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One Restriction That Will Be Placed On Elites When Alaska Joins oneworld

If you are a oneworld sapphire member – think British Airways Silver – you get lounge access domestically within the U.S. even though American Airlines frequent flyers don’t. In fact oneworld sapphires, which is the mid-tier elite level, get American’s Flagship lounge (international business class lounge) access on U.S. domestic itineraries. American gets a carve-out in oneworld rules so they do not have to offer this to their own members. Continue reading One Restriction That Will Be Placed On ...
Tags: Travel, Alaska, Lounge, Airlines, Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, OneWorld, British Airways Silver

Travel News: February 14, 2020

Italian Shipyard Delivers Virgin Voyages First Cruise Ship, Scarlet Lady Cruise Critic The Italian shipyard Fincantieri presented Scarlet Lady, the first of four planned cruise ships for Virgin Voyages, at a ceremony in Genoa today. The 2,770-passenger ship will then sail to Liverpool on the 24th where it will spend the night before beginning its transatlantic voyage to New York, where it will host a showcase event in mid-March. The ship will then head to Miami where it will be christen...
Tags: Travel, Asia, Japan, New York, China, Southeast Asia, Thailand, Malaysia, Liverpool, Alaska, Italy, Miami, Venice, West Coast, Seattle, Caribbean

Why Alaska Airlines Will Devalue Mileage Plan As Part Of Joining oneworld

American Airlines had been winding down its partnership with Alaska Airlines. American viewed Alaska Airlines as a competitor once Alaska acquired Virgin America. They emphasized the substantial route overlap rather than the unique contributions of each airline. Now they've done a 180 degree turn. But for this to work for American, can Alaska have such a generous frequent flyer program? Continue reading Why Alaska Airlines Will Devalue Mileage Plan As Part Of Joining oneworld...
Tags: Travel, Alaska, Airlines, Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, OneWorld, Virgin America They

Alaska Is Joining oneworld and American Launching India Service

American and Alaska are partners again. The previously-announced March 1 breakup isn't happening. Alaska Airlines is joining oneworld. And American will fly from Seattle to Bangalore, India (and Seattle - London). Continue reading Alaska Is Joining oneworld and American Launching India Service...
Tags: Travel, India, Alaska, Airlines, Seattle, Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, OneWorld, Bangalore India, American Launching India Service, Seattle London Continue

LATAM Leaving oneworld October 1, 2020

One of the most frequent questions I've gotten over the past couple of months is from American AAdvantage members with tickets for travel on LATAM, wondering whether they'll be able to credit the flights to their AAdvantage accounts and earn miles. It looks like the ability to do so will continue through September 2020, based on new information about when LATAM will leave the oneworld alliance. Continue reading LATAM Leaving oneworld October 1, 2020...
Tags: Travel, Airlines, Latam, OneWorld

How to join the Qantas Frequent Flyer Program for free

Last week when I was helping my friend sign-up to the Qantas Frequent Flyer program I realised something that I had totally forgotten: they charge a joining fee. Forget paying that fee, there are numerous ways to join the Qantas Frequent Flyer program for free in 2019. That’s right zero, nada, zilch. Why join the Qantas Frequent Flyer program? Here are just three reasons I recommend you sign-up: Collect Qantas Points: you have to join to collect these babies, and there are some great re...
Tags: Travel, UK, Australia, Saving, US, Samsung, Qatar, Flying, Avis, Antarctica, Qantas, Airlines, Travel Tips, Deliveroo, Ana, Destinations

Weekly Roundup, Friday 11 January 2019

Bet you don’t know what this is, where it is, and what it does (did)? See final item. Good morning It has been an exciting week, with our “next generation” daily news curation service taking shape behind the scenes.  Part of this is a new and more active Twitter feed. If you’re on Twitter, please do follow our new Twitter account, @TheTvlInsider.  If you were following our earlier Twitter account, feel free to unfollow that one, and please now follow our new @TheTvlInsider account. The new Twit...
Tags: Travel, Twitter, UK, Science, London, Trains, Disney, Siri, Tech, Aer Lingus, Karen, David, Atlantic, Britain, Heathrow, Gatwick

Latin American Destinations Where Business Class Flights Are a Deal

Most frequent fliers try to rack up points in a loyalty program so they can upgrade to the front of the plane instead of enduring a cramped economy seat. What if you could actually just buy that business class flight instead though, and rack up more miles in the process? Maybe even get into the lounge before your flight takes off or on the layover? While it can easily cost you thousands of dollars to fly business class to Europe, the Middle East or Asia, getting to the front of the plane for L...
Tags: Travel, Asia, Europe, New York, Mexico, New York City, Toronto, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, Canada, Chile, Alaska, Middle East, Delta, Antarctica

