Life Without Elite Status

It’s a dark day, friends. Actually, it’s a dark week. This is the first time in years that I’ve flown on American without any sort of elite status. It felt really strange. I think I may be developing PTSD (Plane Transportation Status Disassociation). I first earned my Platinum status back in 2012 when I completed…

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JAL Introduces New Meals

Japan Airlines (JAL) is putting a new spin on the old phrase “I’ll have the fish.” Beginning March 1st, Chef Jun Kurogi of “Kurogi” will be offering a brand new multi-course menu for international business travelers flying out of Japan. The meal begins with an amuse-bouche of sesame tofu, followed by a bento box of Japanese…

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Delta Wants to Be Your Valentine

If you’re flying Delta on Valentine’s Day this year, you may be in for a very sweet treat. Passengers flying from SFO and LAX to JFK (and vice versa) will be celebrating the most romantic day of the year (according to Hallmark, at least) with a free three-pack of mini cupcakes from Baked by Melissa.…

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Secrets of an Airline Pilot

Ever wondered how you can be stranded somewhere due to weather when that somewhere has perfectly blue skies? Ever thought about how often turbulence causes crashes? Ever wanted to take a look at the cockpit but figured you’d somehow wind up on a no-fly list? Well, now you can learn the answers to your curiosities…

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New Year, New Fly&Dine

Fly&Diners, it’s my honor to announce that a new day is coming. That day is… tomorrow. What’s happening tomorrow? Well, according to Annie, the sun will come up. Also, you’ll have a brand new Fly&Dine. We’ve been working behind the scenes to get the whole site redesigned and I think you’ll be happy with the…

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The New Orleans Guide to Po-Boys

Deep in the French Quarter of New Orleans on a Sunday night, amid roving bands of tourists on voodoo-heavy ghost tours, you may find yourself in a 24-hour market — a convenience store, really. You could easily mistake it as a place for a pack of smokes and a sixer of Abita, but you’re here for…

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HoJo Goes Low Low with Orange Wednesday

You’ve survived Black Friday. You were vaguely award of Cyber Monday. Now iconic motelier Howard Johnson Hotels (aka the HoJo) is here to give you yet another holiday in this time of even more holidays. Say hello to Orange Wednesday. It’s just like every other Wednesday, except today rooms at the HoJo are 60% off.…

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MGM in DC Snags Big Time Chefs

I’ve been a fan of the MGM Grand in Vegas since it had a kid-friendly theme park back in the ’90s (ah, kid-friendly Vegas — what a giant mistake). Nowadays I go because I like their blackjack tables and the Deal or No Deal game. Vegas isn’t the only place to catch an MGM casino,…

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