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American Airlines: The Pinstripe Tail is here to stay!

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Last month, American Airlines and US Airways employees voted to decide the future of the new American Airline livery. The new grey painted planes with the stripped eagle beak were here to stay, but employees were allowed to vote for the American Flag style tail or for the historical AA with the embedded eagle. After a month of voting American Airlines has announced that the new livery introduced last year is here to stay and the AA symbol will be ...

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British Airways B747 Premium Economy LHR - LAX

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Recently I had the joys of flying on the new British Airways A380 and I truly enjoyed soaring through the skies in the world’s largest jumbo jet. On that trip, I flew from Los Angeles to London in premium economy and was really wowed by British Airways staff and new airplane. On my return trip, I flew the same route, but this time on a B747 in Premium Economy. I must say, my love for British Airways came to a screeching halt.

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Could Priority Pass Save the American Express Platinum Airport Lounge Program

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American Express and US/AA announced earlier this month that lounge benefit access will no longer be granted to American Express Platinum card holders after March 2014. With the announcement, many people declared how they were going to quickly use their $100-$500 AA/US airline credit and then cancel their American Express as it would no longer serve their needs appropriately. Likewise, I had similar thoughts until I reevaluated the benefit of Priority Pass and thought to myself, just maybe ...

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Taba Heights Marriott Resort, Red Sea Egypt

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Less than 30 minutes from the border of Israel, lays a village built from the ground up to support Red Sea tourism from around the world. The small village of Taba, Egypt lays inland from the sea. Although the area the tourists see is rarely the city itself but instead tourist flock to Taba Heights, the epicenter of tourism in the area.  Taba Heights includes a small town with condos, restaurants, and shopping but again, its draw is really the Red Sea, scuba diving, and the four resorts ...

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American Airlines Allow Employees to Vote: New Livery or Old

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Let’s be honest, very few people like change and often time the more senior someone is, the more they dislike change. We as humans get used to the status quo and then dislike any major changes. This is not unique to the airline industry. Many people including bloggers, travelers & employees were rallied up when American Airline refreshed their brand image and livery in January 2013. Within minutes people from all over were complaining that it wasn’t original, the new image ...

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Relaxing in Dahab Egypt & The Dahab Hilton Resort

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In a small Bedouin fishing village, just 80km north of the bustling resort town of Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt lies some of the best scuba diving in Egypt and on the Red Sea. The town of Dahab is still extremely small and quaint, yet offers hotels for every type of traveler. The small fishing village still withholds its charm, including small buildings, building half erected and left to crumble, and families going about their daily lives. The revolution has truly affected this town, bringing ...

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US Airways & Lufthansa Credit Card Winter Bonus opportunities

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Barclay Bank is giving card holders opportunity to earn 2,500 bonus miles on two of their best airline travel cards in two targeted promotions to earn bonus miles on purchases at grocery stores, movie theaters, and utility payments from January 1 - March 31, 2014.

Select US Airways credit card holders will earn 5 miles for every purchase in the above categories for the first $500 they spend. 

 

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Free Uber Rides to Seatac Airport For Christmas Travel

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Alaska Airlines and Uber have teamed up in Seattle to make Holiday travel easier for Seattlites and are offering FREE rides to Seattle-Tacoma International Airport on December 23 and 24th!  The promotion requires NO sign up at all and all you have to do is end your trip at Seatac airport on either date and your account will be credited up to $50! Any fare over $50 is your responsibility, but the good news is fares from Downtown Seattle ...

Alaska Airlines: Star Alliance - I think Not; OneWorld - Maybe

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Earlier this week Matthew wrote a post about how the world’s largest airline alliance,Star Alliance, should try to court Alaska Airlines after losing a couple of key partners this year to OneWorld, specifically US Airways and TAM. Despite his post, I must say that I am in utter disagreement with Matt and I believe Star Alliance should not court Alaska Air. United will be Star Alliance’s only remaining US-based airline after US Airways leaves the Star Alliance on March 30, 2014, ...

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British Airways A321 Economy LHR - TLV Trip Report

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After a wonderful flight on the BA A380 in Premium Economy from LAX to LHR and a stopover in the T1 BA lounge, I was on my final flight to Tel Aviv aboard British Airways mid haul A321 formerly a BMI aircraft. This plane only features a two class cabin (business and economy). I inquired about an upgrade to business class for the flight, but at a going rate of $450, I could not justify the cost for only a 4 hour flight so I decided to keep my exit row seat and enjoy the flight from the back of ...

