What is Known Crewmember?

For frequent flyers, navigating airport security can be a time-consuming hassle and if you're flight crews flying daily it can be even more of a hassle. But fortunately for airline crew members, there's a program designed to expedite the process: The Known Crewmember (KCM) program. What

May 10th 2 min read

Keeping it Airworthy: What is Aircraft Speed Tape?

While the image of a plane held together by duct tape might conjure up anxieties, there's a special type of tape that plays a vital role in aviation safety: speed tape. Speed tape is an aluminum pressure-sensitive tape specifically designed for the demanding environment of aircraft. Unlike its

May 9th 3 min read

Why Don't Boeing 737 Engines Have a Perfectly Round Shape?

Aviation enthusiasts have a keen eye for detail, and one feature that often sparks curiosity is the shape of the Boeing 737's engine nacelles. Unlike the seemingly perfect circles adorning most jetliners, the 737's engine housings sport a distinct oval form, flattened on the bottom. This

May 8th 3 min read
Hotel Reviews

Review: Hyatt Regency Seattle

It's not often that I find myself in downtown Seattle, more recently I've been flying through on trips and mostly staying at surrounding airport hotels. However, I found myself with an extended layover of 24 hours and wanted something a bit nicer than the hotels surrounding

May 7th 4 min read

Why Pilot Jobs Remain Prestigious in the Age of Automation

The allure of piloting a plane, navigating the skies above the world, and landing safely has captivated imaginations for over a century. But in today's age of automation, where machines are increasingly taking over tasks, what makes pilot jobs so prestigious? The Thrill of Command Pilots hold immense

May 6th 3 min read

Keeping Small Towns Connected: What is Essential Air Service?

The vast network of airlines crisscrossing the United States connects major hubs, but what about smaller towns tucked away across the country? That's where the Essential Air Service (EAS) program steps in to bridge this gap, ensuring crucial air links for communities that might otherwise be left isolated.

May 3rd 3 min read

What is Special Use Airspace?

For pilots, understanding airspace classifications is crucial for safe and efficient flight. General categories like controlled airspace and uncontrolled airspace provide a basic framework. However, within these categories exist designated zones with specific restrictions – Special Use Airspace (SUA). What is Special Use Airspace (SUA) Special Use Airspace is a designated

May 2nd 3 min read

Free Flight Changes and Cancellations Have Changed the Way I Book

Confession time: Pre-COVID, booking a flight sent shivers down my spine. The fear of a life event colliding with a non-refundable ticket loomed large. Needing to reschedule a work trip due to a sudden client meeting or a family emergency popping up meant facing hefty change fees or losing the

May 1st 4 min read
Lounge Reviews

Review: Alaska Airlines Lounge Seattle Airport (North Satellite)

The Seattle/Tacoma International Airport has been going through a multistaged renovation of the entire airport, and Alaska Airlines has been taking advantage of that to modernize and create bigger and better lounges at their hometown airport. Recently I was on a cross-country flight from Seattle to Atlanta and had

April 30th 4 min read

Why Do You Get a Shoulder Belt in Business Class?

Ever settled into your plush business class seat, only to find a contraption resembling a car's seat belt? Unlike economy seating, business class often features three-point harnesses with shoulder straps. But why the extra buckle-up for premium passengers? Meeting Safety Standards Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) regulations have strict

April 29th 2 min read
Flight Reviews

Review: Delta One Suites Airbus A330neo (HND-MSP)

Delta's most premium product is currently their Delta One Suites, however they also come in three different varieties depending on what aircraft you fly on. They can currently be found on their Airbus A350, A330neo, and Boeing 767-400 aircraft. Each suite product is just so slightly different from

April 25th 6 min read

What is the Alaska Airlines Milk Run?

Have you ever heard of the Alaska Milk Run? It's not a dairy-fueled competition, but a vital transportation network for remote communities nestled within the Alaskan panhandle. Operated by Alaska Airlines, the Milk Run is a series of daily flights that connect these towns, many of which are

April 24th 4 min read

The Queen of the Skies No More: Why the Boeing 747 Era Is Over

The Boeing 747, a plane synonymous with the jet age, has slowly taxied towards the sidelines of commercial aviation. Once a revolutionary aircraft dwarfing all others, the "Queen of the Skies" struggles to compete with the sleek efficiency of modern jets. While it will always hold a special

April 23rd 3 min read
Hotel Reviews

Review: The Washington Mayfair Hotel (London)

The Mayfair area of Central London is quite an expensive neighborhood of London. Boarding Hyde Park, it's a desirable location that houses multiple upscale hotels, including the Washington Mayfair. I had the chance for an extended stay at the hotel while on vacation in London and got to

April 22nd 4 min read

Who Is Allowed in the Cockpit of an Airplane?

