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SAS Releases Business Class Award Space

One of the more elusive airlines to obtain premium cabin award space on is SAS, the flag carrier of Norway, Sweden, and Denmark. The carrier has an impressive new business class product, but releases very little transatlantic award space. Until now. Whether a change in policy or a temporary ...

Lufthansa A340 Business Class from Dusseldorf to Chicago

Lufthansa’s current business class hard product is not revolutionary, but it is a decent seat, and the service is usually good.  At the end of our family trip, and a quick visit in Dusseldorf, this was a comfortable way to get us back home.
Lufthansa A340, showing the ...

Amenity Kit Review: Thai Airways First Class (Rimowa 2014)

How about an amenity kit that looks like a mini Rimowa luggage case?  A few airlines offer these on occasion in their premium cabins.  I have only had one opportunity to pick one up, on my flight on the Thai Airways A380 between Frankfurt and Bangkok. For our introductory post on ...

SAS cancels Houston - Stavanger flight amid falling oil prices

SAS will discontinue its six weekly Houston - Stanvanger service in Winter 2015, operated on a 44-seat all-business class 737-700 operated by Privatair. The route commenced in August 2014 and was intended to connect two oil markets at a time when crude prices were $98 per barrel.
With oil ...
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Singapore Airlines and JetBlue Launch New Mileage Earning Partnership

As you guys know, I'm a huge fan of Singapore Airlines' KrisFlyer program and yesterday's announcement between Singapore Airlines and JetBlue is a huge plus for us in the miles and points game. Effective immediately, you can earn KrisFlyer miles when flying on JetBlue flights and earn TrueBlue ...

Reflecting on Jeff Smisek's departure from United: focus on the future

By now, most people are aware that Jeff Smisek is no longer the Chairman, CEO and President of (what used to be) the world's largest airline, United.
Throughout the afternoon, I received numerous phone calls, texts and e-mails from friends and work colleagues about the news. I'm sure that most ...

Emirates announces Dubai - Panama City flight: the new world's longest flight

Emirates Airline will create the first link between Central America and the Middle East with nonstop service from its Dubai hub to Panama City on February 1, 2016. This will be Emirates' 15th destination in the Americas, its fourth in Latin America, and the longest nonstop route in its global ...

Air China launches Newark as Chinese carriers expand in North America

An Air China 777-300ER taxis at LAX airport on April 4, 2013. Taken by Rohan Anand
Air China will commence four weekly flights to Newark airport from its Beijing - Peking hub on October 26, 2015, utilizing its 777-300ER fleet to operate the 6,931NM distance between the two cities in each ...

Lufthansa Boeing 747-8i Business Class O'Hare to Frankfurt

I've flown the Boeing 747-8i before, but this was my first time in the newest Lufthansa Business Class product.  It isn't all that cutting edge, but it is a big improvement on their previous product.   Even despite the price premium, this was a much better experience than what United ...

A Secret Trick for Securing Business Class Award Space to Europe is Exposed

Brussels Airlines award space is again bookable on secret trick to dependable business class award space to Europe has been exposed.
Brussels Airlines space has played cat and mouse games on over the last few years, appearing and disappearing before appearing ...

Trip Report: United Airlines BusinessFirst Los Angeles to Tokyo, Boeing 787-8

One of the best things about having points and miles friends is that you never have to travel alone. It's always nice having a travel buddy to fly with you and on this trip, I was lucky enough to have one of my friends, Orlando L., join me. We both decided to visit Japan and New Zealand together and ...

Asiana First Suites: OZ 221 New York JFK - Seoul ICN | Trip (Ro)Ports

Bidding adieu to Star Alliance United Airlines underwent a massive devaluation in February 2014 on award redemption via Star Alliance partner carriers using MileagePlus points. As I had accumulated well over enough points to buy at least two one-way award tickets in Premium cabins on partner ...