United Computers Are Down, Ground Stop, Good Luck Out There!

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United’s computers are down and they’ve placed a ground stop on flights. Hopefully things will be rebooted and working quickly, there aren’t a whole lot of flights left tonight and crews could start to time out.

So far United has only informed the FAA of ground stop until 8pm Eastern.

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Report: Delta Improving 2018 Diamond Elite Status – By Taking Away Automatic Lounge Access

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Delta Platinum members get one ‘choice benefit’ and Diamonds get two.

A Diamond member might choose 4 confirmed international upgrades valid on any fare, a benefit the airline introduced three years ago.

Indeed, now that American Airlines has reduced the number of confirmed international upgrades given upon reaching top tier to 4 and tightened up availability Delta is even with American offering international upgrades to top elites.

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Planes Nobody Wants, the Highest Paid Pilots, and the Final United 747 Flight

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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.

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Fare Alert: Paris in Peak Summer $37 Base Fares on oneworld or Star Alliance (From $345 Roundtrip)

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It’s one thing to see sub-$400 transatlantic roundtrips in Winter, as great as that is, but we’re now starting to see fares like this for summer which is peak time to visit Europe and when you normally see the cost of European coach airfares skyrocket. What could be better than Paris in summer for less than $350?

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Airfare Alert: $1108 Business Class Roundtrip India – US

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Star Alliance member and United partner EgyptAir is offering business class roundtrips between Mumbai and New York for just $1108.

The base fare is just $183 in each direction — business class fares don’t get much cheaper than this.

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Why Canada tops our 2017 travel list

Source: Budget Travel Magazine


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Go north, eh? Canada is celebrating its 150th anniversary in 2017 in a big way. Which is utterly appropriate for a nation that boasts some of the biggest or oldest or most unusual travel sites on the planet.

For an untold number of years, Americans have had rather narrow view, to say the least, of Canada. All too often, say “Canada” to an American and people think Montreal, a Francophile’s accessible fantasy; Niagara Falls, ice hockey, poutine, and the Toronto Blue Jays (because, well–baseball.) Chalk it up to Justin Bieber’s endless stream of chart-toppers, Ryan Reynolds’ show-stopping ...

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Today Only: Earn 15 United Miles Per Dollar Shopping Only, and 2 Reasons to Do This

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Today only you can earn 15 United MileagePlus miles shopping online at several merchants. Some are even stackable with American Express rebates.

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Why Airplane Bathrooms Are Getting Smaller

Source: Conde Nast Traveler - The Daily Traveler

Legroom and patience aren’t the only things that have been shrinking on your flights. No, it’s not your imagination—airplane bathrooms have been getting smaller, too.

As airlines ditch older aircraft (like the tried and true 747s) and order new planes, some are skimping on space in the lavatories to pave the way for more seats. Case in point: In 2015, Boeing reduced the elbow room in the bathrooms on its 777 planes to add another 14 seats. That’s 14 additional paying customers for the airline per flight.

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Memphis Airport Will Offer Beer-to-Go for Passengers

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Memphis airport plans to allow passengers to purchase beer-to-go.

With 60% fewer passengers using the airport than before Delta acquired Northwest Airlines, in the name of revenue generation Memphis is going to try this grand social experiment. We’ll see what happens. Any guesses?

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Memphis Airport Will Offer Beer-to-Go for Passengers

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Memphis airport plans to allow passengers to purchase beer-to-go.

With 60% fewer passengers using the airport than before Delta acquired Northwest Airlines, in the name of revenue generation Memphis is going to try this grand social experiment. We’ll see what happens. Any guesses?

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Which Airline President Declared War on the Nation’s Elites? And Another Measure of Airline Revenue

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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.

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Visiting Sydney – Trip Planning Suggestions

Source: Context Travel

Sydney is a city for the history buff, beach wanderer and enthusiastic foodie within us all. When people talk about visiting Sydney, the first thing that conjures in the mind may well be the Sydney Opera House. We don’t wish to downplay Jørn Utzon’s splendid masterpiece, but there is a lot more to Sydney than we see at a dazzling first glance. The city has rich historical undertones, a conflicted past rife with tales of aboriginal communities and wayward convicts all from the magical setting of a beautiful harbor and beyond. We’ve come up with some helpful suggestions on how ...

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Visiting Sydney – Trip Planning Suggestions

Source: Context Travel

Sydney is a city for the history buff, beach wanderer and enthusiastic foodie within us all. When people talk about visiting Sydney, the first thing that conjures in the mind may well be the Sydney Opera House. We don’t wish to downplay Jørn Utzon’s splendid masterpiece, but there is a lot more to Sydney than we see at a dazzling first glance. The city has rich historical undertones, a conflicted past rife with tales of aboriginal communities and wayward convicts all from the magical setting of a beautiful harbor and beyond. We’ve come up with some helpful suggestions on how ...