In the age of airplane selfies and endless in-flight entertainment options, some might wonder - can you just stroll up to the front of the plane and join the pilots? The answer, like most things in aviation, is a bit more complex. Restricted Access: A Post 9/11 World Prior

April 20th 3 min read

What is Cloud Seeding?

Ever wished you could control nature just a little bit? Maybe turn a cloud into a rain cloud at your will, and induce rain. There's actually a science behind it, and it's called cloud seeding. Cloud seeding is a type of weather modification that aims to

April 18th 3 min read

Why the Middle Seat Martyr Deserves Armrest Domination

Ah, the middle seat. The dreaded purgatory of airplane seating. Squeezed between two blissful window and aisle dwellers, the middle seater suffers a special kind of travel torment. And the age-old question becomes, who owns the armrests around the middle seat? Here's why both rightfully belong to the

April 17th 2 min read

Mountain Wave: A Hidden Threat in the Sky

For pilots, smooth air is a dream come true. But nestled behind majestic mountain ranges lurks a danger often invisible to the naked eye: mountain waves. These atmospheric phenomena can create a rollercoaster ride for aircraft, with powerful updrafts, downdrafts, and turbulence. Understanding mountain waves is crucial for aviation safety,

April 13th 3 min read

What Happens When Lightning Strikes an Airplane?

Have you ever been on a plane and seen a flash of light followed by a loud bang? While certainly startling, a lightning strike on an airplane is actually a fairly common occurrence. Modern airplanes are built to handle these jolts with minimal fuss. You might be surprised to learn

April 10th 3 min read

What is a Federal Air Marshal?

Have you ever wondered about the unseen officers who help keep our skies safe? While Transportation Security Administration (TSA) officers play a crucial role in airport security, another group of highly trained professionals operates in the air itself: Federal Air Marshals (sometimes called FAM). Who are Federal Air Marshals? Federal

April 9th 3 min read

Soaring Through Darkness: How Solar Eclipses Impact Aviation

Aviation and astronomy might seem like distant fields, but they can brush paths during a fascinating celestial event: a solar eclipse. Let's explore what a solar eclipse is, how often they occur, and the potential impact they can have on air travel. What is a Solar Eclipse? A

April 8th 3 min read

To Recline or Not to Recline: The Great Airline Seat Debate

Ah, the humble airplane seat. It's our temporary home for hours on end, a place to work, eat, and hopefully, catch some sleep. But nestled within this metal cocoon lies a feature that sparks eternal debate: the recline button. On one hand, airlines advertise reclining seats as a

April 5th 3 min read

Wake Turbulence Explained

Imagine an airplane soaring through the air. As its wings slice through the air, they generate lift, an essential force keeping the aircraft airborne. But this lift creation isn't a clean process. At the wingtips, swirling vortices of air form – invisible tornadoes we call wake turbulence. These counter-rotating

April 4th 3 min read

Unveiling the Mystery: The Barking Dog on Airbus Aircraft

Have you ever settled into your seat on an Airbus, eager for takeoff, only to be startled by a series of barking or sawing noises coming from near the wings? Fear not, curious flyer! This is the entirely normal sound of the aircraft's Power Transfer Unit (PTU) performing

April 3rd 3 min read

How GPS Jamming Is Becoming a Weapon in Aviation

Imagine being a pilot relying on instruments to navigate your plane, only to have your GPS navigation signal disappear. That's the reality of GPS jamming, a growing threat in the world of aviation. We've been seeing increasing reports in Europe and around the world of airplanes

April 1st 3 min read

Why do Planes Still Have Ashtrays?

