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Open Skies? Fair Skies? Gulf competition stirs debate

PHeymont ·
U.S. airlines, which have usually pushed for "open skies" agreements that have let them expand into new markets previously closed except to the local domestic carriers, are now asking the Federal government to slow down, and perhaps renegotiate some...
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No "Love" in this battle for Dallas airport gates

PHeymont ·
Southwest, which already controlled 16 of the 20 gate spots at Love Field, Dallas' second airport, has been approved to buy two more from United, in a move that could freeze Delta out altogether.   The gate slots are highly prized because the...
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Welcome to North America...not!

PHeymont ·
In a poll by the Guardian (UK) of countries that have the most unfriendly and intimidating border crossings, the Big 3 of North America dominated the top of the list, with the U.S. selected by 22%, Mexico 9% and Canada 8%. Only UAE/Dubai managed to...
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July 26, 2017: Lady Liberty—The Statue of Liberty

Samantha ·
Samantha takes us to visit the famed Statue, and fills us in on its history.
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Empire State Building - The Experience

Samantha ·
Samantha shares her Empire State Building experience with us, including some great views of the building as well as from it!
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Panama's Copa adds SFO, links to 55 Latin America cities

PHeymont ·
Panama's Copa Airlines is adding San Francisco as its 12th U.S. destination, connecting California to its "Hub of the Americas" in Panama City. From there, Copa's 737s fly to 55 cities in Latin America.   San Francisco is a strategic move; Copa...
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United, Air China sign up new codeshares

PHeymont ·
Air China 747     Photo: Julian Herzog   United Airlines and Air China, both Star Alliance members, have expanded their codeshare agreement, opening up 22 new routes to codesharing.   Codesharing allows an airline to place its...
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United celebrates flying women with all-female crew

PHeymont ·
There are many women working in aviation these days, but there's room for more. And many of the women now working are not in the high-end jobs, including cockpit crews and mechanics. So, United Airlines recent selection of an all-woman crew to take...
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Airline capacity shifts: Bigger planes, fewer flights

PHeymont ·
Time's about up for United's fleet of 50-seat regional jets; other airlines are dumping them, too.   Just as airlines carefully price tickets—often day to day—to maximize their revenue and avoid unsold seats, they also massage their...
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United to hackers: earn miles by breaking in

PHeymont ·
Could he be on his way to a million MileagePlus miles?                Photo: Wikimedia / wwward0   United Airlines has launched a "bug bounty" program to reward computer-adept people who find security flaws...
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Blue-light bandits in Geneva hit tourists and UN

PHeymont ·
Geneva's real police use a variety of vehicles        Photo: Krokodyl / Wikimedia   The United Nations, which has a variety of agencies headquartered in Geneva, warned its staff last week that fake cops have been ripping off...
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Why your airline chose your plane

PHeymont ·
  As you settle down into your seat, comfortably at the front of the plane (above) or squeezed into the last inches at the back (below), you must have sometimes wondered how the airline chose the plane you’re sitting in or why the schedule...
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JetBlue extends its move into premium market

PHeymont ·
JetBlue is taking advantage of United Airlines' planned departure from JFK by increasing its business-class service from JFK to California.   JetBlue, which made its reputation as a traveler-friendly one-class airline with great inflight...
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United's computer glitches ground its flights

PHeymont ·
United Airlines suffered another of its continuing series of computer glitches today, grounding all flights for a time this morning, and leaving delays and confusion extending possibly into the evening. Up to 800 flights were affected.   The...
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Greyhound expands to Mexico, offers $1 promo fare

PHeymont ·
Greyhound, long the biggest intercity bus operator in the U.S., is expanding into Mexico, where it will become the first U.S. operator to run domestic routes in Mexico. Service is starting with Monterrey and Nuevo Laredo, connecting to Greyhound hubs...
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Azul offers "All you can fly" deal for U.S. visitors

PHeymont ·
Brazil's Azul Airlines, founded by JetBlue founder David Neeleman, has an unusual promotion: Fly to Brazil on Azul or United, and you can buy a pass to fly all over Brazil for 10 or 21 days. The passes cost $299 and $399.   There's a small catch:...
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JetBlue forges new ties with Brazil's Azul

PHeymont ·
A Tale of Three Airlines? Growing links among JetBlue, Azul, TAP, all connected to David Neeleman   JetBlue and Azul, the Brazilian airline run by former JetBlue CEO David Neeleman, are hammering out interline agreements that would let passengers...
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What's next for United, as CEO is ousted?

