Blog Profile / One Mile at a Time

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Introduction: One “Stan” At A Time

Welcome to my next trip report, covering flights in Uzbekistan Airways business class, Somon Air business class, and Saudia first class, as well as stays at a couple of Hyatt hotels. My good friend Matthew (from Live and Let's Fly) and...Show More Summary

Hilton Is Offering Double Points Through The End Of 2017

Of the major global hotel loyalty programs, Hilton Honors is the only one that has been offering uninterrupted points promotions all year: -- Through January 31, 2017, Hilton offered their "Triple Up" promotion, through which you could...Show More Summary

Air Canada Adds New Flight From Montreal To Tokyo Narita

Air Canada has been undergoing significant international expansion the past few years, largely made possible thanks to the range and size of the Boeing 787. Routes that weren't previously feasible now make sense. This expansion has occurred...Show More Summary

Delta’s New Tumi Amenity Kits Can Be Monogrammed

For years Delta has had a partnership with Tumi for their amenity kits, which I think is great. The Tumi kits are high quality, and include Tumi eyeshades, a pen, etc. Actually, I have a single amenity kit in my carry-on that I use for storage, and it's the Delta Tumi amenity kit. Show More Summary

WOW Air Announces Huge Midwest Expansion

Yesterday Icelandair announced that they'll be adding flights to Cleveland as of May 2018. As I mentioned in the post, Icelandair and WOW Air are both based in Iceland, and are competing fiercely to increase market share, which is great...Show More Summary

Review: Animal Interactions And Excursions At Volunteer Southern Africa

In my previous post about my experience with Volunteer Southern Africa’s Living with Big Cats Program, I went through everyday life and volunteer activities. In this post, I’ll be detailing some of the unique things we got to do throughout...Show More Summary

How Many Baby Cribs Should A Hotel Have?

My wife and I have been bringing our kids along on our worldly adventures from just about the moment they were born. In fact, given the ages of our kids -- currently 6, 5, and 1.5 -- we've pretty much had a baby crib in our hotel since we became parents. Show More Summary

Need E-Commerce Help? Airberlin’s 60+ Person Team Is Looking For Work!

I'm not meaning to provide 24/7 airberlin coverage, but I've really just never seen anything like this, so... The situation at airberlin has gotten so bad that the 60+ person e-commerce team at the airline has set up a (clearly not company sanctioned) website in which they're looking for jobs. As written by airberlin's VP of e-commerce and online sales:

Icelandair’s Next US Destination: Cleveland

Cleveland is an airport that sort of got the short end of the stick when Continental and United merged, as it used to be a Continental hub, and up until 2009 even had nonstop service to London Heathrow. Unfortunately since then the airport...Show More Summary

Airberlin Topbonus Is Disintegrating Rapidly

Airberlin is screwed. Airberlin's spun off topbonus program is screwed. And things are getting much worse by the minute. We've seen a lot of airline bankruptcies, restructuring, etc., though I've never seen an airline and loyalty program...Show More Summary

Can Hotels Cancel Your Confirmed Reservation?

Yesterday a Twitter user asked me what liability a hotel has when you hold a reservation and their opening is delayed. It's an interesting question, and one that I figured was worth addressing on a broader level, since there are many...Show More Summary

OMG: An Equipment Change Put Me In Air India 747 First Class

It has been a long time since I was this excited. As part of my current trip around India and the Middle East reviewing airlines, I decided to jump on a cheap fare to review Air India’s First Class product. When booking and selecting seats, the aircraft was listed as a 777-300ER, which is what I expected. Show More Summary

You Can Now Video Chat With A Delta Reservations Agent

The ways in which we interact with airlines is changing drastically. A decade ago I certainly didn't imagine we'd be able to get reservations help through social media platforms like Twitter and Facebook, even though that's pretty common nowadays. Now Delta is trialing a new way of communicating with passengers. Show More Summary

Here’s Why You Can No Longer Earn Or Redeem Airberlin Topbonus Miles

A week ago airberlin filed for insolvency, after Etihad withdrew their financial support. In the US when companies file for bankruptcy protection it's often "business as usual" for some amount of time, though the law works differently in Germany. Show More Summary

Review: Crowne Plaza Copenhagen Towers

I arrived at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Copenhagen Towers by train. It’s a quick train ride from Sweden’s southernmost city, Malmö. The train stops at Copenhagen Airport, and takes another ~10 minutes from there. The walk from the station...Show More Summary

You Can Now Redeem Qantas Points For EL AL First & Business Class

EL AL is an airline that's in the process of nicely improving, as they take delivery of their first Boeing 787 shortly, which features a new business class product, as well as the addition of premium economy. EL AL will first fly the...Show More Summary

Strange: Newark Airport Opens An Invitation Only Steakhouse

United is sending out emails to select MileagePlus members offering them an invitation to a new "invitation-only, contemporary restaurant" at Newark Airport, called CLASSIFIED. It's described as follows: "We're pleased to welcome you...Show More Summary

American’s New Los Angeles To Beijing Flight Is Bookable

As I wrote about a couple of weeks ago, American's Los Angeles to Beijing flight will finally become a reality. The reason I say "finally" is because this is a route that was first announced last March and was supposed to launch last...Show More Summary

The Best Onboard Chef I’ve Ever Had

I've written in the past about how some airlines have onboard chefs, and what they actually do. In theory the concept of an onboard chef is awesome -- no, they won't be cooking with open flames onboard, but they should have the ability to customize your meal quite a bit. Show More Summary

6 Reasons To Apply For The Citi ThankYou Premier Card Today

Since mid-July, the Citi ThankYou® Premier Card has been offering an increased sign-up bonus. We've never seen a bigger bonus than that before, and it's expected that the sign-up bonus will be changing tomorrow, presumably for the worse. Show More Summary

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