Take a peek next time you're strapped into your airplane seat – you might spot a curious relic of the past tucked away by the lavatory door: an ashtray. It seems strange, doesn't it? Smoking on airplanes has been a major no-no for decades, so why are

March 29th 3 min read

Turn Your Layover into a Stopover: Extend Your Trip for Free (Almost)

Ever booked a flight with a long layover and wished you could ditch the airport for a taste of the local culture? Well, with stopovers, you can! This clever travel hack lets you transform a boring wait into an exciting mini-adventure, all without the need for a separate ticket. Understanding

March 28th 4 min read

Why the Next Boeing CEO Needs to Be an Engineer

The news of Boeing CEO Dave Calhoun stepping down later this year has the aviation industry abuzz. In the wake of several high-profile safety incidents and ongoing manufacturing concerns, many are wondering: who will take the reins of this American giant, and where will they steer it? There's

March 27th 3 min read

Contrails or Chemtrails? Debunking the Conspiracy Theory

Gazing upwards, we've all seen the trails left by airplanes soaring through the vast expanse of the sky. These streaks, scientifically known as contrails, are as commonplace as they are captivating. However, they've also become entangled in a web of conspiracy theories, the most prominent being

March 26th 2 min read

Can You Fly Without Identification?

Ever reached the airport, boarding pass in hand, only to discover your identification is missing? It happens to the best of us. But can you actually fly on a domestic flight in the US without photo identification? The answer is maybe, but it's a path with extra steps,

March 25th 2 min read

Why Airline Pilots Have Stricter Alcohol and Drug Rules

The safety of air travel is a complex equation, but one factor stands out – the immense responsibility airline pilots shoulder. Hundreds of lives depend on their skill, judgment, and split-second decisions. Recognizing this critical role, aviation authorities hold airline pilots to stricter standards regarding alcohol and drug use compared to

March 22nd 3 min read

Don't Play With Lasers: Why Pointing Them at Planes is Dangerous

Lasers are undeniably cool. They zip through the air, project dazzling patterns, and seem like a harmless source of amusement. But there's one situation where a seemingly innocent laser pointer can morph into a serious threat: aimed at an airplane. Here's why pointing a laser at

March 21st 3 min read

Top 10 Biggest Airplanes Ever Built

Have you ever looked up at a jet soaring through the clouds and thought, "Wow, that thing is massive!"? Well, get ready to have your mind blown because we're about to explore the behemoths of the skies, the airplanes that dwarf anything you've ever

March 20th 4 min read

Is the Boeing 737 Past its Prime? Time to Retire a Legacy?

The Boeing 737 is a workhorse of the skies. Introduced in 1968, it's the best-selling commercial jetliner in history, with over 15,000 orders placed across various models. However, the aircraft's long history raises a crucial question: is the 737, even in its latest MAX iteration,

March 19th 4 min read

Airbus vs Boeing: Titans of the Skies

For decades, Boeing and Airbus have dominated the commercial aviation industry, locked in a fierce rivalry. Both manufacturers produce a wide range of aircraft, transporting billions of passengers annually across the globe. But beneath the similar purpose lies a fascinating contrast in design philosophies and aircraft offerings. This blog post

March 16th 4 min read

Black Boxes Explained: Demystifying Flight Data and Cockpit Recordings

The term “black box” conjures images of mystery and intrigue. In the world of aviation, however, black boxes are anything but mysterious. These crucial pieces of equipment play a vital role in air safety by providing investigators with invaluable data in the aftermath of an accident. But did you know

March 14th 3 min read

The DCA Perimeter Rule Explained

Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) sits just across the Potomac River from Washington D.C., offering a convenient hub for air travel in the nation's capital. However, unlike most major airports, DCA operates under a unique regulation known as the DCA Perimeter Rule. This rule restricts the

March 13th 4 min read

10 Busiest Airports in the World

Airports act as bustling crossroads, connecting people and cultures across vast distances. Some stand out for the sheer volume of passengers they handle year after year. Here's a look at the top 10 busiest airports in the world based on total passenger traffic in 2022: 1. Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta

March 12th 2 min read

What Do Commercial Airline Pilots Really Make?