The best airport lounges in the US

If there is ever a time to splurge and treat yourself to lounge access, it’s during the holiday season, when airports around the United States are as busy as can be. So, if you’re tempted to leave behind the hectic terminals and frustratingly uncomfortable boarding areas for a luxurious lounge with all sorts of perks, these seven airport lounges in the US are the spots to do it. 1. United Polaris Lounge, Houston, TX Photo: United The airline-specific United Polaris Lounge in The George B...
Tags: Travel, Europe, UK, US, United States, American Express, Miami, Starbucks, Michelin, Cleveland, Travel Tips, Virgin Atlantic, Alaska Airlines, Saks Fifth Avenue, Cle, American Airlines

Travel News: November 30, 2018

AA deepening ties with China Southern Travel Weekly American Airlines will broaden its partnership with China Southern early next year, when the Guangzhou-based carrier will no longer be part of the SkyTeam alliance. American, which owns 2.9% of China Southern, is a member of the Oneworld alliance. Under the broadened partnership, American and China Southern will begin codesharing on transpacific flights, including four U.S.-China routes operated by China Southern and five U.S.-China routes ope...
Tags: Travel, London, China, US, Rome, Richard Branson, Miami, Branson, News And Deals, OneWorld, Guangzhou, Miami Beach, Carlos, U S, Standard, Miami Dade

Qatar threatens to quit Oneworld alliance over row with Qantas

Australian airline accuses carrier of 'uncommercial and uncompetitive ways'
Tags: Travel, Qatar, Qantas, OneWorld

Qatar Airways Renews Threat to Exit Oneworld Over Qantas Rift - Bloomberg

Qatar Airways Renews Threat to Exit Oneworld Over Qantas Rift - Bloomberg:Qatar Airways Chief Executive Officer Akbar Al Baker renewed his threat to abandon the Oneworld global alliance, citing a letter he said Australian partner Qantas Airways Ltd. had sent to staff attacking his carrier’s expansion there.Al Baker’s comments on Tuesday mark a further deterioration in relations with Qantas, which has a joint venture with Qatar Air’s Dubai-based rival Emirates. The CEO reiterated remarks from Oct...
Tags: Travel, Australia, Dubai, Qantas, Madrid, Qatar Airways, OneWorld, Akbar Al Baker, International Air Transport Association, Qatar Air, Qantas Airways Ltd, Rupert Neil Bumfrey, al Baker, Qantas Rift Bloomberg

BA Owner Still Likes Norwegian, Sees Qatar Pact Exit: IAG Update - Bloomberg

BA Owner Still Likes Norwegian, Sees Qatar Pact Exit: IAG Update - Bloomberg:IAG SA CEO Willie Walsh dropped a couple of late bombshells at the British Airways owner’s investment day on Friday, saying his company hasn’t given up on buying Norwegian Air Shuttle ASA and that Qatar Airways, the U.K. group’s biggest investor, may quit the Oneworld Alliance.Walsh said IAG’s interest in Norwegian may start dimming over time after it had two bids rejected, but still sounded keen on a deal, adding that ...
Tags: Travel, Iag, British Airways, Willie Walsh, OneWorld, Qatar Air, Rupert Neil Bumfrey, Air Shuttle ASA, IAG Update Bloomberg, IAG SA, Qatar Airways the U K group, Oneworld Alliance Walsh

Don’t Be Loyal to Frequent Flier Programs

Updated: 6/29/18 | June 29, 2018 A few years ago, I wrote a post about joining frequent flier programs. At the time, I was in the process of picking one to join, but now I feel the post is a bit dated, and my thoughts on the subject have changed as I’ve started to get more into mileage programs and accumulating frequent flier miles. Which means it’s a good time to write a new post on the topic. Back in 2008, I was going to join the JAL awards program because it partnered not only with Oneworld ...
Tags: Travel, Air Travel, United States, Airlines, Jetblue, American Airlines, Travel Hacking, Southwest, Elite Status, Don, OneWorld, JAL, NomadicMatt, Frequent Flier Programs, Alaska Virgin JetBlue, SHCA

Travel News: June 5, 2018

Travel industry takes aim at reducing plastic waste USA TODAY The hospitality industry no longer is being hospitable to plastic waste. Momentum is growing to minimize the use of single-use plastic among hotels, airlines, airports and cruise lines. That means plastic straws, cups, bottles, laundry bags and even packaging for hotel guestroom slippers are starting to disappear. Plastic waste has wreaked havoc on tourist destinations around the world. Late last year, authorities in Bali, Indonesia,...
Tags: Travel, Usa, New York, Washington, New Zealand, Bali Indonesia, Southwest, News And Deals, OneWorld, Finnair, Fiji Airways, USA Today Southwest Airlines, Oneworld Connect alliance, Pekka Vauramo, Washington Southwest

