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Virgin America Status Challenge for Southwest Airline Elite

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Virgin America started offering status matches last November for American Air and United Elite frequent flyers. When they first offered the status match, those matched to Virgin America Elite status were not offered a true status match, but instead were given a status challenge. In addition, not all benefits were provided (specifically the lounge benefit). Now, many months later, Virgin America has expanded their status challenge and has invited Southwest Airline Elite Flyers to match their ...

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Samoa Air Charges By the Pound

The small air carrier based in Samoa, known as Samoa Air LTD, is now charging customers based on their weight. The more you weigh the more you pay, is this airlines business model! The tiny carrier that only shuttles individuals between the small pacific islands also has one of the world’s fattest population. Obesity numbers in Samoa topped 56% in 2008. The airline fee schedule is based on a mixture of fare + weight. The Wall Street journal reports that a 160kg (352lbs) would be charged ...

A SkyMile Redemption To Europe

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I have always been a fan of Delta SkyPesos and somehow have never had an issue redeeming them for the places I have wanted to go. Sure, I have had to be more flexible in my travel options, despite this, when flying from the USA to the rest of the world, SkyPesos has always gotten me there at the lowest award level. Before the merger, WorldPerk Miles were easily redeemable and I flew all over for free, however since the Delta acquisition of NWA redemption options have been fairly meek! Either ...

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Barclay Arrival Card: Limited Time $400 CASH Back Bonus Offer!

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Barclay bank has a new card in town and it is trying to get your attention by offering you double the sign up bonus for a VERY limited of time! The new card is the Barclay Arrival Card, which is Barclay Bank’s attempt to compete with cards like the Chase Sapphire and the Capitol One venture card. It offers some of the bells and whistles as the competitors’ cards and comes in two different options: No fee or low $89 annual fee (waved for the first 12 months) and the card is ...

TSA Precheck is One Step Closer to Reality at San Diego Airport

For months now, myself and many other travelers have been asking the TSA when will the 8th largest city in America, San Diego, get TSA Pre check. Finally, we have an answer: Soon!

Since I started flying out of San Diego International Airport, I have been groped, searched, patted down, and have had my 4th amendment right violated on almost a weekly basis. With each passing, I always ask, “When will San Diego get Pre-Check?” For the first few months, most officers just ...

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Don't Get to Excited, It's April Fools

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This April fools was busy in the travel indusy with companies around the world creating buzz and having fun playing jokes on gullible travelers! I put together some of my favorite April Fools jokes that I saw this year. There are hundreds of them out there, but here’s just a few of my favorite!

1)      Virgin American Launches glass bottom Planes  - I Honestly am in love with this idea, however due to cargo compartments this just isn’t ...

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Starwood Preferred Guest Overview and American Express Card

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American Express has a number of cards that I am a huge fan of and love to use them both to earn and burn points for free travel. Traveling can be EXTREMELY expensive, but when done right, traveling can cost next to nothing. One of my favorite American Express Cards is the Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG) American Express. This card is not only inexpensive, offering NO annual fee for the first 12 months and then only $65 for ...

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TopGuest Threatens To Suspend My Account

Apply for Barclaycard(R) Arrival World MasterCard(R) - No Annual Fee

Topguest offers a great way to earn bonus points for both the Hilton HHonors program and the Virgin America Elevate program. Both programs participate and allow users to check in via foursquare at select locations and offer them bonus points for doing so. HHonors rewards 50 points per DoubleTree Check in and Virgin America offers 25 elevate points for every check in at a Virgin America official location (airport, kiosks, gate, etc.). For the last several months, I have been checking in to the ...

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AirBerlin's New Business Class Seat

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This week, AirBerlin’s redesigned business class has finally taken to the air on a select number of routes offering premium passengers a true business class experience. It is no surprise that AirBerlin installed the same lay-flat seat in business class that their partner and 29% owner Etihad has on their long-haul aircrafts. The new lay-flat business suite offers all the luxuries of flying including 180° full flat seats with direct aisle access, 15” personal LED monitor with ...

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Getting Away on Miles: Delta B777 Business Class Narita to Los Angeles

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After a short delay in Manila, but a wonderful flight on the refurbished B747-400, it was off to LAX on one of Delta’s first planes to have true lay flat seats in Business Class, the B777-200LR. The plane was starting to show a bit of wear and tear, regardless the product is solid and extremely comfortable. After a short stop at the Narita SkyClub (Club access to 100s of airport clubs is just one of the many Amex Platinum benefits regardless of travel ...

