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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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U.S. Airlines Left The 747 Behind in 2017; What They Replace It With Matters

United Airlines' Boeing 747. Source: United Airlines

There’s been a lot written in 2017 on the maligned and anticipated retirement of the Boeing 747 from U.S. airlines this year. A big driver of coverage (including this author’s) has been the nostalgia around the plane, which has afforded fliers an incomparable experience of grandeur and comfort since its introduction nearly 40 years ago.…

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2017 Was A Great Year For (Cash Paying) Business Class Fliers

Perhaps 2017 was the year that business class began to eclipse previous conceptions of premium service, surpassing first class service U.S. fliers anticipated less than a decade ago. Three dramatic developments did not fail to impress even the most cantankerous fliers. United’s much anticipated (and on most routes still anticipated) rollout of the new Polaris…

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BREAKING: Delta Adds Fuel Surcharges on Europe Awards Originating in the US

UPDATE: A Skymiles representative has reached out via Flyertalk and has indicated that the surcharges were an error and all surcharges have been removed as was the case before this morning (H/T: edcho). Historically, US Airlines have never added fuel surcharges on flights on their own metal.  While it is standard practice for European and…

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Choosing The Best Business Class Seats On United’s 787 Dreamliner (They’re Not All The Same)

If you’re planning to travel in the Polaris Business Class cabin on United Airline’s Boeing 787 Dreamliner, your experience may vary considerably depending on where you sit. United presently operates two variants of the Dreamliner, the 787-8 and 787-9. The airline will also begin service in the next year on the 787-10, though preliminary reports…

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Here’s How United Is Letting Its Employees Say Goodbye To The 747

United Airlines is giving its employees a very personal opportunity to bid farewell to perhaps the most fabled airplane in the company’s history. As United prepares to forever end service on the four-engined, hump-nosed Boeing 747, many employees will have the chance to feel, touch and smell the so-called Queen of the Skies for a…

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Having trouble spending Delta SkyMiles? Try these (sort-of) secret options

Delta has earned a dualistic reputation among frequent fliers. By just about every metric, the airline easily tops its major competitors in the United States. Delta is more frequently on-time, offers more legroom in economy seats, often has better beds in business class and serves better food in both places. Then there is the frequent…

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I cheated on Delta with United, and liked it (sort of)

As a Delta frequent flier based in Brooklyn, I rarely end up on United Airlines. Unlike many living in Manhattan, my journey to United’s Newark Liberty hub is an inconceivable undertaking. The airline’s generally mediocre ratings don’t contribute much in the way of motivation, and fairly frequent Gold Medallion upgrades keep me glued to Delta.…

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