Bye-bye Boarding Pass: Delta Will Offer Curb-to-Gate Facial Recognition

This is the future. Starting later this year, your face will be all you need to catch an international flight at Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson Airport. Delta Air Lines sent out a news release Thursday about end-to-end biometric facial recognition that will allow passengers to access all parts of the airport, and board flights, using just their face.…

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Trip Report: The ‘Nosebleed Seats’ On American’s 737 MAX

Last row on the 737 MAX. Image by Chris Dong

Every airline blog has covered American Airlines’ tortured new Boeing 737 ad nauseam. The tiny lavatories have been mocked from major news outlets to late night talk shows. The prevailing narrative: American’s newest 737s, the “MAX 8”, are about as customer friendly as a DMV office. Are these brand new airplanes really so bad? I…

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‘No-one Gives a F’: Cathay Pacific Misspells Own Name on 777

Cathay Pacific Paciic name error Boeing 777

This is embarrassing. Actually, quite embarrassing. Cathay Pacific just misspelled its own name, and not on some piece of in-flight literature. This typo is plastered on the side of a Boeing 777: “Cathay Paciic”. It’s not clear how or why this happened. Cathay fessed up to the error on its own Twitter account. Oops this…

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First 777X Rolls Out: Why This New Boeing Isn’t Going Anywhere

This 777X-9 rendering gives a glimpse at what this bird will look like in-air. Image by Boeing

Boeing rolled out the first fully assembled 777X aircraft at its factory in Everett, Washington this month. The latest and greatest from Boeing isn’t scheduled to be delivered to launch customers until early 2020. However, Boeing is in full-scale prep mode, and its first 777X off the line is almost fully functional—minus an engine and…

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Should You Add Perth to Your Australian Vacation Itinerary?

Cottesloe Beach hosts Sculptures by the Sea, a popular art attraction in Perth, Australia. EA Given / Shutterstock.com

For the past few years, Perth, Australia landed itself on several top lists, including Travel & Leisure’s Best Places to See in 2017 and Lonely Planet’s Top New Openings of 2017 list. CNN Travel calls it one of the coolest cities in the Southern Hemisphere and included it on the 2018 Best Places to Travel list.…

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Our Favorite Small Luxury Hotels in Australia and New Zealand

Australasia, which consists of Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific islands, conjures up images of pristine landscapes, endless beaches, turquoise water and a vibrant Polynesian culture. There is a limited supply of high-end loyalty brand hotels, even in Sydney, Melbourne or Auckland, so Small Luxury Hotels’ 15 properties are a welcome addition to the…

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What Is United’s PerksPlus? Is It Better Than MileagePlus?

As with its competitors, United Airlines runs a parallel frequent flyer program — we’ll call it a shadow program — for businesses and corporations. PerksPlus is United’s rendition of the corporate loyalty program. Like its rivals, PerksPlus can easily return rewards at a faster rate than employees individual MileagePlus accounts would. I previously reviewed business…

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