Weekly Roundup, Friday 22 December, 2017

Merry Christmas – my daughter and I celebrating the pre-Christmas season on board the lovely Amacerto river cruise ship a few days ago. Good morning I returned back from this year’s Christmas Markets cruise Thursday afternoon, and the attendant jetlag has reduced my creativity close to zero for a day or two (perhaps I should try the Queen’s reputed jetlag remedy).  But with this being the last opportunity to pass the compliments of the season to you, it seemed appropriate to send you something...
Tags: Travel, Uber, Science, Cars, US, Newsletter, Tech, Atlanta, Tesla, Eu, Aer Lingus, Spain, Chicago, Frankfurt, Prague, Vienna

Finally Flying First – My Cathay Pacific First Class Experience

I have long been an accumulator of miles, over the last 20 years or so it’s how I’ve been able to fly to some of the most amazing places on the places in ease and comfort. I take miles seriously and even though the airlines have made it increasingly difficult to both accrue and use miles, I have still found ways to create dream trips for little or no money. The most recent example of luxury flying happened just recently when I traveled to Thailand and Myanmar on a long overdue and much needed v...
Tags: Travel, Hong Kong, US, Chicago, Thailand, United States, Washington Dc, Myanmar, Newark, Boeing, Bangkok, American Airlines, Aesop, Planes Trains Ships, Airlines & Flying, OneWorld

Thinking of Coming Down Under? New Flight Routes You Should Consider

I won’t deny that the journey to Australia is long. With the distance between us and our nearest neighbour, New Zealand, totalling 3 hours, Asia 6 hours and the rest of the world beyond; I’m often awed that people travel so far to see our big-little island-continent. With big distances often come big costs, but could flying to Australia become more affordable soon? In recent months, and continuing well through next year, airlines are flocking to set up new routes to Australia or add extra flight...
Tags: Travel, Asia, Hong Kong, Europe, Japan, New York, Cook, London, Greece, Australia, China, Singapore, Air Canada, Los Angeles, Blog, Qatar

Weekly Roundup, Friday 25 August, 2017

‘What do you mean, your breakfast roll is stale!?’ No, this is probably not a scene from a hitherto secret Frontier Airlines flight attendant training film on how to deal with passengers if they dare to complain about anything. Good morning Did you see the eclipse?  If you did, I hope you weren’t as underwhelmed as I was – we had a 94% occlusion here in the Seattle area, and my daughter and I went to watch it in a local park.  A 94% occlusion actually meant almost no detectable change in levels...
Tags: Travel, Amazon, Europe, Japan, London, Navy, China, Germany, Trains, Russia, Singapore, Miscellaneous, US, America, Newsletter, Wow

What were Business Class airline meals like back in 2008?

Cast your eye back to 2008, a full nine years ago. The global financial crisis was in full swing and here in Ireland businesses were closing and people were beginning to become redundant. My own redundancy occurred the following year which meant I was still spending happily on business class flights in 2008. As I was writing flight reviews even then, I decided to delve into the archive and give you a flavour of what airlines were serving that year. Malev Business Class Hungarian airline Malev ...
Tags: Travel, Facebook, Usa, New York, France, Aer Lingus, Breakfast, Lunch, Budapest, Ireland, Southampton, Food And Drink, Airlines, Dublin, Dinner, Bangkok

Air Berlin Doesn’t Status Match Alaska MVP Or JetBlue Mosaic?!

Some of you probably know about the kind of ongoing status match that Air Berlin Topbonus offers. While it may not be the best if you just look at what Topbonus offers, the nice part of the status match is that if you get matched to Topbonus Gold, you get oneworld Sapphire which gets you these benefits on all oneworld airlines! Priority Business Class check-in Extra baggage allowance Priority baggage handling Prioirty boarding Preferred and pre-reserved seating when offered by the airline opera...
Tags: Travel, Europe, News, Uncategorized, US, Alaska, Airlines, Jetblue, Status Match, Jetblue Airways, OneWorld, Air Berlin, OneWorld Alliance, Miles and Points, JetBlue Mosaic, Topbonus

Qatar Air Targets Other U.S. Investments After American Spat - Bloomberg

Qatar Air Targets Other U.S. Investments After American Spat - Bloomberg:"Qatar Airways hasn’t given up on investing in the U.S. after scrapping plans to buy a stake in American Airlines Group Inc. amid opposition from the Fort Worth, Texas-based company.“We have other opportunities, both in America and North America, which we will consider,” Akbar Al Baker, the Persian Gulf carrier’s chief executive officer, said Wednesday in Doha, the Qatari capital. “I have some things in mind. The U.S. is an...
Tags: Travel, America, North America, Doha, Gulf, Qatar Airways, OneWorld, Fort Worth Texas, Mideast, Persian Gulf, Akbar Al Baker, U S company, American Airlines Group Inc, Doug Parker, Rupert Neil Bumfrey

Would You Fly with Malaysia Airlines?

