Edward Pizzarello

About the Author

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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Did the Internet Find Images of United Airlines’ New Livery?

I’m a sucker for a good airplane paint job.  Or, lack thereof, since American Airlines’ iconic polished aluminum look that graced the skies for the past couple of decades is still one of my favorites.  There haven’t been a ton of liveries featured by US carriers that bring much in the way of excitement.  Southwest Airlines’ new livery was mostly good until you consider the heart on the underbelly, which I truly love.  Their special paint jobs featuring various states are among my favorites. United Airlines has started to go […]

LAST DAY TO VOTE: Here’s Who I Think Are The Best Airline And Hotel Loyalty Programs

Every year around this time (well, usually earlier if I’m not running behind) I share with you who I think the best airline and hotel loyalty programs are.  We’re wrapping up the voting for the Freddie Awards this year, the largest independent ballot to determine who’s the best.  Millions of individual voters like me and you determine who the winners are, not a panel of “experts”.  I’ve been a volunteer helping organize the Freddie Awards for almost a decade now and enjoy watching the public determine the winners.  I hope […]

THE END: WOW Air Cancels All Flights

This is sad to see, but appeared inevitable for some time now.  WOW Air is (was?) an Iceland-based carrier that provided low-cost service between many cities in the US and Europe.  Their purple planes stuck out amongst more bland liveries at airports.  However, they’ve been in financial distress for quite some time.  They failed to get a deal done with two different airlines as a last resort in the past week, which meant they were pretty much out of moves. Well, this morning it appears that they have canceled all […]

WOW Air Begins Its Final Chapter

Maybe I’m calling this one a bit early, but it looks like the brightly colored purple planes of WOW Air are very quickly going to become a memory.  On Friday, they announced that their most recent attempt to attract a buyer (Indigo Partners, who has experience in the industry) had failed. At the same time, they announced that they had entered talks with IcelandAir again.  They said that they expected those talks to conclude by today (Monday). I’ve been in the business world long enough to be able to translate this.  WOW […]

Did Southwest Airlines Mechanics “Repair” Their Way to a New Contract?

For this first time I can recall, things have gotten truly ugly with Southwest Airlines and one of their unions. As the mechanics union and management work towards what could be a new agreement, it’s worth asking whether both sides met in the middle or the union got the better end of the deal. At the same time, it’s also worth asking if the unions’ actions are worth risking Southwest Airlines’ enviable culture.

Google Flights Will Now Tell You If Your Flight Is A Good Deal

It’s been quiet this week around here.  Apologies for that.  It was a crazy week of work commitments followed by two of my favorite days of the year, the start of March Madness.  I’ve been keeping up on the travel world and have plenty of stories I need to tell.  Hoping to get caught up on those soon. Google Flights is a pretty powerful tool for the casual traveler and the road warrior.  When Google got into the flight business, I wasn’t sure what to expect.  They bought one of […]

DEAL: $1,500 Round-Trip in British Airways’ Brand New Business Class!

In case you missed it, British Airways released information on their brand new business class product this week.  The product looks wonderful.  Much has been written about British Airways business class by my fellow bloggers and how much they don’t like the current version.  I’ve traveled in it many times and actually don’t have an issue with it.  That being said, the new product looks lovely.  You can see a more in-depth write-up on it on God Save the Points.   Now, bear with me for a minute, since I’m […]