How safe is flying?

Last week I was on a Delta flight from Ft Lauderdale to JFK.  It was an early morning flight, so I was ready to nap.   After a few issues at the gate, we were buttoned up and on our way to the runway, so far, mostly uneventful.
Just as we approach the runway, the passenger in 1C ...
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A lengthy hiatus

Hello dear friends, it's been a while since I've posted anything as I've been on a lenghty hiatus due to life.

As some may know, i'm part of another podcast, Dots, Lines and Destinations which we just released episode 61 and will be recording the next episode this week.

I've got some new posts in the hopper, so hopefully life doesn't get in the way so much...

The DOJ fails the traveling public

Earlier today news broke that the DOJ had reached a settlement with US Airways and American Airlines in regards to their merger, clearing the way for their merger.    The airlines agreed to give up slots at DC Reagan (DCA) and LaGuardia (LGA) airports.  They also agreed to give ...

T-mobile: A globetrotter's new best friend

For years I've been a big fan of T-mobile, namely because they have had this quiet little service called Wi-Fi calling.   Wi-Fi calling is great as it lets you connect to a Wi-Fi network, in areas where the cell coverage is bad, and let you use the Wi-Fi network as a cell ...

Does Delta's West Coast shuttle make sense?

This week Delta announced they are launching a shuttle service on the west coast between Los Angeles (LAX) and San Francisco (SFO).   But a shuttle between these cities is nothing new, as a matter of fact it's been tried a number of times with the most aggressive being Shuttle by United ...

Before you change your address...

In light of United's announcement last week a number of people pointed out that the new revenue requirements only apply to US rules, so one could easily change their address to an international address and not be impacted.  While on the surface this seems like an easy solution, it's prudent to ...

United introducing Minimum Spend Requirements

In a not-so-shocking announcement this morning, it appears that United is following Delta's lead and has introduced a minimum spend requirement for 2014.   The requirements by status work out to be:
Premier Silver: [25,000 PQM or 30 PQS] and $2,500 PQD Premier Gold: [50,000 PQM or ...

Westin St. John leaving Starwood?

Earlier today I received the following email with the subject SPG Participation from Starwood:
As a valued Starwood Preferred Guest member, we  are pleased to share some refreshing news with you. Beginning  August 2013 through Spring 2014 the Westin St. John Resort & Villas in ...

Delta's "NEW" Terminal at JFK

Last week Delta announced the opening of it's new Terminal 4 at JFK International Airport.  Leading up to this, Delta has spent the last few weeks promoting the new terminal and even had a preview site setup in lower Manhattan.
But Delta may have taken the cake on false advertising.   ...

Beware of taxis in Las Vegas

I recently stumbled upon this article about how taxis in Las Vegas overcharged patrons by $15m dollars last year.  A number of years ago I had flown to Vegas for a conference and jumped in a cab to the MGM Grand.  For many people who have been to Vegas, they know the MGM Grand is basically ...

What's in an Award?

Reading Matthew's posts about the Freddie awards got me thinking.  Today we have the Freddie's, Flyertalk awards and a host of travel magazine awards (including mass circulated (Conde Nast, Travel and Leisure, etc) as well as the ones we find in the clubs to read (Global Traveler, Business ...

A pleasant surprise from Hyatt

Yesterday I received an email from Hyatt which surprised me.  A few weeks ago I was in Chicago and to work towards my Diamond renewal opted to do some hotel hopping.  So in the midst of this, I happened to stay at a new Hyatt and this marked my 50th Hyatt property that I stayed at.  In honor of this momentus occasion, Hyatt granted me a free night usable at any Hyatt worldwide.  Definitely a nice perk and one I didn't expect.  I wonder what my 100th Hyatt will bring...


American Expands Meal Selection to European flights

A few weeks ago I received an email from American letting me select my meal for my upcoming trip to Easter Island.  I loved this but was disappointed that my trip to London this weekend didn't have it.

Today I logged in and pulled up my reservation for this weekend to see the Entree Selection Option. 

Definitely a cool little bonus.


Is President Obama the Elitist of the Elite?

As a disclaimer, this post is not political.
The other day I flew in to Minneapolis and since I was stuck on a CRJ-700, my rollerboard had to be gate checked.  Upon arrival into MSP, the gate agent boarded the plane and told the FAs that the ramp was closed so our bags wouldn't be returned ...

A Great Loss for Curaçao: Santa Barbara Beach and Golf Resort

This post started out as a raving review of my stay at the Hyatt Curaçao earlier this month.  Unfortunately, as I was writing this post I learned  that the owners of the property had ousted Hyatt in a middle of the night koo.

Sadly, this is a great loss for ...

Heathrow Free Zone

As a frequent traveler to London, one of my frequent challenges is getting around.  Often I'll find hotels at Heathrow at very reasonable prices, which is a great place to stay if you have an early morning flight the next day.   One of the little known things about the area around Heathrow ...

United revises policy for GPU and RPU Expiration

On a positive note, last night United announced on Flyertalk that they have revised their expiration policy for GPU and RPUs.  Now, instead of expiring a year from their issue date, they will expire at the end of the January of the status year.  So, if you earned your 2012 certificates, ...
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Are Travel Agencies Evil?

I've long hated travel agencies and found them useless in most cases.  For years I've been forced to use a travel agency for business travel and it irks me as the agency and it's agents are often clueless and tend to be more of an obstruction to getting to my end point.
Om recent years ...

Houston: The Short Sighted City

Yesterday the City of Houston voted to approve a project to expand the city's second airport, Hobby, to include international flights.   The city already has a very large international airport on the north end of town, Intercontinental.  But the motivation to add international ...

Where are my pants?

Even the most experienced road warrior will find themselves in their hotel room realizing that they've forgotten to pack something.  Over the years I've forgotten a number of things ranging from my laptop's power supply to my toiletry case.  Some things are easier to replace while some are ...