The cockpit of a commercial airliner is a dream job for many – adventure, travel, and the responsibility of piloting a magnificent machine. But let's face it, financial security is also a major factor. So, if you're considering a career as a commercial airline pilot in the

March 11th 3 min read
Weekly Roundup

United Problems, Frankfurt Strikes, & Engine Coins [Roundup]

This week was... interesting. Filled with aircraft incidents, new route announcements, DOT complaints, and in news that I'm sure we all saw coming: jetBlue has terminated their merger agreement with Spirit. This comes as no surprise when a federal judge blocked the merger. It really didn't

March 9th 7 min read

Ten Years Later: MH370 - A Wound in the Fabric of Aviation

A decade has cast a long shadow since Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 vanished on March 8th, 2014. The Boeing 777, carrying 239 souls on a routine journey from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing, inexplicably disappeared from radar screens, leaving behind a gaping wound in the hearts of families and an indelible

March 8th 3 min read

Should You Buy Airline Miles?

For frequent flyers, airline miles are a gateway to dream vacations and luxurious upgrades. But for budget-conscious travelers, the question arises: should you invest in buying airline miles? The Allure of Buying Miles * Bridge the award gap: Stuck a few thousand miles short of your dream trip? Buying miles can

March 7th 3 min read

10 Things to Do in Queenstown, New Zealand

Queenstown, nestled amidst the Southern Alps of New Zealand and cradled by the shores of Lake Wakatipu, isn't just New Zealand's adventure capital; it's a playground for the soul. Whether you crave heart-pounding thrills, serene natural encounters, or a fusion of both, Queenstown caters

March 5th 3 min read

When to Snag the Cheapest Plane Tickets

Planning a trip is exciting, but airfare costs can cast a shadow. While it may seem like buying tickets as soon as possible might be the best way to secure the seat you want, it may not be the cheapest. While there's no magic bullet, understanding buying windows

March 4th 3 min read

Can Boeing Be Trusted?

Once a symbol of American innovation and aviation safety, Boeing has recently faced a series of challenges that have eroded public trust. From quality control lapses to controversial management decisions, these issues demand a closer look to understand the path Boeing needs to take to regain public confidence. Quality Concerns

March 3rd 3 min read

Lost and Found: The Fate of Unclaimed Luggage at Airports

The sight of an empty baggage carousel can send shivers down any traveler's spine. While the vast majority of checked luggage finds its way to its rightful owner, a small percentage embarks on an unexpected odyssey, leaving passengers scrambling and airlines working diligently behind the scenes. The Global

February 29th 3 min read

Common Sense Airport Hacks

Traveling can be stressful, as an avid traveler I'm always looking for tips and tricks to improve my experience. As I was browsing around yesterday, I came across an infographic that I felt like I had to share. Mart Virkus created quite the cool infographic with some simple

February 28th 3 min read
Credit Cards

Annual Fees on Credit Cards: To Pay or Not to Pay?

The allure of credit cards with annual fees is undeniable. They beckon with promises of extravagant rewards, exclusive airport lounge access, and a sense of elevated financial status. However, before diving headfirst into these flashy offerings, it's crucial to ask yourself: Is the annual fee worth it? The

February 27th 3 min read

Soaring Baggage Costs: Why Airlines Fee Frenzy Hurts

The recent wave of checked bag fee hikes by airlines isn't just a bump on the travel road, it's a full-blown detour into frustration and financial strain for passengers. While airlines paint it as a necessary evil to counter rising costs, the reality is far more

February 25th 3 min read

Why Opening an Airplane Exit Mid-Flight is Impossible

Airplane travel, despite its safety record, can be a nerve-wracking experience for some. Claustrophobic cabins, turbulence, and the sheer audacity of hurtling through the air at hundreds of miles per hour can trigger anxieties. However, amidst these anxieties, a common misconception arises: the fear of someone accidentally (or deliberately) opening

February 22nd 3 min read

The Great Plane Debate: Window or Aisle?

For frequent flyers, the age-old question of window or aisle seat sparks endless debate. Both options boast devoted supporters, each touting their own set of advantages and drawbacks. But which side truly reigns supreme? The answer, as always, lies in the eye (or should we say, travel style) of the

February 21st 3 min read

Apple Vision Pro: Redefining Inflight Entertainment?

For many, inflight entertainment is a saving grace, a portal to escape the confines of the cabin. But is Apple's Vision Pro, the tech giant's foray into augmented reality, poised to revolutionize the way we experience entertainment on board? For some I believe that Apple'

February 20th 3 min read

What Is the Three-Hour and Four-Hour Tarmac Rule?

