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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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Trip Report: Hong Kong Airlines A350 Business Class LAX to HKG (for ~$500)

My seat for the 15 hour journey, 18A. A "true" window seat. | Image by Chris Dong

A few weeks ago, the travel blogosphere lit up with a $500-and-change round-trip fare in long-haul business class from the U.S. to Asia. Business for the price of economy? A fully flat bed for the price of a sardine can seat? Yes and yes. I took this flight in late August as part of an epic…

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Review: Amex Centurion Suite at the 2018 US Open

Members Services desk at the American Express Centuroin Lounge, Miami. Source: American Express

American Express has set the bar pretty high when it comes to Platinum Card member benefits, including its much beloved Centurion Lounges, now at eight U.S. airports and Hong Kong. With tickets to this year’s US Open Tennis Championships, I was excited at the chance to see Amex’s latest lounge offering: the Amex Centurion Suite.…

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Alaska Dumping Priority Pass Lounge Access in Seattle

Alaska Lounge SeaTac Seattle Priority Pass

Alaska Airlines Lounges have been one of the biggest bright spots for Priority Pass holders in North America. The lounges have a decent food selection, open bar, pancake machines and are professionally staffed. They also reliably admit pass holders — until now. The Seattle Times reports that Alaska will stop admitting Priority Pass holders to…

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