Category: Airlines

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Virgin Australia Premium Economy: LAX-SYD VA2

As I’ll be frequently flying this route to Sydney, I decided to try Virgin Australia which is 1 of 4 carriers with nonstop service from LAX. Previously, I flew Air New Zealand to Australia via Auckland but I love the Virgin brand so I had to try Virgin Australia. During...

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June 2015 Updates

Here are the latest developments in the airline industry… -Virgin America is refreshing their RED Entertainment system which looks very promising to enhance the already amazing experience they offer. I hope to see it on the new planes being used for their Hawaii routes launching late this year. -American Airlines...

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ANA First Class: SFO-NRT NH7

As I had a bunch of ANA miles expiring at the end of this year, I decided to make a trip to Japan. For 113,000 miles & $457.50 in taxes/fees, I was on my way. Normally it’s 110,000 miles roundtrip but I had made a change to my reservation which cost...

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Virgin America to Hawaii & Wi-Fi Calling on Sprint iPhones!

This week there has been 2 new game changing services announced from both Virgin America and Sprint that caught my attention! Virgin America announced service from SFO to HNL (Honolulu, Hawaii) starting November 2nd and from SFO to OGG (Maui, Hawaii) starting December 3rd. They will offer one flight per day. This...

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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