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November New York City Points and Miles Meetup

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Before you take off for the Thanksgiving holiday, join us on November 20th at 6pm for another frequent flyer meetup.  RSVP now for the event.

Professor Thom's is extending their happy hour special for us again including house wine, beer and well drinks that are generally $5 or less. You must be 21 to enter. It's a great chance to discuss year-end mileage runs and manufactured spend with other travelers.

 

Look forward to seeing you at the next Reach for the Miles meetup.

The Mirage Las Vegas Review

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The MGM Mirage is located in the middle of the strip and strikes a nice balance between location, price and amenities. Since my Hyatt Diamond status gave me MGM MLife Platinum status, I was offered an MLife rate of just $91 on a recent Friday and Saturday, typically expensive weekend nights. Other properties on the strip were upwards of $130 to $250 per night so the MLife rate was a great perk. 

This property opened in 1989 and exhibits the typical design of that era: a ...

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Another visit to the TWA Flight Center at JFK T5

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For the past few years, the Open House New York event provides public access to a number of private or closed venues around New York City. During last year's event I visited the TWA Flight Center at JFK and this year I organized a New York City Frequent Flyer meetup at the venue. It's not always easy getting to JFK but I think all the visitors who made it were glad that did.

From the parking lot it's a very easy stroll into the Flight Center.

Alternatively if you come ...

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Breather: Office Space for Rent By the Hour

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When traveling for work a temporary office is great for meetings and as a place to get work done. And if you live in a noisy city, like New York, it's helpful to rent office space when you need a quiet place to work, meet, relax, or even... sleep. A number of serviced office companies provide space by the hour but are often expensive and sometimes require a lengthy sign up process. Breather has recently launched their service providing easy to use office space at very reasonable rates in New ...

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Delta Retiring Their Boeing 747s by 2017

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Delta has been planning the retirement of their 747 fleet for sometime. But today's announcement on their earnings call indicates an acceleration of the time line to 2017. If you're a fan of this aircraft type, and a Delta flyer, you should consider the retirement schedule for your upcoming trips.

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Delta only has 16 747-400's left in their fleet. And the 747 is dwindling in numbers at all airlines worldwide. Only a few airlines have ordered the newer 747-8I including Lufthansa, Air China, and Korean. It will be sad to see fewer "Queen of the Skies" around most airports over the coming decade.

Would you go out of your way to fly Delta's 747 in the next couple of years? What's your favorite aircraft type?

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October NYC Meetup at the TWA Flight Center at JFK!

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Tomorrow, October 11, 2014 is Open House New York weekend which "unlocks the doors to New York's most important buildings, offering an extraordinary opportunity to experience the city and meet the people who design, build, and preserve New York." One of those important buildings is the TWA Flight Center at JFK. This building is closed year round and only open to the public for one day each year.

Since it will be open tomorrow, lets all meet at the same time. Hopefully it won't be too crowded. See more details and RSVP on the meetup.com page.

Hope to see you there!

 

September New York City Meetup Next Week

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What better way to ease back into the week, after a long weekend, than to have a cool drink and talk miles and points. Join me and other travelers, on Tuesday September 2nd, at Professor Thom's in the Lower East Side at our (eighth!) meetup to discuss all things miles and points. RSVP now for the event.

Professor Thom's is extending their happy hour special for us again. You must be 21 to enter.

Hope to see you there!

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July 2014 New York Meetup next week!

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After a fun meetup last month with two suprise guests ( Daraius and Ben ) it's time for another points and miles meetup. Next week, on Tuesday July 22nd, our very own Brad will be in New York City and joining the festivities.  Join us and other travelers at Professor Thom's in the Lower East Side to discuss all things miles and points. RSVP now for the event.

Professor Thom's is extending their happy hour special for us again. You must be 21 to enter.

Hope to see you there!

June 2014 New York City Travel Meetup

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We're having another frequent flyer and miles and points meetup in New York city on Tuesday, June 24, 2014. Join me and other travelers at Professor Thom's in the Lower East Side to discuss all things miles and points. RSVP now for the event.

Professor Thom's is extending their happy hour special for us again. You must be 21 to enter.

We'll be upstairs at Professor Thom's in the Lower East Side, located at 219 2nd Avenue between 13th and 14th Streets. The nearest ...

American Airlines New Airbus A321T

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Today American launches their first Airbus A321T (transcontinental) service from JFK to Los Angeles. Last month, I experienced the aircraft during an American Airlines event at JFK.

