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American Express Centurion Lounge at Miami International Airport – Review

Since American Express cards are now able to unlock the gates at a shrinking universe of airline lounges, to compensate, the company has started opening its own network of lounges at various U.S. airports.
The shiny new American Express Centurion Lounge opened in early June in the North Terminal of Miami International Airport near Gate D-12.
Miami is the fifth Centurion Lounge, after Las Vegas, Dallas, New York (LaGuardia), and San Francisco. …

American Airlines Airbus A321s First Class Seattle-Dallas – Review

It is no secret to frequent fliers that Fort Worth, Texas-based American Airlines is deep in the process of major fleet renewal. Starting several years ago with the Boeing 777-300, the carrier has added hundreds of new airplanes.
Many have received their share of positive press, but one that has flown under the radar is the Airbus A321s. Overshadowed by its impressively outfitted three-class A321 Transcontinental sibling, the more modest two-class …

Poll: How Effective is the TSA?

The only thing certain in life, to borrow from Benjamin Franklin, is life, death, and – for travelers – TSA checkpoints.
Over the past couple of years, the TSA has been implementing numerous changes aimed at improving the airport screening process for passengers, such as expanding the PreCheck trusted traveler program to international flights and airlines, as well as to more airports within the United States.  However, even with these changes, …

Virgin Atlantic Boeing 787 Dreamliner Upper Class London-Washington, D.C. – Flight Review

LONDON AND NEW YORK — A few days after my first flight on a Virgin Atlantic Dreamliner, it was time for my second. The first was on the airline’s second 787-9 Dreamliner, Dream Girl, which was used as the launch aircraft for the London-based carrier’s London-Washington, D.C. route. This flight was on Birthday Girl, the airline’s first Dreamliner and it was my third flight on the larger 787-9 variant of …

Photo Essay: Airbus A350, The New Kid on the Block

While Airbus’ new A350 XWB has been out for the better part of a year, it remains an elusive sight in the wild.
The A350 is the first all-new Airbus model since the double-decker A380 jumbo jet made its debut back in 2005. It is longer and wider than the existing A330 and A340 models and, through design advancements, significant use of composite materials, and all-new Rolls Royce turbofans, 25% more …

Delta Air Lines First Class Miami-New York (JFK) – Review

“When you get to the airport the most important thing is to get to the plane on time,” the agent at gate H11 at Miami International Airport said to me, as he lamented that there were several passengers with reservations who had not checked in and were about to lose their seats on what was an oversold flight to New York.
Wiser words couldn’t have been spoken.
There is a lot to …

American Airlines Strategy for 2015 and Beyond: The World’s Biggest Airline Prepares for Takeoff

American Airlines just completed a quarter in which it reported the “highest quarterly earnings that any commercial airline ever reported in a quarter.” The earnings, $1.9 billion, were the highest the airline itself ever had in a quarter in its entire history, not a total surprise given that American is now the world’s largest airline.
On a conference call on Friday, airline executives provided details on their plans for the remainder …