My Atlantic City Status Match Adventure — Part 2: Total Rewards Diamond Benefits IN DEPTH!

On January 31, my Total Rewards Diamond status expired and was promptly reverted to Gold – the entry level, on February 1. Later on February 1, I rematched my Wyndham Diamond back to Caesars Rewards and got my Diamond back by the end of the day. Or, as this guy would put it … UPDATE:Continue Reading

UPDATED 6.28.20: Greece, Aruba and Iceland Are Reopening Borders This Summer – Time to Pack?

MAJOR UPDATE 6.28.2020 So, remember those upcoming Iceland, Greece, and Spain openings? Right, not going to happen. Not for U.S. travelers anytime soon. Europe opens up its borders on July 1 and extends its invitation to citizens of dozens of other countries, but Americans are not on the list. I glanced at the WaPo crystalContinue Reading

Bermuda Travel Will Resume on July 1, 2020: Here Is What You Want to Know

  Bermuda travel is supposed to resume on July 1. It’s not the only tropical paradise you can go to; Antigua and Barbuda is open right now, and other Caribbean destinations are supposed to open in July too. But Bermuda is incredibly beautiful, and, while it’s not an all-season destination, it’s going to be tropicalContinue Reading

Masks on a Plane: It’s Up to Airlines to #MASA — Make AirTravel Safe Again

UPDATE: Based on some responses I’ve received from researchers, I can’t consider this diagram accurate for the time being. I keep talking to people, so this might or might not change. Just to clarify: this revision doesn’t mean that my opinion about using masks for preventing the coronavirus spread has changed, but I won’t resortContinue Reading

There Is One Tropical Paradise Americans Can Visit Right Now

  Antigua reopening has been in the news for the last week. If you are a tired and vacation-hungry American, this is one country you can visit right away. Actually, there are 2, but Mexico doesn’t really look like a safe place to be in right now (later about that). Antigua and Barbuda has recordedContinue Reading

The Awesomeness and Quirks of the New ANA Fuel Surcharge and More!

  Last week, the internet rediscovered the value of ANA award tickets due to the airline’s having dropped its fuel surcharges as of June 1. I have written about ANA more than about any other airline over the years, which might seem kind of weird since I’ve never flown ANA metal. However, ANA’s  frequent flyerContinue Reading

Finally! WHO Now Agrees That Face Masks Do Protect the WEARER!

  UPDATE June 5: When this article was almost ready, WHO has finally — FINALLY — updated their guidelines on wearing face masks. After telling us for months that general public shouldn’t use face masks for coronavirus protection because they don’t protect the wearer, WHO is finally admitting that they kind of do. Here areContinue Reading

How Convenient, Mr. Zuckerberg!

  Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has lashed out against Twitter’s decision to add fact-checking labels to its platform (bolding below is mine). I just believe strongly that Facebook shouldn’t be the arbiter of truth of everything that people say online. Private companies probably shouldn’t be, especially these platform companies, shouldn’t be in the position ofContinue Reading

Surprisingly, the New American Airlines Award Search Tool Doesn’t Suck!

As you know, the new American Airlines award search tool was introduced sometime last spring. I noticed it in March 2019, and reacted with the following drama-queen-quality observation: If you’re like me, you’re deeply suspicious, if not outright terrified, of every unnecessary “enhancement” coming from loyalty programs. Because why, oh why, would anyone pour anyContinue Reading

First Lie-Flat Seats Were Installed by … Think You Know the Answer?

  If you, like most plane geeks, believe that the era of lie-flat airline seats was ushered in by British Airways in the late 1990s, I don’t blame you. British Airways indeed started the whirlwind rush to transition the front cabin from cradle seats to flat beds. Still, technically speaking, British Airways was not theContinue Reading

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