PHeymont ·
The unexpected departure of Jeff Smisek as CEO and president of United leaves many open questions about United and its future, beyond the possible corruption issues involved in his departure. Smisek has been replaced by Oscar Munoz, who has been...
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Another cruise line sets sail for Cuba...it hopes

PHeymont ·
Oceania's Riviera is one of the line's 684-passenger R-class ships   Norwegian Cruise Lines' Oceania Cruises brand, like Carnival's Fathom, has plans to join the growing interest in travel to Cuba from the U.S., but it's taking a radically...
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United makes big 'biofuel' steps

PHeymont ·
Fill'er up, please! Kerosene-based fuels may soon give way to biofuel.      Photo: Sascheporsche / Wikimedia   Fuel has been a big issue for airlines, both in terms of cost, and in terms of greenhouse gases and carbon...
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United, Delta to swap JFK/Newark slots

PHeymont ·
United Airlines is planning to pull out of JFK in New York altogether, shifting its relatively small operation there to its big hub across the river at Newark Liberty. The shift will take place starting Oct. 25 when United shifts its Premium Service...
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United, Azul link up for Brazil code shares

PHeymont ·
Azul's colorful livery stands out on the taxiway          Photo: JOcchialini   Azul, Brazil's #3 airline is #1 in news these days. The airline, controlled by founder David Neeleman, also the founder of JetBlue, has just...
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White-hat hackers get million-mile bonus from United

PHeymont ·
United Airlines, which has been plagued by computer glitches over the past few years, some of which have led to disruptions of flight schedules, has given two computer hackers a million MileagePlus miles each for helping find security glitches in...
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Buy Now!Huge Sale on United! $150 round trip NYC-LA

Travel Rob ·
Airfarewatchdog posted about this sale on Twitter .Ive seen fares as low as $149.20 for certain dates. These tickets are round trip from NY to LA.   Here is an example. Don't wait ,buy now    ...
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AAdvantage members, bite your nails: change is coming

PHeymont ·
After a couple of years in which both United and Delta have switched to frequent flier systems based on dollars spent on fares rather than miles flown, American could be joining the parade...but we'll have to wait and see. American is planning changes...
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UN's Geneva home opens house for 70th birthday

PHeymont ·
Rebirth, the sculpture that will be unveiled for the anniversary.        UN Photo   The UN, whose Palais des Nations Geneva home was originally home to the League of Nations, will open the historic building for a day on...
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Gumbo's Pic of the Day, October 24, 2015: Poppies -- Weeping Window at Woodhorn

Ian Cook ·
    Weeping Window is part of a UK-wide tour of the iconic poppies sculpture organised by 14-18 NOW. The installation is at Woodhorn Mining Museum from 12th September to 1st November 2015.         Weeping Window...
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Is United floundering? You decide...

PHeymont ·
A few weeks ago, United Airlines seemed poised to make some big changes, with a new CEO on-board, Oscar Munoz, from rail giant CSX. Munoz acknowledged that United, one of the Big-3 legacy airlines, has struggled since its 2010 merger with Continental,...
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Airlines add new routes, expanded service

PHeymont ·
This week has seen a number of airlines announcing new service and expanded capacity on routes foreign and domestic. Some of the notable: American will add a new city to its route network, with flights starting March 3 to Merida, the largest city on...
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And then there were none: AAdvantage shifts to points-per-dollar

PHeymont ·
American Airlines' AAdvantage program, the last major U.S. holdout of the once-traditional one-point-per-mile-flown loyalty system has announced that starting midyear next year it will be shifting to a model that rewards those who spend the most, not...
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April 11, 2018: Consulate General of Mexico, San Antonio

Samantha ·
Samantha shares views of this impressive structure, called locally 'the Mexican Embassy.'
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Oregon State Capitol: She Flies With Her Own Wings

Samantha ·
Samantha shares Oregon's unusual Capitol with us, as she sets out on the second half of her tour of America's 50 state capitols.
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United Gets 787-9, Plans L-o-o-n-g Flights

