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Alaska Airline MileagePlan Discount Awards

Do you want to get away for less fewer miles than usual this fall? if so, check out Alaska Air Mileage Plan discount fall awards with one-way domestic awards starting at only 7,500 miles and trips down to the sunny beaches of Mexico for only 12,500 each way! Normal awards costs are 12,500 miles each way on Alaska Air within the USA and Canada, not including Hawaii, and 17,500 miles to/from Mexico. Thus, this late summer/early fall award travel sell which is for travel now through October 31 ...

Air France Lounge at LAX

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The Air France Lounge at LAX is located in Terminal 2 where Air France’s non A380 flights depart, along with all KLM, Alitalia, and Aeromexico flights. The lounge is in the same location as the old NWA lounge and after Air France took it over after the NWA/Delta merger, all Air France did was clean it up a bit. Despite this, it is still far below the Air France standard found at other airports worldwide.

Bar & Cafe

The self-serve bar includes a decent selection s of ...

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Griffin Gate Marriott, Lexington KY

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The Griffin Gate Marriott offers a full service hotel within a stone throw of Lexington Horse Park, Downtown Lexington, the University of Kentucky, and Keneeland Horse Track, making it a great jumping point for exploring thoroughbred & bourbon country. The large 7-story hotel offers all amenities one comes to expect from a Marriott including a full service bar, restaurant, spa, pools, gym, valet, large ball rooms and more.

Rooms

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An Early Upgrade on Alaska

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Traveling on Alaska as a Delta Elite has been great since the NWA merger with Delta. Premerger only NWA Elite Gold & Platinum passengers received upgrades on Alaska, but after the merger was completed and some technical issues were worked out, Delta and Alaska reached an agreement to upgrade each other’s elite passengers within the check-in window (meaning 24 hours before departure). My upgrade percentage on the Seattle – Los Angeles and Seattle – San Diego routes have ...

The Club at Blue Grass Airport

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The Lexington, Kentucky Blue Grass airport surprisingly has a small airport lounge. Although it is independently owned and operated, it allows airline club members of US Airways, American, United, and Delta to visit the club free of charge. In addition, the club allows American Express Platinum card holders traveling same day on American, US Air or Delta visit the club free of charge!

The small club is located above the gates in the center of the terminal. It is conveniently located ...

American Airlines Is Giving You 150,000 Miles & More!

American Airlines is giving you a chance to win 150,000 AAdvantage miles and a $2000 pre-paid gift card! The unplug getaway contest is encouraging Americans nationwide to unplug their electronics, let their batteries run dry and soak up the sun or culture of spots all over the world! Rather it be Seoul, Dusseldorf, Lima, or San Pablo, the idea is to get you away from home and away from the norm!

Sign up is easy, and winning is even easier. You do not have to do anything but sign up! ...

AA Upgrade List on the Mobile App

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As a fairly new American Air flyer, I am still learning my way around the AA webpage and mobile application, being very different than both the data loaded United application that I love and the troublesome Delta app. I’ve started to navigate my way successfully between the AA’s recently redesigned webpage and mobile application. Yet, one thing I had the hardest time finding and understanding is how to find the upgrade list on the smart phone application. Therefore, I thought I ...

Earn American Airlines AAdvantage Miles on TAM: New Codeshare Annouced

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TAM, member airline of LATAM, took another step towards becoming a OneWorld member today when AA & TAM announced a codeshare on each other’s flights starting August 22, 2013. When TAM and AA begins their codeshare it will cover a number of routes between the USA and Brazil and within each country.

Through the agreement, the two airlines will codeshare on each other’s flights between the United States and Brazil. American’s customers will also have ...

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FlightTrack Pro iPhone app Giveaway

The Flight Track Pro application is probably one of the best Flight Tracking mobile applications available on the market. With a price of $10, it is also one of the more expensive flight tracking mobile applications. Despite this, Rohan loves this applications and references it on just about EVERY trip report.

This application is an amazing application for any traveler! This application has been known as the BEST flight tracking app on the market (just ask people who use it) and it ...

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SPG American Express 30,000 Point Offer

UPDATE: Offer now expired. Only 20,000 points will be granted

Starwood Preferred Guest Points are arguing some of the most valuable point currency due to the number of options for redemptions. Not only are points redeemable for hotel stays, but the points transfer to a number of airline program at a 1:1 ratio. I have provided an in-depth review of the SPG program and the perks last spring, but want to highlight some of them again since American Express is currently offering 30,000 ...

