The Sky Is NOT Falling: Thoughts on Hyatt’s New Award Rates
Dec09

The Sky Is NOT Falling: Thoughts on Hyatt’s New Award Rates

If you’ve been around any of the travel blogs over the past week or so, you may have noticed a bit of a freak out over some changes Hyatt is making to their award program. If you haven’t, surprise! Hyatt is making some changes to their award chart. While many bloggers got their posts quickly (and good ones at that), I decided to take my time. That’s not to say that there’s anything wrong with that approach. I...

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The Cupless Cup of Joe
Dec05

The Cupless Cup of Joe

The days of drinking your cup of Joe and tossing your single-use, plastic cup are hopefully coming to an end, thanks to this partnership between Air New Zealand and kiwi company twice. In a press release, Air New Zealand is following through on their commitment to curb their plastic waste by simply doing away with one of the unnecessarily wasteful items in on board catering service; the coffee cup. Have Your Coffee and Eat It Too...

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WARNING: Your Bank is about to Tax your Airline Miles
Nov27

WARNING: Your Bank is about to Tax your Airline Miles

As someone who collects hundreds of thousands of airlines miles every year, I’ve enjoyed the benefits that they bring. For years now, the IRS has ruled that airline miles are not taxable income. I had always feared this day would come, but in my heart, I never really thought it would have any legs… until now. The Letter Ben received a curious letter in the mail (actual mail, not email) today from BankDirect. For those of...

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Uh Oh: Norwegian Canceling Long-Haul Scandinavian Routes
Nov27

Uh Oh: Norwegian Canceling Long-Haul Scandinavian Routes

Norwegian Air has been going through difficult financial times. After a failed takeover attempt by IAG, many wondered whether Norwegian would be next. Given all the European low cost carriers that have liquidated lately, it’s almost been a surprise that Norwegian hasn’t joined them. However, things have seemed to be moving in the right direction as of late. The airline reported a record profit last quarter and recently...

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Should Flight Crew and Airport Employees be Allowed to Do This?
Nov18

Should Flight Crew and Airport Employees be Allowed to Do This?

Airports are getting busier and the security lines are getting longer. It’s no secret that travel has become a stressful endeavor, and many of us just want to get to the airplane with as little delay as possible. This also includes the airport staff and flight crew that take you to your destination safely.  Many airports have Known Crew checkpoints where crew and employee can undergo an expedited screening. If that line...

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Gatwick Testing New Boarding Process
Nov02

Gatwick Testing New Boarding Process

Boarding an airplane can be one of the most stressful parts of the travel experience. People start crowding around the gate before the boarding process even starts. Once the process begins, even more people rush up to try to get space in the overhead bin. Add in 342 boarding groups, super secret Triple Plutonium Pro status, and confusing basic economy tickets and you end up with something like this: Norwegian Boarding Boarding a plane...

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Ideas to Curb Carbon Emission that aren’t Stupid like Banning Mileage Programs
Oct29

Ideas to Curb Carbon Emission that aren’t Stupid like Banning Mileage Programs

If you, like me, are conscious about the impact our travel has on the environment but aren’t stupid enough to think that banning frequent flier programs is scalable enough to make a dent on carbon emissions, here’s a list of other more meaningful and more scalable ideas to do something without giving up what we hold near and dear to our hearts. Travel. Not that traveling less wouldn’t be a meaningful way to curb...

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Emirates Flights to Mexico City Approved for December
Oct28

Emirates Flights to Mexico City Approved for December

In the ongoing saga of on-again-off-again Emirates route between Barcelona and Mexico City, it looks like we finally have some good news. A little background To describe Emirates route between Mexico City and Barcelona as a soap opera might be selling it short. Emirates initially announced their intentions to fly the route in 2018. However, Mexico wouldn’t grant Emirates as many slots as they’d hoped. As a result, Emirates...

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Boeing Fires CEO of Commercial Airplanes
Oct23

Boeing Fires CEO of Commercial Airplanes

The past 12 months have been some of the roughest times for Boeing in recent memory. In October 2018, Lion Air Flight 610 crashed resulting in the tragic deaths of all 189 souls on board. Then in March of this year, Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 crashed shortly after takeoff, killing all 157 passengers and crew on board. Shortly after, the 737 MAX was grounded across the world. The plane remains grounded to this day, encountering...

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Earn Double Alaska Airlines Miles on El Al
Oct14

Earn Double Alaska Airlines Miles on El Al

Not that long ago, Alaska Airlines added their latest partner El Al, where we will now be able to earn miles when we fly the Israeli airline and credit to Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan. Yes, you guessed it, still no word on when we will be able to redeem our miles to fly on El Al, though. Double the Miles The good news is, as of tomorrow October 15th, that you will be able to earn double the miles whenever flying this partner and...

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