Why You Shouldn’t Eat Sugar Free Gummy Bears On A Plane


There’s no denying this has been a really emotional week in the airline industry, especially as more and more details of the Germanwings crash unfold.

While I’m not trying to downplay that, I do think a bit of laughter every once in a while is a good thing. Let me preface this by saying that the below is not totally suitable for work, so if you’re easily offended by bad language or don’t have the same sense of humor as a 12 year old, then please skip this post.

But there was a Reddit thread yesterday in the TIFU section (“Today I F*cked Up”), entitled “TIFU by eating gummy bears on a plane.”

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Weekly Review: March 28, 2015


Hello from Florida!

This has been a bittersweet week in the miles and points world as we’ve said farewell to the US Airways Dividend Miles program.

Many of my thoughts have also been with the friends and family of those aboard the Germanwings flight, and what this means for the industry going forward.

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Review: Cathay Pacific First Class 777-300ER Chicago To Hong Kong


I’ve reviewed Cathay Pacific first class many times before. I’ve actually reviewed Cathay Pacific first class on this exact route when I took my mom on a “round” birthday trip in the summer of 2013.

For the past couple of years I’ve been trying to avoid Cathay Pacific as much as possible, since I do aim to review as many new products as possible. And they’re just so damn good and consistent that there’s not really much I can say about them that I haven’t said before.

That being said, they did change some of their service procedures lately, so I figured I’d give them another shot. And in this case I actually had to be in Hong Kong in a timely manner, and this was the option that worked best.

Boarding commenced at 1:35PM, which was a bit behind schedule. I boarded through door 2L, at which point I was greeted by Debbie, the inflight manager.

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You Know You’re An AvGeek When You Spend $150 On Swim Trunks…


Last week a friend sent me a link to some LimoLand airplane-themed swim trunks which were for sale on mrporter.com… for $250. Now, maybe I’m not keeping up with the times, but $250 for swim trunks?!?!? REALLY?!

I was inspired by the idea, though, so did some more searching online. Eventually I came across similar LimoLand airplane-themed swim trunks which were on sale for $129 at barneyswarehouse.com.

On one hand I really couldn’t wrap my head around how swim trunks could cost that much. On the other hand, I live in hotels and out of a carry-on, so what I’ve learned over time is that I’d rather have a few items I love, rather than a bunch of items I moderately like. After all, when your wardrobe is limited to a carry-on, you don’t get as much variety as someone that has a closet.

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DOT Issues Ruling On Delta’s Tokyo Haneda Slot


I find airline politics to be pretty amusing at times. One interesting battle we saw earlier in the year was between Delta, American, and Hawaiian, regarding Delta’s Seattle to Tokyo Haneda flight.

As I explained at the time:

“Japan flights are heavily slot restricted, in particular at Tokyo Haneda, which is the airport closest to central Tokyo. Previously the airport was just for regional flights, though a few years back they started issuing slots for longhaul flights, but only for late night and early morning departures and arrivals.

Delta owns the right to a Tokyo Haneda slot, which they operate out of Seattle. Only they don’t. They operate the flight the bare minimum number of times required by the DOT in order for the slot to be active. Basically they don’t actually want to operate the route, but rather just don’t want anyone else operating the route either.”

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Pilot Sues JetBlue Because They Let Him Fly


Some of you may remember the JetBlue captain, Clayton Osbon, who “lost it” on a flight from New York to Las Vegas three years ago. Via Reuters:

“Osbon began running through the aisles, ranting about religion and terrorism and making comments such as “We’re not going to Vegas” and “You’d better start praying now!” Passengers subdued Osbon as another co-pilot landed the plane.”

For those of you that don’t remember the incident, here’s a segment ABC did about it at the time:

Well that former captain is now suing JetBlue. For $14.9 million. Because he says they shouldn’t have let him fly.

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Hilton Los Cabos NOT Honoring 279 HHonors Point Award Reservations

Welcome to the Hilton Los Cabos Beach & Golf Resort!

Yesterday I posted about the Hilton Los Cabos Beach & Golf Resort allowing HHonors members to book King Premier Suite Oceanview rooms for 279 HHonors points per night.

The hotel is closed for renovations until July 1, 2015, so this was clearly a back-end error they made as they loaded inventory. Not surprisingly hundreds of people booked stays, and we didn’t hear anything from the hotel for over 24 hours (in my opinion when there’s a mistake that a company doesn’t plan on honoring, they really should make every effort to contact customers within 24 hours).

Well, the hotel is now sending out the following cancellation emails, saying that they won’t honor the bookings:

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Indonesia Announces Changes To Their Visa Policy

Jakarta Premier Lounge

It seems that Egypt and Indonesia are going in opposite directions on the visa issue.

As Ben recently posted, Egypt is going to stop issuing visas on arrival for individual travelers come May. On the other hand, Indonesia has announced that next month they will expand the list of countries not requiring a visa from 15 to 45 countries, including the US.

Interestingly, Ben likes going to Egypt because apparently it’s not uncommon to find round trip first class tickets to the US for $1800. Or even less. But now it seems that the cost and hassle of obtaining a visa may kill the deal.

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Weird Pop-Ups On The Site? It’s Not (Necessarily) Just You


In the past few weeks, you might have noticed people commenting about getting served sketchy pop-ups when they access the site, or click on links in the newsletter. You might even be one of those people.

It’s inexcusable. And we’re really sorry. Especially Ben.

The blog is basically his baby, so having people hijack his site and ruining the experience for y’all is just maddening.

So we’d like to interrupt your regularly-scheduled miles and points party to talk about why this is happening, what is being done about it, and what you can do on your end in the meantime.

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How To Tell Airplanes Apart


In the trip report I wrote earlier about my flight from Frankfurt to Philadelphia, reader Francisco C asked the following:

“Lucky, I ‘m always impressed how you can distinguish all these airplane varieties (A330 vs 777 for example) when you’re in some cases hundreds of meters away. Any suggestions on how an interested novice like myself could train his/her eyes to tell planes apart. thanks!”

There are lots of different types of people in this hobby, from people who are just interested in travel, to hardcore aviation geeks. I know plenty of people who fly hundreds of thousands of miles per year and can barely tell the difference between a 747 and an A380. And that’s fine.

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Which Credit Card To Use For Daily Getaways Purchase?


I’ve written extensively about Daily Getaways, whereby you can purchase travel packages at a discount.

The first of five weeks of offers is just wrapping up. So far we’ve had the opportunity to purchase points from IHG Rewards Club, Club Carlson, and Hilton HHonors.

I’m often asked which credit cards are best for these purchases. The one thing to understand is that Daily Getaways purchases are processed by Daily Getaways, and not the program from which you’re buying points. In other words, if you’re using this promotion to buy IHG Rewards Club points, your purchase will be processed by Daily Getaways and not by IHG (therefore it doesn’t count as hotel spend).

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