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2017 Guide: American Low Cost Carriers

Introduction

Low cost carriers, like Southwest, JetBlue, and Spirit, play interesting roles in the landscape of the American commercial aviation industry. When Southwest Airlines was established in 1967, it made a business model focused on minimizing operating costs mainstream, and that correspondingly changed the dynamic of air travel forever. Continue reading “2017 Guide: American Low Cost Carriers”

2017 Guide: United Airlines

Introduction

For higher flyers, United Airlines arguably offers the greatest potential for enhancing your travel experiences and flying higher. Not only is it the best among the Big 3, it’s also one of the best in the world. Continue reading “2017 Guide: United Airlines”

2017 Guide: Delta Airlines

Introduction

Delta, by many accounts, offers the best product for day-to-day domestic travel. Of the Big 3, Delta is the only one that doesn’t genuinely suck, and no matter which cabin you’re in, it’s a fine way to get around both the country and the globe. Continue reading “2017 Guide: Delta Airlines”

2017 Guide: Alaska Airlines

Introduction

When I’m talking with people who aren’t very familiar with higher flying, they usually ask me, “what kind of miles should I be collecting to maximize my dollar?” I get a lot of surprised looks when I say “Alaska Airlines.” I’m not naïve; the regional carrier, which primarily operates out of the Pacific Northwest, probably isn’t the first company that jumps to your mind when you think of international first class travel. Continue reading “2017 Guide: Alaska Airlines”

Tokyo Narita United Club Review

After our exhausting 13 hour flight from Washington, my father and I were eager to visit the United Club at Tokyo Narita for some food, some drinks, and some showers. We made our way from our arrival gate, 36, to the transfer desk to collect boarding passes for the next leg. We were directed to clear security again, but thankfully, the lines were short and the officers were efficient. Soon enough, we were on our way down an escalator, and at the bottom of it, we found ourselves in front of the entrance to the United Club. Continue reading “Tokyo Narita United Club Review”

2017 Guide: American Airlines

Introduction

When American Airlines merged with US Airways in 2013, the two combined to become the largest carrier in the United States, at least in terms of fleet size, daily passengers, and destinations served. The process, which took several years and was finalized in April 2015, had its fair share of hiccups. Now that the dust has cleared though, higher flyers are left with the conveniences that come with a huge route network, an advantageous loyalty program, and a promising vision for future air travel in the United States. Continue reading “2017 Guide: American Airlines”

Southeast Asian Summer Vacation

I was celebrating my seventh birthday the last time I was in Bangkok, and I’ve been intrigued by it ever since. Defined by perpetual hustle and bustle, over-the-top nightlife, and ornate temples and palaces from centuries past, Bangkok was characterized in a guide book as a “town of juxtapositions.” Within moments of leaving the airport, it’s obvious how “The Big Mango” earned such a reputation. Continue reading “Southeast Asian Summer Vacation”

Analyzing the 737 MAX in the contemporary aviation industry

The future of air travel?

Even though the first iteration of the 737 MAX has already taken to the skies this year, the 2017 Paris Air Show was the equivalent of a break-out party for this next generation of planes. The producer of them, Boeing, inked deals for 571 new orders over the course of the four day event, which inspired speculation regarding the development and progression of commercial air travel. Continue reading “Analyzing the 737 MAX in the contemporary aviation industry”

Debunking Chase’s 5/24 Rule

In the olden days of higher flying, it was possible to earn thousands upon thousands of points through a process called “churning.” The premise was simple enough: apply for a compelling credit card, complete the minimum spend and earn the signing bonus, then cancel the account. Shortly thereafter, reapply for that same card. Repeat over and over again to collect an unlimited amount of points.

Unfortunately, you can’t do that anymore.

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