Overall, it's an impressive cabin. With In-Flight Entertainment (IFE) at every seat and seating for just 102 passengers, boarding should be quick and over head luggage space plentiful. These planes will use Gogo's upgraded air-to-ground (ATG4) Wi-Fi throughout the cabin.

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American, American Eagle, JetBlue, and Delta Mainline Now Offer Gate-to-Gate Electronics Use

American, and most of its regional carrier American Eagle, became the third airline to allow gate-to-gate use of electronics yesterday after the FAA changed its electronic use guidelines. JetBlue was the first, while Delta has only approved use on mainline jets. Their regional Delta Connection fleet will not allow electronics use gate-to-gate until closer to the end of the year. Some notes from the AA press release:

Devices will need to be in airplane mode and you'll need to secure ...
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Finally Use Your Smartphone or Tablet From Take Off to Landing

All of us are familiar with the requirement to turn off all electronic devices for take off. Not only is it annoying for passengers, but doubly so for the flight attendants that have to enforce this silly rule. On my EgyptAir flight almost two years ago, electronics were allowed throughout the flight. Today the FAA announced that their electronic device policy is changing to something similar. 

Passengers will eventually be able to read e-books, play games, and watch ...

TWA Flight Center - JFK Terminal 5

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The Eero Saarinen designed Trans World Flight Center, part of Terminal 5 at JFK, opened in 1962 and was closed in 2001 when TWA merged into American Airlines. This terminal is amazing. While its practicality diminished, even before it opened, it's the type of terminal that could make you look forward to waiting in the airport. I'd wait for my confirmed upgrade all day long in a terminal like this.

The terminal captures the space-aged mindset of the late 50s when Saarinen was ...

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New York City Meetup - Tuesday, September 17th

The next Reach For The Miles frequent flyer and mile aficionado meetup will be held Tuesday, September 17th, 2013 in the lower east side of Manhattan. After a successful first meetup that drew nearly 50 people I'm looking forward to an even bigger event this time.

Please join me on Tuesday, September 17th, at 6 pm to mingle and meet others from the travel industry, talk points and miles, have a drink from the cash bar and enjoy a fun, informal evening.

Please RSVP at Meetup.com

Look forward to seeing you there!

Feeling Coachy: Flying Humor on TV

You've probably seen all these clips before, but I thought I'd mention them for the few that have not. There are three TV clips that I often think of when boarding a plane. My favorite flying phrases, that get strange looks if you don't know them, come from these episodes: "I'm coachy!", "People up here are getting cookies!" and "get your foot off our rug!".

The most recent is Larry David's Coachy vs First Classy:

Secondly the funny flight of Jerry (in First Class) ...

Changing or Canceling an American Airlines Award

A friend asked me: "I need to cancel an American MileSaaver Award as plans have changed, is there a fee to get the miles back?"

American has fees associated with changes to an award and redepositing the miles for most members.  The explanation of the fees is explained in a fairly dense description on the aa.com website. I've highlighted the basic facts here to (hopefully) make it easier to read. The main exception is that the fees are waived for Executive Platinum (EXP) members ...

Tonight in New York: Reach for the Miles

Don't forget tonight's meetup (July 30th, 2013) in New York City: Reach for the Miles. Join Fozz, The Miles Professor, The Wandering Aramean, Just Another Points Traveler, myself and other bloggers and frequent flyers at the first Reach for the Miles meetup. 

Please join us at 6 pm tonight to mingle and meet others from the travel industry, talk points and miles, have a drink from the cash bar and enjoy a fun, informal evening.

Please RSVP ...

Behind the Scenes Revenue Management Video from American Airlines

American has quietly been rolling out a number of "behind the scenes" videos about the internal workings of the airline. From baggage handling to catering these videos are well produced and provide some insight into the inner workings of an airline.

"Why do airfares charge so much?" interviews analysts within the revenue management department. It's an interesting five minute interview that discusses the factors that effect pricing including: seasonality, holidays, taxes, fees, ...

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Reach for the Miles - New York City Meetup

Are you in New York City on Tuesday, July 30th? If so, join Fozz, The Miles Professor, The Wandering Aramean, myself and other bloggers and frequent flyers at the first Reach for the Miles meetup. 

Please join us on Tuesday, July 30th, at 6 pm to mingle and meet others from the travel industry, talk points and miles, have a drink from the cash bar and enjoy a fun, informal evening.

Please RSVP at Meetup.com

We'll be at Professor Thom's in the Lower East Side, located at 219 2nd Avenue between 13th and 14th Streets. We'll be getting together upstairs.

Look forward to seeing you there!

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