In 2011, the air travel landscape was marred by harrowing tales of passengers stranded on tarmacs for hours on end, enduring dehydration, discomfort, and simmering frustration. This outcry spurred the creation of the Enhancing Airline Passenger Protections rule, more popularly known as the Three-Hour and Four-Hour Tarmac Rule. This regulation

February 16th 3 min read

What Does a “Weight Restricted” Flight Actually Mean?

Have you ever heard the gate agent come over the loudspeaker and say the flight is payload or weight restricted? What does that actually mean? While there are a variety of factors that go into planning a flight, and it's impossible to know exactly why a flight is

February 15th 4 min read

Catching Some ZZZs: Where to Sleep at an Airport

If you've ever been stranded at an airport like I have on multiple occasions, but the stay isn't long enough to consider a hotel, let's talk about where to sleep. Sometimes things happen that are outside our control, it could be that a flight

February 14th 2 min read

Winter Weather: How an Airline Can Be Crippled by Snow

For air travel, winter isn't a season of cozy nights; it's a demanding ballet of meticulous operations amidst challenging weather conditions. From icing to reduced visibility, snowstorms present a complex array of hazards that necessitate robust safety protocols and exceptional pilot skill. The Icing Threat Icing

February 13th 4 min read

SQ24 - Spending 18+ Hours in Business Class (SIN-JFK)

Another one checked off my bucket list! After my trip to Auckland, I decided to come back home the long way around and ended up in a Singapore Airlines business class seat for more than 18 hours! Last year I had the chance to fly on the current longest flight

February 12th 7 min read
Weekly Roundup

Naked Florida Man, Passenger Death Penalty & More [Weekly Roundup]

This week seemed to be all about passenger experience. Delta announced new cabins, American Airlines is struggling with customer service... still, and a Canadian man is facing the death penalty for pulling an evacuation slide. I think it's important that airlines should be improving their onboard customer experience.

February 11th 7 min read

Delta Connection CRJ Evacuates on Runway in Montréal

A Delta Connection CRJ, operated by Endeavor Air, seems to have declared an emergency into Montréal-Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport late afternoon Friday after what seems like a fire or smoke event inside the aircraft while on approach. This story was picked up by a Twitter (X) user who posted

February 9th 1 min read

What to Do if You Lose Your Passport

Misplacing your passport can transform pre-trip excitement into cold sweats and frantic searches. But fear not, while losing your passport is undoubtedly stressful, it's a situation with clear solutions and resources at your disposal. Here's your roadmap to navigating this unexpected detour. Retrace Your Steps Before

February 9th 3 min read

American Pilot Gets Mad At ATC For Their Own Mistake

This one came across my YouTube feed recently, and it made me angry on behalf of the air traffic controller. There is a certain etiquette when speaking on a frequency between pilots and air traffic controllers, and it's not just for fun. It's for safety! Every

February 7th 2 min read

Why the "Dirty Sock" Smell on a Plane is No Laughing Matter

Imagine you're comfortably mid-flight, enjoying the smooth journey, when suddenly, a pungent odor assaults your senses. It's unmistakable - the infamous "dirty sock" smell. While it might seem like a smelly annoyance at first, this smell is no laughing matter. In fact, it could

February 6th 3 min read

Why Airplanes Need to Be Deiced Before Takeoff

As snowflakes swirl and temperatures plummet, the sight of an airplane getting drenched in a mysterious liquid becomes commonplace at winter airports. But this isn't just a pre-flight car wash – it's a critical safety procedure known as deicing, ensuring that every journey takes off on the

February 5th 3 min read

Why HF Radios are Still Vital in Aviation

Even as sleek jets slice through the clouds and sophisticated navigation systems chart their course, a humble hero from the dawn of aviation continues to hum in the background: the High Frequency (HF) radio. While satellite technology and digital marvels grab headlines, HF remains the unsung champion of global air

February 2nd 3 min read

Delta’s Next A350 Delivery Will Be a Team USA Livery

As spotted by an eagle eyed photographer, one of the next Delta A350s to roll off the assembly line will be a special Team USA livery. This will accompany the A330NEO already in service sporting a similar paint job. As the airplane looks fresh off the line, it may go

