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The Travelers Best Friend - Barclaycard Arrival™ World MasterCard®

There are so many travel cards on the market; it’s hard to decide what card to have. One of my favorite travel cards for the person who does not travel on big trips a lot is the Barclay arrivals card. Sure this card isn’t going to get you free first class tickets to the Far East or to the South Pacific, but let’s be honest, how realistic are those redemptions for the average person?! Instead, for those people who tend to travel around the US, buy cheap plane tickets, take ...

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Freddie Awards Are Back! 26 Years of the Frequent Traveler's Voice - VOTE NOW!

For the 26th year, the Freddie Awards are back, giving frequent flyer and hotel sleepers an opportunity to recognize their favorite Airline and Hotel programs. Since 1988, the Freddies have been one of the only award programs that truly gives the world a voice to recognize the travel industry for the programs we like best and the promotions that were the most appreciated.   I've written a blog post every year about the Freddies, but for my new readers who have never heard of the Freddie ...

AA Catering & IT Issues: Is this because of the merger?

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It has been almost 90 days since the merger between US Airways and American Airlines was officially approved and the two airlines have been extremely busy integrating to synergize operations trying to maximize the ROI post-merger. As a consumers and travelers we have seen US Airways & American Airlines begin code sharing on most flights, the first US Airways plane painted in the new American livery, the final decision on the AA logo was made, US Airways & AA relocate into co-terminals ...

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AA Flagship Lounge LAX

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American Airlines offers two types of airline clubs: the standard Admiral club and the Flagship lounges. Like Flagship check in, the Flagship lounges are only for passengers traveling in International First Class, Transcontinental First (JFK-LAX), or OneWorld Emerald Elites traveling on an international itinerary. The lounge at LAX is within the Admirals club, but is separated by locked alabaster doors which is only opened by key cards. Passengers who have access to the flagship lounge are ...

American Airline Flagship Check-In LAX

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Have you ever wondered what it was like to be a part of American Airlines most exclusive fliers? Or what it would be like to traveling in true luxury? If so, American Airline’s  most premium passengers (those traveling in true international first class or transcontinental JFK-LAX first class) are invited to use the Flagship check in lounges at JFK, LAX, and ORD. Check in here is not within the normal airport lobby, but instead is in a secluded area reserved only for a small group ...

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Delta Tumi Amenity Kit Winners

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I was very impressed by the number of individuals who were interested in the Delta Tumi Amenity Kit. I am not sure if it's the small durable bag which is great for mp3 players, cords, etc or if it's the hand lotion and tooth brush that's inside. Either way, thank you to everyone who left a comment on the Tumi amenity kit post.

Using Random.org I had the computer select three winners. The winners are comment numbers 4, 6, & 17.

 

Thank you to everyone who participated. I will be reaching out by email to the winners!

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Delta Names Seattle a "Hub" & Adds even more flights!

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If we didn't already know that Delta was on attack in Seattle, they are making it even more clear by adding four more nonstop flights from Seattle to Phoenix, Tucson, Palm Springs, and Jackson Hole. Three of the four new routes are currently served by Alaska Airline and the addition of these four new routes furthers prove that Delta is creating more than just a focus city in Seattle. 

Delta's new Seattle service beginning Dec. 20, ...

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Delta Tumi Amenity Kit Giveaway

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On my recent JFK-Sea BusinessElite flight I was able to secure three extra Delta Tumi bag amenity kits. These new amenity kits have been out for almost one year and have been a huge success with Business Travelers flying on long haul Delta flights. I had not flown a Delta flight since they introduced the new bag and I must say I was very impressed with the new amenities kit.  Not to mention, the eye mask (which I am still using) blocks more light than almost any other inflight eye mask ...

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Delta BusinessElite JFK-SEA B757 Trip Report

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Delta’s Transcontinental BusinessElite is supposed to bring international flying amenities to the domestic market. Delta offers Trancontinental Business Elite from New York-JFK to Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Los Angeles. The upgraded service includes lay flat seats on some planes, amenity kits, upgraded meals and more.

I have flown JFK-SEA many times on Delta, but not since they enhanced their inflight amenities to match the SFO/LAX offerings.  I was on an award ticket ...

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JAL New Sky - Big Domestic Fleet Upgrades & WiFi Coming Soon!

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“Welcome! JAL New Sky”  - JAL has released more details about their New Sky product as they airlines revamps domestic flying in Japan and tries to remain the preferred full service airline for travelers. The new airline is doing everything from introducing new seats, enhancing inflight entertainment, and equipping their planes withGoGo wireless internet.

New Seats & Interior:

JAL is installing new seats across their domestic ...

