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A Delicious Breakfast on American Airlines


I admit it. I do like airline food. Though I am getting better at turning things down, I still eat almost anything put before me on an airplane. Most of my domestic flying this year has been transcons to/from Newark on United Airlines, which feature a multi-course meal and menus in first class. Despite the griping by many frequent flyers about United's subpar offerings, I tend to enjoy the food, even looking forward to it. My favorite meal of the day--both on the ground and on an airplane--is ...

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American Airlines Airbus A319 Photo Tour


American Airlines has taken delivery of its first new Airbus A319s and invited me and a cadre of other travel writers to examine the new aircraft in Dallas last week. I was already at LAX on another matter, so it made it easy for me to hop on an early flight to DFW in order to check out AA's latest fleet addition.

It was my first ...

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Rumor Confirmed: United 777s to Sydney, 787 to Osaka, 747 Returns to Chicago


United Airlines will replace its 747-400s with three-cabin 777-200ERs on its flagships Los Angeles/San Francisco-Sydney routes starting next spring. Other changes include a 787 on the San Francisco-Osaka route (currently a mix between the 747 and 777) and the return of the 747 to Chicago to serve Tokyo Narita.

In an internal memo to United employees, United explained why it will bring the 747 back to Chicago after clustering its 747 base in San ...

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Higher Costs + No More Holds = Delta Further Devalues Skymiles Program

Delta Air Lines has announced an "enhancement" to their Skymiles award chart, raising the price of saver business class redemptions up to 25% in some markets. Citing abuse, the carrier also announced an end to the ability to hold award reservations starting on September 09, 2013. The option to cancel and award reservation without penalty up to 24 hours after booking will remain. The new award chart is effective immediately, but only for award travel on or after June 01, ...

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Cathay Pacific Announces New Service to Newark Beginning on March 2, 2014


Cathay Pacific teased us on Facebook and Twitter last week with the image above, stating that it would announce new service to either Boston, Seattle, Miami, or Newark this week. Newark is the winner and the new flight is already loaded in the system, with plenty of award inventory. Service commences on March 2, 2014 with a three-cabin 77W aircraft, featuring economy, premium economy, and business class. No first class cabin.

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Limited Starwood American Express Sign-Up Bonus

UPDATE: Offer now expired.

Through Labor Day 2013, Starwood was offering an enhanced sign-up bonus on its Starwood Preferred Guest Credit Card and Business Card from American Express. 

Starwood points are great for booking Starwood hotel properties, but they are also a valuable means to top up your mileage balances in 30 airline loyalty programs, including many not reached by American Express Membership Rewards or Chase Ultimate Rewards.

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Sneak Peek at JetBlue's A321 Business Class + Mini-Suites


JetBlue has released the first images of its new Airbus A321 interiors, including a look at its 16-seat business class cabin that will contain four mini-suites with sliding doors providing complete privacy.

The new aircraft and addition of business class (and apparently a business class within a business class) will be first introduced on flights between New York and Los Angeles/San Francisco next year.

The cabin proposed for the Jet Blue Airlines A321 (U.S. ...

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An Important Decision Resolved

Let me give you a bit of advice that probably goes without saying—if you wish to do well on something, you have to put in the effort…unless you happen to be naturally brilliant of course, which few of us are.

I have been notably missing in action the last couple weeks as I crammed for the California Bar Exam. While most of my colleagues dutifully began studying upon the conclusion of law school in early May, I frolicked around the world and directed most of my efforts ...

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Cathay Pacific First Class Cabin Refresh


Only a few weeks after Singapore Airlines announced their new first, business and economy class designs, Cathay Pacific is following suit. Today they announced their anticipated refresh of their first class seat.

While the new seat isn't a big departure from their existing design it now includes a new 4.3" touch screen LCD controller, more adjustable meal tray, more room in the personal closet and new materials.

The first 777-300ER aircraft with the refreshed first class cabin ...

