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Museuo de Arte, El Tigre, Argentina

DrFumblefinger ·
Museuo de Arte, El Tigre, Argentina
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Re: Delta: Cheap inflight WiFi for Smartphones

PortMoresby ·
It seems to me the smart thing for all the airlines to do would be to offer free wifi for any device, any flight, any distance. Southwest has stood out from the crowd by continuing to offer a free checked bag when others haven't and have gained loyalty as a result. May it continue. I understand that baggage fees have added a huge amount to the bottom lines but brand loyalty is worth a lot too. By giving away a $2 item and thereby correcting the notion, to a certain degree, that airlines mean...
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Re: Delta: Cheap inflight WiFi for Smartphones

DrFumblefinger ·
I do think currently there are some band-width limitations to the wi-fi on planes. For example, there's not enough capability to support 200 people being on their mobile devices at any given time (remember this requires two way connectivity). So the cost may be just a barrier to limit access to the technology. But I like the idea. Costs will come down, technology will improve bandwidth, and offering it free will be a perk that may help people favor one airline over another.
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Re: Delta: Cheap inflight WiFi for Smartphones

PortMoresby ·
Originally Posted by DrFumblefinger: "... Costs will come down, technology will improve bandwidth, and offering it free will be a perk that may help people favor one airline over another." Indeed. As we know, with airlines as with travel in general, where there's a will there's a way.
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Re: Delta: Cheap inflight WiFi for Smartphones

PHeymont ·
Actually, the new technology that we've reported earlier here, and which is being implemented by most carriers, vastly increases both speed and bandwidth. I suspect offering a bit of it like this will help them sell what had previously been a fairly unsatisfactory commodity...
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Re: United, AA to offer "basic economy"—that's the Spirit!

PortMoresby ·
Change at the low end of American's menu of fare options isn't the only one they plan for economy flying. An upscaled version of premium economy will be rolled out, starting next year, for long-haul flights. http://www.aa.com/i18n/urls/pr...title=premiumeconomy
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Re: United, AA to offer "basic economy"—that's the Spirit!

PHeymont ·
They do have a great game going: Take it away from you, and then ransom it back. And there's more...in the next couple of days, Gumbo will have a news update about what may be ahead for the premium end of the plane, too!
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Re: And then there were none: AAdvantage shifts to points-per-dollar

DrFumblefinger ·
Alaska Airlines still offers credit for miles flown, although they admitted are mostly located in the Northwestern USA.
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Re: NYC's Laguardia gets builder for new terminal

DrFumblefinger ·
Estimated construction costs of $3.6 billion.... Shall we start a pool on what the real costs will end up being? I'd guess double that.
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Re: NYC's Laguardia gets builder for new terminal

PHeymont ·
So you're taking the low end of the pool? LOL! Actually, there is a smallish incentive to keep the cost low as possible, because the consortium's $2.5 billion share is meant to be made back out of operating profits once the terminal is open. So, if they run the cost up, it will take them longer to get their money back. On the other hand, my guess at the scenario is that they'll have arranged for most of any overrun to come from PA or state funds...
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Re: Update: Loyalty Programs and Credit Cards

PortMoresby ·
A very useful bunch of information, PHeymont. I've been an AA/Citibank cardholder for over 8 years now and am a satisfied customer. I realize I might squeeze more points out if I open new accounts but I prefer to not have to think too much, be the tortoise and concentrate on piling up the points in 1 place by putting every possible purchase on the card, never spending more than I normally would. Also, when making large purchases, all other aspects being equal, I choose a company that accepts...
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Re: Update: Loyalty Programs and Credit Cards

Travel Rob ·
Thank you PHeymont. Very useful & updated info. Appreciated the links too soI didn't go to the wrong card application by mistake.
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Re: Delta buys a fleet of Bombardier CS100s

Travel Rob ·
We've been following Bombardier closely and this is good news for them. And the upgrade is good for Delta too.
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Re: Delta likes its 'basic economy,' will expand it

DrFumblefinger ·
I like choice, so this is overall good news for consumers. On a somewhat unrelated topic, we've covered Canadian jet manufacturer Bombardier on our pages. It seems the company is very near agreement with Delta to sell it 125 of its new C series jets. It would be a big boost to Bombardier and might allow Delta extra basic economy seats and new routes on which to sell them. More on that story at this link .
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Re: Delta likes its 'basic economy,' will expand it

