Sad End of an Era – American Drops San Juan from JFK. From 11x per Day to No Service at All

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In August 2014, I sadly posted about American canceling their long running JFK-Barbados flight – American Axes One of my Favorite JFK Routes – Caribbean Left with Just a Few Flights. I lamented that this was one of my favorite JFK-Caribbean flights on AA for a bunch of reasons: Barbados always seemed to be less touristy than…

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Richard Branson Declares Again – Alaska Will Pay for Virgin Brand Until 2040, Even If They Don’t Use It

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At a travel conference this weekend, Sir Richard Branson continued to tell industry insiders that Alaska will need to pay him licensing fees through 2040, even with Alaska’s plans to drop the Virgin brand.  He told the same story when he was in Seattle last month to celebrate Virgin Atlantic’s inaugural flight to the city. “When I…

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New Video? American Flight Attendant Hits Mother in Head w/ Stroller While Holding Her Twin Babies

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Update: The mother has contacted the attorney who is representing that United passenger who was dragged off the plane. The attorney also confirmed that the woman was not hit in the head. Full updated details here. As heard in the aftermath video, the flight attendant accused of hitting a mother in the head with a stroller…

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4X in 36 Hours – Comparing JFK-LAX on American, Delta, JetBlue, & United

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Wow, from noon on a Tuesday until midnight the following day, Peter Flax of The Hollywood Reporter flew between JFK and LAX four times, sampling the first and business class offerings on the route from American, Delta, JetBlue, and United. We’ve actually reviewed all of these individually before at Point Me to the Plane, though it’s…

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One Award, Eight Programs Part 4 – Final Round

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This is part 4 of my series comparing the ease of award booking with various Star Alliance frequent flyer programs. In part 1, I covered booking a transpacific premium cabin award, LAX-ICN-BKK, using 1) United MileagePlus, 2) Singapore KrisFlyer, 3) Avianca LifeMiles, and 4) Air Canada Aeroplan. In part 2, I discussed my experiences booking LAX-ICN-BKK using…

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One Award, Eight Programs Part 3 – Fighting the New United Award System and a Pleasant LifeMiles Phone Call

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This is part 3 of my series comparing the ease of award booking with various Star Alliance frequent flyer programs. In part 1, I covered booking a transpacific premium cabin award, LAX-ICN-BKK, using 1) United MileagePlus, 2) Singapore KrisFlyer, 3) Avianca LifeMiles, and 4) Air Canada Aeroplan. In part 2, I discussed my experiences booking…

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Obama, Oprah, Tom Hanks, and Springsteen Vacationing Together in French Polynesia, Which Hotel Did They Choose?

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How does sailing on a 450-foot yacht off the coast of Tahiti sound? The Obamas, Oprah, Tom Hanks / Rita Wilson, and Bruce Springsteen and his wife Patti Scialfa are doing just that on a luxury yacht owned by David Geffen. The group are island-hopping near Tahiti and according to Travel + Leisure, the itinerary…

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One Award, Eight Programs Part 2 – Comparing Ease of Award Booking

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This is a continuation from last week’s post where I compared my experiences booking a Star Alliance premium cabin transpacific award using United MileagePlus, Singapore KrisFlyer, Avianca LifeMiles, and Air Canada Aeroplan. Here, I attempt to book the same award using four less-common mileage programs: ANA Mileage Club, Asiana Club, Aegean Miles+Bonus, and Copa ConnectMiles. Part 3,…

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Marriott & SPG Offering Luxury Safari Tents @ Coachella, Free Drinks/Ferris Wheel for Elite Members

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Coachella, the annual music festival held in the desert outside of Indio, California, is taking place this weekend and next. For the first time ever, Marriott has partnered with Coachella to create safari tents where guests can spend the night on the festival grounds. Eight air conditioned tents were built to embody hotel rooms in Marriott’s lifestyle…

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