3 Idle Thoughts For Friday

I’m taking another swing at 3 idle thoughts, mostly because I had fun doing it last week.  It’s a tip of the cap to Terry Maxon, who likely will be sitting on his back porch looking up at an A380 late tonight.

One of the things Terry did each Friday was post on his “Airline Biz Blog” 3 random thoughts (“idle thoughts”, as it were).  Sometimes they were travel related, sometimes not.  I recall one about his air conditioning going out in the middle of the hot Dallas summers that kept me chuckling.  But, my favorite was when he compared airline executives to livestock without completely making it into an insult.  I’m betting even the airline execs got some chuckles out of it.

For his final column, he released 30 idle thoughts and I did my best to pick my favorite 3.

To be clear, I’m not Terry Maxon.  I enjoy discussing the aviation industry and learning more about it.  It’s fascinating to me.  But, Terry spent 20 years of his life following aviation.  The sum total of what I know about aviation might fill one of Terry’s shoes.  That being said, I figured it would be fun to try to pay respect to him by coming up with 3 idle thoughts.  On a Friday.

  1.  I’m encouraged by the 100,000 Avios offer for the Chase British Airways card right now.  On the heels of the Citi/AAdvantage 75K offer, it shows credit card companies are still willing to give away lots of miles for people with good credit.  It means there are still great opportunities to see the world for cheap, if not as many as before.
  2. I think the by-product of our generation deciding to have kids much later than our parents is much more tired parents.  I have no idea how I’m going to keep up with my teenagers when I’m in my fifties.
  3. I frequently overlook how lucky I am to be able to hop on an airplane as often as I do, getting so many chances to see the world.  Business travel can be a drag sometimes, but it’s still so amazing to walk onto a plane with the ability to be halfway across the world in a matter of hours.

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My goal in life is to fill my family’s passports with stamps, creating buckets of memories along the way. You’ll find me writing about realistic ways for normal people to travel the world, whether you’re on a budget or enjoy luxury. I also enjoy taking us on the occasional detour to explore the inner workings of the travel industry.

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