Amazing Award Availability: Use Delta Miles to Take the Whole Family to Asia

Source: Gary Leff - View from the Wing

Delta is moving its Minneapolis – Tokyo Narita flight over to Tokyo Haneda airport at the end of October and award availability is amazing.

Most days there are 9 or more business class saver awards available, although I’ve put together calendars showing when there are 6 or more business class seats. These cost 80,000 miles per person each way.

Continue reading Amazing Award Availability: Use Delta Miles to Take the Whole Family to Asia

Read full article >>

American Screwed Up Its Brand New Business Class Seat

Source: Gary Leff - View from the Wing

American’s new business class seat is the B/E Aerospace Super Diamond going into their Boeing 787-9, Airbus A350, and later retrofits of Boeing 777-200s.

The B/E Aerospace Super Diamond is one of the world’s best business class seats, but American seems to have made one very poor decision customizing theirs.

Continue reading American Screwed Up Its Brand New Business Class Seat

Read full article >>

American Express Launched the Biggest Delta Offer Ever

Source: Gary Leff - View from the Wing

American Express is out with the biggest public offer they’ve ever had for a Delta co-brand credit card. And Delta co-brand credit cards are great for the travel benefits if you don’t fly to enough to earn their elite status.

I’m pretty sure I’ve never seen a 70,000 mile Delta signup bonus, that it’s the biggest public offer I’ve seen. Ever.

Continue reading American Express Launched the Biggest Delta Offer Ever

Read full article >>

Here’s Why ‘Earn and Burn’ is the Best Strategy

Source: Gary Leff - View from the Wing

We’ve known devaluations were coming for a very long time. It was obvious when I wrote ten years ago that I was afraid the great values wouldn’t last.

I suggested that as more and more miles were printed, without a corresponding growth in airline capacity, we’d see devaluation. And truly outsized-value? I’ve always said that you should take advantage of the best awards, the ones that are orders of magnitude better than average redemption value, because they aren’t going to last.

Continue reading Here’s Why ‘Earn and Burn’ is the Best Strategy

       ...

Read full article >>

Several US Cities 25% Off Business and Coach Awards to Europe/Israel

Source: Gary Leff - View from the Wing

Air France KLM’s Flying Blue program should be interesting to U.S. frequent flyers for several reasons: they offer one-way awards; they are an American Express Membership Rewards, Citi Thank You points, and a Chase Ultimate Rewards transfer partner; they have far more award space on their own flights than Delta has access to; they have most of their partners available for online booking.

And they have a bunch of business class award routes on sale to anywhere in Europe, including Israel for the same price.

Continue reading Several US Cities 25% Off Business and Coach Awards to Europe/Israel

Read full article >>

LP Kids activity: make a Japanese fan for the Jidai Matsuri festival

Source: Lonely Planet

PIC_4

On 22 October every year, the historical city of Kyoto in Japan comes alive to celebrate the festival of Jidai Matsuri. A grand procession features period costumes from ancient Japanese eras dating all the way back to the year 794! People dress in outfits such as military uniforms and kimonos, plus all the accessories that come with traditional dress, such as Japanese fans.

This month at Lonely Planet Kids, we’re celebrating Jidai Matsuri with a step-by-step guide to making your own fan with a painted Japanese scene.

Fold your way to traditional Japanese elegance by following the instructions below, or ...

Read full article >>

Pilot Sent to Prison and Do American’s New Uniforms Give Flight Attendants Hives?

Source: Gary Leff - View from the Wing

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 Pilot Sent to Prison and Do American’s New Uniforms Give Flight Attendants Hives?

Read full article >>

A New Book Looks at the History of Airline Crashes and Aviation

Source: Budget Travel Magazine


(Liza Weisstuch)

In “The Crash Detectives,” journalist Christine Negroni examines some of history’s landmark airline disasters and what we can learn from them

Who doesn’t love a good mystery? Speculations on crop circles, what went on in Roswell that night in 1964, and where Jimmy Hoffa and Amelia Earhart vanished to still occupy the collective mind all these decades later. Arguably one of the greatest mysteries of our present moment is whatever happened to Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, the airliner that fell into the Indian Ocean on March 8, 2014. Terrorism? Technical malfunction?

Since then, those questions have dogged Christine ...

Read full article >>

wifi-airport-GettyImages-514469972.jpg

New App Shows Free Airport Wi-Fi—With Passwords—Around the World

Source: Conde Nast Traveler - The Daily Traveler

Getty

WiFox helps to solve all your Wi-Fi needs.

