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American Airlines Employee Charged After Threatening to Kill TSA Document Checker

An American Airlines employee who reportedly works in sales has been charged with ‘two counts of interference with security screening personnel‘ at the Charlotte airport.. This guy just wouldn‘t give up. Continue reading American Airlines Employee Charged After Threatening to Kill TSA Document Checker...

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Revealed: Biggest Offer Ever for Southwest Cards Ends Thursday

The major US legacy airlines -- at least American and United -- have reportedly had trouble meeting credit card signup targets. We‘ve seen higher signup bonus offers as a result. Southwest Airlines doesn‘t face the same challenge with award availability that the large US legacy airlines do, but they‘ve responded with the biggest signup bonus offer for their cards ever in response anyway. Continue reading Revealed: Biggest Off

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Man Steals Van, Tries to Hijack Plane After Jumping on Wing

On Tuesday a 37 year old man riding a bicycle jumped into a van after the owner got out of it to get his tools. The man stole the van and drove off. He "hit a curb and blew a tire" but still continued to drive 5 miles -- to the Lakeland, Florida airport -- where he drove through an aviation maintenance company and onto the ramp. Continue reading Man Steals Van, Tries to Hijack Plane After Jumping on Wing...

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How to Avoid Low Cost Airline Bag Fees, and Poorly Disclosed Basic Economy Fares

A roundup of the most important stories of the day. I keep you up to date on the most interesting writings I find on other sites the latest news and tips. Continue reading How to Avoid Low Cost Airline Bag Fees, and Poorly Disclosed Basic Economy Fares...

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MEN: If You‘re Going to Pop the Question on a Plane Please Try to Be Original About It

Inflight marriage proposals are so de rigueur that El Al‘s Matmid Club lets you redeem miles for an inflight marriage proposal kit. Continue reading MEN: If You‘re Going to Pop the Question on a Plane Please Try to Be Original About It...

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One Shot Only: Join the ‘Amazing Race for Regular People‘ Half Off

COMPETITOURS is a team travel competition, traversing a mystery itinerary of Western Europe and earning points by accomplishing a daily dose of surprise challenges in pursuit of a cash prize. Challenges are structured to test teams‘ creativity, resourcefulness and spontaneity (NOT speed or fitness hah!). Each day‘s destination and challenges are revealed a suspenseful 24 hours in advance each day. Unlike the ‘Amazing Race&lsquo

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Change a Hilton Award Without Spending More Points, and United‘s Frightening New Meal

A roundup of the most important stories of the day. I keep you up to date on the most interesting writings I find on other sites the latest news and tips. Continue reading Change a Hilton Award Without Spending More Points, and United‘s Frightening New Meal...

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New Way to Stack Up to 2% Rebates On Top of Existing Rewards at Your Favorite Stores

There‘s a new double dipping tool that gives you points for spending money at a variety of merchants. The great thing is that you register your credit cards and they know when you spend the money. This isn‘t based on links you click. So you are still able to earn shopping portal points for your online purchases, and you still earn credit card rewards points for your purchases. Continue reading New Way to Stack Up to 2% Rebates On Top

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Is Qatar‘s Bid for a Stake in American Airlines Real, and Would American Try to Stop It?

Normally the US would be mediating the dispute successfully between Qatar on the one hand and Saudi Arabia and the UAE on the other. After all, the US has a significant military base in Qatar. By not backing the Al Thanis the expected value of hosting a US base has fallen dramatically. It apparently doesn‘t buy a country much protection. New battle lines are being drawn in the Mideast. Qatar‘s move to acquire a stake in American

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Loophole in United‘s Basic Economy Lets You Bring on Two Carry On Items

If a customer flying on a Basic Economy fare is forced to check something that‘s then damaged, the whole thing could boomerang. We all know what happened when musician Dave Carroll checked his guitar on a United flight. Continue reading Loophole in United‘s Basic Economy Lets You Bring on Two Carry On Items...

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Why British Airways Customers Might Like It If Flight Attendants Went on Strike Forever

After British Airways more or less broke its flight attendants union in 2010 -- flight attendants went on strike, BA continued flying with replacement workers -- the airline got a two-tiered wage structure. New flight attendants were paid substantially less, although at least for awhile customers found that they provided much better service. But those new flight attendants are planning to strike... again. Continue reading Why British Airways Cus

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Disgraceful: Air Canada Doesn‘t Know Basic Lavatory Etiquette

On domestic US flights I hear announcements all the time asking passengers to use the lavatories in their ‘ticketed cabin‘ only. While in general I think there should be a preference to use the lavatory in your ticketed cabin, rather than just ‘whichever is closest to you‘ (so someone in the bulkhead of coach should still walk to the back of the plane to use the lav) I also think there are clear exceptions to this. Contin

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Earn Points for Getting Others to Shop Online and Paypal Instant Transfers

A roundup of the most important stories of the day. I keep you up to date on the most interesting writings I find on other sites the latest news and tips. Continue reading Earn Points for Getting Others to Shop Online and Paypal Instant Transfers...

