Posts from June 2012

An Excellent Flight in US Airways Envoy Class

In some ways, I am happy my United Airlines oversell fiasco did not work out at LAX earlier this week because it gave me a chance to fly US Airways transatlantic Envoy (business...

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Your Seat Does Not Recline Any Further…

Have you ever sat behind a passenger who is convinced that if he keeps trying, he can get his seat to recline even further? I had the pleasure of sitting behind one on my Los An...

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Return to Germany!

The last two months have been great—only two airplane trips in early June and most of the time spent at home in Los Angeles with family and friends. Still, I have not been...

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Richard Branson, The Politician

I've got to hand it to Richard Branson--he's smoother than Mitt Romney and Barack Obama combined (which some will argue is not saying much...). An anti-global warming crusader ...

Free Wi-Fi Coming to LAX in July

After years of gouging--yes, gouging--customers wishing to access internet at Los Angeles International Airport, T-Mobile's reign ends next month and the LA City Council has vot...

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Avianca, TACA and Copa Join Star Alliance

Star Alliance has grown again today, with the addition of Avianca/TACA and Copa to the alliance. With TAM's future in the alliance in question, Star has ensured that it maintain...

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Review: Park Hyatt Zurich

Disclosure: I was one of a small group of writers invited to attend the 2011 Masters of Food and Wine event in Zurich. My stay at the hotel was complimentary.2 Comments

At Least Someone Cares at United Airlines...

I was encouraged to read on Flyertalk about a recent exchange between a United Airlines 1K member and a legacy United customer service agent:

Last week my phone rang. ...

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Review: InterContinental Almaty

As my travails at Almaty International Airport demonstrate, Kazakhstan is not a destination for the faint of heart. But that should not keep...

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Air France Captain "Diverted" on Flight 447?

Facts are still emerging about what exactly happened in the final moments leading up to the crash of Air France flight 447 in 2009, but one new piece of information has recently...

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American Airlines Sweetens Status Match Offer

When American Airlines offered a status match to United Airlines elite customers last month, I quickly jumped onboard. It was not that I was overly disgruntled with United: as I...

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Breaking News from US Airways (Humor)

You'll never believe what I just heard from US Airways reservations! Let's join a conversation already in progress:

ME: That's right--South African Airw...

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United Airlines: You're Hard to Leave!

Back from Cuba early on Friday, I received word that a family member had died and I had to travel to Colorado...the next morning. Once again, I found that giving up United will ...

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