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Singapore Airlines Business Class from Seoul to Singapore

After an enjoyable dinner in Seoul, we boarded the Airport Railroad Express (AREX) train at Seoul Station, bound for Incheon Airport. The train ride takes just over forty minutes and costs less than $16.00 for a round-trip.

Upon retrieving our bags from the Korean Express Parcel Service, located on the departures level, we walked over to the Singapore Airlines ticket counter to pick up our boarding passes for the flight to Singapore.

The ticket counters were deserted as the ...

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American Offering Bonus Miles on Select LGA Routes

As part of the American and US Airways merger, the U.S. Department of Justice required that the combined carrier divest slots in New York at LaGuardia Airport and in Washington DC at Reagan-National Airport.

Three communities lost service from LaGuardia during the divesture, though American quickly added new service to ten cities.

Charlottesville Albemarle, VA (CHO) Dayton, OH (DAY) Greensboro/High Point/Winston-Salem, NC (GSO) Knoxville, ...

American Airlines Quietly Introduces New Boarding Process

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Though today is April 1st, the latest change from American Airlines is no April Fools joke. Over the weekend, American quietly updated their boarding process, removing the option for passengers without overhead luggage to board early, merging AAdvantage Executive Platinum/oneworld Emerald members into a group with AAdvantage Platinum/oneworld Sapphire members. AAdvantage Gold members have also been moved into their own group, rather than boarding along with Platinum members.

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Upcoming Lufthansa Pilot Strike - Flights Canceled March 31st through April 6th

Ongoing negotitations at Lufthansa appear to have hit a standstill, as their pilots union 'Vereinigung Cockpit' announced this morning that they plan to strike from April 2nd to April 4th. As part of the strike, more than 3800 flights have been canceled throughout the Lufthansa network, including every Lufthansa flight to the United States and other countries throughout the world.

The pilots union “Vereinigung ...

Asiana Airlines First Suite Class - New York/JFK to Seoul

The shuttle ride from the Sheraton took less than fifteen minutes, which surprised me for New York. I had been expecting a long commute, as I've experienced when staying at other JFK airport hotels.

I had arrived to JFK about three hours before departure, figuring on spending time in the lounge vs. my hotel room. As I walked up to the Asiana counters, an agent quickly stood up to welcome me.

Asiana Check-in     Asiana flt. OZ221 First Class Check-in

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Renting with Sixt in Germany

A good friend and I recently took a weekend trip to Germany in an attempt to clear out the rest of the miles in my United account. My friend had never been out of the country, and in the process of trying to decide where to go with 235,000 United miles, we settled on Germany.

While Germany has excellent public transportation, there were a few places that we wanted to visit that would require a vehicle. I checked a few rental agencies and settled on ...

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American Airlines Eliminates 24hr. Holds for Tickets within 7 Days of Departure

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Though there has been no formal announcement from American Airlines, AA.com has been updated to reflect a new hold policy for the airline. Tickets purchased more than seven days prior to departure will continue to allow complimentary 24 hour holds, but tickets purchased within seven days of departure will no longer be able to be held.

  Previous Hold Notice    Updated Hold Notice

The U.S. DoT regulations do specify that a carrier only ...

Review: Sheraton JFK

When I first booked my trip to Singapore, I reserved a room at the JFK Hilton. The rates were reasonable, for an airport hotel, and the Hilton seemed like the best option. One month before the DO, I began a Platinum challenge with SPG, and quickly dumped the Hilton in favor of the Sheraton.

Upon arriving to JFK, I took the AirTrain from Terminal 8 to the Federal Circle Station to catch the complimentary shuttle to the hotel. Fifteen minutes later, I stepped into the Sheraton, and was ...

US Airways First Class - Kansas City to New York/JFK

Living in the midwest, it can be a challenge to fly to JFK. Unlike those on the West Coast with almost hourly transcon service, or those on the East Coast with products like the US Airways Shuttle, those of us in the midwest don't have decent flight options to JFK, especially if wanting to connect to another flight from New York. During my search for award space, United.com presented me with the option to fly MCI-PHX-JFK on US Airways in first class. While this would usually be considered ...

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The Last Hurrah - My Final Round-the-World Redemption with United MileagePlus

Several months ago, United announced major changes to their award chart, effectively killing what has been considered one of the best parts of the MileagePlus program. The new chart separates United operated flights from flight on Star Alliance partners, and has drastically increased the prices of flying a partner airline.

Previously, a one-way ticket from the US to Europe would cost 50,000 miles in business class, or 67,500 miles in first class. After the changes, the same flight on ...

Travelling from the Capital City to the Windy City - United Airlines Inaugural Flight from Topeka, Kansas

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Back in September, I was sitting in the American Airlines Admirals Club in New York when I received an email from United to announce new service from their Chicago hub to three cities: Elmira, NY, State College, PA, and Topeka, KS. Elmira and Topeka were brand new cities for the United network, while State College was already being served through Washington-Dulles.

