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Student Calls In Bomb Threat to Keep Parents From Flying For a Visit

A 23 year old student called in a hoax bomb threat against easyJet flight 4319 from Lyon to Rennes in France last Friday January 18th. Apparently his parents were on board and he didn’t want them to visit. Continue reading Student Calls In Bomb Threat to Keep Parents From Flying For a Visit...
Tags: Travel, France, Advice, Easyjet, Lyon, Rennes


How to excel in performance reviews when you work in banking

If you don't get a great performance review, you won't get a great bonus. And great performance reviews are hard work.
Tags: Advice, Analysis, Career Coaching, News &


Paris: When (and when not) to tip in Paris

In a city where customer service is as low a priority as cleaning up after your dog, the scarcity of tipping in Paris should come as no surprise. Still, many Americans find it difficult to stop calculating 15-20% of the bill before it hits the café table. Some visitors and foreigners in Paris take a “no-tip” approach to everything in Paris, based on the idea that service is included in the price listed on the menu. There are general rules, however, for those who want to be good customers, especi...
Tags: Travel, Money, France, Advice, Restaurant, Paris, Bar, Taxi, Dining, Tipping, Tip, Cafe, Haircut, Clubs, Dailycheapo, Planning For Paris


Why You Should Visit Granada, Spain

 Granada is the only place to ever be voted by you, twice (and in a row), the Best City to Visit. With the 2019 contest nominations coming up in February (here’s where to enter your city), I wanted to show you all the intangible reasons Granada, Spain has deserved the top spot for the past two years. For many travelers, Granada tends to be a day trip from nearby Seville or Cordoba, but as you’ll see in video above, that’s how they miss the best parts of southern Spain. The post Why You Shou...
Tags: Travel, Advice, Spain, Culture, Cordoba, Seville, Granada, Pictures And Video, Granada Spain, Best City


Venezuela is Plunging into Chaos: Which Airlines Still Fly?

As the country has fallen apart, with mass shortages, rampant crime, and inflation over 5000%, American Airlines had found their Venezuela routes extremely profitable -- because there was so little air service left. Thanks to price controls on domestic flights, passengers waited at airports for days hoping to get on a flight. The National Guard pulls suitcases off of flights to loot them. Airlines complain they’re getting contaminated fuel. With flight crews getting robbed by bandits airline...
Tags: Travel, Advice, Venezuela, Airlines, American Airlines, National Guard


Drama-Laden Parker Meridien New York Rebrands Again, Now a Hyatt

When Starwood picked up Le Meridien hotels they integrated most properties into Starwood Preferred Guest but the Parker Meridien properties in New York and Palm Springs were noticeably absent (presumably not wanting to pay the 5% fee). During the depths of the Great Recession though they realized they needed the marketing muscle and joined the program in late 2008. They allegedly began stealing from Starwood Preferred Guest almost immediately. Continue reading Drama-Laden Parker Meridien New Yor...
Tags: Travel, New York, Advice, Starwood, Palm Springs, Starwood Preferred Guest, Le Meridien, Parker Meridien


DUDE on the Upgrade List and American Airlines Breakfast Tacos!

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 DUDE on the Upgrade List and American Airlines Breakfast Tacos!...
Tags: Travel, Advice, American Airlines, American Airlines Breakfast Tacos


Dilemma: He let his straight roommate bang him, now he’s giving him the silent treatment

As a general rule of thumb, it's usually best not to fornicate with your roommate, especially if that roommate is straight or closeted. 
Tags: Sex, Life, Advice, Lifestyle, Roommates, Ad Friendly, Queerty


The Best Career Advice You've Ever Received

The average person spends 90,000 hours of their life at the office, and yet only one-third of U.S. employees are engaged in their work and workplace, according to a 2017 Gallup report. Maybe that’s inevitable, but making our work and careers even slightly more satisfying and fulfilling could lead to a major overall…Read more...
Tags: Networking, Advice, Tell US, Lifehacks, Career Advice, Loyalty


New Offers for 2 of the 7 American AAdvantage Credit Cards (Lots of Opportunities for Lots of Miles)

Two of the offers for Citibank American Airlines credit cards have changed, one is better and the other not as strong -- but not nearly the dropoff I was expecting. It's worth highlighting because American's having two different banks issuing their cards creates a huge opportunity for us. Several months ago inflight (where they take applications for Barclays cards) flight attendants were promoting that even if you have a Citibank American Airlines card you can get a Barclays-issued card, too....
Tags: Travel, Advice, Barclays, Citibank American Airlines