It started simply enough: Computer engineer Anil Polat had a blog. (As many of us tend to do.) He had started crowd-sourcing Wi-Fi passwords at international airports from his readers; soon, there were enough details to turn the blog post into a map—and from there, an app. Now, as Lonely Planet reports, Polat has gathered the names of networks and passwords from hundreds of airports, along with the location of Wi-Fi hubs and any time restrictions on internet use.

WiFox is super handy—I just downloaded it on iOs for $1.99 (it's ...

Read full article >>

mandarin-oriental-nyc-hudsonriverviewsuite1.jpg

Secrets of a Hotel Inspector: Travelogue Podcast

Source: Conde Nast Traveler - The Daily Traveler

Courtesy Mandarin Oriental

The Hudson River View Suite at the Mandarin Oriental New York.

Imagine getting paid to travel to the world’s most luxurious hotels, eat in the finest restaurants, or maybe take a five star cruise to the Antarctic. Even better, once you finish the trip, your opinion is solicited—and you know for certain that your ratings and reviews will be read, and trusted, by the most important people. No, we’re not talking about a gig at Condé Nast Traveler (though that’s a good description of the best parts of our day jobs). Instead, this position ...

Read full article >>

GettyImages-185094873.jpg

Hundreds of Perfectly Halved Lemons Mysteriously Washed Up in New Zealand

Source: Conde Nast Traveler - The Daily Traveler

Getty

A New Zealand beach was awash with unlikely visitors this week.

The residents of a New Zealand seaside town called Mangere Bridge are quite literally trying to come up with a response to the age-old saying “when life gives you lemons.” Why? These Kiwis were shocked to find hundreds of perfectly halved lemons washed up on their beach earlier this week.

"We were just having our picnic lunch when we saw something really weird, just a line of yellow,” the eyewitness, named Delyse, told the news website Stuff.co.nz. "At first I thought it was that foamy stuff, so ...

Read full article >>

lisbon-portugal-cr-getty-564582647.jpg

Flight Deal: U.S. to Europe on TAP from $499 (Lisbon Stopover Included)

Source: Conde Nast Traveler - The Daily Traveler

Getty

Lisbon on your list? Now's the perfect time to go.

Want to go to Europe next year, but not quite sure where? TAP, Portugal's national airline, has just made the decision-making process easier with a new program that gives fliers between the U.S. and Europe the opportunity to stay several days in Portugal for free. TAP is offering free multi-day stopovers in Lisbon for people changing flights there, en route to other major European cities—and is throwing in free domestic flights from Lisbon to Porto to sweeten the deal. Better still: Those fares are under $500.

This is the ...

Read full article >>

mexico-city-cr-getty-179060149.jpg

The Top 5 Travel Destinations of 2016 According to Google Searches

Source: Conde Nast Traveler - The Daily Traveler

Getty

Mexico City's main squares might be more crowded in 2017.

Google is such a part of our lives these days that it's no longer "you are what you eat," it's "you are what you search." When it comes to travel, Google's data is a great way to get a sense of which places people are interested in visiting and exploring. The company revealed that this year the top five most Googled cities, in order, are Reykjavik, Havana, Toronto, Mexico City, and Tokyo. But how do cities manage to rise to the top of the Internet search world? It's ...

Read full article >>

morgane-sezalory-sezane-cr-courtesy.jpg

How to Pack Like a French Woman

Source: Conde Nast Traveler - The Daily Traveler

Courtesy Sézane

Morgane Sézalory.

If there is an avatar of timeless Parisian style for the thirty-something set, it’s Morgane Sézalory, the industrious 31-year-old founder and artistic director of the Parisian fashion label Sézane. In the last year, she has opened L’Appartement Sézane, a showroom space in the 2nd arrondissement, expanded her on-site offering to include paper goods, homewares, and accessories linked to each collection’s master theme (currently, it’s British-inspired flair), and developed her third capsule collection composed of 21 très parisienne pieces in collaboration with Madewell, which hits shelves October 4th. When she’s not anchored in Paris to work ...

Read full article >>

hoodie_text_diagram.jpeg

Why the Adv3nture Hoodie Is the Only Travel Clothing You Need

Source: Conde Nast Traveler - The Daily Traveler

Courtesy Adv3nture

From ventilation zippers to pockets for your passport (and a cold beer), this hoodie's got you covered.