To say the last few years for Malaysia Airlines has been difficult is an understatement. Many airlines fold after one tragedy (like Pan Am) but two in the space of a year – unheard of. With the 24-hour Media cycle, we haven’t been allowed to forget the tragedies which saw MH370 mysteriously disappear and MH17 shot down in Ukrainian territory on a popular flight route over Eastern Europe within a few months of each other in 2014. Again, the airline was thrust into the spotlight and across Austral...
Tags: Airlines, Asia, Destinations, Malaysia, Travel Tips, Airline Review, Flying, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Airlines, Personal

Austrian Returns to Tokyo and South Africa

Austrian Airlines has just announced two new routes. Austrian returns to Tokyo and South Africa. Lufthansa Flyer, a fellow blogger here at BoardingArea reports that Austrian will begin these routes in 2018. Tokyo flights will begin in the summer. Flights to Cape Town will begin during October. Both of these flights will be operated by their 777s. The airline will be adding one more of these aircraft in the coming months, raising the total number of aircraft to 6. Austrian 777 What does this ...
Tags: Travel, Europe, New York, London, News, US, Vienna, South Africa, Cape Town, American Express, Tokyo, Airlines, South African Airways, British Airways, Airline News, American Airlines

Breaking Up with American: A Frequent Flying Budget Traveler’s Dilemma

I did it. I went back and forth on the decision for a long time. Like someone who just couldn’t let go, I continued with the relationship even though I knew, deep down, it was over. But there’s always a tipping point when you must face reality — and that point was when I realized I’m just not going to fly all that much this year. So I did it: I finally split up with American Airlines. After years of being loyal to them and the Oneworld alliance, paying extra for flights to ensure I kept my stat...
Tags: Travel, Austin, United States, Paris, Delta, Airlines, US Airways, United, Jetblue, American Airlines, Travel Hacking, Southwest, OneWorld, McDonald, NomadicMatt, Frequent Flier Programs

Is Dine On Demand In Business Class The Future?

Dine on demand is now offered in business class on a number of airlines. As first class disappears, business class is now featuring many of the elements previously only available to the highest paying customers. Cathay Pacific are currently operating a trial of dine on demand on services between Hong Kong and Chicago. Qantas offer the service in business class as do Qatar Airways. My eyes were opened to this kind of dining on Qatar Airways between Pisa and Doha, then immediately after between Do...
Tags: Travel, Hong Kong, Rome, Restaurant, Luxury, Qantas, Airlines, Doha, Auckland, Business Class, Paxex, Airline Meals, Premium, Qatar Airways, OneWorld, Cathay Pacific

Flight Review: Qatar Airways First Class

Introduction Qatar Airways is one of the best airlines in terms of quality and luxury.  Most of their planes are new and with beautiful interiors, excellent entertainment units, and comfortable seats.  Recently, I flew their first class product on their A380 plane en route to India from Paris.  Qatar Airways is based out of Doha where all their flights connect to over 150 destinations. Qatar Airways A380 Booking Qatar Airways is  member of the OneWorld alliance which means that Qatar Airwa...
Tags: Travel, Europe, London, India, Qatar, Paris, Middle East, Airlines, First Class, Etihad, Doha, British Airways, Emirates Airlines, A380, American Airlines, Airline Meals

Breaking Up with American: A Frequent Flying Budget Traveler’s Dilemma

I did it. I went back and forth on the decision for a long time. Like someone who just couldn’t let go, I continued with the relationship even though I knew, deep down, it was over. But there’s always a tipping point when you must face reality — and that point was when I realized I’m just not going to fly all that much this year. So I did it: I finally split up with American Airlines. After years of being loyal to them and the Oneworld alliance, paying extra for flights to ensure I kept my stat...
Tags: Travel, Austin, United States, Paris, Delta, Airlines, US Airways, United, Jetblue, American Airlines, Travel Hacking, Southwest, OneWorld, McDonald, Frequent Flier Programs, Alaska Virgin JetBlue

The Best Places for Gay Travel 2016

By Adam Groffman Here’s the thing about gay travel—you can pretty much do it anywhere. If you’re gay and you travel, guess what!? You’re gay traveling ;-) But, still…there are some places which are just so much more welcoming, more friendly and more fun for gay travelers. Some travel companies make concerted efforts to court LGBTQ travelers, while others just naturally become hotspots thanks to their location, their creed or their clientele. Finding gay places when traveling can sometimes be a c...
Tags: Travel, Europe, Usa, Texas, La, Berlin, New York City, America, Chicago, Broadway, Stockholm, American Airlines, Gay Travel, Don, OneWorld, Adam Groffman

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