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Air France-KLM Flying Blue Promo Awards: 50% Off Business Class through August


I've griped about the inept call center and arcane policies of Flying Blue, the loyalty program of Air France-KLM, but I've been booking a lot of clients on Air France and KLM flights this month and want to make sure you are aware of the discounted "Promo Awards" available now through the end of August.

Below is a list of the routes on sale and mileage required to/from North America--

RouteOne wayRound tripBooking datesTravel dates ...

Birds of a Feather Get Two Seats Together


My brother travels to the Bay Area regularly for business and buys same-day tickets which has led to frequent trips on Southwest Airlines. Burbank Airport is his preferred departure point in LA and he flies out of the "other terminal." (United operates out of Terminal B so I haven't seen Terminal A since my JetBlue trip a couple years ago). Anyway, he sent me the following pictures yesterday afternoon as he went through security.

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Breaking: Nose Gear Collapse on Southwest Airlines Plane at New York LaGuardia

Some breaking news out of New York--

At least three people suffered minor injuries when a Southwest Airlines plane landed at LaGuardia Airport  with a nose gear collapse, according to officials. 

The airport is closed until further notice, the Port Authority said

"Southwest Airlines Flight 345, a Boeing 737 arriving at LaGuardia from Nashville reported possible front landing gear issues before landing," the ...

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EVA Award Space Returns to

After a number of technical glitches forced United to suspend the ability to book EVA award space online, United promised the fix would be quick. Just one week later, EVA award space has resurfaced on

I am very anxious to fly EVA and as I mentioned already, award space remains very generous...for now. With the ability to book online restored, this space will go fast--there is no question about it. It happened when Swiss first appeared at, when Turkish first ...

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RewardsPlus: United MileagePlus Partners with Marriott Rewards


When United Airlines tweeted about a "new rewards experience" coming to MileagePlus last Friday, I was very afraid. The news at United has not been good lately, but even with minor fee increases and a minimum-spend requirement that effectively kills mileage running for status, United MileagePlus remains world's best loyalty program. Today, United and Marriott announced a partnership that makes MileagePlus an even stronger program.

Today we’re pleased to ...

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Local News Station Reports Racist Joke as Names of Asiana Flight 214 Pilots


I have yet to offer my analysis on the recent Asiana crash, but it will be forthcoming and will focus not on the crash itself, but on the way the media reported on it: irresponsibly in many cases.

With the advent of the 24-hour news cycle and the race to get news out before anyone else, even at the expense of its accuracy, mistakes are bound to be made. Some are more egregious than others:

Wow, just wow.

  • Sum Ting Wong
  • Wi Tu Lo
  • Ho Lee Fuk
  • Bang Ding Ow

This news footage above is not a joke, folks. The names are not even Korean names. Kind of makes you wonder about the rest of the news we hear...

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Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 787 Dreamliner Catches Fire at London Heathrow

More problems for Boeing's 787 program, this time in London:

An internal fire broke out on Friday on a Boeing 787 that Ethiopian Airlines had parked between flights at London’s Heathrow Airport, the airport said.

The plane was in a remote area, and no passengers were on board. But the airport temporarily suspended arrivals and departures on its two runways while fire crews responded to the incident at 4:36 p.m. local time, several hours before the plane, named the ...

Massive United MileagePlus Devaluation on the Horizon?


It is Friday, that special day of the week reserved for dumping bad news. At around midnight CT, United Airlines posted the following on Twitter--

A very ambiguous message, so it will do little good now to speculate about what the new "rewards experience" will be, but be on notice for an announcement...

My worst fear is that United will take MileagePlus in the direction of Delta Skymiles, with a three-tiered award chart that essentially ...

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Snowden Onboard Aeroflot Flight to Havana?


The whole Edward Snowden issue is a mess and I am not going to weigh in on my own feelings about him here. But his saga to seek asylum is inextricably linked to travel and after spending two weeks camped out in the transit zone of Moscow's Sheremetyevo (Шереметьево) Airport, it seems that he may have made his move.

Venezuela has offered him asylum, but getting there is no easy task. Last week, the private jet of Bolivian President Evo Morales was forced down in Austria ...

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