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Trip Report: Thai Airways Boeing 747 Business Class Tokyo to Bangkok

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If you haven't flown on Thai Airways before, here's one thing you should know about them. They switch out more airplanes on more routes than any other airline that I know. When I originally booked this trip, I specifically booked this leg to be on the Airbus ...

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Lounge Review: Air China First Class Lounge at Beijing

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The Air China First Class Lounge at Beijing Capital Airport is located airside (after security) in terminal 3, near gate E20. It’s located on the second floor of the international terminal and is only available to first class passengers on Air China or Star ...

South African Airways Award Space Again Bookable

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I wrote yesterday that South African Airways award space had been unbookable for one week using miles from any Star Alliance loyalty program outside of South African Voyager. Thankfully, the space is again bookable.

The one-week hiatus of all SA space left a big hole for travel within ...

Lounge Review: Air New Zealand Koru Club Lounge at LAX

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I feel really bad for Air New Zealand premium cabin passengers. It's not because this is a horrible lounge. It's not. It's just that Air New Zealand also operates the new LAX Star Alliance Lounge. But for whatever reason, Air New Zealand is still operating out of ...

Good News for Star Alliance Gold and Priority Pass Members at LAX!

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So I'm not gonna lie, LAX is not the best airport. Okay, who am I kidding? It's a terrible airport. It's old, heavily congested, a pain to transit from one terminal to another and there are no convenient modes of public transportation (such as a railway) to get ...

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Air China First Class Video Preview

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I'm back from my trip around the Pacific rim! It was an amazing trip on some fantastic airlines and I can't wait to share of all my pictures with you guys. I took over 1000 pictures (90% of them are of airplanes) so there will be plenty to see. :-)

Lufthansa pilot strike 'imminent'

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Looks like Lufthansa pilots are ready to strike again. There is no set dates as of yet, but it could be very soon! The Germans are good at giving days and times when they will strike. In the past Thursdays are most common for LH strikes. 

So if you are flying with Lufthansa or ...

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Abundant Turkish Airlines Award Space on New San Francisco - Istanbul Route

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Turkish Airlines is launching new non-stop service between San Francisco and Istanbul in April 2015 and the award space is abundant in both business and economy class - even on the inaugural flights! We're not just talking about one or two seats - most days have at least nine award seats ...

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Lounge Review: Asiana First Class Lounge at Seoul Incheon

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This lounge visit was part of my trip to Turkey and China. My index including trip reports for Air Canada, Asiana, Thai Airways and Turkish Airlines, and lounge and hotel reviews can be found here. 

The Asiana Airlines ...

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United Loosens Award Routing Rules Between North America and Africa

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Fearing that United Airlines had further tightened up award routing rules to Asia based on a new and restrictive revision of the fine print, I warned in May that if enforced, United's draconian new routing rules would mark a stealth devaluation of the MileagePlus program. Though the new ...

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Brussels Airlines to position itself 'as a hybrid airline'

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Brussels Airlines (SN) announced last week its new market strategy, "a hybrid airline which offers a high value for money solution for all market segments and budgets, without having to compromise." Brussels Airlines will also launch a new slogan, "We go the extra smile"

The changes will ...

Air India Joins Star Alliance

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After years of drama, Indian flag carrier Air India has formally partnered with Star Alliance and becomes the first Indian carrier to join a global air alliance. I remember all too well how the drama unfolded in 2011 while I was working at Star Alliance and am ...

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United's seasonal scale-back in Europe underscores cost concerns

United Airlines is temporarily halting winter services to several secondary European markets, as well as a few key primary ones such as Rome and Manchester, from its largest East coast gateway hubs at New York/Newark Liberty International and Washington ...

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