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Flight Review: Onboard flyNIKI Over the Alps to Vienna

Where: Vienna, Austria
November 11, 2014 at 4:54 PM | by | Comments (0)

What can you expect of an airline started by a race car driver? If you're flying NIKI, you'd never guess that this small Austrian airline of A321s, A320s, and E190s only began in 2003, by Grand Prix legend Niki Lauda. It's now a subsidiary of Air Berlin and partner with Etihad, operating out of Vienna International Airport to cities around Europe.

Our recent flyNIKI flights weren't something we chose, but were chosen for us as part of booking a normal American Airlines ticket to Vienna. You see, American doesn't fly to Vienna, and so have enlisted another Oneworld partner to fly the portion they can't. In our case, we flew AA from New York nonstop to Zurich, and then flyNIKI from Zurich to Vienna and back.

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New Details of the American and US Airways Frequent Flyer Program Merger

October 29, 2014 at 12:06 PM | by | Comments (0)

We've known for a long time that American and US Airways were planning on merging their frequent flier programs. This week, new details were released regarding how the programs will be integrated. Here's what AAdvantage and US Dividend Miles members need to know going forward:


· The two frequent flier programs will merge in the second quarter of 2015. You can see a full timeline here.

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Buy Flights to Europe for $400-$800 Right Now. Seriously, Right Now.

October 14, 2014 at 1:41 PM | by | Comments (0)

Not tomorrow. Not even later tonight. Right now is prime time for purchasing flights from the US to Europe, across all three airline alliances.

A fare sale initiated by American Airlines/US Airways this morning quickly erupted into a full-scale fare war, and now economy roundtrips from cities around the US to cities around Europe and the UK are totaling between $400-$800, with the average fare around $680.

Our friends at TheFlightDeal, FareDealAlert, and airfarewatchdog have been on it from the start, tweeting a stream of tempting deals all day long, like $467 SFO - Dublin on US Airways and $664 DFW - Madrid on Delta.

Travelers in cities other than the usual cheap fare favorites of New York, LA and SF will be shocked to see some serious deals closer to home, flyable for travel dates throughout winter 2014 and into late spring 2015.

Here's a few of our favorites:

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Inside the New Oneworld International Business Lounge at LAX

September 23, 2014 at 9:09 AM | by | Comments (0)

Freshly opened back in June, the new International Business Lounge within the Tom Bradley International Terminal (TBIT) at Los Angeles International Airport is the result of a combined effort from Oneworld alliance partners Qantas, British Airways, and Cathay Pacific. Located on level 5, it can accommodate up to 400 people and is open from 6 a.m. to 12:30 a.m. Earlier this month, we swung through to take a look around during an 8-hour layover from 1 p.m. to 9 p.m.

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British Airways' Newest Fee is Actually Positive for Passengers

August 22, 2014 at 4:51 PM | by | Comment (1)

Just when it seems like airlines are only imposing new fees to negatively impact passengers, British Airways has gone and introduced a fee which actually helps. Starting now, travelers searching airfares on British Airways for travel on BA or Iberia may pay $5/£5/€5 for short-haul or $10/£10/€10 long-haul per person to place a reservation on hold for a period of 72 hours before deciding whether or not to purchase.

Alliance partner American Airlines offers a similar option, allowing customers to place an itinerary on hold for 24 hours, for free; BA's charging for the privilege may set a precedent for the future of this service.

While on hold, the flight price is guaranteed not to increase, but it can decrease (yay).

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Goodbye and Good Riddance to the Old Business Class on a Japan Airlines 767

Where: Osaka, Japan
August 5, 2014 at 10:44 AM | by | Comments (0)

If the overnight leg on an old angled lie-flat Finnair seat showed us how far business class seats have come, our recent flight on a Japan Airlines Boeing 767 between Osaka-Kansai (KIX) and Bangkok Suvarnabhumi (BKK) almost took us back to a different era, with the above, ageing, manually-controlled cradle-style seats still going strong.

Almost literally coming apart (torn fabric, wobbly armrests), the likelihood you’ll find this seat on your flight is luckily decreasing, having serviced regional routes in Asia, as well as the crazy busy Honolulu to Tokyo return for a long time (in fact, the in-flight entertainment still had destination features on Hawaii on it). Japan Airlines is phasing in its new 787 Dreamliner, as well as upgrading 767s with “Sky Suites”, fully-flat, all-aisle access seats – check them out below.