Hawaiian Airline Launches Extra Comfort Economy Seats

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Extra leg room will soon no longer be restricted to passengers who snagged the exit row or pay up for Business Class, as Hawaiian Airlines is joining the rank of carriers that offers a semi premium economy seat in the mid section of the plane. Launching August 1, 2014, Hawaiian Air A330 will offer economy class seats with an extra 5 inches of leg room and some upgraded amenities. Prices will range between $60 for flights to the US West Coast and Papeete and $100 for longer flights to New ...

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Hilton London Heathrow T4

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Airport Hotels: meet the basic travelers need and get them on their way without any extra thrills. This has been my experience with most hotels located within any airport vicinity and this is the case with the Hilton at London Heathrow T4. The airport is comfortable with small rooms, offering basic necessity, but isn’t anything over the top or worth visiting unless you have a short overnight at LHR and wants to sleep between flights.

I landed at LHR around 930pm and had an early ...

A Final Farewell to Delta and Skymiles

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Every year since the merger with Northwest Airlines, I have been a loyal Delta flyer. I have had status with NWA/Delta ever since I was 18 years old and have done everything in my power to reach Platinum status annually since I was 22. It’s been an interesting and turbulent 9 years, but last year I decided to separate my flying from Delta and burn my miles as much as possible. I’ve have earned over 1.5 million redeemable NWA/Delta Skymiles over the last 9 years and finally, after ...

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Seattle Seahawks Boeing 747-8F

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Today boeing revealed their newest 747-8F cargo test aircraft in a brand new never before seen Seahawk 12th man Livery. Thrilling fans, AvGeeks, and everyone in-between the 12th man LOUDER seahawk jet is unlike any other! The NFL loudest fans now have their own JET!

  Post by Seattle Seahawks.

As a Seattle Seahawk sponser, the company is giving the Superbowl contenders a high flying 12th man that no other team can say they have--Their own 747-8! From sea level on the ...

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Earn Double Virgin Points on Emirates Flights

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Virgin America Elevate frequent flyer program is the frequent flyer program that rewards you for spending more. The more money you spend, the more points you earn. Unlike traditional frequent flyer programs, Elevate is a revenue based program. However, this only holds true with flying Virgin America. If you instead fly their partners, like Emirates, you earn a percentage of the miles flown. Each airline has their own earning chart, so be sure to check out the Virgin American Elevate page for ...

Delta Tests New SkyClub Amenities & Food

It appears as though Delta Airlines is finally listening to frequent flyers and Delta Skyclub members. Delta is finally making some much needed enhancements to the Delta SkyClub food and beverage offering. Over the last few years we’ve seen the introduction of the premium Delta Skybar and with the introduction came a former bar tender at most clubs, resulting in self-served beverages disappeaing from most clubs. Even soda machines have vanished, to be replaced with an overworked man ...

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British Airways Galleries Lounge - T5 LHR

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Large spacious lounges with runway views and a bird's eye view peering down on travelers fighting their way through the busy terminal 5, the British Airways Galleries lounge  at London Heathrow is a great place to relax before a flight, refuel on many food options, or toast your friends or raise a glass to your drinking habits to calm a nerve. The south Galleries Lounge truly has something for just about every traveler from age 2 and up.

I visited the lounge on my way home from a ...

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GOGO Inflight WiFi increases Prices March 1, 2014

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Inflight WiFi – The unbundled option most airlines now offer is an amenity I love to hate. I love it because it allows me to stay connected while at 30,000 feet, but hate it as I now no longer have an excuse of not getting work done while flying. Despite this slight conundrum, I find inflight WiFi prices to be quite high when bought for individual flights - $14 for a day pass! The monthly price of just $39.99 isn’t bad, especially if someone flies multiple times a month, yet this ...

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San Diego, Midwest, & Southeast Lose nonstop service to DCA & LGA

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In order for US Airlines and AA to merge, the DOJ required that the new airlines gave up a number of landing spots in both Washington DC Ronald Regan Airport and New York’s LaGuardia airports. This week, the new American Airlines announced what flights would be discontinued as the airline divests 52 pairs at DCA and 17 at LGA.

All communities who are losing nonstop service will still have access to the new American Airline network, but will be connected to another hub and will ...

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Envoy - The New Name For American Eagle Airlines

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American Eagle Airlines, the regional subsidy of American Airlines will undergo a name change in Spring 2014 and will reluanch themselves as a new regional carrier known by the name Envoy. Envoy will remain a fully owned subsidy of American Airlines and will continue to operate under the American Eagle livery and branding, but will operate more similarly to the way SkyWest operates for AA/American Eagle now.

The announcement of the pending name change, came over a year ago, ...

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