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Last Night An American Flight Circled for 3 Hours After Discovering Problems With Flaps

Last night American Airlines flight AA730 from Charlotte to London discovered problems with its flaps shortly after takeoff. There were 258 passengers and 16 crew onboard. Continue reading Last Night An American Flight Circled for 3 Hours After Discovering Problems With Flaps...

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Fly Now, Earn Later: New American Express Feature Will Loan Delta Miles

American Express has a new program for Delta co-brand credit card holders called "Fly Now, Earn Later." The idea is to let you borrow miles to get the award ticket you need, and earn them back with credit card spend over the next six months. Continue reading Fly Now, Earn Later: New American Express Feature Will Loan Delta Miles...

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WOW: Qatar Airways Taking Major Stake in American Airlines

American Airlines is reporting that Qatar Airways CEO Akbar al-Baker and American Airlines CEO Doug Parker have discussed Qatar acquiring a 10% stake in the airline. Continue reading WOW: Qatar Airways Taking Major Stake in American Airlines...

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Huge Etihad Changes: Cuts Car Service Outside UAE, Sells First Class Lounge Access and Bidding for Empty Coach Seats

Etihad has announced big changes -- cutbacks and new initiatives to raise more money from passengers. Continue reading Huge Etihad Changes: Cuts Car Service Outside UAE, Sells First Class Lounge Access and Bidding for Empty Coach Seats...

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Virgin Atlantic Devalues Delta Partnership Effective September 1

Virgin Atlantic is 49% owned by Delta. It is no surprise that an already largely-mediocre program has been getting worse -- first late last year and now announced for Delta earn and burn. On the other hand it is only 49% owned by Delta so they still offer award charts and inform members in advance when they are devaluing the program. Continue reading Virgin Atlantic Devalues Delta Partnership Effective September 1...

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Review: Qantas Business Class Melbourne Sydney and the Park Hyatt Sydney

After landing off my Etihad flight from Abu Dhabi I needed to connect in Melbourne to finally reach Sydney. First class award space on the non-stop Abu Dhabi - Sydney flight never opened, and I had decided to take this connection rather than Qantas A380 first class non-stop to Sydney from Dubai. Continue reading Review: Qantas Business Class Melbourne - Sydney and the Park Hyatt Sydney...

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Hyatt Visa Signup Bonus Will No Longer Be Uncapped Free Award Nights Starting June 29

Hyatt is letting folks know that the signup bonus for the Hyatt Credit Card will be changing on June 29, 2017. Get in while you can. Continue reading Hyatt Visa Signup Bonus Will No Longer Be Uncapped Free Award Nights Starting June 29...

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Free Upgrade to AwardWallet Plus, Unlimited Use Code So I Won‘t Run Out This Time!

Back in August I gave away 106 upgrades to AwardWallet Plus. I‘ve updated this post on the first 2 things you should do when you‘re new to the frequent flyer hobby with an unlimited number of free upgrades. See, these giveaways of premium AwardWallet membership were controversial... Continue reading Free Upgrade to AwardWallet Plus, Unlimited Use Code So I Won‘t Run Out This Time!...

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Lipstick on the A380 Pig and Award Sweet Spots

A roundup of the most important stories of the day. I keep you up to date on the most interesting writings I find on other sites the latest news and tips. Continue reading Lipstick on the A380 Pig and Award Sweet Spots...

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Boeing Provides Early Glimpse Into New 797 Aircraft

Boeing has talked about a possible new "middle of the market" jet, something between the largest 737 and the new smaller 787 widebodies, since at least 2003. This plane would be a replacement for the Boeing 757, which often flies from the Northeast to Western Europe (and runs into challenges sometimes Westbound during winter, United‘s Newark - Europe service has been said to operate focus cities in Goose Bay and Gander). Production of the

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Does Delta‘s New Airbus A350 Have Enough Bathrooms for Coach Passengers?

There are two lavatories at the front of business class and two lavatories at the back of business class. And there are two lavatories in the middle of the economy cabin. Assuming that premium economy passengers are allowed to use the two lavatories at the back of business class, then there are 4 lavatories for 226 coach passengers or one lavatory per 56.5 passengers in back. Continue reading Does Delta‘s New Airbus A350 Have Enough Bathro

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