As a resident of a town in-between Kansas City and Topeka, I was thrilled to see this new option for me to connect to ...

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US Airways Award Flights Now Bookable on AA.com!

Less than a week into the start of 2014, American and US Airways are progressing quickly with their integration plans. Amol @PointsToPointB reported that the check-in and customer service desks at LAX had received new signage to include US Airways elite members. Also introduced this evening is the ability to book US Airways award tickets with American miles.

Being able to book US Airways tickets on AA.com is a HUGE benefit, especially because it allows for one way award tickets to be ...

2013: Year in Review

2013 has been an exciting year for me, and I am fortunate that I once again had the chance to travel quite a bit! I graduated from college in May, and immediately went to work at trying to maintain my status while also working full-time.

90% of my travel in 2013 was for leisure, while the remaining 10% was for work. I've only been working for six months, so I expect 2014 work travel to greatly increase. Below are my flight maps from American and United, along with my hotel plans for ...

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United Removes Singapore Airlines Award space from United.com + Steps to Search SQ with the ANA Tool

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On Thursday afternoon, United's Aaron Goldberg posted on FlyerTalk that United would be removing the ability to view Singapore Airlines award space.

Hi everyone,

I wanted to give you an early heads up about an upcoming change to the Star partner award availability you see displayed online. Singapore Airlines and United have agreed to remove Singapore Airlines inventory from our award flight search results on united.com and on the United Mobile ...

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Body Scanner Opt-Out Process Coming to the UK + 11 Airports to Receive Scanners

Shortly after the attempted bombing of the Northwest Airlines flight in 2009, the United Kingdom deployed body scanners to their 10 largest airports, and created a policy that did not allow for a passenger to opt-out like we do in the United States. While there were some reported provisions for avoiding the scanner, the rules said that if you refuse the scan then you would not be allowed to fly that day, and there was very little a passenger could do if presented with those ...

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American Introduces 'PlusGrades' - Bid for Upgrades to Premium Cabins

American has quietly introduced the 'PlusGrades' system, allowing passengers who would not normally qualify for an upgrade to, such as a non-elite, to submit a bid for eligible flights.

How does it work?

Make us an offer: Select the amount (per person) you would like to offer for the upgrade of each eligible segment on your itinerary. Enter your payment information: Enter your credit card details, which will be charged only if your offer is accepted. Review and submit: ...

United Blocks ExpertFlyer from Displaying Upgrade/Elite Award Availability - Again!

I wish I could say I was surprised when I opened up my email this morning to see the following note from ExpertFlyer.

Dear Daniel,

As a user of United Airlines® (UA) award & upgrade inventory on ExpertFlyer®, we want you to know about a recent development between ExpertFlyer and United.

UA has told us that ExpertFlyer can no longer access UA's upgrade or elite award inventory. It is our understanding that this is a ...

Flight Review: Air Asia - Don Muang to Yangon

For inexpensive travel within Asia, Air Asia is a great choice for those who don't mind flying an airline that only offers the no-frills experience. Charging for everything from seats to bags, Air Asia has established a large presence in South East Asia, and bills itself as the airline that enables everybody to fly.

Flying to Yangon can be tough if you want to remain on oneworld, so I decided to look outside the box when booking my trip. Air Asia, at the time I booked, operated three ...

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United Launches Double Redeemable Miles Promotion

While this promotion is not helpful for those of us who are lacking the necessary miles to requalify for elite status, it is a big help if you are looking to book award travel in the near-future, and need some additional miles.

The offer is only for flights within the 48 continental United States, so no luck for those flying on flights to/from Alaska or Hawaii. Also, none of the lower fare classes (T/L/K/G/N) qualify, and you must have purchased your tickets after October ...

Would you turn down an earlier flight if it meant giving up an upgrade?

I am currently sitting at the gate for my flight from PDX-DFW on American. My weekend has been spent on a mileage run to Anchorage to aid in my requalification for Exec. Plat. on American. Final routing was MCI-DFW-SEA-ANC-PDX-DFW-MCI, with upgrades cleared for all segments (except the AS codeshare flights to/from ANC).

My Alaska Airlines flight from Anchorage landed early enough that I could have made the 5:45am (v. 7am) flight to Dallas, yet I chose to stick with the 7am flight because I had already received my upgrade to first class, and choosing the earlier flight would mean sitting in economy. Normally, I have no problem sitting in economy, but the thought of a hot meal and a larger seat (which means I can get some sleep) seemed like the better option to me. Of course, the only downside is that I could have gotten home two hours earlier if I had taken the 5:45am flight.

What would you have done in the same situation?

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