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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 united.com

LOT Polish Airlines is back after a long hiatus on united.com. 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 ...

The Zimbabwe Haircut

Four years ago I wrote a post entitled, “Haircuts when traveling” and I really meant what I wrote…one of my favorite things to do while traveling internationally is to get a haircut and I have now patronized barber shops on every continent but Antarctica. But after my latest ...
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Frequent Traveler University $250 Hyatt Gift Card Giveaway

Frequent Traveler University (FTU) is coming 05-07 December 2014 to Washington, DC and I will be speaking on a variety of travel-related topics. This is going to be a huge event with a speaker list including some of the indstury's most-respected point and mile gurus. Though tickets have sold ...
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Moving to South Africa

...for the next month anyway. Perhaps longer.
I'm already here, actually. You can blame my wife. Or the American government. Or striking South African postal workers.
You see, not that our U.S. government wins any blue ribbons for its efficiency, but things are a little rogue here in ...
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Streaming Inflight Movies and TV on United Airlines

United Airlines has made economy class travel much more bearable by introducing streaming IFE to many of its aircraft. I had a chance to try it last week on a flight from Chicago to Frankfurt and was very pleasantly surprised.
First off, I find wi-fi on UA longhaul flights (mostly 747-400s) a ...
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Ontario, CA Fights for Control of ONT Airport

Southern California’s Inland Empire is a vast sprawl of affordable housing and big box stores east of Los Angeles that also is home to Ontario International Airport (ONT).  The once-bustling airport now looks like a ghost town at most times of day, with even further cutbacks under ...
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