Travel Rob ·
I'm excited to fly in a C-Series and will go out of my way to buy a ticket when they start appearing! I also like the trend of one way tickets being less because that opens up lot's a route opportunities
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The Remarkable Okavango Delta: Xudum Delta Lodge

DrFumblefinger ·
(The lush green Okavango Delta viewed from a plane) After 2 years of planning, dozens of hours of traveling (literally to the other side of the world), the four of us were finally there.  Our small Safari Air plane was taking your humble...
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The Best of the Okavango Delta: Sandibe Lodge

DrFumblefinger ·
( Female leopard resting on a shaded branch) The three days we spent at Sandibe are among the most memorable travel days I’ve ever experienced!   In my prior  post  I’ve discussed an overview of the  Okavango Delta...
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Gumbo's Pic of the Day, Sept. 28, 2013: Water Lilies, Okavango Delta, Botswana

DrFumblefinger ·
 The Okavango Delta is an oasis in the Kalahari desert.  Its waters sustain all life in the region, from animals, to fish, to a broad assortment of plants and insects.  We were on a boat ride at dusk enjoying the cool evening air of the...
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Gumbo's Pic of the Day, Oct. 26, 2013: Aerial view of the Okavango Delta, Botswana

DrFumblefinger ·
 Surrounded by the brown sands of the Kalahari Desert is a large oasis of green and blue, the Okavango Delta.  An inland delta with no outlet, its waters sustain all life here, including large numbers of fish, birds and mammals. When...
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Delta Shrinking Front Cabin, Adding Coach Seats

PHeymont ·
Delta is replacing hard-to-sell premium seats on some international flights with in-demand coach seats. MORE
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Delta Hangs Up on Inflight Calling

PHeymont ·
Now that you can keep your devices on gate-to-gate, attention has turned to inflight calling. Since the FCC announced it's getting ready to legalize inflight calls there's been a storm of controversy, with many saying they don't want to spend 8 hours...
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Fast Start for New Inflight Device Rules

PHeymont ·
Apparently anticipating yesterday's FAA announcement of new rules for inflight electronics, Delta and JetBlue had already submitted their compliance documents to the FAA, and may begin the new rules as early as today or tomorrow (Nov. 1-2). American...
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United Follows Delta in Loyalty Program Changes

PHeymont ·
United Airlines is making the same sort of shift Delta previously announced; starting early next year MileagePlus points for flights will be awarded based on the price of tickets rather than the distance flown. Passengers will get anywhere from 5 to...
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Delta NY-BOS shuttle changes planes and LGA terminals

PHeymont ·
Starting in November, Delta's NY-Boston hourly shuttle operation is moving from the Marine Air Terminal, Laguardia's old terminal for the Pan Am flying boats of the 30s to Delta's main terminal at the far end of the field. It will no longer be able to...
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Gumbo's Pic of the Day, September 13, 2014: Sunset over Hippo pool, Botswana

DrFumblefinger ·
The sun was settling on the horizon after our first evening game drive in Botswana's Okavango Delta.  It had been a great evening, with hundreds of animals spotted (and photographed)!  Our guide knew exactly where to take us to enjoy the...
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Duty-Free in the Air: Works for Some...

PHeymont ·
Despite a growing trend to offer duty-free shopping on international flights—and the chance to make serious money—Delta has ended its inflight duty-free program. The decision apparently involves both a disagreement with the company that...
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Up, Up and Away: Airline miles cards with big bonuses

PHeymont ·
Up, up and away—quickly! That’s the goal for many frequent fliers, and a current round of cards for various airlines is offering some big bonuses to meet that goal…some of them enough for a round-trip to Europe in one shot. Right...
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Delta Skymiles: Big Changes Ahead...Very Big

PHeymont ·
If that sounds a bit complicated, here's the deal. When you earn "miles" using a credit card, it's 1 or 2 miles per dollar, but most frequent flier programs give you a "mile" for each mile flown. Delta, starting in 2015, will become the first major...
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El Tigre and the Parana Delta, Argentina (Where Gumbo was #158)

DrFumblefinger ·
A great day trip from Buenos Aires is to El Tigre. Settled during a yellow fever epidemic, it was a destination of escape for the well heeled. It still has a nice laid-back feel and is a great place to go for a stroll.
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Alaska Airlines heats up the Battle for Seattle

