Category: Airlines

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Virgin America Elevate: Silver Status

Virgin America offers a frequent flyer program called Elevate. Passengers earn points based on the fare amount they paid for their flight rather than the traditional earning rate of the # of miles flown. The earning rate is 5 points per $1 spent on the base fare (excludes taxes). For example, a...

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Germanwings Flight 9525

My thoughts and prayers for the passengers, crew and family members of Germanwings Flight 9525 (4U 9525) that went down over the Swiss Alps in France today. It was flying from Barcelona (BCN) to Dusseldorf (DUS). Germanwings is a low-cost carrier owned by Lufthansa. -Palo

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ANA Award Ticket Booking Experience: US – Japan

ANA (All Nippon Airways) is a Japanese airline which offers amazing service and premium seating options. I was fortunate to have some miles left over in my account even after my Round The World trip. They are the only airline where your miles expire 3 years from earning them and...

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JetSuite SuiteDeal: Private Jet (Phenom 100) SJC-VNY

Topping my best flight experience in Etihad Suite Class last year, I decided to fly private for the 1st time in my life. I’ve been tracking JetSuite’s SuiteDeal offerings since June of 2014 trying to gain a better understanding of the routes JetSuite repositions their planes for paying customers. A SuiteDeal...

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Inflight WiFi

Technology has evolved so rapidly in the past 15 years and today we are able to stay connected at 35,000 feet on commercial airlines. One of my latest flights blew me away. While enroute from Los Angeles to Taipei on EVA Air over the Pacific I was able to connect to...

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Malaysian Flight 17

My thoughts and prayers for the passengers, crew and family members of Malaysian Flight 17 (MH17) that was shot down over Eastern Ukraine today. This is a horrific event and those who committed the act will be held fully responsible. -Palo

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Global Entry Card (includes TSA PreCheck)

I applied for Global Entry in June 2011 and received approval in August 2011. In all it took ~90 days including an onsite visit to SFO for an interview. The card is valid for 5 years and costs $100. This is a complementary benefit for Personal, Small Business and Corporate...

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Airline Guide: Virgin America

Since starting service out of SFO on August 8th, 2007, Virgin  America has become a premier US airline and only airline based at  SFO. My 1st flight was from SFO-JFK in November 2007. I was simply amazed at the quality of service, comfort of the seat and amenities provided to...