The Significance of American Airlines' Starwood Transfer Bonus

As the mantra goes, miles and points are a depreciating asset and are better burned than stored for future use. American Airlines is offering a generous 20% transfer bonus on points from Starwood Preferred Guest. Essentially, that means instead of 25,000 AA miles for 20,000 Starpoints, through ...

My Two Hour Visit To A German Emergency Room

Lucky had a pretty bad experience at a German hospital earlier this week so I thought I would provide a different perspective. Unfortunately, I've had experience with German hospitals as well and you can rest assured that not all German hospitals are bleak and beleaguered institutions of ...
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Rimowa Roaring 20s Ad Campaign Starring Alessandra Ambrosio

I am one of those people who swear by Rimowa luggage. It's expensive, but you do get what you pay for and it is absolutely the best luggage I have ever used.
And the company is classy too -- it has "luxurized" the brand so much that it can smugly assert that quality and Rimowa are ...
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JetBlue Will Expand Mint Business Class to Boston

JetBlue announced an expansion of its popular Mint lie-flat business class service to Boston with service starting next year. In March 2016, JetBlue will commence three daily flights between Boston and San Francisco and add Boston - Los Angeles flights in autumn 2016. Boston - Barbados will ...

June 2015 New York City Miles and Points Meetup

There's another New York City meetup this Tuesday evening. Join other frequent flyers in Manhattan at the next Reach for the Miles on June 23, 2015 from 6pm to 9pm in the Lower East Side. 

RSVP now for the event

Although I cannot attend this one, I hope to be at a future NYC meetup (need to check out the Park Hyatt New York and I'm dying to see The Book of Mormon on Broadway...). I'm sure it will be as fun as the LA meetup a few months ago. Happy Hour specials will be available and you must be 21 to enter. 

Was the Muslim Passenger Who Accused United FA of Bigotry Lying?

Truth is a funny thing -- it is immutable, but it can hide. History is written by the victors and beyond the trite but accurate cliche that there are two sides to every story, sometimes we should all be a bit more judicious in rushing to judgment.
I stood by Tahera Ahmad and condemned the ...

United Airlines Leaves JFK, Moves p.s. to Newark

Big news for New York City travelers, as United announced plans to move its premium service (p.s.) flights from JFK to Newark and discontinue service to JFK starting on October 25, 2015.
United cuts p.s. because it was not making money
I don't blame United for doing this -- in ...

A Secret Trick for Securing Business Class Award Space to Europe is Exposed

Brussels Airlines award space is again bookable on secret trick to dependable business class award space to Europe has been exposed.
Brussels Airlines space has played cat and mouse games on over the last few years, appearing and disappearing before appearing ...

Delta Responds: Mixed Cabin Rewards Remain...Sort Of

Lucky noted (from a post by René) a disturbing change to the wording of yesterday -- it appeared that without notice Delta eliminated mixed-cabin awards, which would have signalled another elephantine Skymiles devaluation. I reached out to Delta and was assured that ...

Fly to Europe in a 44-Seat Business Jet Using Your Miles!

SAS launched service between Houston and Stavanger, Norway last summer using a 44-seat jet featuring an all-business class configuration. Operated by PrivatAir on behalf of SAS, the flight operates six times per week and features an outdated "angle lie-flat" business class. The flight ...

Aer Lingus to Join oneworld: No Irish Luck for Me!

In January I wrote a piece entitled IAG Group Moves Closer to Aer Lingus Acquisition and speculated that Aer Lingus would rejoin the oneword alliance if the acquisition by British Airways' parent company IAG was successful. Today, the Irish government announced plans to ...

Memorial Day 2015: A Call to Selflessness

For my annual Memorial Day post this year, I want to quote a passage from President Woodrow Wilson's Memorial Day Address 101 years ago on 30 May 1914:
A peculiar privilege came to the men who fought for the Union. There is no other civil war in history, ladies and gentlemen, the stings ...

A Day in the Life of a Weary Road Warrior...And Some Humor

Let me tell you about my latest trip. I still wonder sometimes why I do this to myself, but am thankful that I still find fun in flying for the sake of flying. I hope you find this “Dear Diary” entry at least a bit humorous.
The trip started with a flight from Burbank to San ...

Family Should Apologize for Forcing United Airlines Diversion

The trending story of a family thrown off a United Airlines flight from Houston to Portland beckons us to consider how airlines should compassionately and effectively accommodate disabled travelers while balancing concerns of safety and the comfort of other passengers.
The story has ...

New Beta Edition of Available to All

I have been testing the beta version of the new for over a month now via special invitation but now United has opened its beta site to everyone, with a planned launch date of the "new and improved" this summer. The website will continue to fluctuate during this beta ...

FOIA Request from U.S. DOT Arrives over United Danish Kroner Mistake Fare

After the United States Department of Transportation (DOT) sided with United Airlines, allowing the carrier to rescind super-cheap first class fares that exploited a pricing glitch on its Danish website, I was curious to see how cozy the relationship was between United and the DOT. How were ...

Fighting Cancer with Delta Jet Drag

At FTU Dallas last month, Ed Pizzarello from Pizza in Motion casually asked if I would like to pull a jet in Atlanta to raise money for the American Cancer Society. With plans to be in Atlanta already for the Freddie Awards, the answer was naturally yes.

The goal was to ...
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An Evening With the Most Powerful Woman in the Airline Loyalty Business

Delta Air Lines hosted the Freddie Awards at its Flight Museum in Atlanta last week and extended an invitation to a handful of aviation bloggers for a reception the night before (also hosted by Gogo) at Volare Bistro in Haperville, just down the road from ATL.
Sandeep Dube, Vice President ...