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Washington, DC's U Street - African American history vs Gentrification

Jonathan L ·
Jonathan L takes us on a tour of Washington DC's U street. Once the center of African-American cultural life, today it has changed greatly.
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Park Foundation Highlights Black History in National Parks

PHeymont ·
The National Parks Foundation's African American Experience Fund has highlighted 8 itineraries for African American History month in national parks around the country. The themes include the Underground Railroad, the Civil Rights Movement and ...
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Niagara Falls: Pretty much the complete guide

Jonathan L ·
Yes there will be a lot of people when visit Niagara Falls, but it is still worth the trip. Jonathan L gives his impressions and advice
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As scheduled Cuba service nears, charter operators face unknown future

PHeymont ·
A surprisingly large industry of scheduled charter flights from the U.S. to Cuba faces an uncertain future as the U.S. and Cuba negotiate their future relationship, including civil aviation, a topic that has already begun to be discussed by the...
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Fine Arts and History Museum, Danville

George G. ·
George G visits the Danville Museum of Fine Arts and History, in the former home of a Confederate officer. For the last week of the Civil War, it was home to Jefferson Davis.
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AA "new tail" wins in close employee vote

PHeymont ·
By a margin of just over 2000 votes out of 60,000, American Airlines workers voted to keep the new tail design the airline adopted shortly before the AA/USAir merger. There's a while to go before it's everywhere: Painting a whole fleet takes time, and...
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Feud Starts Up Again Between Delta and American for Haneda Airport Route

Travel Rob ·
The two carriers have fought for months over the rights to fly into Haneda Airport in Tokyo. It's much closer to Central Tokyo than Narita is and business travelers prefer it.    First, American complained to the U.S....
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Half of Americans say "NO" to checked bags

Travel Rob ·
About half of all Americans say they avoid checking a bag when they fly.
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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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July 5, 2017: Cambridge American Cemetery

George G. ·
George G shares a visit to the Cambridge American Cemetery, the only permanent World War II Memorial in the British Isles.
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Re: Half of Americans say "NO" to checked bags

DrFumblefinger ·
I think this study just affirms what we already know. That more people are doing what they can to reduce their costs of flying and stretching their budget further. And it also affirms the most basic law of economics. When you charge more for something, you get less of that activity. True of all fees and taxes.
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Re: Half of Americans say "NO" to checked bags

Travel Rob ·
When I saw this study, I though of our interview with Gary German of Orion Travel Tech and his plans to put ads on luggage to pay for the checked bag. We will follow up with him later in the year to see how it's going. https://www.travelgumbo.com/blo...l-tech-s-gary-german
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Re: Feud Starts Up Again Between Delta and American for Haneda Airport Route

PHeymont ·
Playground rivalry, anyone? Looks like a couple of airlines need to grow up!
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Re: Feud Starts Up Again Between Delta and American for Haneda Airport Route

Travel Rob ·
It does sound that way ! The airlines want the route but they are not anxious to use it certain times of the air.
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Re: AA "new tail" wins in close employee vote

PortMoresby ·
Heavy sigh. Good taste seems always to be a minority attribute. I may be forced to rethink my frequent flyer situation, unless they opt to promote the minority to lifetime business class. It seems only fair.
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Dinosaurs at Dusk, O'Hare

PHeymont ·
Dinosaurs at Dusk, O'Hare
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Gumbo's Pic of the Day, August 14, 2014: The CN Tower, Toronto, Ontario

Ottoman ·
  The CN Tower (in French: "Tour CN") is a 553.33 m-high (1,815.4 ft) concrete communications and observation tower in Downtown Toronto, Ontario, Canada .  Built on the former Railway Lands, construction on the CN Tower began on...
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Re: TSA: More lines, delayed flights

Travel Rob ·
European airlines have taken a big hit this year with Europeans staying home more. It was because of terrorism before airport security and also in public places in Brussels and Paris. Isn't that more of a risk now? We have accepted that minor risk on other forms of transportation and still go about our lives. I'd vote to cut back on scanning 100% of the people in airports to occasionally, like we did a few years ago. We can still walk through metal detectors. I guess the added carry-on bags...
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Re: TSA: More lines, delayed flights

