Don’t Be Loyal to Frequent Flier Programs

A few years ago, I wrote a post about joining frequent flier programs. At the time, I was in the process of picking one to join, but now I feel the post is a bit dated, and my thoughts on the subject have changed as I’ve started to get more into mileage programs and accumulating […]

Airline Review: American Airlines

North American airlines rank among the worst in the world. In any survey, Asian and Middle Eastern airlines are always among the top 10 airlines in the world. But as an American, it’s easier for me to join the frequent flier program of a US carrier because I can get a branded credit card and […]

Why I Won’t Take the TSA X-Ray Machines

Lately, the main travel news in the States has been about the TSA’s new Advanced Imaging Technology (X-ray machines) and the overzealous pat downs that accompany them. I’ve used the X-ray machines twice in Boston: once in September when they’d just started rolling them out and once last month. I’ve seen them in a lot […]

Airline Review: US Airways

North American airline carriers are among the worst in the world. They are the worst for service, quality, comfort, food — you name it. They simply suck. On a recent trip to Canada, I had the chance to fly US Airways, which is usually named the worst of the worst. No one likes US Airways, […]

Airline Review: Qantas

I flew Qantas from Sydney to LA in 2008, but my recent trip with them from London to Bangkok and from Bangkok to Auckland gave me a chance to look at them with fresh eyes. Qantas maintains a good reputation around the world among fliers. They’ve never crashed (though parts of their planes have exploded […]

Flying Business Class for Free

I fly around 20,000 miles per year, depending on how many flights to Asia I take. While I certainly fly more than the average person, it’s sadly not enough to put me in the coveted elite levels of most frequent flier programs. I miss out on business or first-class upgrades, airport lounges, preferred boarding and […]