Major British Airways Executive Club Devaluation in Late April

British Airways has announced changes to how you earn and burn Avios effective 28 April 2015 and let's not kid ourselves -- this is a massive devaluation. Our one reprieve is that short-haul economy class redemptions will not go up in most circumstances. Read on to find about the ...

TOP SECRET Route from San Francisco to Seoul

A flyer on United noticed that his flight from San Francisco to Seoul was not exactly traveling in a logical direction, so he did what any savvy traveler would do in the age of onboard wi-fi: he tweeted United--

United responded:

To which he responded:
And UA ...
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Propositioned by a Taxi Driver or Genuine Bahraini Hospitality?

I am still replaying this occurrence in my mind and wondering exactly what happened, so perhaps it is best to get some feedback from you.
I arrived in Bahrain around 10pm and after a lengthy wait to obtain a visa (a total ripoff at $45 for an overnight transit visa) followed by a failed attempt ...

IAG Group Moves Closer to Aer Lingus Acquisition

IAG Group, parent company of British Airways and Iberia, has made its third offer to acquire Irish flag carrier Aer Lingus, this time at €2.50/share. Irish news sources are reporting the Aer Lingus board is "set to accept" the latest bid, but details remain unclear of what IAG would ...

Illiterate Chinese Farmer Fined for Smoking Onboard Cathay Pacific Flight

The "glory days" of smoke-filled 747 lounges with baby grand pianos and circular staircases has been replaced with a harsh new reality--light up onboard and you'll face a heavy fine or jail time. From Britiain's finest news source, it appears that one illiterate Chinese farmer learned this ...

No Imminent Star Alliance Membership Announcement for Royal Air Maroc

I knew it sounded too good be true -- could Star Alliance really woo Royal Air Maroc into its alliance when it already was the dominant alliance in Africa? Would EgyptAir, Ethiopian Airlines, South African Airways, and Brussels Airlines really want more competition in their own backyard? Would ...

One of the Best Dinners I’ve Ever Had on United Airlines

As a 1K MillionMiler flyer on United, I’ve had my fair share of meals on UA over the last decade. Some have been good, some have been bad, but most were simply acceptable.
Last week I flew on United Airlines from Washington Dulles to Bahrain via Kuwait City on my way to the Qatar A350 ...

Impressive Meal Service Upgrades at United Airlines

United Airlines promised a vastly improved onboard meal experience last August, pledging to gradually roll out several improvements over the course of the next year. Almost immediately we saw a slight improvement in domestic lunch service and the re-introduction of meals on some shorter ...

Two Tricks on the Last Day to Book Hyatt Awards at 2014 Rates

Today is the final day to book Hyatt Gold Passport awards under the 2014 rate chart – effective at midnight CT the 2015 chart kicks in, which will see several properties going up one category.
If you are booked in one of the properties that is going down in category, you need not take any ...

Qatar CEO Akbar Al Baker Charms A350 Inaugural Audience

I had this image of Qatar CEO Akbar Al Baker in my mind as a feisty yet unapproachable man who would not "lower" himself to interact with passengers, instead choosing to sit alone in his suite the entire flight as his entourage of personal FAs and staff fawned over him. The FAs still fawned over ...
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Royal Air Maroc to Join Star Alliance?

The formalities are not complete, but a Swiss news agency is reporting that Royal Air Maroc, the national carrier of Morocco, will join Star Alliance.
Royal Air Maroc would bolster's Star's dominance in the region, joining Egypt Air, Ethiopian Airlines, and South African Airways as the fourth ...

Qatar Airways A350 Inaugural DOH-FRA: First Economy Class Trip Report

I was one of the privileged 320 passengers onboard the first A350 commercial flight, flying on Qatar Airways from Doha to Frankfurt on Thursday, January 15, 2015.
The decision to take part in this historic event was made less than a week before the flight and by that time business class ...

What Does it Mean to Be Well-Travelled?

A post by Lucky entitled The Hypocrisy Of The “I’m Cultured And You’re Not” Crowd caught my attention this week. It is an issue I struggle with not because I need to justify my travel patterns to anyone, but because the more I travel and interact with other cultures, the more ...

The Cuba Travel Ban is Over!

While pure tourism is still not technically allowed for Americans in Cuba, the travel ban is over – the veil has been lifted and Cuba is now open legally to all. Under new rules issued in response to President Obama’s decision to strengthen ties between Washington and Havana, it is now ...
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First Pictures from the Qatar A350 DOH-FRA Inaugural Flight

If you're following me on Twitter or Instagram you've already seen some of these pictures, but yesterday I flew on the first A350 commerical flight, a Qatar Airways service from Doha to Frankfurt. A full report will be published on Monday, but for now here are some teaser pictures--

Air India Award Space Now Bookable on

Air India is a Star Alliance member with a surprisingly robust worldwide route network. With a great seat in business and first class (service is another story, I hear) the carrier provides a valuable link to the Indian subcontinent. Award space has been searchable on Aeroplan and ANA's website, but ...

Off to Doha for Qatar A350 Inaugural!

One upside to my job is that I am able to travel on a whim – my office, being a telephone and laptop computer, is portable so when the right opportunity arises, I can take it. I figured the first commercial flight of Airbus’ latest aircraft was worth a trip.
My journey to Doha is ...
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