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American Airlines 777-300 LHR-LAX Business Class Trip Report

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The day had finally arrived. I had flown the 77W in Main cabin Select from LAX to London Heathrow and now I was going to get to fly AA’s newest plane in business on the return segment! The seat is no stranger to me, as I’ve experienced it on many other airlines, but the service and AA experience was all new and something I was very much looking forward to! After a quick flight from Budapest to London on BA, I passed through security, answered the extra BS security question that ...

American Airlines Award Routing Rules - Not Frequent Flier Friendly!

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This week I decided to cash in 90,000 award miles for a last minute trip to my favorite diving spot in the world – Sipadan, Malaysia! With last minute prices even in economy between California and Tawau, Malaysia being over $1500, I decided it was time to cash in some of my AA miles before AA further devalues the program. I used the BA award search engine because JAL, AA, Malaysia Airlines, and Cathay Pacific award space is searchable. I searched segment by segment and put together the ...

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American Airline Admiral Club London Heathrow T3

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Not all Admiral clubs are created equal and this is clear when it comes to the beautiful T3 Admirals clubs at London Heathrow Airport. The club can be found in lounge area H, near gate 12B, mid terminal next to grandiose clubs such as the Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse and the nearby smaller British Airways Galleries Club Lounge. I visited before my 1pm flight back to LAX and was connected from a BA flight from Budapest. I had about 90 minutes between flights so I stopped by the lounge for a quick ...

To Fly Southwest Or Connect - My Ultimate Flying Conundrum

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I just recently landed a contract position in Sacramento, California and will have to start commuting every week to and from Sacramento, I will fly in either late Sunday night or early Monday and depart each Thursday to return home to Southern California. As I start to plan for my first work trip, one that will become all too familiar to me, I have to decided: to fly Southwest or Connect.

Southwest offers the ideal schedule with 10 peak daily round trips between the city par, with the ...

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Seattle - Just Say NO to Delta! Frequent Flyer Programs Hit Rock Bottom

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If 2013 and the start of 2014 wasn’t a clear enough sign of what consolidation of the airline industry does to frequent flyer program then I can’t think of how to lay it out any clearer. Across the industry, Delta, United, American, Alaska, and Southwest have all devalued their frequent flyer programs over the last 36 months, making it harder to earn miles and requiring more miles for award redemption. Delta even had the audacity to turn Skymiles into a revenue based program in ...

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90,000 miles in Business Class to Asia is still an option

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US Airways changed their partner award chart without notice today to match American Airlines award ticket cost from the US lower 48 and Canada to North Asia. I have reviewed the whole award chart and no other award regions were changed. The policy which is bad for consumers quickly increased the cost of awards from the USA to North Asia by 20,000 miles in business class. The good news is there are still a few sweet spots in the US Airways Award chart, as I had outlined before in my Top 10 ...

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American Airlines Introduces 5 Tier Award Chart & Changes Baggage Policies

Airline mergers are hardly good for consumer and today proves it yet again as we were all just #Parked. Airlines try to claim that airline mergers create more competition, adds tons of benefits for frequent flyers, and consumers benefit from larger network. But lets be real,  since the creation of the the Super Pac (AA, United, Delta) Elite benefits and non elite consumer benefits have been stripped and removed. With just three super airlines now ruling the US Aviation industry, policies ...

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American Airlines Reveals New 777-200 Cabin

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American Airlines has been quickly retrofitting their planes, introducing new planes, and refreshing their brand image as the once cutting edge airline now tries to play catch up with their largest US competitors and overseas competitors in order to provide customers with a modern and comfortable inflight experience. After being the first US based airline to fly the 777-300ER, with an extremely solid hard product offering, the airline is now retrofitting their other widebody jets and ...

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A380 Economy - 11 Abreast

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Airlines love to cram more passengers in less space, especially in the economy class cabin where seat pitch has been reduced significantly in the last 20 years. Ultra-thin seats have been installed and in many situations: seats, arm rests, and aisles width has been decreased. As airlines try to increase profit margins as labor and fuel costs rise, passengers comfort takes a beating in order to raise revenue and cram more people into the flying tin can. In the last few years, a number of ...

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Alaska Expands Inflight Entertainment Options

Alaska Airline has not been known to be the airline with the best inflight amenities, but yet they still have some of the most loyal frequent flyers in the US Aviation industry. Their all Boeing 737 fleet is less than exciting with most airplanes lacking powerports and all planes lacking seatback personal televisions (PTVs). The airline heavily invested early in GoGo Wifi and offered bulky digiplayers on long haul flights to passengers in first and those willing to pay in economy. Passengers ...