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Nearly Alone in Business Class on a Qatar Airways 777

Where: Doha, Qatar
July 31, 2014 at 2:55 PM | by | Comment (1)

We’ve shown you that business class on a Qatar Airways Boeing 787 Dreamliner is not a bad place to spend a few hours, but how does one of the airline’s latest additions compare to the workhorse of the fleet, the Boeing 777? With 34 in total, split between 777-200 and 777-300 versions, Qatar has more of the triple-seven than any other aircraft type at the moment. Connecting from a 787 onto a 777 recently gave us a good opportunity to compare.

We flew the 777 between Doha and Bangkok, a flight that connects further to Hanoi (Vietnam) after a brief stop in Thailand. Consistent on both legs? A virtually empty business class cabin, with less than ten passengers across the 42 seats, which guaranteed not just a seat pair to ourselves, but multiple rows.

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Around Business Class of a Qatar Airways Boeing 787 Dreamliner in 5 Steps

Where: Qatar
July 16, 2014 at 3:22 PM | by | Comments (0)

Air New Zealand may have just taken delivery of the latest Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner, but the original 787-8 still has us excited when we find ourselves on one.

Qatar Airways has 9 Dreamliners operating a number of routes out of its brand-spanking new (and humongous) Hamad International Airport in Doha, and an additional 51 on order from Boeing. We recently did a business class return between Stockholm and Doha, which gave us enough time to explore its swanky interiors.

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Don’t Let the Disaster Fool You; Malaysia Airlines Does A Lot of Things Right

Where: Malaysia
June 20, 2014 at 11:24 AM | by | Comments (0)

Obviously, the press for Malaysia Airlines hasn’t been the best of late given the on-going search for the unsolved mystery that is Flight 370. Making our way to Borneo this week, we flew the airline from Hong Kong to Kuala Lumpur (4 hours) and then on to Kuching (1.5 hours). Despite the unpleasant images that come with the mention of its name, we actually really enjoyed our experience flying Malaysia Air. In terms of its everyday flying policies and procedures, it does a lot of things right.

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Inside the Brand New Qantas Lounge at Hong Kong International Airport

June 4, 2014 at 10:00 AM | by | Comments (0)

Hong Kong’s Chek Lap Kok airport is not a bad place to spend a few hours pre-departure. In fact, it’s high on our list of favorite airports around, especially if you’re flying in a premium cabin on Cathay Pacific or another oneworld airline for the excellent airline lounge options. We just took you inside a private Cabana in the flagship “The Wing” First Class lounge and the latest Cathay addition “The Bridge,” and are finishing up with the even newer Qantas lounge, which arrived in April.

Located on level 7, but at the opposite end of Cathay Pacific’s The Wing Lounge, the new Qantas Hong Kong Lounge brings the previous underground Business Class Lounge up to where its separate First Class Lounge used to be, redesigning the whole space in the process. It's huge for a dedicated airline lounge at an airport where there already are a range of oneworld alliance lounge options, and it seats up to 300 passengers at a time.

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Inside a First Class Cabana at Cathay Pacific's 'The Wing' Hong Kong Airport Lounge

June 2, 2014 at 1:47 PM | by | Comments (0)

Hong Kong gets a lot of love from us for many reasons, not least among which is its awesome airport, Chek Lap Kok. No matter how you pass through HKG, you’re likely to have a pleasant experience, but this being the home of Cathay Pacific, flying in a premium cabin or having the right status with oneworld alliance means you’re in for a real treat.

The airline lounges here are among the best in existence, and they're regularly updated with the newest lounge niceties. When we flew out of Hong Kong earlier this month, we made sure to build in enough time to explore them all. Naturally we first aimed straight for the top, with the private cabanas in the redesigned Cathay Pacific “The Wing” First Class lounge.

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Inside Cathay Pacific's New 'The Bridge' Lounge at Hong Kong International Airport

May 30, 2014 at 12:08 PM | by | Comments (0)

Hong Kong’s Chek Lap Kok airport is not a bad place to spend a few hours pre-departure. In fact, it’s high on our list of favorite airports around, especially if you’re flying in a premium cabin on Cathay Pacific or another oneworld airline for the excellent airline lounge options. We just took you inside a private Cabana in the flagship “The Wing” First Class lounge and are continuing with the latest Cathay addition: “The Bridge”.

With “The Wing,” “The Pier,” and “The Cabin,” you’d think Cathay wouldn’t need another airline lounge, but they went ahead and did it anyway, opening “The Bridge” late last year. The lounge is located at the far end of the terminal, just after gates 35 and 36, "bridging" the base of the Y that the building splits into at this point.

The Bridge is a combined business & first class lounge, and depending on your departure gate it might be a bit of a longer walk / detour, but we’d likely seek out The Bridge regardless of proximity to our gate the next time we’re in Hong Kong – read on to find out why.

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