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Will Airlines Start Charging New Fees to Get Off the Plane First?

Skift ran a piece, "The Next Great Untapped Airline Fee is Getting Off the Plane First" and it's a rather silly idea even in a world of seemingly-silly fees. Despite a survey showing passengers would be willing to pay for the privilege, no such fee will ever be implemented. Here's why. Continue reading Will Airlines Start Charging New Fees to Get Off the Plane First?...

Why Have Airport Restaurants and Amenities Recently Gotten So Much Better?

As a general matter, airport restaurants are bad. Or, at least, they're much worse than comparable offerings outside the airport. But restaurants and other amenities far surpass what used to be available in airports. Airport food and services used to be known as expensive and low quality. Show More Summary

Wow. Watch This Sandstorm Overtake Amman Airport

Royal Jordanian flights were diverted to Tel Aviv while "Flights operated by other Arab carriers, which cannot land in Israel, were diverted to Aqaba." Continue reading Wow. Watch This Sandstorm Overtake Amman Airport...

Turkish Airlines Diverts Over a Cell Phone, Arranges Lounge Access for Passengers on the Ground

On Thursday, Turkish Airlines flight TK79 from Istanbul to San Francisco diverted to Warsaw. A mobile phone had been found on an empty seat and no passengers claimed it. As a result they treated the incident as a bomb scare. Continue reading Turkish Airlines Diverts Over a Cell Phone, Arranges Lounge Access for Passengers on the Ground...

Iceland on Miles and Points

Reader Ray asks, "What’s the most efficient way (point wise) to get from SFO (JFK is ok too) to KEF? Iceland Air doesn’t seem to play point game?" Continue reading Iceland on Miles and Points...

Snoop Dogg’s Cash Confiscated at the Airport and 3 Airfare Deals Not to Miss

I keep you up to date on the most interesting writings I find on other sites – the latest news and tips. Continue reading Snoop Dogg’s Cash Confiscated at the Airport and 3 Airfare Deals Not to Miss...

I Will Answer Your Travel Questions Here.

One of the things I really enjoy doing is responding to reader questions. Here's your chance. I will my best to cover many of your questions. Some I may answer right away, others that I answer will take me a few weeks. Please leave requests in the comments section. Continue reading I Will Answer Your Travel Questions Here....

How Much Does it Hurt Amex to Be Losing Costco?

Citibank significantly overpaid to grab the Costco co-brand away from American Express -- even though the deal should have been worth more to American Express than to Citi. Indeed, under the arrangement Costco's credit card acceptance costs will be near zero. Continue reading How Much Does it Hurt Amex to Be Losing Costco?...

“In Delta’s Frequent-Flier Magic Trick, Not Just Rabbits Disappear”

The New York Times today lays out the best ‘in one place explanation’ of what Delta SkyMiles has done to their program this year -- and frames it with comments from Delta, United, American and American Express. People will be able to...Show More Summary

TSA Lines Slow as Sorority Convention Gets Extra Screening, Mad Men Aviation Items for Auction, and More!

I keep you up to date on the most interesting writings I find on other sites – the latest news and tips. Continue reading TSA Lines Slow as Sorority Convention Gets Extra Screening, Mad Men Aviation Items for Auction, and More!...

Should Airline Executives Rue the Day They Created Frequent Flyer Programs?

"Many [airline executives] rue the day in 1981 when American Airlines introduced its frequent-flier program and resent the consumer entitlement that resulted, even if airlines did take for granted the loyalty that the programs fostered for so long." Continue reading Should Airline Executives Rue the Day They Created Frequent Flyer Programs?...

United Airlines Wants to Be More Like AT&T, But its Customers Stand in the Way

What's wrong with United Airlines comes straight from the top. The IT problems and labor relations are just symptoms. Continue reading United Airlines Wants to Be More Like AT&T, But its Customers Stand in the Way...

It’s a Weird Weird Weird Flying World, and I Feel Normal

I keep you up to date on the most interesting writings I find on other sites – the latest news and tips. Continue reading It’s a Weird Weird Weird Flying World, and I Feel Normal...

5000 Free American Miles for Listening to a Pitch on Solar Power

NRG Home Solar will give you 5000 American Airlines miles if you're a resident of California, Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York or North Carolina and you take them up on a solar power consultation. They'll give you 25,000 additional miles if you actually buy. Continue reading 5000 Free American Miles for Listening to a Pitch on Solar Power...

25% Bonus for Converting Hotel Points to United Miles.. and When It Makes Sense

United is offering a 25% bonus on hotel points converted to miles through August 31. When they ran a similar bonus in the fall (with a higher cap), Starwood was excluded. This time Starwood transfers -- still a poor value to United -- are eligible. Continue reading 25% Bonus for Converting Hotel Points to United Miles.. and When It Makes Sense...

Frequent Flyer Program Preparing to Go Public in $1 Billion IPO

Ever since Air Canada spun off its frequent flyer program a decade ago, the big financial revolution in loyalty that never happened was taking mileage programs public. Much larger programs than Air Canada's were believed to be able to...Show More Summary

American Has New Food Choices in Clubs at 5 Airports, Rolling Out to More in the Fall

American Airlines is continuing to roll out more food offerings to its clubs. So far I've most appreciated the soups, which are really delicious, and the other offerings -- things that most travelers I talk to value -- aren't as much...Show More Summary

Your Seatmate Sucks. Should You Sue the Airline?

An Australian man is suing Etihad because his seat opponent on a Sydney - Abu Dhabi flight was: “grossly overweight” "coughing frequently and had fluid coming from his mouth" Continue reading Your Seatmate Sucks. Should You Sue the Airline?...

Why Citi Prestige’s Benefits May Be “Too Good” and You Should Grab Them Now While They Last

Julian, 'the Devil's Advocate', makes the point that the Citi Prestige card is too value and therefore we can expect an eventual devaluation. Continue reading Why Citi Prestige’s Benefits May Be “Too Good” and You Should Grab Them Now While They Last...

A Change to the AAdvantage Terms & Conditions That Could Close Your Account, Plus How Uber Tricks You

I keep you up to date on the most interesting writings I find on other sites – the latest news and tips. Continue reading A Change to the AAdvantage Terms & Conditions That Could Close Your Account, Plus How Uber Tricks You...

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