. This week when flying to Maine, I encountered another round of irregular operations (IROPS) and my flight from DTW to BGR was delayed 2.5 hours. Normally a delay wouldn’t bother me very much, but this time the delay occurred around 10pm and lasted till well after midnight. ...

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British Airways A380 Flying To LAX & Hong Kong

Last week, British Airways took delivery of their 1st of 12 A380 and announced that service to Los Angeles via the A380 that will commence on September 24 followed by Hong Kong, its second destination, on October 22, 2014. Both destinations are offering special fares to celebrate the new A380 with prices starting at only £621 return or £688 to Hong Kong.

The A380 is a fantastic aircraft and an excellent showpiece for British engineering. Our customers are going to love ...

The World's Worst Frequent Fly Program Is...

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 Frequent flyer programs are they Holy Grail to our existence. Ours as a collective community that includes the frequent flyers, business travelers, travel addicts, bloggers, flyer talk & mile point contributors and even leisure travelers. The programs we love to hate, and hate to love, yet keep us loyal to our airlines of choice, and even push us away from other airlines. Despite this, no two frequent flyer programs are created equal and some programs are much more rewarding ...

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Alaska Air & Aeromexico Team up

If you can’t beat them, join em. Or at least this is what Aeromexico has done with Alaska Airline after a failed attempt to expand into the Seattle market in 2007 to 2009 with service from Seattle to both Cabo and Mexico city. Since pulling out of the Seattle market, Alaska has had no direct competition from Seattle to Mexico and has dominated the market. Now, banking on the opportunity, AeroMexico and Alaska begun a code sharing on a number of flights back in December of 2012. Despite ...

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Delta.com Upgrade List Is Broken

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This week, when flying Delta, (the first time since early January) I took notice that the Delta.com upgrade standby priority list is extremely out of sync and broken. I have sent an email to Delta to inform them of this issue, but in the meantime I want readers to know that Delta.com is BROKEN! Just like the award calendar, the award search functions, and other aspects of Delta.com, Delta’s IT team has done a terrible job of fixing bugs and staying on top of the website. Since the ...

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Keep Your Cool During IRROPS & Get More!

We all know how stressful traveling can be, and it can be even more stressful during delayed or cancellations. Yet, this week I realized how being calm, laughing at the IRROPS, and going with the flow can really get you ahead.

Here is how the story goes:

 I was booked to fly from SAN-MSP-LGA-BGR, but my flight from MSP-LGA was cancelled. I was automatically rebooked on the next flight, but that flight was also cancelled. With two flights cancelled between MSP and LGA, my ...

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Save on GoGo Inflight Internet

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As much as I LOVE having internet on planes, I also hate it. Wifi on planes means, as a business traveler, I can no longer disconnect from the world and play catch up on old emails, read a book, etc. Instead, plane rides are spent responding to active email conversations, going through reports, and working from a mobile office at 30,000 feet! Thank god VoIP is not supported on planes, because I cannot imagine having to take a conference call while flying! Despite this, one part of Wi-Fi on ...

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Virgin Atlantic Flights Now Bookable Via Delta.com With NO Fuel Surcharges

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Virgin Atlantic award space is now available to book via Delta.com and the best part is there is NO fuel surcharges on flights from the USA to London! Unlike Virgin Atlantic Flying Club there is NO fuel surcharges when booking with Delta miles. Not to mention, award space is fairly plentiful via delta.com which means there is finally a way to use your SkyPesos to get across the Atlantic!

For this story, I checked out a couple of popular routes and compared Virgin Atlantic Flying Club ...

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Lufthansa Miles & More Program

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****50K point offer is expired. NOW bonus is 20K +15K w/ balance transfer*****

June 30th was your last chance to earn 50,000 Lufthansa Miles & More Miles before the sign up bonus returned back to the typical 20,000 point threshold. There are a number of reasons to get this card, as I laid out in my earlier post. But more importantly this is a chance to earn big points with an airline program that many US resident may have overlooked in the past.

The Miles and More ...

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British Airways Announces 787 Routes: Now Selling Tickets on the 787 & Award Space is Available!

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British Airways took delivery of their first Boeing 787 today and announced Toronto and Newark as the first two destinations for the aircraft. In celebration of taking delivery of the most technologically advance bird in the sky, British Airways is offering “sale” fares to both destinations that the plane will serve.

Flights are now on sale and to celebrate the airline is launching with a fare of £787 return in World Traveller Plus (premium economy) to both cities. ...

Earning Miles With the New Delta & Virgin Atlantic Partnership

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Earlier this week, Delta Airlines and Virgin Atlantic announced mutual frequent flyer benefit for Elite flyers from both airlines. The codeshare on Virgin and Delta flights will begin July 3, 2013 and on that date, frequent flyers of both airlines will be able to earn and burn miles on each airline.

The interesting fact about this partnership is that Skymile members will have better earning rates on Virgin Atlantic than Virgin Atlantic Flying club members. Below, I have attached the ...

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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