January 31st 2 min read

Even the FAA Has to Prepare for the Super Bowl

With Super Bowl LVIII right around the corner with the San Francisco 49ers and Kansas City Chiefs, all fans are on deck and already paying thousands of dollars for commercial flights to the big game. Another mostly unknown traveler to the Super Bowl will be private pilots, with the outrageous

January 29th 4 min read

The NBA Owns 11 Delta 757s

File this under things most people don't know, the NBA owns eleven Boeing 757-200 aircraft. However you may not even know it because these planes are not painted up in team colors or the NBA logos, rather they are painted to look exactly like commercial passenger carrying Delta

January 26th 3 min read

Private Pilot Appears to Have Intentionally Crashed an Airplane in Texas

In quite the chilling event a private pilot flying out of Addison airport in a Cessna 172 near Dallas, Texas appears to have flown the airplane to a remote part of the city near Caddo National Grassland and intentionally crashed, killing himself. From obtained ATC recordings we hear the pilot

January 25th 3 min read

How Does The Anti-Ice System Work on Airplanes?

Imagine gliding through the clouds, a majestic bird of steel slicing through the crisp air. But beneath this serene spectacle lies a hidden battle, a constant war against an invisible enemy – ice. Even a thin layer of ice on an airplane's critical surfaces can disrupt the delicate balance

January 24th 5 min read

WATCH: American Airlines Ramper Throwing Bags Across Tarmac

I think we all understand that checking your bag at an airport is one of the most risky things that you can do. There's always the possibility it could end up halfway across the world at the wrong destination, or worse not get loaded on the airplane at

January 23rd 2 min read

MGM/Marriott Partnership Perks Revealed

Last year MGM ended their partnership with Hyatt and announced they would be partnering with Marriott for elite perks and reciprocal agreements sometime in 2024. At the time there were no specifics on what the program would look like or what reciprocal agreements would look like. However, MGM and Marriott

January 17th 2 min read

What Happens When A Plane Loses Cabin Pressure?

Soaring through the clouds, bathed in sunlight, feels like a world away from earthly worries. But at those lofty heights, an unseen danger lurks: the possibility of rapid decompression. While modern aviation is incredibly safe, understanding what happens in such an event can be both informative and reassuring. Under Pressure

January 9th 3 min read

What is a 737 Door Plug?

Imagine cruising at 30,000 feet in a Boeing 737, lulled by the gentle hum of the engines. Suddenly, a deafening bang rips through the air, followed by a chilling rush of wind. Oxygen masks deploy, faces etched with confusion and fear. This was the unsettling reality for passengers on

January 8th 3 min read
Lounge Reviews

Lounge Review: Seattle American Express Centurion

It has been awhile since I've flown through the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport or SeaTac for short, but I had a few hours to explore while on a mechanical delay over this last holiday season and finally had a chanced to check out the new Centurion lounge. If you

January 4th 5 min read

Boeing 737 MAX Jets Has Loose Bolts Says FAA

According to Boeing the 737 MAX jets may have loose bolts in exactly the place you don't want them. The airplane maker is urging all operators of the 737 MAX to inspect the rudder for possible loose bolts in the Rudder Actuator. This comes after an international operator

December 29th 2 min read

When the Fog Rolls In: Why Planes Take a Rain Check

Imagine the scene: a sleek metal bird hurtling towards the earth, its landing gear poised to kiss the tarmac. But instead of a welcoming runway, a veil of swirling mist obscures the path. This, my friends, is the dilemma of airplanes and fog. While these modern marvels conquer vast distances

December 28th 2 min read

Why the Boeing 757 is the Greatest Airplane Ever Made

In the dazzling firmament of aviation, where behemoths like the A380 and Boeing 747 steal the spotlight, the Boeing 757 often gets relegated to the sidelines. But beneath its unassuming silhouette lies a hidden gem, a testament to engineering prowess and unwavering dedication to efficiency – a plane that, dare I

December 27th 4 min read

What Does SSSS Mean on My Boarding Pass?