American Launching Premium Economy Award Redemption Tomorrow

Two weeks ago I reported that American would launch award redemption for premium economy this month. Awards go live tomorrow (Thursday, January 24). We will not see any change to upgrades at this time, or upgrade awards for premium economy. This new redemption option will be for American miles on American flights only -- they will not enable redemption of premium economy seats on partners, and American's partners won't have access to premium economy awards either. Continue reading American L...
Tags: Travel, Advice


Bonvoy Bringing Changes to Marriott Credit Cards Along With New 100,000 Point Offers

On February 13 Marriott is rebranding Marriott Rewards, Starwood Preferred Guest, and Ritz-Carlton Rewards as Marriott Bonvoy. The new program branding means new card names, some modest changes to the cards, and new offers as well. Continue reading Bonvoy Bringing Changes to Marriott Credit Cards Along With New 100,000 Point Offers...
Tags: Travel, Advice, Marriott, Ritz Carlton Rewards, Marriott Credit Cards, Marriott Rewards Starwood


Passenger Confronts Member of Congress Flying First Class During the Shutdown

On Tuesday Representative Rodney Davis (R-IL) was confronted by a passenger on a Chicago – DC flight over his flying in first class during the government shutdown. The issue here is that it may look unseemly for a member of Congress to appear to be ‘living well’ (how much of the country sees domestic first class) during the government shutdown. Indeed it’s popular to suggest that Members of Congress shouldn’t be paid while the government is shut down. I disagree. Continue reading Passenger Confr...
Tags: Travel, Congress, Advice, Chicago, Rodney Davis R IL


COMMENT: My friend died after overworking in banking. Watch your health

Some advice from a former associate at Goldman Sachs.
Tags: Advice, Analysis, Career Coaching, Insight, News &


Spain: 10 first-time mistakes to avoid when visiting

You’ve booked your flights, bought your guidebook, and are ready to take off for beautiful España this year — congratulations! You’ve made a wise choice. But as you plan your Spanish jaunt, it’s important to think about a few pitfalls that are easy to walk into… but just as easy to avoid. Once you reach Spain, keep these rookie mistakes in mind to avoid any mishaps that can cost you precious time and money. Related: Recommended budget hotels in Madrid | Barcelona | Seville 1. Trying to see too ...
Tags: Travel, Safety, Advice, Spain, Catalonia, Barcelona, United States, Dining, Madrid, Canary Islands, Seville, Andalusia, Trip Planning, Dailycheapo, First Time, Duncan


Marriott CEO Arne Sorenson’s Bizarre Interview: We Stored Your Unencrypted Passport #s to Help You

Marriott CEO Arne Sorenson comes off as out of touch with his customers’ concerns when he claims frustrations with their loyalty program are just ‘noise around the edges’ but that hardly seems to be a one-off example. He gave a rather bizarre interview to CNBC at the Davos World Economic Forum where he floated the idea of recession being a good thing ‘to get it over with’ and suggested that Marriott was storing the customer passport numbers that were hacked to help customers. Continue reading Ma...
Tags: Travel, Advice, Marriott, Cnbc, Arne Sorenson


Singer Azealia Banks Goes on Tirade After Being Banned From Aer Lingus

She was attempting to fly from London Gatwick to Dublin aboard Aer Lingus flight EI233 on Monday. She says an airline employee was starting at her, but the employee complained to the captain claiming Banks made threats. Ultimately she says being "singled out by the haggard old white ladies" keeps happening to her -- she was caught on video melting down after a Delta flight in 2015 - because of "the long weave and the Louboutins" and she stands out. Continue reading Singer Azealia Banks Goes on ...
Tags: Travel, Advice, Banks, Aer Lingus, Delta, Dublin, London Gatwick


What's the Best Career Advice You've Received?

