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If you read my post yesterday about some of the humorous epic fails from our trip, you may have gotten the impression that some more time planning that trip would have likely removed some of the self-inflicted road blocks.  The reality is that I need a few more hours in the day to keep up with everything on my plate.  Who doesn’t? While I was on the road in Europe for the last two weeks, I did my best to keep up on blogging as well as reading all the […]

ACT QUICKLY! Award Seats To/From Europe With No Fuel Surcharges

ETA:  I put a few of these on hold and even though they show a Business Saver award, the cabin says “Economy”.  Beware before ticketing.  Not sure how this will work out. The toughest part about getting to and from Europe as an American Airlines elite member who lives on the east coast is fuel surcharges on British Airways.  There’s reasonable availability for business class travel for my family, but the fuel surcharges make it much more expensive.  That’s the positive and negative of oneworld availability. US Airways has flights […]

Luxury Hotels Coming and Going For Hyatt and SPG

It looks like Hyatt may be getting their first property in Ireland, and it’s a nice one.  The Four Seasons is taking back their flag on an existing Dublin property and it looks like Hyatt is the likely winner of bidding for the new management contract. I was just in Dublin and at this property.   Though I didn’t stay there a colleague did.  The property is beautiful, but needs some attention here and there, such as new carpets.  But, the guest rooms are very nicely appointed and sizable. I […]

How Does Uber Roll Out Successfully In A New Market?

Ever wonder how Uber attracts drivers in a new market?  I have.  I’ve wondered quite a bit about Uber’s economics, especially given their staggering valuation and ability to swoop into markets and establish a huge presence.  I got a brief peek into how some of those economics may come together. Please keep in mind that I have no facts to back this up.  Just a story from an Uber driver.  But, it’s certainly a plan that I would consider to launch a new market if I had deep pockets. On […]

Aer Lingus Shows Off A Great New Business Class Seat And Announces New Service

I’m at Web Summit this week in Dublin, and I ran into some info about Aer Lingus that made me reconsider them as an alternative to British Airways and Lufthansa for flights from the East Coast to Europe. As an aside, Web Summit is about the craziest and most interesting conference I’ve attended, all at the same time. First, Aer Lingus announced that they’ll be flying DUB-IAD starting next year. They’ll be flying the DUB-IAD route with either an A330-200 or A330-300, depending on demand. But, according to the folks […]

American Airlines Expanding: LAX, Europe And Latin America

American is adding a bunch of new service around the world.  It seems like there’s a new announcement every week, so I figured I would take the time to highlight a few. Los Angeles area American Airlines customers are seeing a bunch of new routes this spring and fall.  April saw the following destinations added to the schedule: Bentonville, Arkansas Columbus, OH Eugene, Oregon Hartford, Connecticut Indianapolis Pittsburgh Raleigh, NC Redmond, Oregon Bentonville makes sense to me.  That’s Walmart’s HQ, so assumedly this allows easier Asia travel for their folks […]