Posts from January 2013

Review: Four Seasons Beirut

Beirut is a city of contradictions. It has a rich French-influenced history, a proud culture, and a warm and affable people. Yet Beirut has suffered from great politica...

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A Perfectly Good Transcon Redeye...in COACH

I was very critical of United Airlines yesterday, arguing that the carrier's business model and frankly its persona from the top down would make wining back lucrative business c...

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Splitting a Record Is Always Possible

In booking award tickets on a daily basis, I often encounter situations in which I must split a record before ticketing. Put simply, say there are two people on an award reserva...

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Escaping the Cold – Back to California

The last couple days have been cold, and I mean cold. As a California native who has spent a handful of winters on the East Coast (and Germany), I honestly cannot recall weather...

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Your Driver's License is not an ID Card!

ID Card (noun) - a card bearing identifying data (as age or organizational membership) about the individual whose name appears thereon.

Betcha thought this was goin...

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TSA Will Remove Some Nude Scanners

Chalk this up as a small victory in the war on common sense. The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) confirmed today that it will remove some airport body sca...

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American Airlines' New Livery Looks Familiar!

American Airlines rolled out a new logo and aircraft livery today. No one asked me for my opinion, but I'll weigh in just the same.

First, you know I prefer the status q...

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Review: Park Hyatt Hamburg

When my brother and I decided to drive up to Hamburg for a weekend, there were many considerations that shaped our travel plans. Hamburg, Ge...

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No Solution When a Trip Falls Apart

Sometimes even the most diligent planning and scrupulous attention to detail cannot save an ill-fated trip from self-destruction. Take this recent lurid account of mitch...

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The Perfect End to a LAX Mileage Run

I mentioned last week that I had to take a last-minute year-end mileage run from LA to Boston on December 30th in order to secure the 5K miles necessary to push me over the 150K...

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Megabus Wins Again

A quick update on my perpetual struggle of choosing between the value of Megabus or the comfort and convenience of Amtrak to get between Philadelphia and Washington.

Yes...

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