Zane Lamprey knows a thing or two about traveling the world. As the host of a string of popular food-and-drink travel shows for the likes of the Food Network and National Geographic, Lamprey has visited 63 countries (and counting). If his adventures have taught him one thing, it’s that pockets rule. Now, he’s transformed that epiphany into the Adv3nture Hoodie, which has already raised nearly $1 million on Kickstarter.

The hoodie is hardly a gimmick. “The Adv3nture Hoodie (and ...

Read full article >>

Always Remember to ‘Garden’ Your Travel Reservations

Source: Gary Leff - View from the Wing

It’s important to “do gardening” on your bookings, especially ones that you make relatively far in advance.

By gardening, I mean tending to the bookings — checking up on them, and doing minor maintenance.

Here are the things that can go wrong, but they are preventable mistakes!

Continue reading Always Remember to ‘Garden’ Your Travel Reservations

Read full article >>

You Always Get Upgraded When You Want Upgrades the Least

Source: Gary Leff - View from the Wing

Last week I needed to be in San Diego for one night. There aren’t any non-stops between Austin and San Diego, I rather expected Southwest might have one, but I wound up on American through Dallas. My flight into Dallas was a few minutes early but we had to wait about 20 minutes for a gate.

I wasn’t concerned as my relatively short connection time dwindled. I didn’t need to make it to my connecting gate before boarding started — for a simple overnight I just had my laptop bag and didn’t need any bin space. I’d be happy to ...

Read full article >>

Travel Insurance with Repatriation & Medical Evacuation Coverage

Source: Peter Greenberg Travel Detective

Read the full article on PeterGreenberg.com at – Travel Insurance with Repatriation & Medical Evacuation Coverage

Travel insurance remains one of the most confusing aspects of the travel process. Are you covered, for what, and for how much? Now most people know—or think they know—about something… Read More…

The post Travel Insurance with Repatriation & Medical Evacuation Coverage appeared first on Peter Greenberg Travel Detective.

Read full article >>

When 5/24 Doesn’t Apply, and When it Doesn’t Count

Source: Gary Leff - View from the Wing

Chase has said “we have restrictions related to the number of new cards customers can receive in a period of time.”

The conventional wisdom is that Chase seems only to want to approve people for this card if they haven’t applied for 5 new cards in the past 24 months.

Continue reading When 5/24 Doesn’t Apply, and When it Doesn’t Count

Read full article >>

Athens Archaeological Museum

Source: Context Travel

The Athens Archaeological Museum is bursting with myths and stories. We know. We visit it nearly every day in the course of our National Archaeological Museum of Athens Tour. Although inspiring, the collection can also be overwhelming. So, we sat down with the docents who lead this tour and got some quick, high-level insights into what makes the Athens Archaeological Museum so fantastic.

Bronze Poseidon in the Athens archaeological museum

The Athens Archaeological Museum has a great collection of sculpture.

 

Sculptures in the Athens Archaeological Museum

What catches your eye might depend on where your interests lie. Georgia, a classicist who leads our tour ...

Read full article >>

British Airways Will Start Charging for Water in January, Buy Avios Less than 1 Cent Apiece

Source: Gary Leff - View from the Wing

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 British Airways Will Start Charging for Water in January, Buy Avios Less than 1 Cent Apiece

Read full article >>

Travel Tip: What are the Happiest States in the Country?

Source: Peter Greenberg Travel Detective

Read the full article on PeterGreenberg.com at – Travel Tip: What are the Happiest States in the Country?

You probably have a list of places you love to visit, or destinations that make you happy. Now there’s a list of of the happiest states, thanks to the research… Read More…

The post Travel Tip: What are the Happiest States in the Country? appeared first on Peter Greenberg Travel Detective.

Read full article >>

Review: New York JFK – Abu Dhabi Etihad First Class Apartment, the Best Flight in the World

Source: Gary Leff - View from the Wing

I’ve argued many times that the greatest luxury in air travel is space and privacy. As a result there’s no first class product that comes close to Etihad’s First Apartment on the Airbus A380. There’s an inflight chef, an onboard shower, but that’s all extra.

It’s the sheer spaciousness of the suite that makes this the best first class in the sky — and I feel incredibly fortunate to be able to fly it again and to be redeeming miles to do so.

Continue reading Review: New York JFK – Abu Dhabi Etihad First Class Apartment, the Best Flight in ...

Read full article >>