Ever scanned your boarding pass and seen a cryptic string of letters that sent a shiver down your spine? SSSS, the mysterious acronym, stands for Secondary Security Screening Selection, and it's not exactly a welcome sight for any traveler. But don't panic just yet! Let'

December 26th 4 min read

WATCH: Pushback Tugs Swarm Delta A330 in Amsterdam

Check this out, a reddit user posted a video on the r/aviation subreddit with the funny caption of "When ground personnel have had enough of Delta 😅" and the video shows more than a dozen pushback tugs in Amsterdam following this Delta A330 being pushed off the gate.

December 22nd 2 min read

How Do Pilots Land in Low Visibility?

For pilots and passengers alike, landing in bad weather can be a nerve-wracking experience. But thanks to advanced technology and precision approaches, planes can safely touch down even when visibility is limited. This is where Instrument Landing Systems (ILS) and their different categories, CAT I, CAT II, and CAT III,

December 21st 3 min read

Unsung Heroes of the Skies: Flight Dispatchers

Have you ever wondered about the complex choreography that orchestrates every seamless flight you take? While pilots get the lion's share of the credit, there's another critical player behind the scenes, silently ensuring your journey's safety and efficiency: the flight dispatcher. Who is a

December 20th 4 min read

What Is a Controllable Flight Cancellation?

Anyone who's ever booked a flight knows the sinking feeling of a cancellation. But not all cancellations are created equal. In the complex world of air travel, there's a distinction between those caused by forces beyond the airline's control (think: Mother Nature) and those

December 19th 4 min read

Why Airlines Overbook Flights

Ever booked a flight only to face the dreaded overbooking scenario? You arrive at the gate, ready to jet off, but then the unthinkable happens: you're denied boarding because the flight is oversold. It's frustrating, confusing, and often leaves you scrambling for alternatives. But why do

December 18th 3 min read
Hotel Reviews

Hotel Review: Crowne Plaza Queenstown

When I took the Delta inaugural flight down to Auckland I didn't just want to visit the big city but I wanted to go somewhere that has been on my bucket list for years. Not only are the approaches into Queenstown airport stunning, but the small town is

December 15th 5 min read

Direct vs Non-Stop Flights

A complaint I hear a lot from inexperienced travelers is that their airplane made a stop before getting to their final destination. And not because there was something wrong with the aircraft, but because they booked a flight with an intermediate stop before their final destination. When they complain that

December 13th 3 min read

What is the LaGuardia Perimeter Rule?

LaGuardia Airport (LGA), squeezed between New York's JFK Airport and New Jersey's Newark Airport has a unique quality that neither of its neighbors has. Unlike JFK and Newark which has international flights all over the world, LaGuardia is restricted to destinations up to 1,500 miles

December 12th 3 min read
Hotel Reviews

Hotel Review: Los Angeles Airport Marriott

It seems recently that I've been on a trend of starting my international trips from LAX. I'm still on the hunt for a good hotel around the LAX airport that doesn't smell or seem run down. My last stay was at the Hyatt Regency

December 8th 5 min read

Humor: Typical Airliner Seating Chart

I have been a long time fan of the xkcd comics, the author Randall Munroe has been posting since 2005 a webcomic of romance, sarcasm, math, and language. Occasionally I come across one of his comics that comments on aviation and somehow I always have a good chuckle. His comic

December 6th 3 min read

Munich Airport Closed Due To Snow

The second biggest airport in Germany has shutdown due to snow. A large weather system is moving across Switzerland, Germany, and Austria bringing heavy snow falls and poor weather to the area. Munich experienced so much snow that the airport said it couldn't keep up with the snow

December 2nd 3 min read

Delta Pilot Trading Cards: The Next Big Thing

Did you know that you can ask your Delta pilot for a secret trading card. Most Delta pilots will have a small stack of trading cards on them for the type of airplane they fly. And you can collect them all! Delta has had these trading cards for a long

December 1st 2 min read

Airlines Think You Weigh 210lbs

For better or for worse in the eyes of almost every US airline you weight 210 pounds. One of the most critical parts of aviation is figuring out the weight and balance of an airplane. And because it would be extremely time consuming to weigh every passenger and every piece

November 30th 6 min read

10 Essential Flying Tips for a Smooth Thanksgiving Journey

As the leaves change their hues and the crisp autumn air fills our lungs, Thanksgiving, a time for family gatherings, delectable feasts, and cherished traditions, draws near. This holiday season, many of us will embark on journeys to reunite with loved ones, and for many, that journey will involve the