PHeymont ·
Alaska Airlines, for whom Seattle is a key hub, is highlighting its new codeshare partnership with British Airways by offering double frequent flyer miles on Seattle-London flights.   Delta has recently been moving aggressively into the Seattle...
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Delta, American Plan More Routes

PHeymont ·
Delta and American are both ramping up their networks—Delta with more service to Europe and American with new domestic routes.   Delta is adding a daily NYC-Zurich non-stop and increased service from NY to Rome, adding to its service from...
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Delta: 20% of revenue from "non-traditional" sources

PHeymont ·
Cunard used to advertise that "getting there is half the fun," and now Delta is boasting, in effect, that "getting there" is less of the trip than before, because over 20% of its revenue now comes not from selling tickets, but from selling food,...
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Virgin America gets American's Love Field gates

PHeymont ·
Two gates at Dallas' Love Field that American was required to give up as part of its merger deal will go to Virgin America, which will shift its Dallas operations there from DFW. They're adding flights between Love and SFO, LAX, and Washington Reagan...
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Airlines on a Plane-Buying Spree; Older Planes Retiring

PHeymont ·
Worldwide, airlines are buying newer, more fuel-efficient planes that fly farther on less fuel and have more of the amenities travelers demand. It's often cheaper to buy new planes than to invest in heavy maintenance and upgrades. So, it was goodbye...
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Delta: Cheap inflight WiFi for Smartphones

PHeymont ·
You can't make a call...but now you can text, check mail and browse the internet inflight on your smartphone for less. Delta has introduced $1.95 WiFi passes for cellphones, and others are sure to follow. DETAILS
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Birds of the Okavango Delta

DrFumblefinger ·
While everyone enjoys the beautiful large animals of Africa, there's a plethora of bird life that's easy to overlook when studying the splendid lions and kudu and giraffe.  The oasis of the Okavango Delta is a natural magnet for all types of...
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More Healthy Airline Food!

PHeymont ·
Delta has now partnered with health-food vendor Luvo to supply healthier meals on several trans-continental routes, free in Economy Comfort, and for same in Economy. The choices include quinoa-based wraps filled with turkey, chicken or vegetables, and...
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Delta Updates Award Chart for 2015

PHeymont ·
Delta, which recently made a big change in how Skymiles are earned on flights, has made some little changes and one big one in how Skymiles can be used for flying in a new award chart that takes effect in 2015. The one big change is that members will...
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Europe set to OK SkyTeam hook-up for Paris

PHeymont ·
It looks like European regulators are set to approve a joint operation covering routes between the U.S., Paris, Rome and Amsterdam. The arrangement, under scrutiny for three years, would let the airlines, all SkyTeam members, plan schedules together...
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Airline ratings: Frontier is worst and latest

PHeymont ·
Frontier and Southwest planes pass each other at Seattle. Photo: Wikimedia / rsocol   In two different surveys recently released, Frontier takes the cake...sort of. On one, it was the airline garnering the most complaints; on the other (perhaps...
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Delta tries 'May we carry on your carry-on?"

PHeymont ·
Delta is trying a new idea this summer, on a trial basis: Speeding up boarding by having airline staff load passengers' carry-ons in the overhead before passengers board. They're calling it 'Early Valet' and will test it on a number of flights from...
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More Frequent Flier changes in the air

PHeymont ·
The world of award travel and elite perks continues to shake and shift.   Delta, which like United, has switched for next year to awarding flight miles based not on distance but on price paid for ticket—a move that hurts many frequent...
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Buffalo-ed by the snow? Airlines waiving change fees

PHeymont ·
Each with its own set of rules, but American, Delta, Southwest and JetBlue are all adjusting rules on schedule and flight changes for passengers affected by the huge snows in the Great Lakes region. The USA Today article has more  DETAILS and...
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Delta joins the mixed fleets with big Airbus order

PHeymont ·
The days of all-Boeing domestic fleets seem over as Delta joins American and United in mixing Airbus into its fleet. In Delta's case, this is reflected in a new nearly $15 billion order for 50 A350 and A330neo widebody planes. The A350 is Airbus's...
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Gumbo's Pic of the Day, January 26, 2015: Breakfast on the Okavango Delta

DrFumblefinger ·
  Wildlife safaris are generally conducted at dawn and dusk, when animals are most active and your chance of seeing them is optimized.  During the heat of day most animals go into the bush and rest.    (scrambled eggs anyone?)...
 
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