It’s no secret that the TSA wait lines are historically out of control right now and are forecast only to get worse throughout the summer. A quick Google News search on “tsa wait times” reveals 120+ articles that have been written in the past 30 days on the subject:“So far in 2016, more than 70,000 passengers have missed flights and over 40,000 checked bags.” “TSA airport incompetence hit an all-time high this year.” “The TSA has achieved breathtaking new levels of inconvenience in 2016, with wait times sometimes as high as 120 minutes.”
The best way to beat the long lines this summer is to have access to TSA [...]
On our trip from Myanmar to Vietnam, we lucked into a 48-hour layover in Bangkok, one of our very, very favorite cities in the entire world. We first visited Bangkok in 2011 and it was our first foray into Asian culture. We loved it more than we ever thought we would and dove into Thai food and Thai culture head first – and haven’t looked back since.
After visiting a few other Asian cities and countries by now, Bangkok is still at the top of our list and we think it’s a great city to get [...]
Here’s how I got Hilton Diamond Status through March 2017 in less than 3 minutes with little effort:
Hilton, Hyatt, and other hotel chains have been on a status-match spree lately. Hyatt was all over Twitter offering to status match other top tier elites to Hyatt Diamond, and now Hilton has a similar offer. This is presumably in the wake of the announcement that Starwood is being sold to Marriott. The diehard Starwood elite members quickly took to social media to voice their discontent with being folded into Marriott, and this discontentment has given the competition a chance to capitalize and offer status matches in the hopes of converting other programs’ most [...]
Many credit cards offer perks and benefits just for using the card such as extended warranties, automatic rental car insurance, travel insurance etc… Most of these are pretty basic for credit cards these days but some offer enhanced benefits that may or may not be published such as access to airport lounges, free Boingo access, reimbursed Global Entry fees, etc…
While I was browsing through the benefits of the credit cards that I hold, I discovered a hidden gem for my American Airlines Citi / AAdvantage Executive World Elite MasterCard: free enrollment in Avis First.
Full Avis World Elite Benefits:Save up to 20% on each rental Enjoy [...]
The Airbus A380 is a behemoth, more like a flying ship than an airplane. Here’s a graphic comparing the A380’s size to that of the Boeing 787:
Unlike the Boeing 747, Airbus’ A380 upper deck covers the entire span of the plane’s body and thus gives it significantly more room–exactly 40% more square-footage than the B747, to be exact. This extra space allows the monstrous plane to hold up to 525 people in a typical three-class configuration or up to 853 people in an all-economy class configuration.
The record-setting capacity, along with the fact that airports must be modified to even accept the jet, have added to the allure and [...]
As part of our planned Myanmar trip for sometime in 2015 (see related post here for best use of award miles to Myanmar), McCown and I also hope to visit Vietnam. As a result, we had the question that most people have when traveling to a new country: “Do U.S. Citizens/Americans need a visa to travel to Vietnam and, if so, how do you apply?” We found that ALL US Citizens traveling to Vietnam do, in fact, need a visa! Here’s what we learned from the research– hope it helps other travelers!
A. Apply for a Visa in person at a Vietnam Consulate or Embassy
Cost: ~$100 (rates vary by embassy/consulate and are not posted [...]
Looking to take a trip with Flying Blue miles from the US? Take a look at our interactive award map below to find and select how many Flying Blue miles you might need for that next trip!
The legend shows the award prices for economy but if you hover over a country you can see the award prices for Economy, Premium Economy, Business and First classes:
And don’t forget, you can always transfer points from the following programs into Flying Blue:American Express Membership Rewards How-to: Booking Air France Flights with AMEX Membership Rewards Points Starwood Preferred Guest Citi ThankYou
McCown and I are working on researching a trip to Myanmar for sometime in 2015 and have been scouring the internet trying to learn all that we can about how to get there, what to see, where to stay, etc… We’ll have a few points related to our Myanmar trip planning over the next few weeks, but, first of all: What’s the best way to get to Myanmar using miles or points from North America?
There are essentially [...]
Ever since US Airways and American Airlines announced their merger, I’ve been excited about the prospect of having many more options of using British Airways Avios for award flights within the US. This thought became reality on March 31, 2014 when US Airways offically joined the Oneworld Alliance and thus, overnight, travelers in the US had many more options to maximize Avios redemptions.
This opens up lots of opportunities for maximizing short, non-stop flights out of or to American Airlines’ and US Airways’ hub cities:US Airways hubs: Charlotte-CLT, Philadelphia-PHL, Washington-Reagan-DCA and Phoenix-PHX. American Airlines hubs: New York-JFK, [...]