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Poll: Name Your Biggest Frequent Flyer Award Redemption Pet Peeves

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One of the best perks of being a frequent flyer is that one can earn miles or points that can then be redeemed for air travel. While for many, flying is no longer considered fun or glamorous, it may still appear to be so to friends and family. even if it is simply a way to get to and from work. What remains from flying, however, are the points and …

Poll: 86% of Frequent Flyers Give TSA Two Big Thumbs Down

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Despite numerous efforts on the part of the Transportation Security Administration to make airport security a more bearable and streamlined process, frequent flyers continue to be dissatisfied with the TSA, and regard the screenings to be ineffective, according to a new survey by Frequent Business Traveler and FlyerTalk, the world’s largest online community.
Eighty-six percent of frequent flyers surveyed said they think that the TSA is doing either a fair or …

Air Canada Business Class Flight 864 Montreal, Canada – London, England

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Montréal–Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport is one of Canada’s busiest and offers non-stop flights within North America and to Africa, Asia, Europe, and South America.
It was here that my journey from New York to London, which started a few hours earlier at New York’s La Guardia Airport, would continue. Upon alighting from the LaGuardia flight, an Air Canada concierge escorted me to a Maple Leaf lounge close to my departure …

Condor Business Class Flight 1049 Seattle-Frankfurt, Germany – Review

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Condor Flugdienst, based in Frankfurt, Germany, is one of the world’s leading leisure and charter carriers. Since its founding in 1955, the airline has built a reputation for offering European holiday makers inexpensive vacation packages to long-haul destinations in the Caribbean, North America, and South-east Asia.
While well-known in Europe, it remains a bit of a mysterious oddity here in the United States. Part of that may be attributed to its …

Virgin Atlantic Airways Upper Class Flight 9 London-New York – Review

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Sometimes you never want to hear the boarding call. Such was the case recently flying on Virgin Atlantic Airways out of London. My flight started with a Virgin airport transfer from my hotel, in this instance Claridge’s. The drive to Heathrow was quick and our destination was the Upper Class Wing at T3. It may have been somewhat theatrical, but upon arrival we had to be buzzed in and drive …

Alitalia Ottima Business Class Flight 436 Rome, Italy-Munich, Germany

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If you are flying into or out of Fiumicino-Leonardo da Vinci International Airport in Rome, chances are that you are on an Alitalia flight. Known simply as Fiumicino, the airport is Italy’s largest, having served over 41 million passengers in 2013. It’s only 18.9 miles (35 kilometers) southwest of the city and is easily accessible via the Leonardo Express non-stop rail service.
I arrived at Fiumicino’s Terminal 1, which serves Alitalia’s …

United Airlines BusinessFirst P.S. Flight 642 New York-San Francisco – Review

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Three airlines, American, Delta, and United, dominate the premium transcontinental market, with flights linking New York City with San Francisco and Los Angeles, and a relative newcomer, JetBlue, is making significant headway as well. The competition for business- and first-class passengers on these flights is heated and service on these flights, especially in the premium cabins, is much more along the lines of an international flight.
We last reviewed United’s p.s., …