A Cool Twist on Travel Photography

I don't update my Instagram often, but I just love travel photos--both taking them and looking at them. Opening up my photo app reveals I have 58,593 photos and 438 videos spanning the last decade of travel. I also have collections of print travel photos from my family -- some dating back to the ...
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Are Held Award Tickets Really Guaranteed?

For a full-timer award booker, the most valuable tool any airline loyalty program can offer is the ability to hold a ticket prior to booking. Few things are for more frustrating than finding ideal award space, alerting the client, then finding after the client gives the green light that the space is ...

Humorous New Delta Air Lines Safety Video


Delta is out with a new safety video giving Air New Zealand a run for the money in the humor department. 

Well actually, the previous one did -- I personally like it much better:

My favorite part -- the star of the Overly Attached Girlfriend Meme makes an ...

Cameras Now Permitted on White House Tours!


I used to work at the White House and once in a while I would volunteer to conduct weekend East Wing tours — I remember how delighted I was to visit the White House for the first time as a tourist and there was something special about introducing others to the White House for the first ...

New Priority Pass Lounge in T5 at London Heathrow


While I usually make a beeline to one of the British Airways lounges when traveling through Heathrow's Terminal 5, lately I have been doing more intra-Europe economy class on BA (only 4,500 miles for flights under 600 miles). Having lost my AA Executive Platinum status, that means no more BA ...

Uber Suffers Setback at LAX


Last month it seemed like all the barriers had been cleared for Uber and Lyft to begin serving my home airport of Los Angeles International, but Rome was not built in a day and we're going to have to wait a little longer for Uber at LAX.
The Board of Airport Commissioners approved Uber on ...
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Can You Book Cuba Award Travel with American Airlines Miles?


I wrote with some glee about the change in U.S. policy toward Cuba and what this meant for travel. Since that December 2014 announcement, more diplomatic breakthroughs have occurred, including the recent re-opening of the Cuban Embassy in Washington and the U.S. Embassy in Havana. But one ...
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United Improves Pre-Arrival Meals on European Flights

The butt of many jokes for many years, United Airlines is retiring its (in)famous pre-arrival premium class meals on transatlantic westbound flights. 
Why does this merit a post? Because we've been served something like this for five years, with no exception--


As reported ...
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Read Rolling Stone for Ben Schlappig, not Kim Kardashian!

Rolling Stone is an icon of pop culture and a barometer of hipness in American life. Not surprisingly, a recent issue has self-proclaimed diva Kim Kardashian letting it all hang out on the cover. Flip past that though, for an incredible article centering on Ben Schlappig, author of One Mile at a ...
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The 10 Most Insane Travel Deals You Probably Missed

The Trip Sherpa recently wrote about DealRay, an incredibly useful mobile-based service for staying on top of travel deals, and it got me thinking of the great mistakes fares of yesteryear. I've been playing this game for a decade now and we have perennially seen incredible fare mistakes. Many I ...
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Can You Travel Without the Hassle?

If you’ve read my blog, you know I have elite status with a handful of airlines and I’ve played the game long enough to know how to beat the crowd. Even so, I wish flying could be half as easy as renting a car from National Car Rental as an Emerald Club member.
Imagine this alluring ...
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How Bad is Delta's Latest SkyMiles Devaluation? Time to Buy Delta Stock!

Delta announced an immediate devaluation of its Skymiles program on the redemption side this week effective for flights on or after 01 June 2016. We are now seeing just how draconian these changes are. Folks, this is a devaluation unlike any we have ever seen. But Delta just reported ...
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Delta Goes All-In on Dynamic Award Pricing in 2016


Just in from Delta Air Lines, a number of upcoming changes to the SkyMiles program, including a confirmed move to more aggressive dynamic award pricing. Let's start with the bad news--
Dynamic Award Pricing Accelerates for Travel in June 2016
HEADS UP FOR SUMMER 2016
We know ...
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Next FTU Advanced Announced: Newport Beach, CA


I've written over and over about Frequent Traveler University, a dynamic weekend of learning and fellowship that is a must for anyone who wants to efficiently master the points and miles game. Back to the West Coast by popular demand, the final FTU Advanced of 2015 will be held from 04-06 ...

Special Report: Delta's Secret Skymiles Devaluation

When Delta Air Lines depublished its Skymiles award charts in February, we were told that we no longer needed charts because the online pricing system would tell us how many miles were required for any given trip. The problem was the system did not seem to be working correctly: trips were pricing ...
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United Airlines To Offer Swanky Cowshed Amenity Kits


United Airlines is teaming up with Cowshed Spa, a division of Soho House, to offer brand new amenity kits in intercontinental premium cabins and United lounges.
Beginning Aug. 1, 2015, United will exclusively offer Soho House's Cowshed skin-care products onboard in newly redesigned ...
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Celebrate Your Independence Day at Frequent Traveler University


Happy Fourth to my U.S. readers, as we celebrate Independence Day across this great land. Declaring Independence from Great Britain, colonial leaders resolved to sacrifice their "lives, fortunes, and sacred honor" in furtherance of "life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness." While I cannot ...

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 ...
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