PHeymont ·
Several Senators suggested last week that the airlines kill the bag fees to speed up the lines, but there was an audible silence on that... Meanwhile, in Paris the lines have been growing, too, and causing delays at CDG; the airport authority is calling for more staff to speed up border controls.
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Re: TSA: More lines, delayed flights

DrFumblefinger ·
I hate the bag fees, but they're not the problem. The TSA is. Everyone would still have a carry-on bag, albeit a smaller one if they could check a suitcase for free. My experiences in Calgary, Frankfurt and Spain in the past month. Waiting times were never more than 10 minutes and usually less than 5 minutes to be screened. You just need enough of and a motivated staff that gets people through quickly
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Re: One year into merger, AA is optimistic

PHeymont ·
Update: American and the flight attendants have just settled the contract through arbitration. A number of other contracts must be reached in the coming year.
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Re: One year into merger, AA is optimistic

Travel Rob ·
I guess the question for me is the merger good for consumers? From my own searches, I haven't seen as many good sales on the USAir old routes that I used to see.
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AA starts to roll out its new Airbus fleet

PHeymont ·
American Airlines, which has been pretty much a Boeing shop except for legacy MD80s is getting the first of its Airbus 321 transcontinental models in the air, starting with flights between NY and LA. American put out a huge aircraft order, split...
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American chases Spirit in 'race to the bottom'

PHeymont ·
American Airlines, the world's largest carrier, is feeling mosquito bites from much smaller but very aggressive discounter Spirit, and is planning to implement "less frills" fares to try to compete on the increasing number of routes where they compete...
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American Agrees to Honor 'Mistake Fares' to China

Travel Rob ·
 A deal between the Transportation Department and American Airlines resulted in 1,634 travelers getting  either nearly free flights or reduced business-class tickets to China. Travel must be completed during the next year....
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Progress in clearing TSA logjam

PHeymont ·
Added agents and overtime have helped bring down the long security lines that last month stretched to hours and stranded travelers.
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TSA: More lines, delayed flights

PHeymont ·
More problems with security lines at major airports, including nearly two hours at Chicago. At DFW, American delayed flights because of lines.
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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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American, JetBlue end codeshare agreement

PHeymont ·
American Airlines and JetBlue, which for the past few years have had codeshare agreements that allowed JetBlue to sell tickets to overseas destinations and American to reach smaller U.S. markets served by JetBlue, have ended the agreement. Both...
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One year into merger, AA is optimistic

PHeymont ·
American Airlines and USAir merged a year ago this week, forming the world's largest airline, even though it's not quite operating like one. Passengers still book on two different systems, and sometimes use different customer service reps...but the...
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Waived Booking Fees on AA Award Travel

PortMoresby ·
This may not be news to some of you, but it is new to me. Heading to the AAdvantage webpage to see what flights might be available, I discovered a notice informing us that American now waives fees when booking by phone, starting today, when reserving...
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AA gets its first Dreamliner

PHeymont ·
American Airlines got the keys today to its first Boeing 787 Dreamliner, Like anybody with a new toy, they promptly took it out for a spin, flying from Boeing's plant in Everett WA.   American has 42 of the planes on order; this one, seen at...
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RV Popularity Surges—Here's Why!

Guest ·
RV's are becoming increasingly popular. Amy Price looks at some of the reasons for this trend.
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American's MD80s on their way out of the sky

PHeymont ·
American retires another chunk of its once-huge fleet of MD80s, which are being replaced by newer, more efficient 737s and A320s.
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Re: American Agrees to Honor 'Mistake Fares' to China

Travel Rob ·
I've followed airfares for years and I can't tell when it's a great unadvertised fare or a promotion vs some kind of mistake fare. The ticket being free or nearly free doesn't necessarily mean it's a mistake.
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Re: American Agrees to Honor 'Mistake Fares' to China

DrFumblefinger ·
I'm glad they're honoring the mistake, but a $20 fare to China has to be a mistake, Rob. But I'd gamble the 20 for the chance to see it.
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Re: American Agrees to Honor 'Mistake Fares' to China

