Korean Air Awards Suddenly Become Much More Attainable

Korean Air offers a treasure trove of first class award availability to Seoul and beyond and is not too stingy in releasing business and economy class award space either. Up until now, booking has required Chase Ultimate Rewards points or navigating the minefield known as Delta SkyMiles but two ...

Video: Typhoon Lifts 747-400 Into Air

Have you ever been in a terrible storm while flying? I wrote about my dance with death on Malaysian Airlines but I suspect that storm had nothing on Typhoon Soudelor, which hit Taiwan hard last week. Check out this video of a China Airlines Cargo 747-400 being lifted off the ...
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Official Clarification from United on 2016 Lounge Access Policy


I wrote about an upcoming change to United's lounge access policy in 2016 which will limit admittance to only those with a same-day boarding pass, even if they are members. The new policy left many unanswered questions and United finally got me back to me with an answer to my ...
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U.S. Reopens Embassy in Havana


U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry was in Cuba today to officially re-open the American Embassy in Havana, which for years as operated in the same harbor-front building as a diplomatically-downgraded United States Interests Section. This is a must-visit location during any trip to ...
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United Will Restrict Club Access to Same-Day Travel Only in 2016

UPDATE: See the update from United on the new change.
Unlike in much of the world, where airport lounge access is granted solely on the basis of traveling in premium cabins or airline loyalty, the U.S. legacy carriers have adopted a membership style of lounge access which permits paid members ...
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Sorry, This is the Truth About Delta


Frequent Miler sets forward a reasoned defense of Delta, arguing that "the truth...is complicated" and even while loyalty on the redemption side has taken a hit, Delta is great to fly and rewarding to high-value elite fliers. I will not dispute that characterization, but I think that misses ...
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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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