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Delta Slowly Backpedals On Transcon Upgrade Policy

Early last December, Delta revamped their unlimited complimentary domestic upgrade elite policy and transition to a program similar to United which still offered unlimited complimentary upgrades on most routes but required Global Upgrade Certificates to be used on premium transcontinental routes between JFK and Seattle, San Francisco, and Los Angeles and long haul routes between Hawaii and ...

The Pier - Cathay Pacific Business & First class lounge at HKG


The Pier Business class lounge at Hong Kong International airport is just one of many OneWorld and Cathay Pacific lounges within the megaplex. The pier, is one of the furthest lounges from security and the rest of the airport located by gate 62 and 66, but I opted to visit this lounge only as I did not have much time before my flight to explore the airport and it was the lounge closet to my ...

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American Airlines Tweets "Our fat bottomed girls make your world go round"


Early this afternoon, American Airlines posted on Instagram a photo of a Boeing Jet with the caption “our fat bottom girls make your world go round.” As you can imagine many people took the quote literally and were appalled by the comment, calling it crude, crass, sexually inappropriate and not politically correct, amongst many other things. From Twitter to Instagram, some people ...

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US Airways Share Miles 100% Bonus

US Airways is once again having a 100% mileage bonus opportunity when two people share miles between each other. In the past few months we have seen a number of US Airways bonus miles opportunities which have included a slew of bonuses, the best being last winter which gave a 100% bonus on the miles shared. This time, the bonus is still 100% but the is split between both the person giving the ...

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Virgin America Main Cabin Select SFO-SAN


Often times when flying intra-California routes for work I am posed with the dilemma of either connecting via LAX on a legacy carrier or breaking my alliance to American (formerly Delta) and fly direct on either Southwest and sometimes Virgin. I will usually choose to connect when returning home, as I am in no rush, although sometimes due to time constraints I regularly will fly direct when ...

US Airways Increases Medium & High Level Award Cost for Travel in North America

US Airways/American Airline has apparently learned from their mistake and the company is actually giving frequent fliers a heads up this time before further devaluing their award chart. For the second time this year, US Airways has announced increase in award prices, but instead of giving no notice, they are giving travelers until July 31, 2014 to book award travel at current costs. Starting ...

AA Elites Now Recieve Unlimited Upgrades on US Airways From June 11, 2014

The new American Airlines has announced new Elite benefits today as American Airlines and US Airways begin to merge their two frequent flyer program and merge elite flying benefits across their two programs. In January, we saw the two airlines announce a slew of basic elite benefits which included priority boarding, baggage, check in, and security check along with free checked luggage on both ...

Delta Upgrades Transcontinental Premium Economy Product

Delta is once again upping its game on their transcontinental route by further enhancing their premium economy product offering. In the last year we’ve already seen Delta offer free spirits and free upgraded snack wraps to economy comfort customers between New York’s JFK and Seattle, San Francisco, and Los Angelas, and today Delta announced that starting tomorrow customers will see ...

Delta Consolidated Operations at SAN

As of June 5, 2014 Delta is moving out of the smaller commuter terminal at San Diego International and moving their LAX bound flights to Terminal 2 in an effort to reduce operating costs and move all flights into a single terminal, reducing the number of staff needed as the two terminals are about a ½ mile apart, requiring a completely separate ground staff. The move will not only reduce ...

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Renaissance Harbour View Hotel Hong Kong


After a long but enjoyable flight from Los Angeles to Hong Kong, I had scheduled a 20 hour layover in Hong Kong, maximizing my time in the SAR in order to visit old friends. I had booked a standard room using 30,000 Marriott Rewards points at the Harbour View Renaissance Hotel in Wan Chai (central area) and was able to book the room online via Marriott’s website. I chose the hotel based ...

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Mabul/Sipadan Malaysia - Great Diving, Horrible Poverty


Often times on this website and many other websites that are similar to this one, I believe that I (we) get caught up in the ritz and glamour of traveling. Bloggers here and in many other places write trip reports describing their flights in business class and their hotel stays at high end hotels, making traveling look affordable to anyone. Yes, I too am guilty of this, but I must say, I fail ...

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AA Website Pricing errors & More


Airline websites are a distance from being glitch proof and we know that the Legacy carriers’ outdated technology and behind the time IT teams are far from perfect. It seems like most US airlines from United (especially since the co merger) to Delta website are incompetent, especially when it comes to finding partner award space. Due to this issue, I often search segment by segment on ...

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HUCA - It almost always works!


We have all probably heard this a hundred times, but sure enough I continue to realize how important it is to hang up and call again (HUCA), especially when a simple task is denied or rejected by the airlines. I spent a large part of my day planning a last minute award trip to Europe. As you can imagine, when I finally found award routing that would work, I was ecstatic! I had been looking off ...

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Cathay Pacific Business Class LAX - HKG Trip Report


I have flown a lot of different airlines all over the world, especially in the last three years. I’ve flown some of Europe’s best carriers and even some of Asia’s best. I’ve flown the 787 and the A380 multiple times now and have enjoyed flying low cost carriers such as Tiger Air, Air Asia, Lion Air, EasyJet and more. Flying a new airline is always exciting and I get ...

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US Airways Clubs add complimentary Spirits & Upgraded Food


The last few weeks I have found myself on AA codeshares flights flying US Airways metal instead of AA metal. If any of you follow me on twitter, you would already know and see I’ve been very much unimpressed with US Airways and so much so that I actually bought my first ticket on Southwest because US Airways customer service just sucks! From ground service to their twitter handle, US ...

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OneWorld Lounge LAX TBIT


If the new Tom Bradley International Terminal (TBIT) at LAX itself wasn’t enough to get excited about, the new alliance lounges definitely are! After stopping by the KAL SkyTeam lounge, I headed over to the OneWorld lounge as I was flying Cathay Pacific Business Class. The large lounge is divided into two sections, one for Business Class passengers and OneWorld Sapphire members and the ...

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KAL / Skyteam Lounge TBIT LAX


Since the recent grand reopening of the new Tom Bradley International Terminal (TBIT) in LAX, I have not had the pleasure to use any of the new lounges. The last two times I flew out of TBIT, I visited the old Korean Airlines SkyTeam lounge as I did not have status high enough on AA to visit the OneWorld lounge and before that, I was actually flying Korean Air A380, while TBIT was a complete ...

The Silver Lining: Calling Delta means long wait times

I must admit, I HATE calling the airlines, in fact, I hate talking on the phone in general. I am someone who much prefers communication via text, emails, and maximizing the internet and webpages to do everything. Yet as well know, sometimes a phone call is a must and can solve the problem faster than an email or a tweet. For as long as I can remember back now, I’ve had midlevel to high ...

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San Diego Admirals Club is now an AirSpace Lounge - American Express Card Holders Rejoice


The American Airlines Admiral club in San Diego is getting a much needed facelift and along with the remodel, they are getting a new name and operator. As of Wednesday April 30, the San Diego Airport Admiral club partnership with Airspace lounges has been launched and this airport lounge is now open to Admiral Club & US Airways Club members along with American Express Platinum & ...

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40,000 US Airways Bonus Miles Credit Card Returns!


US Airways and BarclayCard has brought back the 40,000 mile bonus credit card for a limited time. The promotion allows new card members to earn up to 40K bonus miles for just signing up for the US Airways Premier World Mastercard. Reports say that this card is VERY churnable and there are reports of people who already have this card ...