Travel Rob ·
I've seen free fares that were not a mistake and also super sales for promotional purposes. For instance, United couldn't possibly of made money on the $150rt fare from NY-LA we posted earlier this year. I guess my question is it for the passengers to decide before they buy if its a mistake?
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Re: AA gets its first Dreamliner

DrFumblefinger ·
I like the image of Boeing handing over a set of keys to AA executives for a jumbo jet. I'm glad to see more of these planes come in to service and hope within the next year or so to have the opportunity to fly one.
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Re: AA gets its first Dreamliner

Travel Rob ·
I'm flying on a 787 late May!Glad to see AA starting to get theirs!
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Re: AA gets its first Dreamliner

PHeymont ·
Looking forward to a 787 blog from you, Rob! That should be fun.
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Re: Waived Booking Fees on AA Award Travel

PHeymont ·
Really good news, because some of those partner flights are hard to book online even when you know they exist. This should make it easier to make connection to a number of areas in Europe without having to do Heathrow...
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Re: RV Popularity Surges—Here's Why!

Amateuremigrant ·
I guess the experience in the UK in particular echoes this growth but for quite different reasons. We have been seeing RV purchases (and hire), rocket with the windfall maturity of pension schemes related to final salaries - no longer available in most jobs, but the govt and utilities companies have large lump sums and pretty good income for life. The lump sum buys the RV and day to day expenses can be covered by putting your empty home on Airbnb ! Even if you don't have the pension, if...
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Re: I get to Boomerang to Spain ! Cheap !

Former Member ·
Wow ! That is a good deal. I need to drill down through those redeem mileage programs and see what I can learn. Thanks for this valuable lesson.
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Re: I get to Boomerang to Spain ! Cheap !

PHeymont ·
Thanks for pointing this out! By the way, it is also possible to take a free stopover on the international end. For example, a couple of years ago, we flew from NYC to Copenhagen (the routing) but with a week stopover in Stockholm along the way. We've used that kind of routing a number of times. Adding to your point about Britain: Many of AA's European cities are actually served by their closely-tied partners, British Air and Iberia. With a little persistence, you can find flights that don't...
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Re: I get to Boomerang to Spain ! Cheap !

PortMoresby ·
So, PHeymont, when you stopped for the week in Stockholm which airline was it and what fees were you charged for the stopover? You mention Madrid. Presumably that was a different trip, so same questions on that one. Also, can these stopovers be scheduled on the AA website or must you speak to an AAdvantage customer service person and pay the ($25?) fee?
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Re: I get to Boomerang to Spain ! Cheap !

WorkerBee ·
Originally Posted by PortMoresby: .... can these stopovers be scheduled on the AA website or must you speak to an AAdvantage customer service person and pay the ($25?) fee? I scheduled my flights using the website. When you go to the AAdvantage booking site there are three choices: round-trip, one-way and multi-city. When you choose your flights you see boxes showing the number of miles per leg. The leg between Dallas and San Francisco showed no miles. There was also some kind of comment to...
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Re: I get to Boomerang to Spain ! Cheap !

PHeymont ·
Similar to WorkerBee's experience, I've done these bookings using the Multi-City function, which allows you to specify a date for each segment. It didn't require assistance. Actually I've never had to pay a fee for help when booking something that could not be done on line, but who knows these days. I've done these stopover trips a number of times (NY-Budapest/open jaw/Prague-London w/stopover and then back to NY, etc.) The AAdvantage desk agents, by the way, are some of their best and can...
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Re: I get to Boomerang to Spain ! Cheap !

PortMoresby ·
All potentially very useful information. Many thanks, Gurus.
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Re: I get to Boomerang to Spain ! Cheap !

PHeymont ·
All things to be watched closely, by the way; by January the new AA will start rolling out updated program rules and procedures for what will be a merged program. We'll need to watch closely to see what changes!
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Re: I get to Boomerang to Spain ! Cheap !

PHeymont ·
WorkerBee, how long will you be in Spain, and when? We're going for 8 days (not counting the travel days) in February. We'll be in Seville, Cordoba and Granada. Gumbo fans would love to hear how your trip is going and to see pictures along the way!
 
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