PHeymont ·
United just got the first of its Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners, and will use it to fly the world's longest Dreamline non-stop, from Los Angeles to Melbourne, Australia. United has a fleet of 54 787s on order, including more -9s, some -10s and -8s. More on...
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Star Alliance: Round-the-World in a Fare Daze

PHeymont ·
Well, not really, but Star Alliance (includes United, Lufthansa and more) has revised its pricing for round-the-world fares so that there are now 14 different categories, spread over three classes. The big news is that for economy (7 fares) there are...
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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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Nov. 23, 2016: Big Ben - London

Samantha ·
Possibly the most famous clock tower in the world...but Samantha reminds us that it's actually the bell and not the clock and tower that is Big Ben!
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Places you must visit this year

Master Moving Guide (Guest) ·
Some good suggestions on where in the United States you might want to travel to this year (Sponsored Content)
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Billions in Savings? It's on the tip of my...wing!

PHeymont ·
If you've wondered about winglets—those little bent-upward extensions on aircraft wings—in the past few years...they're not just for beauty or speed. Because they change the way air flows around the wing and reduce resistance, they save...
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United Campaign: Enforce carry-on limits, reduce complaints and crowding

PHeymont ·
United Airlines has put some muscle into enforcing the rules on what size bags can go in the overheads. The airline says it's responding to complaints by passengers who are frozen out of space by others with oversized bags, or crushed in aisle...
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Londonist: Anglo Saxon London Map: Updated

PortMoresby ·
Londonist again. For you who enjoy gleaning a sense of what came before in places you visit, have a look at Londonist's Anglo Saxon map of London. In their words, "a map showing the London area in Anglo Saxon times (roughly speaking, 500-1066AD). It’s pieced together from many resources, showing our guess at the roads, rivers, forests and marshland that characterised the region. The main purpose was to highlight the many villages, hamlets and farmsteads whose names are still part of modern...
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AA Keeps Reservation System to Avoid Post-Merger Problems

PHeymont ·
American Airlines, obviously aware of the continuing post-merger problems United has had with its reservation and passenger management systems, has chosen not to change. AA has always used SABRE, which it originally developed, and U.S. Airways, its...
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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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Lake Havasu Lighthouse Replicas - Part 1 of 3

Samantha ·
Lake Havasu, Arizona has become “the city with most lighthouses in America,” thanks to its collection of 1/3 scale lighthouses from everywhere.
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Ellis Island - Island of Hope or Island of Tears?

Samantha ·
Visiting the former immigration center, Samantha finds it was both a new start for many and the end of a dream for others.
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United, AA to offer "basic economy"—that's the Spirit!

PHeymont ·
Ultra-low cost carriers like Spirit are pushing the majors into the no-frills arena. United has announced it will follow Delta next year, and offer "basic economy" style fares with no baggage, upgrade or airport privileges, and American has indicated that it's exploring the idea, too.  Fares like that—Spirit calls it a "bare fare"—have been the staple of flying on the ULC carriers such as Spirit and Frontier, but the majors have resisted up to now because they have wanted to...
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OMG! United brings back the snacks in economy

PHeymont ·
Just when you thought all the news for back-of-the-plane flyers was bad, United Airlines has announced that starting in February, there'll be free snacks in coach. Not the meals that once there were, but at least a little something to look forward to. It's part of United's "sorry" for the rocky times since its troubled merger with Continental; New CEO Oscar Muniz promised a focus on customer service, and here it is... The change applies to flights that don't already have free food or snacks,...
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Celebrating Nature on 7 Continents: Asia, part 3 - European Bee-eaters in Sir Bani Yas Island, United Arab Emirates

Kirsten Hines ·
We return to the UAE, where Kirsten Hines catches the first European bee-eaters to arrive on their migratory journey.
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United adds longest flight, SF to Singapore

PHeymont ·
United's new San Francisco-to-Singapore flight opens new links for the airline, as well as becoming the longest route for a U.S. carrier.
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Britain's #1 attraction: The British Museum

PHeymont ·
The British Museum ranks as the nation's top attraction, drawing more visitors than the entire country of Belgium. See what else is popular!
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Flier alert: New rules bump multi-city fares

PHeymont ·
An airline rule change has created sticker shock for fliers used to buying multi-city itineraries as the majors chase low-end business.
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