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Cheap Flights To Spain, Discounted Gift Cards And An Incredible Picture

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The Best of the Rest is my effort to summarize all the travel/miles & points stories that interested me on a daily basis but didn’t have time to write about in length. Culled from over 100 blogs/authors I follow, some are passed along without comment, while I add my analysis to others. This is your shortcut to find out what’s going on in the travel world without having to read dozens of travel blogs to get all the best info.

Cheap Flights To Europe, $100 Off A Hotel Booking And Free Sports & Concert Tickets?

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The Best of the Rest is my effort to summarize all the travel/miles & points stories that interested me on a daily basis but didn’t have time to write about in length. Culled from over 100 blogs/authors I follow, some are passed along without comment, while I add my analysis to others. This is your shortcut to find out what’s going on in the travel world without having to read dozens of travel blogs to get all the best info.

American Giving Away 10 Airline Tickets, Making BusinessExtrAA More Valuable

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If you don’t have a BusinessExtrAA number, you should have one. There’s no cost and you earn extra points for purchases you influence along with earning miles. American Airlines is improving the program and giving away some free tickets to celebrate.

Quietly, Another Battery Problem For The 787

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Japan Airlines reported smoke coming from the main battery compartment on one of their 787s as it sat on the tarmac at Narita airport in Tokyo yesterday. Quoting from the WSJ Article: JAL said white smoke was detected Tuesday at around 4:15 p.m. Tokyo time by a mechanic who was checking the cockpit before the plane was to depart for Bangkok that evening. The mechanic saw the smoke just outside the window and it was gone by the time the person went outside to check. A check of cockpit displays […]

When Do We Get The Dreamliner Back?

Don’t forget to enter my giveaways for a Bubble Bum and 5,000 Ultimate Rewards points. Thanks to my good friend Kevin for sending along this video to remind me I’m really ready for the Boeing 787 Dreamliner to start flying again.  This is footage from the 2012 Farnborough air show where an ex F-18 pilot gets to take the Dreamliner for a little spin.   I Heart The Boeing 787 Dreamliner, and I’m ready for the FAA to give her back. Related Articles: FAA Approves Boeing 787 Certification Plan Pizza […]

FAA Approves Boeing 787 Certification Plan

While there have been lots of rumors and snippets over the past few weeks, there’s actual progress today in the return of the 787 to flight.  No, it’s not returning to flight yet, but the FAA has approved Boeing’s plan to certify the new battery system. Quoting from the press release: “This comprehensive series of tests will show us whether the proposed battery improvements will work as designed,” said Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood. “We won’t allow the plane to return to service unless we’re satisfied that the new design ensures […]

An Aviation Heavyweight Weighs In On The Dreamliner

Unless you’re an aviation enthusiast, it’s unlikely you know who Gordon Bethune is.  A quick peek at his Wikipedia page shows a career working for various airlines (and even a stint at Boeing), but the thing he’s most known for is his long tenure running Continental Airlines.  Most consider him to be the savior of Continental in the mid 90s.  I was never a Continental customer myself, but all of my colleagues who flew Continental swear by the man.  He commands attention in the aviation industry on a fairly regular […]