Monthly Airplane Wi-Fi Reliability Report Card: March 2019

Wi-Fi is so critical for me on airplanes, and yet so unreliable. I’ve begun tracking my success rate with Wi-Fi on different carriers to see if my frustration in the moment matches my results. So far, with almost half of my flights experiencing some sort of Wi-Fi issues, my frustration seems appropriate.

This Week’s Travel News With God Save The Points!

We’ve been working on some format changes for my NowBoarding podcast the past couple of months.  One of the formats we’re trying is a weekly news format.  That’s what we had on tap this week.  I invited Gilbert from God Save The Points to do a quick recap of the best stories in travel from the past week.  We talked for about 15 minutes, just long enough to give you a taste of what we think you should be reading.  Whether you download the episode on iTunes or listen to […]

Did Hyatt Hit a Milestone With Their Latest Announcement?

Hyatt has been growing quite quickly as of late and had another announcement last week that increases the size of their footprint.  That announcement comes on the heels of an integration with Small Luxury Hotels of the World where they’ve added over 100 properties where you can earn and redeem World of Hyatt points and enjoy elite benefits.  Let’s touch on last week’s announcement quickly and then dig in just a little deeper.   Plenty of my fellow bloggers have covered this news already.  Even a few days past the […]

Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 Pilots Initially Followed Correct Steps Before Plane Crash

The pilots of Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 that crashed shortly after takeoff appear to have initially followed proper procedures.  They disabled power to electric motors that control the MCAS system.  The MCAS system is believed to be a contributing factor to both this crash and the crash of Lion Air Flight 610.  Both flights were operated by the Boeing 737 MAX aircraft.  The MCAS system automatically pushes the nose of the plane down to prevent stalls. According to a recent Wall Street Journal article, the pilots diverted from the prescribed […]

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 […]