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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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Earn 50% Bonus Miles on US Airways & American Airline Flights

American Airlines and US Airways announced today that they will begin codesharing on hundreds of flights systemwide starting January 23, 2014 with a focus on hubs, regional flights, and markets where US airways has a better presence then AA and vice versa. In addition, US Airway flights are now being marketed on AA.com and AA flights on USAirways.com. Once the codeshare agreements being, you’ll see the following codeshares available:

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Alaska Airlines Needs to Open a Board Room in San Diego

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For the past several months there has been speculation on Flyertalk and from the San Diego Airport Authority that Alaska Airlines might open a Board Room in Terminal 1. Alaska Airline is currently the only airline that operates out of Terminal 1 (gates 11-18). Currently, the crowded and small gate area offers 7 gates, a Starbucks, cramped seating area, bathrooms, and few concessions. There’s also abandoned space from the old United Red Carpet Club which closed recently because United no ...

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Delta SkyClub: No More Free Guests for Diamond Elite & American Express Platinum Card Holders

Delta Airlines announced a major revamp to the way SkyClubs memberships are distributed this morning and also informed many customers that the way they access SkyClubs today will not be the same way they access clubs in the future especially those who travel with friends and family. The changes make club membership more expensive and devalue high end credit card benefits, such as the American Express Platinum Card.

This morning, Delta sent an email out with the following announcing ...

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Delta Reduces Business Elite Seats on B777 & B767

2014 has started off with another Delta devaluation announcement. This Delta is making it more difficult to redeem miles for business class tickets by reducing the number of Business Class seats available on their 767 and 777 aircrafts. Delta has already reduced the number of seats available on their B747 from 48 to 57 when they replaced the angle flat seats for full flat beds, but now Delta is actually removing seats that are already installed to make room for more economy seats, packing ...

AA & US Airways Begin To Align Customer Benefits

American Airlines and US Airways are taking the first noticeable steps to frequent flyers today to become one airline and have announced select mutual frequent flyer benefits on reciprocal airlines starting today. This means if you are flying either US Airways or American Airways you will now be able to credit your flight to either you US Airways Dividend account or American Airways AAdvantage account. In addition they announced the two airlines aligned the following policies ...

Delta Shortens SkyMile Program Year by a Month

If the Delta SkyPeso program had a theme in 2013, it would be named “the year of devaluation.” In July, I wrote an article about Delta’s D game and recapped some of my sub-par experiences with the airlines in 2013. It also described how the airline has devalued their Elite program and is stripping a number of perks from Elite Flyers which made it more difficult to earn elite miles with their partners. We have all moaned and groaned about the minimum spending requirements to ...

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2013 in Review

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2013 was a fun year, full of a mixture of work travel and personal adventures! Although most of my travel was for work and around the United States, I was able to manage to sneak off to Europe a couple of times for fun and fly back from South East Asia - all in business class. As terms of flying, I probably traveled less in 2013 than I have in the last 6 or 7 years, but nevertheless I still got to experience some pretty awesome new planes, new places, and see more of the world that I had yet ...

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Virgin America Short Haul Trip Report

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Hip, stylish, and fun – three words I would never use to describe flying domestically in the US. Although, Virgin America is trying to reinvent the US aviation industry and has injected it with plush leather black seats, lavish purple mood lighting, TVs in every seat, wi-fi (before it was popular), and on demand ordering of food, drinks, accessories from the TV in your seat. From the young and stylish crew to the sparkling new planes, everything at Virgin America screams trendy. This is ...

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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