Airplane Seats That Don’t Recline, Airlines That Don’t Want To Save Their Miles, Airlines Downgrading Passengers To A Low-Cost Carrier and a Husband Using Miles To Solve His Wife’s Issue. Things I Find Interesting On Saturday, May 31st, 2014

Here’s a quick peek at things I found of interest today in the world of travel: Would you trade the ability to recline in your airline seat for a convenient place to mount your tablet for in-flight “self-supplied” entertainment?  Monarch Airlines, a British low-cost carrier based at Luton airport, has installed a new seat that doesn’t recline but has a spot in the seat back in front of you to mount your tablet.  HT: uggboy on Milepoint. Is one major airline deciding there’s no money in selling miles to their […]

Paris, Abbreviated. Wrapping Up And A Quick Giveaway

It was a whirlwind trip to Paris. We were able to squeeze in 2 trips to the Eiffel Tower, lunch and macaroons as well as some walking around Paris. Our flight delay really threw a wrench in that first day as we never really got in the groove to get anything accomplished. I can’t say that Paris blew me off my feet, but she convinced me I want to come back and see more. I’d choose a trip back to Italy before I would loop back to the City of Light but I do know I’ll see more of Paris. There’s more the city has to offer me and I’ll look forward to peeling back the layers in the future.

Paris, Abbreviated. Lufthansa New Business Class, Upstairs On The 747-8i

This is a bit of a long post, due mostly to a bunch of pictures. I thought about splitting out the lounge information into a separate post but there’s not a whole lot of information from our brief visits, mostly just pictures. While 2 days is a short time in Paris (for that matter, most destinations) we left with one more mini-adventure for our return flight, a ride on the new Boeing 747-8i (Intercontinental).

Paris, Abbreviated. A Short Trip To The City Of Lights; Lufthansa Business Class To Paris Via Frankfurt

One of the most enjoyable things for me as a parent is seeing the world through the eyes of my children. I have many fond memories of travel as a child and even more as an adult. Bringing my children somewhere I’ve been in a foreign country and seeing it through their eyes is akin to being a kid again (with less hair and stamina, mind you).  I’ve divided up the trip report into the likely posts I’ll write but these are subject to change once I get into documenting […]

The Travel Game Is A Journey. The Destinations Along The Way Are Just Part Of The Fun, Part 1

I’ve been playing the travel game, collecting miles and points, for well over a decade now.  While it’s gotten harder to find all the perfect flights, there’s still plenty of fun to be had.  I’ve been planning a family trip this summer to Italy and it came together to include some pretty special elements for my family and I.  As the final pieces came into place this weekend I thought I would share the story.  Parts of this are special just for our family or for an airline geek like […]

United’s New Award Pricing Delayed Until Monday, February 3rd

It’s no secret the United Airlines booking engine has its issues.  Heck, it’s only been a handful of months since they had to shut down the entire booking engine because they were selling flights for free and couldn’t figure out how to fix it. So, it doesn’t come as a huge surprise that, per Daniel P on Facebook, United delayed the implementation of their new mileage requirements to Monday to avoid doing it over a weekend when most of their technology folks won’t be around to mash the big red […]

Black Friday Is Truly Dark. United Decides Their “Friend”ship Costs More, Raises Many Award Prices

I woke up this morning to an announcement on Milepoint by United Airlines about award chart increases.  At first, I didn’t really think it was that bad.  But, the more I dug into it, more I realized this was a bit of a “Black Friday” event for mileage folks and not in a good way.  These changes don’t go into effect until February, so you have a bit of time to plan your next trips, but it’s pretty bad.  I don’t have a ton of time to summarize this morning, […]

Things I Find Interesting: Tuesday, September 3rd, 2013 Edition

Hyatt purchased the Peabody Hotel in Orlando.  I’ve stayed at the Peabody in Memphis, where they share the tradition with the Orlando property of the ducks in the lobby fountain.  It’s a cool tradition they practice daily.  The Peabody in Orlando is a massive convention hotel, some 1600 rooms.  I’ve heard the property is in great shape and I’m sure I would consider it if I was in Orlando for a convention.  But, I enjoyed my stay at Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress which is right around the corner from Disney […]

50,000 Points for Lufthansa Mastercard: Stocking Up For Star Alliance Travel

The Lufthansa Premier Miles & More World MasterCard® Q:  I’m not a member of the Lufthansa Miles & More program.  Why do I want this card? A:  There are a few reasons, but the bottom line is Lufthansa is a member of the Star Alliance which means these points can be used for flights on any Star Alliance carrier. The offer: Earn 20,000 miles after your first purchase Earn an additional 30,000 miles after you spend $5,000 in the first 90 days after you open your account There’s a $79 […]

Emirates Dipping Its Toe In The US-European Trans-Atlantic Market

Middle East carriers like Emirates, Etihad and Qatar think big.  That’s a rare trait in the airline industry, IMO.  Lufthansa has done a great job in Europe of building a massive network and lots of connections to places people want and need to go. Emirates and other Gulf carriers have done the same for the Middle East and connect key places like New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco.  They placed the largest order of Airbus A380s in the world.  Their order for A380s is bigger than the next 5 […]