Comfort Hotel Rome Fiumicino Review

2013-09-29-07.00.08

After a long delay on my Alitalia flight from Frankfurt to Rome the only thing I truly wanted to do was sleep and thankfully my hotel was close to the airport. I had chosen to stay at the Comfort Hotel Rome Fiumicino due to its location and its Choice Privilege low rate of only 8,000 points a night. Choice Privileges is an American Express Membership Reward partner, so I transferred 8,000 points from my American Express Membership Rewards account to my Choice Privilege account and booked the ...

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British Airways International Lounge London Heathrow Terminal 1

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Airline Clubs are supposed to be reserved for the elite travelers, business and first class passengers, or those passengers who are willing to shovel out hundreds of dollars a year towards membership fees. The British Airways clubs are no different, and require passengers to either pay a hefty surcharge or be a OneWorld Sapphire member or a BA elite flyer. Despite this, on my recent trip from LAX-LHR on the BA A380 and onto TLV I was able to ...

Free Alcohol On Delta's International Flights

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Delta Airlines is currently the only US airliner to offer complimentary spirits on domestic flights (only in economy comfort between NY JFK and Seattle, Los Angeles, and San Francisco) and in recent years were one of the first to reintroduce complimentary beer and wine between the US and international markets greater than 4 hours. Then they expanded their offering by allowing customers in economy comfort to have their choice of beer, wine, or hard ...

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British Airways A380 Premium Economy LAX - LHR Trip Report

2013-12-01-20.08.59

It has been almost four years since I have flown British Airways, with my last flight on them from London to Beijing back in January 2009, and I must say I was impressed with BA then and I am again extremely impressed by the airline! Although I did not receive a club world upgrade (business class) like I did on my last flight, I must say I was extremely comfortable in World Traveler Plus (economy plus) and probably would have been alright in economy class as well on the A380 aircraft. I do ...

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Earn Elite Qualifying Miles on All Alaska Airline's Partner Flights

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This morning, Alaska Airlines annouced a major enhancement to their Frequent Flyer program, Mileage Plan, by announcing that all 14 airline partners would be eligible for earning elite qualifying miles towards Alaska Airlines MVP, MVP Gold, and MVP 75K starting January 15, 2014. In the past, only Aeromexico, Air France, American, Delta, Emirates, KLM, & LAN earned elite qualifying miles. Yet with 14 airline partners, the majority of their international partners only earned redeemable ...

DoubleTree Suites; Lexington Kentucky

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As I travel around the country for work, DoubleTree Suites are quickly becoming some of my favorite Hilton properties to stay at. And in the case of my most recent trip to Lexington, Kentucky, the DoubleTree Suites lived up to my past experiences and I was delighted with my entire stay.

The DoubleTree Suites in Lexington is located off Richmond Road and makes it a convenient place for travelers to stop when visiting Kentucky. There is easily accessible shopping and restaurants options ...

Delta adds 2 more routes from Seattle & Dedicates a B737 to Seattle

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If relations were not already sour between Delta and Alaska, Delta is getting ready for an all-out war by announcing even more flights this week from Seattle. One month after announcing a major west coast expansion,  Delta announces new service between Seattle and Fairbanks and Seattle and Vancouver; two routes Alaska currently has no competition on! In addition to the new service, Delta took delivery of a new 737-900ER jet this week and dedicated it to the crew and customers in Seattle ...

Alaska Air adds 4 new routes from Salt Lake & Offers Double Miles

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Competition is fierce between competitors and this year Delta has made it clear that they are not going to play nice with Alaska Airlines. Two airlines that have shared the same sand box for years have been intertwined in a sand storm as Delta has announced a major expansion on the west coast, especially on domestic routes North/South from Seattle. Alaska has decided that if Delta wants to invade their West Coast hub, then they will retaliate by invading Delta’s west coast hub. Today, ...

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Final Chance To Get the US Airways Credit Card

If you have been holding out and have not yet got your US Airways credit card, your time is running out to boost your US Airways Dividend miles account before the merger with American Airlines. Not to mention, after the merger, AA has already announced that they will be sticking with CITI bank, which means if you do not get your US Airways Credit Card soon, you will miss out on your opportunity to boost either your US Airways mileage balance or roll over additional miles which will not be ...

Amex Platinum Card holders lose access to American Airlines Admirals Club lounges and US Airways Clubs

This morning American Express sent out an email to card holders informing them that they would be losing complimentary access to both US Airways Clubs & American Airline Admiral Clubs starting March 22, 2014.

 

Dear DoubleWidesFly, 

We are writing to give you advance notice of changes to your travel benefits and to remind you about other valuable features of your Platinum Card. 

As of March 22, 2014, Platinum ...

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