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Sir Richard Looks to Shake Up Cruise Industry, Launches Virgin Cruises


Virgin Group founder Sir Richard Branson certainly loves to make waves, and this past week's big announcement was no exception.  Sir Richard announced the launch of Virgin Cruises, the group's first foray into the crowded field of floating vacations.  As you would expect from ...

The Lufthansa Heist


Catching up on newspapers today, I noticed a WSJ review of a new book by Henry Hill and Daniel Simone entitled The Lufthansa Heist. Intrigued, I read up on it and apparently I need to watch the film Goodfellas...
Here's how it briefly went down -- an airport worker trying to settle ...

Singapore Airlines, Airbus Working to Bring Back World's Longest Flight


Singapore Airlines and Airbus are working to restore non-stop service to New York by 2018 with  the development of a more fuel efficient A350-900 that would make the route economically viable.
Non-stop service from Singapore to Newark halted in 2013, as Singapore failed to turn ...
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Starbucks, Lyft Team Up for Free Coffee and Free Rides

I wouldn't exactly call myself a Starbucks fanatic, but I go often enough that I make good use of the Starbucks mobile app and hold Gold status in the "My Starbucks Rewards" program.  As part of the program, members using the app receive periodic special Starbucks offers and apps/music that can ...

United FAs Get iPhone 6s Filled with Info About YOU!


Although I have not seen them in use yet, United Airlines has recently equipped all flight attendants with an iPhone 6 Plus to "deliver an even higher level of flyer-friendly service and will offer our flight attendants simple, one-touch access to valuable work information, enabling them ...
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U.S. Reopens Embassy in Havana


U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry was in Cuba today to officially re-open the American Embassy in Havana, which for years as operated in the same harbor-front building as a diplomatically-downgraded United States Interests Section. This is a must-visit location during any trip to ...
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Taxi Lobby Tries, Fails to Block Uber and Lyft at DFW Airport


The taxi lobby, it seems, will not go quietly.  Hot on the heels of Matthew's report that the taxi unions successfully lobbied the Los Angeles City Council to block ride sharing services at LAX, tax drivers in Dallas filed suit against the DFW Airport Board in state district court, asking ...

Cameras Now Permitted on White House Tours!


I used to work at the White House and once in a while I would volunteer to conduct weekend East Wing tours — I remember how delighted I was to visit the White House for the first time as a tourist and there was something special about introducing others to the White House for the first ...

How Bad is Delta's Latest SkyMiles Devaluation? Time to Buy Delta Stock!

Delta announced an immediate devaluation of its Skymiles program on the redemption side this week effective for flights on or after 01 June 2016. We are now seeing just how draconian these changes are. Folks, this is a devaluation unlike any we have ever seen. But Delta just reported ...
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It's Semi-Official - US Airways to Fly Off Into the Sunrise October 17


In early May, I reported a two-minute warning of sorts that the most important step of the American Airlines/US Airways merger integration was on the way, with the reservation systems scheduled to be folded into one sometime in October, with a 90-day wind-down period to begin in July.  ...

United Airlines To Offer Swanky Cowshed Amenity Kits


United Airlines is teaming up with Cowshed Spa, a division of Soho House, to offer brand new amenity kits in intercontinental premium cabins and United lounges.
Beginning Aug. 1, 2015, United will exclusively offer Soho House's Cowshed skin-care products onboard in newly redesigned ...
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JetBlue Will Expand Mint Business Class to Boston


JetBlue announced an expansion of its popular Mint lie-flat business class service to Boston with service starting next year. In March 2016, JetBlue will commence three daily flights between Boston and San Francisco and add Boston - Los Angeles flights in autumn 2016. Boston - Barbados will ...
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Lawsuits for Everyone! Dallas Asks Courts to Settle Love Field Quagmire


When we left off in the last episode of the Dallas/Delta/Southwest/Virgin America soap opera down at the end of Cedar Springs Road, Southwest had announced plans to ramp up Love Field flying to 180 departures per day by August.  Virgin America, meanwhile, decided that burning piles of ...
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United Airlines Leaves JFK, Moves p.s. to Newark


Big news for New York City travelers, as United announced plans to move its premium service (p.s.) flights from JFK to Newark and discontinue service to JFK starting on October 25, 2015.
United cuts p.s. because it was not making money
I don't blame United for doing this -- in ...
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Attention Foodies - Dallas to Host Mega Taco Festival June 27th


Dallas admittedly isn't a destination I'd recommend coming to in the summer (it's just too dang hot), but if you're a foodie, or just like tacos, you should seriously consider putting Dallas on the list of summer vacation ideas.  News broke today that the city will be hosting the ─░Taco ...
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Cruise Line Ancillary Fees Meet the Law of Unintended Consequences


Roasted chicken for lunch on the NCL Dawn
A couple of weeks ago, I reported that Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) would begin charging a $7.95 fee for most room service orders, a service that previously had been free.  Well, as it turns out, NCL is finding out the hard way that unintended ...
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Aer Lingus to Join oneworld: No Irish Luck for Me!


In January I wrote a piece entitled IAG Group Moves Closer to Aer Lingus Acquisition and speculated that Aer Lingus would rejoin the oneword alliance if the acquisition by British Airways' parent company IAG was successful. Today, the Irish government announced plans to ...
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