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Delta Adds Complimentary Meals on Transcon Flights for Economy Comfort Passengers

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Delta really is marching to the beat of a different drum. After another incredible Skymiles devaluation on Friday, today the carrier announced a new buy-on-board menu on its premium transcon flights between New York Kennedy and Seattle/San Francsico/Los Angeles featuring fresh wraps by Luvo. Further, the carrier announced passengers seated in Economy Comfort class will receive complimentary (cold) meals on these routes.

Here's a snippet of the press release from ...

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Delta Restricts Lounge Access, Will United and AA Follow?

Because gutting the Skymiles program twice without notice just was not enough, Delta Air Lines used this fine Friday to announce a major devaluation of its Sky Club lounge access policy. Oh, you have a guest? That will be $29. Will United Airlines and others follow the trendsetting Delta?

I really dread Fridays these days, as it seems that each week one of the legacies gives us a lump of coal. Christmas never ends!

Here's Delta's rationale--

We hope you're ...

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"Get Mile High" Ad Campaign by Spirit Airlines

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Americans over the age of 21 are now permitted to buy marijuana legally in Colorado for recreational uses. From the airline that took advantage of the U.S. Secret Service prostitution scandal by advertising “More Bang for your Buck” flights to Cartagena, Colombia comes an ad campaign highlighting the new Colorado law. “The no smoking sign is off (in Colorado)...Get Mile High with $10 off your next flight. Fares so low they’re barely legal in some ...

My Day Trip to Washington to be an Escort

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My family and friends know me as the guy who loves to fly, so I get a lot of requests for travel tips and sometimes even more. Like yesterday, where I spent my entire day between consecutive late-night transcon flights lounge hopping at Washington Dulles in order to escort a friend back to LA.

One of my longtime friends recently moved to Washington, DC, embarking on a cross-country road trip with her mother the week before Christmas and finally arriving in Washington last weekend ...

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Why I Am Keeping my American Express Platinum Card

When I took advantage of a 100,000 point sign-up offer to obtain an American Express Platinum Card last year, I planned to collect the sign-up bonus, use it for a year, take advantage of the $200 in airline credit for calendar year 2013 and 2014, then cancel this month before my next $450 annual fee was due. But even with American Express cutting American Airlines and US Airways as lounge partners, I have decided to keep the card.

With the award chart inflation of United Airlines and ...

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A Salute to Darren Booth (Frequently Flying)

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When Darren Booth first began his Frequently Flying blog, he turned to me often for advice—he said I was one of the bloggers who had inspired him to blog and we chatted frequently about blogging, award travel, and our shared loyalty to United Airlines. Darren’s blog quickly grew and he also took on a position as a travel editor at CNBC and used me on occasion in his stories. He loved to talk about travel and flying, and always had an uplifting and kind attitude. He was diligent ...

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Last Day to Book Under Old Hyatt Award Chart

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A new Hyatt Gold Passport award chart goes into effect tomorrow, 07 January 2014, and the changes are bad for the most part, particularly for high-end Park Hyatt properties. If you are planning on using your Hyatt points for travel in 2014 to any of these properties, today is the last day to book under the old rates.

The new Category 7 includes six Park Hyatt hotels in Beaver Creek, Milan, Paris, Sydney, Tokyo and Zurich. These properties go from 22,000 to 30,000 points per night. ...

How NOT to Deal with a Flight Attendant who Tells You to Extinguish Your Cigarette

It's bad enough to smoke on an airplane, but the truth is you can usually get away with a few puffs if you play dumb and extinguish the cigarette immediately when instructed to do so. What you cannot get away with is repeatedly trying to smoke onboard then becoming aggressive and violent when told to stop.

Germans love their cigarettes and apparently Mathias Jorg could not even get through a 7hr flight without one.

A MAN is in police custody after he tried to smoke ...

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Special Edition Amenity Kits from United Airlines

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Through 01 March 2014, United Airlines is offering customers in BusinessFirst and Global First special edition tin amenity kits that highlight its seven U.S. mainland hubs.

These special edition amenity kits will be available on longhaul international flights departing from the U.S. only and will contain the contents currently found in United's BusinessFirst amenity kit. Global First customers will receive their enhanced Global First amenity kit in addition to the commemorative ...

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United Eliminates Free Alcohol in Transpacific Economy Class

Effective 01/01/14, United Airlines has quietly eliminated free alcoholic beverages on transpacific flights. This comes just days after Delta Air Lines' recent announcement that it will expand its free beer and wine offerings on all longhaul international routes to cover spirits too.

Over the last four years, United has gone back and forth in offering free alcohol on transpacific and Asia routes, briefly eliminating the perk before the merger only to bring it back months ...

