Anti-Muslim Bigotry on American Airlines or Fabrication?


The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) has filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of Transportation over an alleged incident on an American Airlines' flight from Charlotte to Detroit on December 6, 2015.
According to the complaint, passenger Mohamed Ahmed ...
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Air New Zealand Hollywood Safety Video


Air New Zealand is out with a new safety video entitled "Safety in Hollywood" that attempts a humorous approach to the mundanity of an airline safety briefing. That is the Air New Zealand trademark after all...

I have to admit, I did not really care for this video, compared to some ...

Is it Safe to Fly Turkish Airlines?

Turkey has been in the news a lot recently -- with terrorist attacks in Istanbul, a failed coup d'état last weekend, and a temporary ban on all non-stop flights from Istanbul to the USA, many are wisely questioning whether it is safe to travel to Turkey or even to fly Turkish ...

FAA Lifts Turkish Airlines Ban


The failed coup attempt in Turkey last Friday exposed security concerns at Istanbul's Ataturk International Airport, leading to a FAA ban on all direct flights from Turkey. Although the ban was threatened to last until September, Turkish authorities have apparently satisfied U.S. regulators as ...

United Pilot Calls For Hillary Clinton to be Executed


A United Airlines pilot has suggested via Twitter that Hillary Clinton should be hanged for treason. First Officer Michael Folk serves part-time in the West Virginia House of Delegates and part time flying for United Airlines as a First Officer. Folk's remarks have been met with ...
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Review: Park Hyatt Mallorca


The Park Hyatt Mallorca is a shining city on the hill…literally.  As you wind your way through the island of Mallorca your first glimpse of the hotel is a glistening pink village set against a picturesque backdrop of green mountains and blue sea.
 
The Park Hyatt ...
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This Delta SkyMiles Redemption Makes No Sense!

Delta has a new SkyMiles promotion out with awards as little as 5,000 miles each way. In some cases these discounted awards may make sense, but make sure you always compare the $ price versus the mileage price (easily toggled in upper right hand corner of the delta.com search results page). You may ...
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British Airways AARP Discount Just Got Sweeter


If you plan to book a ticket with British Airways but have not joined the AARP, you, amigo, are missing out! British Airways just sweetened an already good deal with higher discounts for economy and premium economy tickets.
I have outlined the BA AARP discount in the past, noting that my ...

Man Steals TSA Bin, Now Uses it as Sock Drawer

America is a nation of security theater -- we go through a role play each time we take a commercial flight to make the fearful among us feel safer, but the reality remains the TSA has failed to stop any terrorist attack and does more harm than good. Just ask the thousands who have suffered ...
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Explore Guangzhou with Cycle Canton

Talk about visiting China and you there are usually three or four cities that quickly pop up. Beijing and Shanghai of course and then perhaps Chengdu for the pandas or Xi’an for the Terracotta Army. But what about Guangzhou, formerly Canton, just over the border from Hong Kong? It’s ...

Review: Park Hyatt Guangzhou


Park Hyatt has opened its fifth property in China in the heart of Guangzhou. With five-star amenities, three restaurants, and well-appointed guest rooms, the Park Hyatt is a compelling choice in a city full of new luxury hotels. 
Open for just five months, the hotel is located in the ...
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Independence Day, Brexit, and Mr. Bean


Independence Day in America, also known as Thanksgiving Day in Great Britain, brings on a whole new meaning this year in light of Brexit, the UK's own recent declaration of independence. I do not really care to discuss history or politics, but I do want to draw one travel parallel between the ...

British Airways Invites You to Capitalize on Brexit


Ask not what you can do for Brexit, ask what can Brexit do for me -- that seems to be the rallying cry at British Airways, which has capitalized on the GBP's lowest level since 1985 to launch a three-day fare sale:
 
The fare sale isn't all that great actually, but I ...

His Excellency Defends Qatar Atlanta Service in New Interview


Protests have sprung up in the Atlanta area over Qatar Airways new service to Doha including a string of protests, radio/tv attacks, and full-page newspaper ads condemning the Gulf carrier. CEO. Trying to reassert control over the matter, Qatar CEO Akbar Al Baker ("His Excellency") has ...
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Etihad Clarifies First Class Lounge Policy in a Good Way


Earlier in the month the new Etihad First Class Lounge & Spa opened in Abu Dhabi (full photo tour here). In a separate post, I wrote about the lounge access policy, telling the story of an Australian couple who put up a huge stink when they were turned away from the lounge because even ...

A KL Taxi Driver Threatened to Hurt Me for Using Uber


I was in Kuala Lumpur Tuesday night on a long layover between Malaysia Airlines flights. I needed a haircut and wanted a massage, so I hopped on the KLIA Express train to KL Sentral and there picked up an Uber to Bukit Bintang, the thriving heart of KL. The airport does have a 24-hour ...
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Where in the World Am I?

I don't post the "sorry I've been busy" excuses that some travel bloggers post when they go for several days between writing. Blogging is indeed a business, but still not my primary occupation. I consider it "fun" and as a break when I am able to write.
Part of the balance of maintaining a ...
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My Plan for Fixing Aeroplan

I was going to title this post "An Indictment Against Aeroplan" but I don't think anyone wants to read another list of gripes about Aeroplan's shortcomings. So Aeroplan, consider this my free consultation for how you can bring yourselves into the 21st Century and offer customers a dramatically ...
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Video: Europe in Two Minutes (Time-Lapse with 300K Photos!)


Check out this extremely well-done 4K video that combines 300,000 pictures to capture life in Europe (primarily London and Paris).
Paul Richardson collected these photos over two years and allegedly spent over 1,000 hours putting this video together. It is worth two minutes of your ...

Aeroplan Closes All Overseas Call Centers


Aeroplan, the spun-off loyalty program for Air Canada, has a Canadian call center with limited operating hours -- you can reach Aeroplan between 7am and 12am ET, seven days per week. Beyond those hours, traditionally Aeroplan had offered offshore call centers in Mexico, UK, Germany, Tokyo, and ...