Posts from December 2012

The Painful Yearend Mileage Run

I truly was looking forward to a week at home between the holidays. No travel, just catching up on a number of projects I have neglected, including Live and Let's Fly. Then I n...

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More Starnet Blocking by US Airways

Every savvy points aficionado has a love-hate relationship with US Airways Dividend Miles. After all, with essentially no routing rules, a very attractive award chart, and an ab...

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An Afghan Christmas in 2012

Christmas is upon us and I realize that I have been conspicuously absent this month. An odd day to resurface, perhaps, but as you pause today to spend time with family and frien...

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Chilling in the Kingdom

Visiting the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has been near the top of my travel list for years, though getting there is not easy. There is no such thing as a tourist visa in the KSA and...

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Do You Pilfer from Airline Lounges?

On my way back to Philadelphia Sunday afternoon, I noticed a man with a large plastic bag walking toward the food in the United Club at LAX. With some amusement, I watched him s...

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Protecting Your Upgrade on United Airlines

Tomorrow is a big day and I could really use a flat bed tonight to fly across the country. The problem: United's international-config 757s have only 16 seats in BusinessFirst an...

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