Sunday Morning to LHR on London Underground

You would think that at the world's busiest airport for international passengers, London Heathrow, with flights around the clock, there would be reliable subway service early enough in the morning to catch the hundreds of dawn departures. Not so on Sundays...when the first Piccadilly Line ...

More Devaluations for United MileagePlus in 2015

Christmas gifts have arrived early from United Airlines and like last year, we've all received lumps of coal. As United continues to dismantle what was once the world's best airline loyalty program, several more changes have been announced, all of which negatively affect both frequent and casual ...

United Airlines Mimics Delta, Raises 2016 Elite Requirements

The consultants United Airlines hires to provide strategic advice on loyalty innovation and how to increase profit must have a pretty easy Delta, then copy. Once again, United has mimicked Delta in increasing elite status thresholds for 2016 in a move that makes sense in a season of ...

Chinese Tourist Visas Now Valid for 10 Years

President Obama is in Asia this week at APEC and the headline has been the climate change deal he announced with China...but wait, there's more! Of particular interest to travelers is another deal cut with China to extend visas for short-term business travelers, tourists, and students. The new ...

United Airlines' Veterans Day Video

Not exactly a day of celebration here in Germany, but yesterday was Veterans Day (or Armistice Day as I prefer to call it), marking the end of the World War I and a day in the USA to remember the sacrifice of all veterans living and dead. As I read with interest about the placing of 888,246 ...
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Great Deals with November 2014 Flying Blue Promo Awards

I have highlighted the value of Air France/KLM Flying Blue Promo Awards on many occasions, and after several months of rather mediocre sales, November offers a number of discounted awards worth considering. 
Air France/KLM tends to release a lot of saver space ...

Photo Tour of American Express Centurion Lounge at SFO

I met my brother for dinner at the newest American Express Centurion Lounge last night at San Francisco International Airport. This fourth U.S. AMEX lounge is great - a welcome addition to Terminal 3 at SFO and a great alternative to the other lounge offerings in the terminal and connected ...

FAQs: American Express Centurion Lounge in SFO Now Open

American Express has opened its fourth U.S. Centurion Lounge today, this one at San Francisco International - I intend to visit it later today and post pictures tomorrow, but for now here is some helpful info on the new lounge--
Q: Who has access to the lounge?
A: All American Express ...
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A Trip After A Trip

I’m out of Africa – mission accomplished. That was more than a week ago.
 But rather than recovering at home from a 4-week trip to Africa, I never even got back to Germany: from Cape Town, Heidi and I flew to London together in Virgin Upper Class then she flew British Airways ...

Another Costly Travel Screw-Up: Yellow Fever Vaccinations

I think my last big travel mistake was missing the bus by one minute and having to pay an outrageous taxi fee to travel 50km from central Reykjavik to Keflavik International Airport in Iceland. There have been small mistakes, of course, in the meantime, but nothing really ...

Bad News for Aeroplan with Stricter Routing Rules

The news just keeps getting worse for Aeroplan members. Lucky wrote a post entitled Aeroplan Improving Routing Rules — No More MPM! a couple days ago and my heart sank immediately when reading it -- I knew the news could not be good. And it isn't.
Most Routings from North America to ...
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Stopovers Still Permitted on Delta Skymiles Awards...For Now

When Delta's latest IT update eliminated the ability to include stopovers on award trips, most assumed the worst...Delta had stealthy devalued its program again with no notice. Turns out the news is not quite as bad after Delta clarified today that stopovers will still be be bookable over the ...

The Hunt for a Competent American Airlines Agent

Earlier today I posted the following about booking Etihad Airways award space with American Airlines--
American Airlines Cannot Book Etihad Award Space...Again
Abu Dhabi-based Etihad Airways is a wonderful American Airlines AAdvantage partner, offering excellent premium cabin award space ...

United Reports Strong Q3 Profit

United Airlines reported a healthy third-quarter profit today of $1.1 billion, a record and also a 99% increase from last year. Here's some of the specifics:
United's consolidated passenger revenue per available seat mile (PRASM) increased 3.9 percent in the third quarter of 2014 compared to ...

New United Airlines Premier Status Tracking Website

United Airlines has introduced a nifty new website for tracking MileagePlus status: nothing revolutionary, but knowing how much you have to spend to attain or maintain elite status is now very transparent.
Here's the website and watch this one minute video United put out explaining ...

United Airlines, Hertz Partnership Adds Elite Benefits to MileagePlus

United Airlines and Hertz have announced a new partnership in which MileagePlus elite members will receive elite status in Hertz’s Gold Plus Rewards program and more miles for Hertz rentals.
Discounts and  Bonus Miles with Hertz
Hertz is already discounted on ...

5 Things to Know About the Latest Lufthansa Strike

Lufthansa pilots are striking again over proposed cuts to a lucrative early retirement program and will continue until 23:59 CET tonight. While the 35-hour strike was originally planned only to affect regional traffic within Europe, longhaul pilots have joined the work disruption in a show of ...

LOT Polish Airlines Award Space Bookable on

LOT Polish Airlines is back after a long hiatus on The Polish flag carrier operates a fleet of 787s to North American gateways including Chicago, New York JFK, and Toronto and award space in both business and economy class is excellent...or at least was.
I'll be honest - I am not ...