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Booking Flights on Norwegian Air? Choose Your Site to Save Big


Norwegian Air (technically Norwegian Air Shuttle) is a European low-cost carrier that has expanded into the United States over the last few years, using low fares as its primary selling point.  And when I say low fares, I mean absurdly low in many cases.  It's not unusual to see ...

Exotic airlines I've flown

Arik Air, Maldivian, Spanair, Virgin Blue, Jetstar, and many more.  Some of these are still flying, and some are long gone, but none of them fly anywhere close to the US, so they seem at least somewhat exotic.  While talking travel with fellow Upgrd blogger, Sriram, we were discussing a ...
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I Flew Spirit for One Penny* and Lived to Tell the Tale

Avgeeks certainly love to hate Spirit Airlines, the plucky low-cost carrier that revels in its el cheapo reputation.  Unfortunately, that reputation typically involves poor customer service, high ancillary fees, and middling on-time performance.  But hey, I'm a glutton for punishment to ...
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Book Airfare and Hotels with Bitcoin

Over the last several years Bitcoin online currency has become substantial more popular and now traveling on Bitcoin and paying for flights, hotels, and more is a reality as some online retailers are starting to accept payment via Bitcoin.
Currently there are only a few major online retailers ...
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D-Day Comes and Goes, Delta Still Flying From DAL

As Dallas Love Field ramped up to its post-Wright Amendment capacity heights on Tuesday with Southwest's launch of nonstop flights to Oakland and San Francisco, one of the lesser-known sideshows that sprung out of the Wright repeal continues unresolved.  That sideshow involves Delta Air Lines, ...

More Turbulence for Indian Aviation as SpiceJet Circles the Bowl

It has been a little more than two years since India's mercurial Kingfisher Airlines suspended operations and went belly-up, but the headwinds that have long troubled India's aviation sector are still going full force.  Over the last couple of weeks, news has emerged that discount carrier ...

Now You're Flying - Newest commercial from Virgin Australia

Despite living nearly 10,000 miles from Australia, I kind of keep tabs on Virgin Australia.  I had good experiences on the few occasions I have flown with them, and I hope to again.  I am a fan of good advertising especially airline commercials.  As part of the Virgin Group, style is ...
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Big Travel with Small Money - Tips on How to Earn More Miles and Points

A few weeks ago, Daraius from Million Miles Secrets sat down with me for an interview on how to travel big with small money. We talked about the Pursued Adventures blog and I got to share some of my tips and tricks on how to earn more miles and points. I have been very fortunate to travel around the ...

Broader Carry-On Crackdown Beginning? Maybe, Maybe Not

Back in early March, fellow UPGRDr Matthew reported that United Airlines was beginning to strictly enforce its carry-on baggage policy.  The announcement caused a fair amount of consternation and trepidation in the frequent flier world, though I figured it was only a matter of time before other ...
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First time to fly @ 71 & 78

Most every frequent flyer can think back to their first flight, I can recall as a kid flying from BWI to Orlando on Eastern Airlines to see Mickey. 
I was lucky to be able to fly at a young age but I never did think about the people in the world who just never experienced a take ...

Austrian Airlines Business Class Vienna to Chicago - Star to Spain

After a great trip to Spain, as an AvGeek, the last leg of the trip was one of my most anticipated segments, our ride home in Austrian Airlines Business Class.  

 In case you forget which airline you are flying, just check the bulkhead.  
 
Austrian recently ...
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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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Swiss my new airline of choice for European flights

My home airport is Manchester UK (MAN) and I have a few Star Alliance options; United, US Airways, Lufthansa, SAS, TAP, Brussels, Turkish and Swiss. I have been sticking with Lufthansa over the years and I have been over all happy with LH, but in the past few years LH has made some changes to their ...
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