US Raises China to Level 4 Travel Advisory: Do Not Travel
Jan31

US Raises China to Level 4 Travel Advisory: Do Not Travel

The US State Department has moved China to a Level 4 travel advisory. Level 4 is the highest travel advisory the State Department issues. For context, this is the same level advisory that’s given to North Korea, Syria, and Venezuela. Let that sink in for a minute. What the State Department is Saying Along with the increase in advisory level, the State Department issued a statement: Do not travel to China due to the novel...

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Fitness Model Kicked out of Qantas Lounge, Claims Gender Discrimination
Jan24

Fitness Model Kicked out of Qantas Lounge, Claims Gender Discrimination

Fitness model and former WWE wrestler Natalie Eva Marie has accused Qantas of gender discrimination after she was kicked out of a Qantas lounge for allegedly violating their dress code. In a society where people will jump to social media to levy accusations at corporations for the smallest of slights, I’m siding with Qantas on this one, and I’m calling foul at her claim that the airline is doing anything unsightly. Check...

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Dog Goes on the Road Trip of a Lifetime – You Won’t Believe How!
Dec24

Dog Goes on the Road Trip of a Lifetime – You Won’t Believe How!

In what can be best described as a feel good story this Christmas, a stolen pitbull was rescued from West Virginia and reunited with his family in Butte, Montana in a rather unconventional way. More than a dozen volunteers formed a relay team of drivers and in total drove over 2,000 miles to reunited the family! From Fox2 News in Detroit, a family “friend” in Montana stole the dog a couple of months back and was pulled...

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A Perfect Storm of Problems cause MAJOR delays at Sea-Tac Airport
Dec22

A Perfect Storm of Problems cause MAJOR delays at Sea-Tac Airport

For the past two days, a bit of travel “hunger games” has been going on at Seattle’s Sea-Tac airport. Seattle has been experiencing ridiculous amounts of rain and combined with a quasi baggage “strike” and holiday travel overloads, the travel experience has been a disaster.  Flooding has been rampant all over the city and with fog and low ceilings, airport operations are limited or slowed. An...

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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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