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KLM New Diamond Business Class Seat

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Last April, KLM announced that it would play catch up with many of their European Rival carriers and finally introducing a full flat seat in their long haul business class cabins. While working with the Dutch designer Hella Jongerius, KLM is attempting to create an entirely new look and feel of their current business class product, reviving an old sterile business class cabin with a modern stylish cabin. The new Cabin is comfortable and new age, it moves away from the sterile business class ...

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Hilton's Daily Grand Promotion

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Hilton’s HHonors has announced their 2nd quarter promotion for 2013, giving HHonors members bonus points for both weeknight and weekend stays this spring! The Daily Grand Bonus offer gives HHonors members 1000 bonus points for every weeknight stays (Monday-Thursday) and 2000 bonus points per night on weekends (Friday-Sunday Nights). The bonus is good at Hilton and affiliate properities worldwide. The only difference is in Africa and the Middle East where weekend is defined as ...

American Air Award Map Book Tool

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After researching and creating my own list of the top 10 award options using American Air AAdvantage miles and explaining to my readers American Air award travel zones, American Air launched a new interactive tool which simplifies award searches. The new tool allows travelers to search the world far and wide to find what it would cost to travel on different days of the week to destinations around the world. The new Award Map shows AAdvantange members what awards can be booked online in real ...

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$65-$135 off British Airways, Iberia, or OpenSkies Flight

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This Spring, British Airways is giving everyone the chance to take $65 for economy or $135 for premium economy off ANY British Airway flight (Or IAG flight) that departs from the United States. Codeshare flights are NOT included, but IAG flights are, meaning routing must only be on BA, Iberia or OpenSkies metal. If the routing includes a codeshare flight or a connection on a partner, it does not qualify for this promotion. In order to take advantage of this bonus offer, tickets must be booked ...

United introduces first enhanced p.s. aircraft

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United’s first P.S. reconfigured 757 took off from LAX this morning in route for JFK offering one of the best rides available from LAX to JFK until Delta and AA introduce their new/reconfigured aircrafts in the near future. The newly configured plane only offers two classes of service. United has followed the industry trend and has removed the first class cabin. United is now only offering business and economy class cabins between LAX and JFK & SFO and JFK.

The newly ...

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Alitalia MileMiglia Best Awards + 6000 Free Miles

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Alitalia is offering new MileMiglia members up to 6000 bonus miles when registering for a new frequent flyer account! The offer is pretty simple and direct. For those people who sign up for a new MileMiglia account, who are not current frequent flyers of the program, earn 2000 bonus miles immediately. Then, if you fly on Alitalia and credit the miles to your MileMiglia account before April 30, 2013 you will earn another 2000 bonus miles. Finally, if you fly on any of Alitalia partners within ...

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Bonus Miles on Virgin America, American, Alaska, & US Airways

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Bonus Points Galore! Because I love free points or extra points, here are a few noteworthy promotions that are happening right now!

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Until June 30, 2013 Elevate members can earn double or triple points on select flights on the west coast. Almost all west coast routes earn double elevate points and flights between San Francisco and Los Angeles to select cities earn triple points if you fly three or more times! Elevate members must register for this ...

Win 2 Business Class Tickets on American Air's Newest Routes

American Air is celebrating their three new routes launching this spring and to celebrate they are giving you a chance to win business class seats to 1 of their new destinations. All you have to do is sign up for their contest, providing your name, email, and AAdvantage number and you will be in the running for the grand prize! Then, if you fly between now and the end of the month you will also earn a bonus entry towards the prize!

The three new routes are Dusseldorf, Seoul, and Lima. ...

FinnAir Goes Social

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Have you ever flown across the world and never said hello or good day to your seatmate? I know it happens way too often, but sometimes I wonder do you at least make small talk and say hi first, or do you just oddly make eye contact at each other for hours on end? We sit there and secretly judge our seatmates based on their smell, appearance, dress, what they are listening to on their MP3s, reading on their Tablets, or what movie they are watching on the IFE. Yet rarely, do most people ...

American Airline Reward Travel Zones

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After yesterday’s post on American Air top use of AAdvantage miles and basic information regarding award tickets I thought it would be best to inform my readers of American Airlines travel zones. Each airline defines regions of the world different for miles consumption and it is very important to understand what zones one is traveling to/from in order to calculate the number of miles needed for travel. 

American Airline has 9 zones. The zones and countries of each ...

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