A Silver Lining In The Clouds: Volunteering for a Bump

Due to terrible weather this past weekend a number of flights were canceled stranding thousands of passengers at airports across the country. American Airlines was hit hard as Dallas Fort Worth airport had rolling cancellations over several days with a cascading effect on planes and crews in the ...
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Breather: rent a private workspace

A friend recently needed a place to work in Manhattan for a short time. I referred her to Breather and this is her review of the service. You can get a free hour at Breather by using my referral code (and I will get a free hour after you complete your first visit). Breather currently has work ...

January New York Miles and Points Meetup Tomorrow Night!

The new year means resetting your balances to zero and starting over again on elite status. Come talk about your plans at the next Reach for the Miles event tomorrow night from 6pm to 9pm in the Lower East Side in Manhattan.  
RSVP now for the event
The bar is extending their happy ...

November New York City Points and Miles Meetup

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. ...

The Mirage Las Vegas Review

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 ...
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Another visit to the TWA Flight Center at JFK T5

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 ...
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Breather: Office Space for Rent By the Hour

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 ...
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Delta Retiring Their Boeing 747s by 2017

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 ...
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October NYC Meetup at the TWA Flight Center at JFK!

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 ...

September New York City Meetup Next Week

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!

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 ...

June 2014 New York City Travel Meetup

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 ...

American Airlines New Airbus A321T

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 ...
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November Reach For the Miles Meetup in NYC

With the recent devaluation of United's MileagePlus it's the perfect time for a meetup to discuss what to do with your miles. 

Please join me on Wednesday, November 13th, at 6 pm in Manhattan 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!

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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 ...

TWA Flight Center - JFK Terminal 5

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 ...
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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 ...