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Filed Under:Travel / Air Travel
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Archived Since:November 17, 2009

Blog Post Archive

Saying Goodbye to the Sheraton Yankee Clipper

I’m not sure what rock I’ve been under, that the Sheraton Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort was sold and is now B Ocean Resort. The Westin Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort has also been sold, but it hasn’t been reflagged. Starwood of course lost the iconic Diplomat hotel outside of Fort Lauderdale to Hilton. Show More Summary

Why I’m Not Traveling to Cuba… And You Should Consider This Before Going There, Too.

If you write a travel-related blog, you’re supposed to have a sense of adventure,. This post is how my sense of adventure is actually outweighed by risk, legal risk, that most will never face. Hear me out, and I’d love it if you just tell me I’m being paranoid. Show More Summary

Journey to the Aircraft Graveyard, Kicked Out of Airplane Offices, and the 737 Cockpit Suite

News and notes from around the interweb: The ‘reborn’ PEOPLExpress, which had to cease operations, has now been evicted from its airport offices. Thailand is imposing new time of sale restrictions on liquor. Because apparently in addition to rolling out free wifi, this is the sort of thing that a military government does. Show More Summary

What Would a British Airways-Led Acquisition of Aer Lingus Mean for Fuel Surcharges and Airline Partnerships?

Since I wrote yesterday that Aer Lingus appears poised to accept a third takeover offer from British Airways (and Iberia) parent IAG, I’ve gotten several messages from readers quite concerned. You wouldn’t expect a mostly US audience...Show More Summary

Chase Airline Transfer Partner Back Online!

Korean Air is one of my favorite Chase points transfer partners. First class awards have been so darned easy to get. There are real sweet spots in their Skyteam award chart They offer cheap awards to Hawaii Although they are of course very Korean and their processes for redeeming awards are unique. Show More Summary

I Just Saved Over $173 – 58% – On an Upcoming Car Rental. Here’s How You Can, Too..

Flying into a city during the week car rentals can be expensive, especially at the airport. I needed a four day rental, and the came out to about $400. Discount codes that I’m actually eligible for weren’t really bringing this down. Now, I find that I do quite well renting cars via Show More Summary

Is Citibank About to Start Sending Out Tax Notices for Credit Card Rewards?

@drdavidge tweets: He writes, “I am part of an small invitation only discussion group between Citi and AA where they ask questions and send out surveys..” And shares this two question survey: Have any of your miles credit cards sentShow More Summary

More $99 Transatlantic Fare Dates, British Airways Now Likely to Acquire Aer Lingus, Use MasterCard to Cuba and Bring a 747 to Burning Man!

News and notes from around the interweb: $99 fares to Iceland and cheap connecting fares to Europe will now start earlier out of Baltimore. Third time’s the lucky charm? After rejecting a second proposal two weeks ago, Aer Lingus may be set to accept a takeover bid by British Airways and Iberia parent IAG. Show More Summary

Consolidation in Online Booking Sites: What Selling Orbitz and Travelocity Will Mean to You

Expedia, which was already operating Travelocity with its own search technology, is now acquiring its Sabre-owned smaller rival. Since Travelocity had long since given up investing in its search and booking platform, and I found it virtually...Show More Summary

Here’s American’s First Boeing 787 — They’ve Now Owned Every Single Boeing Jet

American took delivery of its first Boeing 787 on Thursday, and flew it to Dallas on Friday. They have 42 firm orders for the 787-8 and 787-9 and options on an additional 58 planes. We’ll see the aircraft flying between domestic hubs...Show More Summary

What Date Will US Airways Miles Get Combined Into American AAdvantage

American, in announcing details of what their combined program with US Airways will look like confirmed that the actual combination of Dividend Miles and AAdvantage will happen during the second quarter of 2015. Here are more details on the program and who wins and who loses. Show More Summary

Here’s How You Can Protect Your Frequent Flyer Accounts from Hackers

Starwood got hacked. This came shortly after American, United, and Hilton got hacked. Points are advertised for sale cheap online. Data security is big business, consulting firms have identified a huge mark business opportunity in working with loyalty programs. Show More Summary

Passenger Shaming: The Worst Behavior in the Skies Reported On This Week

It’s not just the man who used an airline’s mistaken downgrade as an excuse for groping and sexually insulting a flight attendant. Here are two stories out of Canada this week: Couple Attempts to Hide Acts on Plane via Coat Over Laps Despite Also Being Topless. Show More Summary

The Sordid Tale That Led to SkyMall’s Bankruptcy Filing, and What Happens Next

The AP’s Scott Mayerowitz goes for the easy opener on news of Skymall’s bankruptcy. Apparently, airline passengers aren’t buying enough garden gnomes, superhero pajamas and heated cat shelters. Sales dropped nearly in half year over year and by three quarters over the past four years. Show More Summary

The Strategy I’d Undertake Right Now

I receive compensation for many links on this blog. You don’t have to use these links, but I am grateful to you if you do. American Express, Citibank, Chase, and other banks are advertising partners of this site. I do not write about...Show More Summary

United’s Big New Investment in Inflight Meals — Including Lobster!

Yesterday I noted that American is ramping up its investment in onboard cookies. Implicit is an acceptance that soft product matters, even if the most important things are, in order: Safety Schedule Seat Premium cabins need some minimum standard meal, and minimum standard of attentive service. Show More Summary

Are Credit Card Companies About to Start Awarding Fewer Miles for Signups and Spend?

Skift reported yesterday on the renewal of the Delta-American Express co-brand arrangement that’s worth $2 billion a year to Delta. The renewal is for 6 years. The last renewal was in 2008. American Express has also renewed their Starwood relationship. Show More Summary

The World’s Busiest Airport Isn’t Atlanta, Double Flight Points Through March, and an Air Marshall Wins at the Supreme Court

News and notes from around the interweb: Double Virgin America points through March 31. Registration required. Some commenters are reporting being told that Chase points transfers to Korean will return on January 25. I reached out again...Show More Summary

How Starwood Got Hacked Over the Past Week

Several folks had their Starwood Preferred Guest accounts drained over the past week, many of whom have shared their stories with me. Krebs on Security has the story on how it happened. [A] Starwoods-specific account-checking tool that...Show More Summary

American Is Replacing Their Unpopular First Class Chocolate Chip Cookie. Here’s Why That Matters.

I read a rumor in my Facebook feed that American was changing its onboard cookies again, and I reached out to see if that was true. A spokesperson told me, “Rumor confirmed. We’re changing cookies.” That’s exciting news, believe it or...Show More Summary

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