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United Announces New Dining Options in First and Business

United Announces New Dining Options in First and Business

United Airlines announced changes and enhancements to its in-flight first- and business-class service for flights within North America.
For flights one hour or less, Biscoff cookies or pretzels will be served.
For flights of 220-699 miles (1-2 hours), passengers will be offered warm breakfast scones or snacks that may include nuts, energy bars, chips, chocolate, and fresh fruit.
For flights of 700-2,299 miles (2-5 hours, passengers will receive a hot meal when the …

This Week In Business Travel History – 29 January 2012

This Week In Business Travel History – 29 January 2012

The always useful Oxford English Dictionary, now considered the world’s most complete and accurate dictionary of the English language,first appeared in 1884 as A New English Dictionary on Historical Principles; Founded Mainly on the Materials Collected by The Philological Society. Its first section covered words from “A” to “Ant” and cost 12s.6d (the equivalent of $3.25 at the time).  Only 4,000 copies were sold. Today, millions of business travelers around …

What’s Doing In Tokyo

What’s Doing In Tokyo

Tokyo (東京), Japan’s capital, can be a contradiction in terms.  On the one hand, its sheer scale and frenetic pace can be overwhelming.  On the other hand, the serene, traditional Tokyo is still there, waiting to be discovered.
The city is officially known as the Tokyo Metropolis and is the seat of the Japanese government and the home of the Imperial Family and Imperial Palace.
The city’s pace can indeed be overwhelming …

Continental BusinessFirst New York EWR Tokyo Flight 79 – Review

Continental BusinessFirst New York EWR Tokyo Flight 79 – Review

Newark Liberty International Airport is the New York area’s busiest in terms of flights and it is a major hub for United-Continental.  It’s also the airport the furthest distance from my residence.
There is nothing like leaving home with plenty of time to catch a flight, and watching your car’s navigation system predict your arrival to be 15 minutes after your flight will have departed.
Luckily, I had arranged for Gateway Special …

TSA Expands PreCheck to New York’s JFK Airport

TSA Expands PreCheck to New York’s JFK Airport

The TSA’s PreCheck trusted traveler program will soon be in place at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport.
The PreCheck program at JFK will be available to American Airlines frequent fliers, as well as U.S. citizens who are participating in the Customs and Border Protections’ Trusted Traveler Program, which, includes Global Entry, Sentri, and Nexus.  The exact date of the implementation at JFK has yet to be determined.
The PreCheck program …

Poll: Did You Do a Mileage or Mattress Run?

Poll: Did You Do a Mileage or Mattress Run?

The New Year has begun and most airline and hotel programs reset elite miles and points to zero.  Many frequent business travelers undertake mileage runs, taking flights designed to garner frequent-flyer miles as opposed to getting you to and from a destination, in order to maintain or upgrade their status.  A mattress run is similar in concept, but rooms are booked instead of flights.
Henry Feintuch, president of Feintuch Communications, a …

Marriott Rewards Announces New Promotions, Virgin America Partnership

Marriott Rewards Announces New Promotions, Virgin America Partnership

Marriott Rewards is offering new promotions for earning miles and nights, and has also partnered with Virgin America’s Elevate frequent-flyer program.
With the Marriott Rewards MegaMiles promotion, members can earn 2,000 bonus frequent-flyer miles per stay, starting with the second stay, up to 50,000 bonus miles. The more than 25 airlines participating include Air Canada, Air China, Avianca-TACA, Asiana, British Airways, Cathay Pacific, Delta, Emirates, JAL, Jet Airways, KLM/Air France, Lufthansa, …