Often the best advice is the simplest advice. Whether it’s about money or productivity, seemingly minor things can make the biggest differences.Read more...
Tags: Work, Life, Advice, Careers, Lifehacks


Flight Attendant Becomes New Inflight Toilet Paper Roll Racing Champion

A flight attendant has decided to be a toilet paper roll racing team of one as he walks up the aisle. At least I'm going to assume that the flight attendant did this willingly and wasn't the victim of a joke by other members of the crew. Passengers, definitely don't try this inflight because you don't know how your crewmember will take it, and you could find law enforcement waiting for you when you land (if they can figure out who the perpetrator was among a plane full of passengers). Continue ...
Tags: Travel, Advice


I Told You So: Now What? The In-House Counsel Search And Salvage Mission

Sometimes, you just need to let your team fail, especially when they don't listen to your advice.
Tags: Law, Advice, In-House Counsel, Kay Thrace


United’s International Polaris Lounge Delays and BA’s Plans for Norwegian

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 United’s International Polaris Lounge Delays and BA’s Plans for Norwegian...
Tags: Travel, Advice, Ba, United s International Polaris Lounge Delays


Marriott CEO Trash Talks Indian Hotel Chains

Marriott CEO Arne Sorenson trash talked Indian hotel chains at Arabian Business in Dubai, suggesting that they might as well just stay niche players in India — they’ll never compete with Marriott. Sorenson believes there’s no room for competitors now because of Marriott’s wide array of brands and loyalty program (“choice of price points, design sensibilities, and programmes”). He may overestimate their position, though. Continue reading Marriott CEO Trash Talks Indian Hotel Chains...
Tags: Travel, Advice, India, Dubai, Marriott, Arne Sorenson, Marriott Sorenson


How To Stop Outside Counsel From Mishandling Enforcement Matters

One way to guarantee that outside lawyers aren't secretly antagonizing regulatory agencies or otherwise mishandling the investigation.
Tags: Law, Advice, Biglaw, Mark Herrmann, In-House Counsel, Outside Counsel


Save Money on Hotels AFTER You Book and Stockpiling Airline Meals to Prepare for Brexit

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 Save Money on Hotels AFTER You Book and Stockpiling Airline Meals to Prepare for Brexit...
Tags: Travel, Advice


Staying With a Baby at the Park Hyatt in Paris (All the Stuff They Do For You)

I've stayed at the Park Hyatt Vendome in Paris many, many times. It's not because it's the single best hotel in Paris, rather I find it to be a nice hotel that I can book on points and I enjoy the neighborhood. It's walkable to multiple metro stops, it's a quiet neighborhood, and there's good food nearby. This was my first time staying there with an infant, and I didn't even know what to ask for let alone expect. Continue reading Staying With a Baby at the Park Hyatt in Paris (All the Stuff T...
Tags: Travel, Advice, Paris, Park Hyatt, Park Hyatt Vendome


Capital One 200,000 Mile Initial Bonus Offer Ends in a Week

Capital One® Spark® Miles for Business has the biggest public initial offer I’ve ever seen for any card, ever — allowing you to earn 200,000 miles. We now know this offer will end January 28. Continue reading Capital One 200,000 Mile Initial Bonus Offer Ends in a Week...
Tags: Travel, Advice


What’s Right – And Very Wrong – With the British Airways Concorde Room at London Heathrow

British Airways really should invest in re-doing their first class lounge. Recognize that British Airways is never going to provide exceptional service, but they offer decent booze. It seems to me the lounge would be better with more cabanas, and a better process to manage them, at a bare minimum. Continue reading What’s Right – And Very Wrong – With the British Airways Concorde Room at London Heathrow...
Tags: Travel, Advice, British Airways, London Heathrow, British Airways Concorde Room


Why 2-For-1 Travel for a Year is Such a Great Tool for Southwest

I’ve been asked by several people how it can possibly make sense for Southwest and Chase to offer a Companion Pass -- and points -- as part of a card's initial bonus, indeed how the Companion Pass even continues to exist. After all, opportunities this good in travel don’t usually last. Here's why the Companion Pass makes sense for Southwest to offer. Continue reading Why 2-For-1 Travel for a Year is Such a Great Tool for Southwest...
Tags: Travel, Advice, Southwest, Companion Pass


Up to 8000 Etihad Miles Per Avis Rental and Cool Packing Technique

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 Up to 8000 Etihad Miles Per Avis Rental and Cool Packing Technique...
Tags: Travel, Advice, Etihad Miles Per Avis Rental


Awful Passenger Meets EVA Air Hospitality – in the Lavatory – and it Gets Crazier From There

A passenger who boarded the flight in a wheelchair asked to be moved to a row with three empty seats and this was given to him. He told flight attendants that his hand was broken and needed help going to the bathroom. The lavatory in economy was too small so he was allowed to use the business class toilet. Once inside he pressed the assistance button. His underwear was halfway down and he asked for help getting it down the rest of the way.... Continue reading Awful Passenger Meets EVA Air Hospit...
Tags: Travel, Advice, Lavatory, EVA Air Hospitality, Awful Passenger Meets EVA Air Hospitality