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New American Airlines Boarding Order Introduced

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One of my travel pet peeves as a near-weekly flyer is the ambiguity of the American Airlines boarding order process. While the order in which passengers are allowed to board has been clearly articulated in the past, the American Airlines boarding order process is often still poorly executed. Right now, there are technically nine different boarding groups…

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2017 Freddie Awards Voting is Now Open

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Freddie Awards voting for 2017 opened a few days ago and your favorite travel programs may have already tipped you off with an early plea to vote. The Freddie Awards recognize excellence in travel loyalty programs and are highly coveted by airlines, hotels, and credit card issuers.  Winning a Freddie gives a program bragging rights for marketing.  Also, the awards often…

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When Coach is an Upgrade

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The prodigal blogger returns, after a seven week absence, to explain how coach is an upgrade. Yes, that is a thing. I didn’t intend to have such a long gap (yet again) between posts but life happened.  We had a significant reorg at work along with eight business trips.  I also had a second surgical procedure for the melanoma…

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Commitments

  We are three days into the new year and my calendar is surprisingly free of personal travel commitments for 2017 which is highly unusual, almost suspect. I’m not entirely free of commitments as I have several business and volunteer commitments already penciled in and am awaiting decisions on projects that may largely direct the…

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Seven Goals for 2017 Travel

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Each year I like to set travel objectives for the new year to help me focus my travel planning. I achieved most of mine in both 2015 and again in 2016.  The clock has turned and it is now time to set goals for 2017 travel. Maximize my actual travel time – Whether it is…

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An Exotic Thanksgiving

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I’ve spent many a Thanksgiving away from home – some of them in interesting locales creating a truly exotic Thanksgiving indeed. Its the byproduct of having a career where getting away for long stretches of time isn’t always feasible.  Combining paid time off with scheduled holidays is a great way to stretch the time off budget…

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When to Call it Quits – A Bloggers Dilemma

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Sometimes you face the inevitable. Either a situation takes a turn for the worse or continues on a downhill slide. Eventually you find yourself wondering if what you want is realistic. Or facing the reality that the goal you’ve been working toward is perhaps not worth the hassle. That’s when you have to figure out…

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Can Airport Security Be Entertaining?

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Its no secret that I hate waiting in airport security lines.  If I am to ever be arrested, it will happen at airport security.  Some who have traveled with me may actually have odds on it. My penchant for efficiency and my smart mouth are not a good combination, it seems.  I have a couple…

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