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No Free Lunch: The Ugly Truth About the Best Day to Purchase Airfare

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When it comes to purchasing airline tickets, it seems that nearly everyone has his own tried and true method for snagging the lowest price. We’ve heard them all at some point or another, and some are more outlandish than others: Sundays after 5:00 p.m., sixty-two days seven hours and 43.2 minutes before departure, at 3:00 a.m. on the third Wednesday after the first full moon of the year, and so …

Photo Essay: Behind the Scenes with Condor Flight Attendant Safety Training

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We see them on every flight; welcoming passengers aboard, giving the safety briefing, serving meals, and attending to passengers’ every need. Many travelers, including frequent flyers, have come to see their flight crews as smiling waiters and waitresses in the sky and little else.
Yet when things go wrong, the very same crew member who recently topped off your glass with Taittinger Comtes de Champagne is also the one who, if …

Delta First Class Flight 462 New York-Salt Lake City – Review

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Sometimes everything will go just right. Reveille at 0 dark hundred, shower, finish packing, summon an Uber ride, make record time from home to JFK’s Terminal 4, and join the TSA PreCheck line. There was only a couple ahead of me but something was wrong with one of their tickets. Things slowed to a crawl. While waiting for a supervisor to resolve the issue, the agent checked my credentials and …

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 …