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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Terrorist Attacks and Travel Plans

A few thoughts on the events that took place in Paris last week.
As a lawyer whose favorite Constitutional law topic is the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, I take a very strong position in favor of freedom of expression.  Though each day brings news of more violence and ...

Flying Blue Promo Awards for January 2015

Each month Air France / KLM Flying Blue offer Promo Awards and I have highlighted the value of these awards on many occasions. While the January 2015 promotion is modest, Canadian travelers have a great opportunity to save on business class travel to ...

No Tourist Visas After All for Saudi Arabia

Well, when something seems too good be true, even if we are just talking about a visa to Saudi Arabia, it probably is...

The Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities (SCTA) has now denied that it will issue tourist visas starting in June 2015. Instead, it will continue to focus on building infrastructure to better serve the needs of local tourists; the citizens and residents of Saudi Arabia.

Tourist visas for foreigners may still come one day -- the SCTA called it a "postponement" rather than a permanent policy -- but don't expect anything soon, especially when transit visas are no longer available.

Oh much for that!


Saudi Arabia to Offer Tourist Visas Starting in June 2015

06 JAN 15 UPDATE: No Tourist Visas After All for Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia is not quite the hermit kingdom of North Korea, but it remains an elusive destination, difficult to enter and currently impossible to be an official tourist in outside of a narrow exception for Hajj or Umrah ...

Comprehensive Redemption Guide for 2015 Delta SkyMiles Program

2015 has brought new and exciting changes to the way your redeem your Delta SkyMiles including a new five-tiered award chart and one-way awards at half the price of a round-trip tickets. Read on for more about these changes and details on how to maximize your Delta miles:
Straightforward ...

A Roadmap for 2015

Happy New Year from Live and Let's Fly and I want to use this brief post to discuss my roadmap for this blog in 2015.
As I discussed yesterday, 2014 was not exactly a year of progress for this blog. Trip reports and hotel reviews were few and far between and for the first time in five years, ...

2014 in Perspective: Travel and Life

As Father Time prepares to hand over the reigns to Baby New Year, allow me to offer a few reflections on 2014.This was not the year I imagined it to be, with the beauty of married life and unplanned travel to exotic lands consternating sincere plans to make it a year of trip reports.
On the ...

Breaking: AirAsia Flight from Surabaya to Singapore Missing

In a year in which two Malaysian Airlines aircraft have tragically been lost, another airliner has sadly lost contact with air traffic control this evening. The AirAsia Indonesia A320 was (hopefully is) carrying 155 passengers and seven crew members.
An AirAsia flight travelling from the ...