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Top 10 Airline Award Redemptions for January 2014

With the new year here and many changes negatively affecting airline loyalty programs now in effect or shortly taking effect, there are still a number of superb deals available. Here are my top ten award travel bright spots for January 2014.

1. US Airways Dividend Miles – 90K miles r/t for business class between North American and North Asia with a Stopover in Europe

Still the best award in the world, it takes only 90,000 US Airways miles to fly between the U.S. and ...

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Additional Business Class Saver Award Space for Elite Members of United MileagePlus Program

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United is massively devaluing its award chart at the end of the month and has instituted a minimum-spend requirement for elite qualification in 2014. With deep cutbacks to the domestic front cabin product and few flights with internet, questioning the value of loyalty to United is not unreasonable. But there may be one bright spot, particularly in light of the new award chart: additional space for Platinum/1K/Global Services members in premium cabins on United's own metal. Gold and ...

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Travel Restraint or Status Quo in 2014?

While my travel patterns have remained largely unchanged over the last three years and even the last decade, 2014 will usher in a substantial change in the way I travel and think about travel.

Reaching MillionMiler status on United gives me Star Alliance Gold Status for life—or at least until United decides to yank it. With United’s new $10,000 minimum spending requirement to qualify for 1K status—the effective end of mileage running—and a significant inflation ...

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Myanmar, Melbourne, Malta, Micronesia, & MillionMiler: My Magnificent 2013

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2013 flew by incredibly fast—just incredibly fast. Looking back at the year I marvel at what was accomplished and think about how the airline industry and my own livelihood has changed.

When I started law school, I had every intention of becoming a full-time attorney. Thoughts of working in the travel industry did not register outside of a legal role. Having a legal degree in my back pocket is still a remarkably valuable chess piece, but three years into Award Expert, I do not ...

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The TSA Presents: The 12 Banned Items of Christmas (Humor)

I love intelligent humor that not only draws a laugh, but makes a deeper point--perhaps a reflection on an pertinent political issue or on society at large that invites contemplation and discussion. A new video out poking fun at the TSA accomplishes exactly that purpose.

As the Christmas season comes to a close, enjoy this--but also think about the bigger message:  TSA carry-on policy is a joke, an arbitrary and capricious list of banned and permitted items does not make us ...

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Reminder: New Aeroplan Award Chart Takes Effect on 01/01/14

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Aeroplan is updating its award chart on January 01, 2014 and the changes are both good and bad.

The Good: One-way awards at half the round-trip cost

Right now Aeroplan charges 67% of the r/t price for a one-way award. Starting on 01/01, that rate will drop to 50%. That means a one-way trip between Europe and North America in business class will be only 45K miles. If you travel on Lufthansa or Air Canada you will be hit with heavy fuel surcharges, but there are a number of Star ...

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3:1 Avianca Lifemiles Today Only

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A targeted e-mail went out to Avianca Lifemiles members this morning with a 3:1 mileage purchase offer: buy 1,000 miles and get 2,000 free, today only. 1,000 miles costs $30 + tax, so you're getting miles for one cent, pre-tax. With sweet spots on the Avianca award chart like 110,000 miles r/t for business class between North/Central America and Europe and no fuel surcharges, there is not a cheaper way to secure premium cabin space. Many who did not receive the e-mail offer have reported ...

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The Night Before Christmas: United Airlines Edition

'Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the air,
The United executives stirred in despair;
The stock had grown on the NYSE with fanfare,
In hopes that great profit soon would be there;
The Chairman was nestled all snug in his bed;
While visions of cutbacks danced in his head;
And mamma in her 'kerchief, and I in my cap,
Sat in the airport lounge pouring over a map,
When out on the tarmac there arose such a ...

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Singapore Airlines Accuses United Airlines of Lying About Pulled Online Award Space

Last week, United announced that it would no longer offer online searchability for Singapore Airlines award space. United stated this was a "mutual" decision but implied that Singapore had requested that United remove the space.

Hi everyone,

I wanted to give you an early heads up about an upcoming change to the Star partner award availability you see displayed online. Singapore Airlines and United have agreed to remove Singapore Airlines inventory from our award flight ...

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Generous Lufthansa First Class Award Availability between Tokyo Haneda and Frankfurt

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When Lufthansa recently announced new service between Mexico City and Munich as well as Toronto and Munich, premium class award seats were released on every flight. Even first class, which is normally only released to Star Alliance partners two weeks prior to travel, was made available on the Toronto route. With new routes between Tokyo Haneda and Frankfurt/Munich just loaded into the system, Lufthansa has again released a glut of premium cabin space, including two first class seats on every ...

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