Probation for United’s “Chairman’s Flight” – Ex-Port Authority Chief Bribery Sentence Revealed

United's Embraer E175 Aircraft. Source: United Airlines

Judgement day has come for David Samson, the former chairmen of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. Back in July, Samson pleaded guilty to using his political influence to convince United Airlines to accommodate his private wishes for a regularly scheduled, non-stop flight to his South Carolina summer home. The round-trip flight from Newark to…

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SWISS Confirms Charge for Business Class Seat Selection – Paid & Award Bookings

SWISS Throne

In case you missed the news last week, SWISS has confirmed that they will begin charging $100-$200 to reserve a “throne seat” in business on their A330, A340, and B777 planes. The seats are commonly referred to as “thrones” because they have side-tables on either side. They are also quite limited, according to the SWISS maps, there’s…

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No Security Screen/Metal Detector & Nameless Boarding Pass On My Recent Flight


I recently flew Etihad’s First Class Apartment (at the old 90K AAdvantage redemption price) from JFK to Kathmandu, Nepa (KTM). I’ll have a full trip-report on that amazing flight as well as my stay at the Hyatt Regency Kathmandu soon, but first I want to share quite the experience I had at the domestic terminal of Kathmandu when flying…

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Singapore Airlines Devaluation: Higher Prices & No Online Booking Discount – 28% Increases

Singapore Suites onboard the A380. Photo by the author.

Well, this is an unfortunate development: Singapore Airlines has announced that they are making changes to their award chart. They are raising prices on some redemptions and removing the 15% discount that they are currently offering if you book online. Singapore last devalued their award chart in 2012, and these new changes will go into effect March 23,…

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Emirates Refreshes the A380 Onboard Bar

Emirates A380 Onboard Bar Refresh. Source: Emirates

The real estate available on the Airbus A380 has enabled airlines to do something pretty different and amazing. Singapore Airlines was the first carrier to receive the aircraft, and had a new Suites cabin available only on the A380. Korean Air has a “shopping” area where they display duty free items. But by far the most…

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Waldorf Astoria – “Peeing to Be Recorded” & “All Chinese” per NY Post


Back in 2014, Beijing-based Anbang Insurance (who you’ll likely remember from the Starwood negotiations), agreed to buy the original Waldorf Astoria in New York from Hilton for $2B. They then announced plans last year to close the hotel for major renovations and convert many of the rooms to apartments. With the purchase, US presidents and…

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