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ANA Round-the-World Tickets: Best Use of Amex Membership Rewards?

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ANA (All Nippon Airways), Japan’s largest airline and an integral member of the Star Alliance, offers arguably the most valuable Round-the-World tickets out there. When used correctly, an ANA Round-the-World ticket can shave hundreds-of-thousands of points off the cost of business, first class or even economy class award tickets. This is perhaps the best value…

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Which Airlines Offer Round-the-World Tickets

Round-the-world (RTW) awards are one of the most lucrative and aspirational use of points and miles. Unfortunately, in recent years, many award programs, including all the major US airlines, have dropped their formal round-the-world redemption options.  However, many global airlines continue to offer awards that are worth considering when your goal is to circumnavigate the…

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Flight Attendants Are Furious About Hot Cabins

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One of the largest international flight attendants unions is taking up arms — actually, thermometers — in a fight against what they claim are dangerously hot cabins. The Association of Flight Attendants CWA is pushing congress to regulate temperatures onboard passenger jets. To make its case, many of the 50,000+ Union members are carrying thermometers…

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Turkish Airlines Decked Out Its New Airbus A321neo Jets

Turkish Airlines became the latest proud owner of Airbus’ single-aisle A321neo aircraft. The fourth-largest airline by destinations served has some pretty unique and exciting plans for their Stretch ‘Buses. Turkish has a whopping 95 A321neo aircraft on order, powered by the Pratt & Witney engine option. The first Turkish A321neo was delivered just weeks ago, sporting a…

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Room Report — Hyatt Centric Gran Via, Madrid, Executive Suite

Madrid is a treat for those who make the journey to Spain. The lovely parks, world-class museums, cobble-stone streets bustling with shoppers, and delicious coffee all make for a great time. Places here evoke images, woven together into a tapestry of time. That tapestry now includes one of my favorite Hyatt Hotel properties, the Hyatt…

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What the Final Marriott Merger Milestone Means for SPG Members and Elites

Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG) loyalists finally have their date with destiny, err with Marriott anyway. Nearly two years after officially merging into the world’s largest hotel chain, Marriott ‘set the date’ for the combined loyalty program – August 18. What to Expect on August 18 On August 18, Starwood Preferred Guest members’ old SPG numbers…

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KLM Adds Boston Service for Summer 2019

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KLM is adding three-weekly service from Amsterdam Schipol (AMS) to Boston Logan (BOS) beginning March 31, 2019. The new service will operate in addition to twice daily service from joint venture partner Delta Air Lines. KLM plans to operate Airbus A330-300 aircraft with 30 seats in World Business Class, 40 seats in Economy Comfort, and 222 seats in economy. The route…

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