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People Express Part II cut short

For those of you who couldn’t wait to take the second incarnation of People Express, the 1980s low-cost carrier, you may have to wait a little longer.  According to the Wall Street Journal, PE has shut down for now but plans a relaunch in mid-October.  Other than not having enough crew, planes or funding, the …

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Do I need a travel agent? How about insurance?

The last few weeks have been a little crazy, so there have been more informational than mileage posts over the past several days.  Look for a return to mileage posts, including soup-to-nuts examinations of Delta’s and Marriott’s frequent flyer/points programs, the two for whom I get the most requests. My adventure last week made me thankful that I …

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Double-dipping with Hilton (corrected version)

(I have corrected information below regarding the Citi American Express Hilton credit card.  In the original post, I meant to write that you get Diamond status once you spend $40,000.)   I spent last night at the Concorde Opera Paris, the newest Hilton property in the city (Insert Paris Hilton joke here.).  And while that sounds …

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Airline tickets: Don’t “Set it and Forget it”

I’ll be out of town for the next several days, so posting will be only sporadic, but I didn’t even get on the plane before having my first adventure. I’m flying for business to Paris on Delta, with the return on Air France.  Until this afternoon, my biggest concern was that I was stuck in …

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You can beat the long lines at security (but it may cost you)

In the Wall Street Journal today, travel columnist Scott McCartney wrote about American’s return to peak scheduling, where all the flights tend to come in during particular banks of times, as opposed to spacing them throughout the day.  By “banking” flights, American is making layovers shorter and connections more logical.  Mr. McCartney notes that it …

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Important: A note on contacting me through the contact form

Hi guys, First, thank you for the emails, even the spammers who are trying to offer me SEO services (Thanks, but no thanks.). I reply to all the legit emails I get (Sorry, SEO guys.), but there’s a catch: the contact form is anonymous, meaning that, if you don’t put your email in the body …

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Happy National Aviation Day!

In honor of Orville Wright’s birthday (not the popcorn guy, the other Orville), FDR declared August 19 to be National Aviation Day.  Truthfully, I feel that this is an important enough day that we should all be off from work, but my petition fell short.  Maybe frequent flyer day on Bob Crandall’s birthday?  Mr. Crandall …

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Politicians finally get serious about what matters

Poor John Kerry.  After his Air Force jet broke down in Hawaii, the guy was forced to fly commercial with the rest of us.  On the plus side, he managed to show us that he knows what’s important:   “Finally, some frequent-flier miles,” Kerry said when his staffers explained the alternate arrangements, according to a …

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Thursday Tidbits: Delta in-flight improvements, Citi Thank You redemptions

In-flight entertainment is about to get better on Delta, as it begins to roll out streaming Wi-Fi on all two-class products and seat-back entertainment on domestic narrow-body aircraft.  The former is available on planes that have Gogo Wi-Fi and will be completed by the end of 2015, allowing you to stream to your personal devices.  The latter …

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Weekend tidbits: St. Regis specials, taxation of miles, Citi Thank You Points

For those of you who like to stay at luxury properties but don’t like paying full price, Starwood is offering a couple of promotions at its high-end St. Regis properties.  First, at participating properties, book a suite for the first night at regular price and get the second night at $4.  Of course, the term …

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