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A Mileage Run: Step-By-Step

I did a pretty poor job of planning my travel this year.  I usually have everything mapped out months in advance so I know I have enough miles where I need them to make sure I re-qualify for my favorite status, Executive Platinum level with American Airlines. This year, I started out thinking I would lose my 1K status from United, but then ended up with a bunch of travel on UA and was at risk of losing Executive Platinum.  That meant I was waiting for a fare sale to […]

FAA Makes It Official, To Allow Electronic Devices Below 10,000 Feet

The FAA made official today what many folks assumed was a foregone conclusion, that you’ll be allowed to use your Kindle or iPad for pretty much the entire flight, though not the cellular functions. It’s interesting that multiple writeups I’ve reviewed all say things like the FAA won’t allow passengers to use cellular phones to make phone calls but aren’t specific about whether you’ll be allowed to use cellular data on a device like an iPad while you’re taxiing.  I suspect the answer will be no but I can’t find […]

81 Hours In Europe: My First Spin Through T5 At London Heathrow

Previous posts: 81 Hours In Europe: A Ride On The New 777-300ER From JFK To LHR 81 Hours In Europe: A Running Start At Oslo And Copenhagen Day 2 started with me getting off the plane in Terminal 3 at London’s Heathrow airport.  The last time I was here was the oneworld MegaDO last year.  During that visit we headed out to arrivals since London was our final destination.  Still a bit groggy from the flight I headed straight there again, where the room was packed beyond belief.  Even the […]

What’s On Your iPad, September 2013?

While plenty of planes have in-flight entertainment systems, I’m always happy to bring my own (my iPad) with me.  It’s gotten to the point where I don’t really remember what I did before I had an iPad.  Work tasks are easier and they serve as a great entertainment device.  I always wonder what other people have on their iPads, so here’s another edition of “What’s On Your iPad?”.  I’ll start with a few new things I’m using: First, fun apps! Asphalt 8 (link):  If you’re into driving games on your […]

An Early Review Of The New TORQ Suitcase From Briggs & Riley Courtesy Of My Giveaway Winner

I’ve been a Briggs & Riley guy for a number of years.  They make great suitcases and offer what I consider to be the best guarantee on the market.  They cover essentially anything that happens to your suitcase.  As long as you can bring it back in pieces, they’ll fix it or replace it for free.  My Briggs & Riley bags have held up to the test of time and hundreds of thousands of miles worth of travel.  However, some people criticize the bags I travel with because they’re not […]

Pizza In The News: More Talk About Electronics On Airplanes

Right after I posted about rumors the FAA was moving closer to relaxing the regulations for electronics on planes, I was contacted by Scott Mayerowitz of the Associated Press.  I don’t think the two were related, but Scott asked me my opinion on the forecasted changes. I took a moment to think about it some more, especially since I wrote the first post in the middle of the night after a long day of work travel to the West coast.  Scott published a few of my thoughts in his article […]

Inching Closer To Relaxed Rules For Electronics In Flight

If you’ve been on a plane any time in the past 5 years, you know the drill.  All those electronics need to be off before the plane can push back from the gate, right?  But, the pilots are using iPads in the cockpit for navigation?  It’s always seemed to me like and odd battle to fight. It’s been rumored for some time that the FAA is going to relax the restrictions on the use of electronics during taxi, takeoff and landing.  Just rumors, but lots of them.  Now, the Wall […]

FAA Quietly Signals That You Might Be Able To Leave That iPad On During Takeoff and Landing

Count me amongst the crowd of people who don’t like turning off their electronics when it’s time to close the airplane door.  I rarely shut off my phone, hence the reason I love wifi so much.  But, I’ve come to appreciate that time between pushback and 10,000 feet and use it to read a newspaper or magazine. You can also count me in the camp of people who definitely don’t want people to be able to talk on their cellphone while in the air. Considering both of those opinions, the […]

Tools & Tricks: Testing Out The New Expert Flyer iPhone App

Navigating the world of points and miles is a complicated journey.  Every talented frequent traveler has a list of tools they use to help find the perfect flights.  I don’t pretend to be the preeminent expert on travel tools.  I have a basket I use consistently that have served me well over the years.  I’m a bit stuck in my ways but I’m always willing to look at a new tool. Expert Flyer is one of those tools I’ve been using for as long as I can remember.  And, while […]