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Earn 7500 United Miles With Marriott Gift Cards

Last fall, Marriott & Delta, United, & Southwest Airlines teamed up to allow frequent flyers to earn miles when buying gift cards. Now, almost a year later, United is giving MilePlus members a similar earning opportunity. Although this year, members can earn 7500 United miles, which is greater than the 5000 mile offer last fall!

When you buy Marriott gift cards via the United portal you can earn up to 7,500 miles

$100 = 500 award Miles $250 = 1,000 award Miles $500 = ...

British Airways Man Vs A380 Race

British Airways teamed up with South African rugby player, Bryan Habana, to celebrate the new A380 service between London and the Commonwealth capital of Johannesburg. Habana is well known for his speed and gained international fame when he raced a cheetah in 2007 to help increase awareness of the animals near extinction; this campaign was also part of an ad for Sketchers. Yet this week, Habana took on a new challenge, he raced an A380 down a runway!

The muscular Habana is ...

Delta's New San Francisco-Los Angeles Shuttle

Special shuttle flights between two major business centers is not a new concept and airlines have provided shuttle flights between large east coast cities for a number of years. Currently Delta and US Air offer shuttle flights that provide more amenities than a typical flight between two domestic cities and compete against major bus lines and Amtrak. Shuttle service typically offers hourly departure, or almost every hour, weekdays from 6am-7pm (and sometimes later)

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Marriott Rewards Bonus Points: Targeted

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For slightly over a year I have had Marriott Gold status, yet rarely check for specials or opportunities to maximize my points on hotel stays. Normally I just book my room and call it good, although this month, while traveling to and from Bangor, Maine I noticed a tab on the reservation page that read “Marriot Elite Specials”. I have noticed this page a couple of times before, but I normally ignore it. I find the specials usually listed to be not so special. The rates can ...

Downgrading Delta's First Class Offerings

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Delta’s favorite commercial to play on board at 30,000 feet is the American Express Delta SkyMiles Credit Card. At the beginning of the commercial, a lady is walking through the airport and makes the statement, “Some say travel isn’t what it used to be, I say it’s what you make it” And she’s 100% right, travel is not what it used to be, and another example of this is the devolution of the domestic first class snack basket.

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Delta Announces Enhancements to Los Angeles & Encroaches on Alaska Air

In March of this year, Delta Airlines announced new routes and enhancements to the Los Angeles market, with a big focus of new routes out of LAX and enhancement to transcontinental flying. Four months later, Delta is announcing even more growth at LAX along with a major remodel that is already underway to improve everyone’s flying experience.

Today Delta announced the following routes & enhancements:

Pacific Northwest service with four new daily flights to ...
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Delta SkyDeck Atlanta

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This week, while stopping by the SkyClub in Terminal F, I had the pleasure to check out the newly open SkyDeck. The Skydeck provides a place for travelers to inhale fresh air while providing superb views of runways and taxiways. The SkyDeck is small, but can easily accommodate 25 or so passengers on the terrace with seats that provide stellar views for any aviation geek!

On my visit to the SkyDeck, I did not stay long because it was a stormy and muggy day and the humidity was ...

Atlanta's Newest Lounge: The Club at ATL. Home to Lufthansa, British Airways & More

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The Club at ATL is Atlanta’s newest airport lounge, offering lounge space for Priority Pass members, Diner Club Card holders, British Airways, and Lufthansa’s guests a place to relax in Atlanta’s newest terminal, terminal F. The large club is located adjacent to the Delta Sky club in the center of the terminal and offers a more superior product compared to the Delta Skyclub. In fact, the club has better offerings than what I have seen in some European airport ...

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Downgraded by US Air During IRROPS

A few months ago, I flew to Europe using my United miles and had the opportunity to experience some awesome European Airlines hard and soft business class product. Despite this, on my return, I flew Lufthansa’s’ 747-8i to Washington DC and was supposed to connect to US Airways to Charlotte and then onto Seattle. Yet, due to irregular options (IRROPS), US Air rerouted on United from DC to Phoenix and then on to Seattle on US Airways. My entire flight was originally booked in ...

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LaGaurdia Shut Down After Southwest Landing Gear Failure

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Breaking News: Southwest Airlines Flight 345, from Nashville to LaGuardia landed without nose gear this afternoon at LaGuarida. The New York Airport has had an Air Traffic control ground stop since the incident and Southwest has so far reported no injuries.

There is still mixed reports coming in as this is breaking news, but thus far, it appears as though there are no major injuries. The Boeing 737 was carrying 149 people and per the reports appears as though its nose landing gear ...