Delta International Economy Amenity Kits & Upgraded Snacks

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Years ago Delta Airlines stopped providing customers in international economy amenity kits. I can recall back in 2007 traveling to Europe for the first time, I flew Delta from New York JFK to Bucharest. On that flight I was provided with an amenity kit that included a bright red eye mask, cheap headphones, and earplugs. Soon after that flight, Delta discontinued providing customers in the main cabin amenity kit and blamed it on costs and 9/11 (like every other cut back in recent years). Now, ...

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Virgin America Introduces Total Temperature Control

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Virgin America & Nest has teamed up to offer frequent flyers the options to control the temperature around each seat! The new Virgin America’s IFE known as Red is here and it’s going to give passengers more choices than ever--now introducing Inflight temperature control! No longer will passengers on Virgin’s flights have to worry about being too warm or cold based on the crew's mood. Having a hot flash or have the sniffles? Don’t worry, if your hormones are ...

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Iberia Madrid Barajas T4s Lounge

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The Iberia Lounge at Madrid Barajas airport in terminal 4s is by far the best Iberia lounge in Madrid. The lounge offers all the amenities of other lounges, but also offers an upgraded buffet along with cold prepackage items as the lounge is located in the non-schengen  secured flight area of the airport and is primarily used by long haul travelers to the Americas, Middle east, Africa, Asia, and beyond. The lounge is hidden and is accessible post security, after immigrations, and the ...

OneWorld Triple Play - TAM, US Airways, and SriLankan Airlines Join OneWorld

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Tomorrow (March 31, 2014) is a good day for Oneworld Fliers as both US Airways and TAM join their other halves in the fast growing OneWorld Alliance. US Airways and TAM have both left Star Alliance as of March 30, 2014 at midnight and joined OneWorld on their first scheduled flight on March 31 due to mergers with American Airlines and LAN respectively, creating the new American Airline Group and LATAM Airlines Group. The addition of both TAM and US Airways will add a number of new ...

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Alaska Adds Flights to South, Midwest, & East Coast From Seattle

Alaska Airline is expanding in Seattle again as they announce a number of new routes from Seattle to the south, east coast, and Midwest. The Airline, trying to fend off Delta’s rapid expansion in Seattle, is looking to quickly expand into a number of markets that the airline doesn’t currently serve, so they can continue to be the business traveler’s number one airline in Seattle. On Feb 11, Alaska announced new service from Seattle to Tampa, New Orleans, and Delta’s ...

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LAN 787 Business Class MAD-FRA

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The 787 is by far one of the newest and most elegant birds that are currently flying the skies. The plane with its sleek look, sloped wings, and distinguish looks is a plane I honestly look forward to flying every time. I will not lie, being only my second time to fly the 787, after I booked my ticket using my American Express membership reward points via a British Airways Transfer I was like a little kid on Christmas.  It only cost me 15000 avios + $23. It was easy to book via the BA ...

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Alaska & Delta Decrease Reciprocal Elite Benefits May 1

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Alaska Airline and Delta are reducing the reciprocal benefit that elite passengers recieve from each airline. The news came out via email today, but has been on both Alaska Air and Delta's webpages for a couple of days. The changes affect elite perks such as free baggage allowance, discounts on Delta economy comfort seats, boarding privileges and other benefits. As the battle for Seattle heats up and Delta and Alaska duke it out to be Seattle’s #1 “hub” airline, ...

Luxx Lounge Frankfurt

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The Luxx Lounge at Frankfurt sounds like it would be a luxury place for travelers to relax in a tranquil and elegant environment, maybe even offer guests some of the finer things in life; after all it’s the LUXX lounge.  The lounge is the only Priority Pass lounge in T1 and serves airlines such as US Airways, Qatar, Condor, Airmalta and others. Unfortunately, it is everything but luxurious, and instead, entering the lounge is like entering  time warp into a dark and danky ...

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DFW Centurion Lounge By American Express

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The American Express Centurion Lounge in the Dallas Fort Worth Airport is truly a luxurious airport lounge at its finest. The grandiose lounge in terminal D is only open to American Express Platinum and Centurion card holders (see post on singup bonus for American Express Platinum) and offers a unique airport experience typically reserved for high end carriers or international first class passengers. The brand new, ultra-modern chic, lounge offered high end amenities including signature ...

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How to Transfer American Express Membership Rewards Points to British Airways

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Now that you’ve earned thousands of American Express Points, especially thanks to the limited time offer from American Express, offering 40,000 bonus points for new Platinum card holders, you are probably wondering how to transfer them to an airline or hotel. This is actually extremely easy and can be done online via the Membership Rewards home page. Below I am going to show you how to transfer the points to British Airways, one of my favorite Amex transfer partners. The same process ...

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