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Tricks to Find Star Alliance (United) Awards Without Surcharges

Booking SWISS without fuel surcharges

Nothing ruins a great points and miles vacation like having to pay for a trip you thought was going to be a reward. Unfortunately, airlines have gotten away with charging fares on their purported “award” flights now for over a decade, disguised from consumers under the confusing moniker “fuel surcharge.” While regulators have finally stopped…

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Singapore Airlines to Relaunch World’s Longest Nonstop Flight to Newark in October 2018

Singapore Airlines Premium Economy Class onboard the A350-900ULR that will fly non-stop between Newark and Singapore. Source: SIA

For years, the longest nonstop flight—by distance and by flying time—has been the one between Newark (EWR) and Singapore (SIN). Singapore Airlines flew the route with a specially configured A340-500. The route operated for almost 10 years, from 2004 to 2013, until the economics no longer worked for ultra-long flights like this. We were lucky enough…

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Virgin Atlantic Wins Where Other Airlines Fail — Including Supersonic Flight

Virgin American may end its partnership with Virgin Atlantic come November 13, 2016

Virgin Atlantic is my pick for world’s best airline, hands down, no close challengers. Before you start commenting about Q-Suites, reverse herringbone blah blah and showers, please let me make my case. My feelings about Virgin Atlantic are not retrospective of seat dimensions, amouse bouches, or the likes. This is an all encompassing look not…

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SilkAir is Merging into Singapore Airlines, Adding Flat Beds and Other Cabin Upgrades

Singapore Airlines Regional Business Class onboard the Boeing 787. Source: SIA

SilkAir is a wholly owned subsidiary of Singapore Airlines, operating mostly regional routes as a full service airline with its own fleet. It shares the same hub in Singapore, and has the same frequent flyer program with Singapore Airlines. However, it does not belong to Star Alliance since it’s technically a different airline. The arrangement is not…

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Aviation Mystery: The Dismal Singapore Airlines Call Center

A post yesterday by Tiffany at One Mile at a Time reminded me of one of the great mysteries of the aviation world. If Singapore Airlines manages one of the best transportation companies on earth (we’re talking, planes, trains, busses, NASA here; SQ is truly top-notch), how do their call centers stink SO BAD? Tiffany…

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Was 2017 Fatal For International First Class?

The full range of Casper products in American Airlines long-haul First Class. Source: American Airlines

For all the attention poured on new business class cabins in 2017, airlines did not bestow so much favor on international first class cabins. Though heavyweight luxury carrier Emirates and Singapore launched much improved first class suites onboard their long-haul jets, enthusiasm for the private, front end of the plane waned among just about everyone…

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First Class Suites Hit Another Level in 2017

First Class is a relative term. For those who haven’t left the lower 48 states, First Class likely means premium economy (or does premium economy really mean first class). But even the most avid globetrotters underwent seismic adjustments to their understanding of first class this year. The undisputed world champions in first class seats have…

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