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Woman Forgets to Put On Clothes Before Riding Motorcycle to the Airport

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Airport police pulled her over, and arranged for a family member to take her home. They do not know why she was naked — if she figured it was easier to go through security that way and she’d have to submit to a nude-o-scope anyway, or if she’d be able to distract drivers long enough to zig zag through traffic more effectively by riding without clothes on.

Naturally it was captured on video.

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United Pilot Becomes Unconscious on 767 Flight to Amsterdam, 757 Captain Takes Over

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Thursday evening’s United Airlines UA946 Washington Dulles – Amsterdam flight was lightly loaded with just 82 passengers onboard — about two-thirds empty — declared an emergency while at 35,000 feet and 180 nautical miles Northwest of Shannon, Ireland.

The plane’s first officer reported that the captain had become incapacitated. They diverted to Shannon and landed 35 minutes later, where the captain was rushed to the hospital.

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American AAdvantage Business Class Awards to New Zealand Available Now!

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Non-stop award space in premium cabins between the US and Australia is one of the toughest things to find out of any frequent flyer award in the world.

And American has been anything but generous with premium cabin international award space generally, except during spurts when they open up space. I couple of days ago I wrote about just such a spurt.

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You Can Now Own a Piece of Paris’s Iconic Cobblestone Streets

Source: Conde Nast Traveler - The Daily Traveler

When visiting a new city for the first time, it’s customary to purchase a souvenir that not only represents the culture, but also marks your adventure away from home. Typically, a miniature Empire State Building after a jaunt to New York or a pashmina shawl found at a souk in Dubai will do, but one entrepreneur from Paris takes the concept of procuring a piece of the land quite literally, selling a range of hand-painted cobblestones that come directly from Paris’s storied streets.

Last summer, Margaux Sainte-Lagüe noticed a line of jackhammers tearing up the cobblestones on Paris’s tony Champs-Élysées ...

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Soon You’re Going to Have to Shove Your Bag Into a Sizer at the Gate — And Jump On It

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Many foreign airlines have strict limits for cabin baggage. Americans aren’t used to this, they can pretty much drag anything onboard that is going to fit in an overhead bin as long as there’s still bin space available and certainly US airlines don’t weigh your rollaboard.

Whether Air France or Virgin Australia, airlines around the world take a different approach even for business class passengers. I do my best to avoid check-in counters when I’ve got heavy bags. If I can get a boarding pass online I will. But if I need to approach the counter, and they see my ...

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Domestic United Clubs Will No Longer Have Showers

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United recently said they think their United Clubs should charge more.

That’s after United raised the price of its clubs 18 months ago, raised the price of day passes a year ago (and started refusing access to holders of day passes at some lounges), and restricted paying club members to accessing lounges only when flying same day.

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A Simple Way to Beat American at Its Basic Economy Game

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Airline co-brand credit cards are great for signup bonuses. They aren’t great for actually spending money on once you earn the bonuses.

But with the way that Basic Economy is being rolled out they’re a secret weapon to make the pain far more bearable.

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A Simple Way to Beat American at Its Basic Economy Game

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Airline co-brand credit cards are great for signup bonuses. They aren’t great for actually spending money on once you earn the bonuses.

But with the way that Basic Economy is being rolled out they’re a secret weapon to make the pain far more bearable.

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Airline Sued for Denying Travel to Emotional Support Animal and Bullet in 767’s Wing

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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.

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ALERT: Star Alliance Business Class Awards East/Midwest/West Coast to Europe for the Whole Family

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Business class awards for 4 passengers, most days of the year, from half a dozen US gateways using United miles or points from Aeroplan, Avainca LifeMiles, ANA, Singapore, etc.

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Travel Tip: New Deals for Booking a Hotel Room by the Hour

Source: Peter Greenberg Travel Detective

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Are you trying to book a hotel room? Rather than looking at the day you want, you might want to look at a specific time window instead. There are now… Read More…

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Big American Airlines Transatlantic Bonus is Back

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American AAdvantage is offering up to 20,000 bonus miles each way across the Pond for up to 4 one-way segments booked and flown between yesterday and March 31. Registration prior to travel with promo code NAS17 is required.

You can earn this bonus on American Airlines transatlantic flights (with American Airlines flight numbers) or American codeshares on British Airways, Iberia or Finnair between the U.S. and Europe.

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