Politician Delays Flight And Is Then Forced To Deplane

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Here’s a fun story of a Pakistani politician that delayed a flight from Karachi to Islamabad by over two hours. The claim was that the plane had a technical fault, but once the passengers realized the plane was being held for a politician, they got angry and more or less refused to let him board.

Via NDTV:

“A mobile video clip showing Pakistani politician Rehman Malik being virtually chased away by airline passengers furious at being forced to wait over two hours for him has gone viral.”

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Find US Airways Awards And Upgrades Using ExpertFlyer

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ExpertFlyer is a paid subscription service that I use. Membership costs $99 per year, and as someone that’s searching flight availability in one form or another on a daily basis, I find it to be well worth the cost.

A vast majority of information found on ExpertFlyer is publicly available, though being able to access so much information in one place adds a lot of value for me. Then there are also some other unique features.

For example, ExpertFlyer allows you to set availability alerts, so if there’s not availability in your desired fare bucket, you can set an alert, and if space opens up they’ll email you. It’s worth noting that for award fare buckets this doesn’t work for all airlines. In the past it was super useful, because they displayed all Star Alliance availability, though that’s not the case anymore.

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Redeem US Airways Miles On Japan Airlines More Than 90 Days Out?

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US Airways Dividend Miles has been adding several footnotes to their award chart lately, some of which make sense, and some of which don’t. They’re also not always consistently enforced, so that only makes them more complicated to some.

One of the recent updates which left me puzzled was the following footnote on US Airways’ award chart:

“Awards booked on Japan Airlines are valid for the next 90 days starting from the following day of the Award Ticket issuance. Reservations for domestic JAL Award Flights within Japan must be made no earlier than 0930 Japan time, two months prior to travel.”

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10 Best Credit Card Offers For September

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Every month I make a post with what I consider to be the best credit card sign-up bonuses of the month.

While there are several excellent long standing credit card offers, the specifics of the best offers are constantly changing (be it the annual fee, minimum spend requirement, or even amount of the sign-up bonus).

If you read my blog on a daily basis then by all means skip this post, but for me it’s a useful, “current” place to refer people that ask about which cards they should sign-up for, a question I get on a daily basis. For reference, here is my list of the best credit card sign up bonuses for August.

With that in mind, below are what I consider to be the best credit card sign-up bonuses for this month. I should say upfront that there were several great offers which ended earlier in the month, so the second half of this month isn’t looking all that exciting on the credit card front.

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WestJet Adds Baggage Fees

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WestJet, which I think can best be described as the Canadian version of Southwest, announced new baggage fees yesterday, but rolled them out in what I’d consider to be a smart way.

WestJet raising checked baggage fees for travel after October 29, 2014

First, here’s how they announced the baggage changes:

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Etihad Customer Relations Responds To My Feedback

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About a week ago I wrote about my experience flying Etihad Airways first class from Abu Dhabi to New York. As I noted:

– Etihad completely ran out of food in first class — I had a meal after takeoff, and then before landing I was told they were out of everything. This was my second consecutive flight in Etihad first class where they more or less ran out of food, as something similar happened from Abu Dhabi to Los Angeles in June.
– The US Pre-Clearance facility in Abu Dhabi was an absolute disaster.

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What Is A “Travel Blogger?”

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This post isn’t designed to pander to the trolls, but I actually think it’s a rather interesting topic to discuss. What is a “travel blogger?”

People often point out that I often don’t cover what I do at my destinations. And that’s a very accurate statement. Some people say that means I’m not a travel blogger.

That I’d disagree with.

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Marriott’s Housekeeping Tip Envelopes Are Tacky

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While I’m generally about as pro-tip as they come (I’ll explain that in more detail below), Marriott has crossed the line with their new initiative, in my opinion.

Marriott has started putting tip envelopes in rooms, to encourage guests to leave tips for the housekeepers.

The envelope reads as follows:

“THE ENVELOPE PLEASE
Thanks for staying at Marriott Hotels. Our caring room attendants enjoyed making your stay warm and comfortable. Please feel free to leave a gratuity to express your appreciation for their efforts.”

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Qantas Sydney To Vancouver Flights Coming… Six Times

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I’d argue the single coolest route within North America is Cathay Pacific’s flight between New York and Vancouver. It’s hands down the most comfortable way to fly coast-to-coast, despite the horrible flight times (it’s a redeye in both directions).

Another awesome fifth freedom route was Qantas’ flight between San Francisco and Vancouver, which unfortunately was discontinued a few years back. They used to fly from Sydney to San Francisco (which has since been discontinued as well), and then at least seasonally had a tag flight from San Francisco to Vancouver, which you could book by itself.

That’s all only mildly related to the main news — in January, Qantas will be launching service between Sydney and Vancouver six times. Nope, not six times per week, but rather six times total. That’s all.

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American Business Class Dallas To Hong Kong

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Last October, American Airlines announced a new nonstop daily flight between Dallas and Hong Kong, which launched this June. This route was incredibly exciting to me on many levels:

– Hong Kong is possibly my favorite city in the world
– It’s operated by a Boeing 777-300ER, which features American’s new first and business class products, making it the only route to Asia where that’s the case
– I love being an Executive Platinum with American since I get eight systemwide upgrades just for achieving the status, and there’s no better use of those than American’s longest route

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JetBlue & Emirates Boston Airport Lounge?

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I usually stay away from industry rumors, though here’s one that I think has some potentially interesting implications, and even if it doesn’t materialize, is at least an interesting concept. LoungeBuddy has a post about a rumored JetBlue lounge that may be coming to Boston’s Logan Airport in the coming weeks: According to this anonymous,…

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Buy IHG Points With 100% Bonus

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Through September 22, 2014, IHG Rewards Club is offering up to a 100% bonus on purchased points. That’s the best bonus I recall ever seeing on IHG Rewards Club points.

The cost to purchase points varies based on how many you purchase, as follows:

– 1,000 – 10,000 points for $13.50 per 1,000 points
– 11,000 – 25,000 points for $12.50 per 1,000 points
– 26,000 – 60,000 points for $11.50 per 1,000 points

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