November 22nd 2 min read

CLEAR Increases Family Pricing to $100 Per Family Member

Hot off of my internal debate on whether I would renew my CLEAR Plus membership that is coming up, my decision has all but been made up as they have now increased the cost per family member to $100, which is an increase of $30 over their previous offer. For

November 3rd 2 min read

The Superiority of 24-Hour Time

When you're traveling around the world, timing is everything. Whether it's catching a flight or meeting a deadline, time management plays a significant role in our daily lives. However, the long-standing debate between the 24-hour and 12-hour time systems continues to persist. Especially in the United

October 27th 3 min read

JetBlue Airplane Tips Over at JFK - Why That Happens?

For as technologically advanced as modern airliners are, most have one a major flaw. If loaded or unloaded incorrectly they can tip on to their tail. Almost every airliner that I know of has a tricycle design for their landing gear, meaning they have one gear at the nose and

October 25th 4 min read

Should I Renew My CLEAR Plus Membership?

It's that time of the year again, my CLEAR Plus Membership is coming due and I'm not sure if I want to renew it. Over the past year we've seen price hikes, security breaches, and lines that are longer than PreCheck. So let'

October 19th 3 min read

Why It Hurts to Rent With Hertz

Over the past few years I have had significant struggles with Hertz to the point where they are now permanently on my blacklist to ever deal with the company or any of their affiliates ever again. Let me start by saying that Hertz used to be the only rent-a-car company

October 15th 4 min read
Flight Reviews

Flight Review: British Airways A380 First Class

There are only a handful of airlines that have a true international First Class cabin, and a lot of them have said it isn't worth it anymore and have started to remove this ultra premium cabin. British Airways while not totally removing First Class have been rumoring the

October 14th 7 min read

United Changes Boarding Process - Window to Aisle

Well file this in the didn't expect to see it actually happen box, United is changing up their boarding process and using a method I thought airlines would never use. Instead of boarding from back to front, United has announced for their man boarding process they will now

October 13th 3 min read

Why WiFi Doesn't Work on Delta's A321neo to Hawaii

Editor's Note: The article was updated to reflect inaccurate information, the reflector was affected not the solar panels. Recently I was on a trip to Hawaii, flying in Delta's new A321neo aircraft, during the boarding they made an announcement that WiFi wasn't going to

October 12th 4 min read

WATCH: FedEx 757 Lands Without Landing Gear in Tennessee

If you haven't caught it by now FedEx had quite the incident on October 4th. A 757 freighter scheduled from Chattanooga, Tennessee to Memphis, Tennessee had a hydraulic problem after takeoff, the crew elected to return to the airport however their landing gear could not deploy. This resulted

October 6th 4 min read

How to Combat Jet Lag

When you're in a new time zone, your body isn't used to the changes in light and temperature. This can cause problems with sleeping and eating, which can lead to fatigue and even illness (especially if your immune system is already compromised). But there are things

October 4th 5 min read

SAS To Leave Star Alliance and Join SkyTeam

This was not quite the news that I was expecting, since 2022 SAS has been in Chapter 11 Bankruptcy brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. Since then they've being trying to restructure and climb out of it while maintaining their partnerships in tact. Instead today SAS has announce

October 3rd 3 min read
Lounge Reviews

Lounge Review: Star Alliance Lounge LAX

Recently on a trip from Los Angeles to London I had the chance to try out the Star Alliance lounge, a lounge in which I wouldn't normally have thought to visit as I'm not primarily a Star Alliance flyer. This was apart of my larger trip

September 28th 5 min read

Flighty: My Favorite Travel App

I don't normally write about my phone apps, simply because everyone has their favorite ones and it can be highly dependent on if you're an iPhone or Android user. However, I just had such a great experience with the app and I've been using

September 27th 5 min read

Alaska Airlines Offers Juicy Status Match To Angry Delta SkyMiles Medallions

Alaska Airlines hasn't waited long to jump on the Delta-hating bandwagon. In a move to win over Delta Medallion flyers and try to steal business away from Delta, Alaska is offering exclusive incentives and extended status matches for Medallion flyers. While Alaska Airlines usually offers status match only

September 26th 4 min read

The $78 Newark Airport Burger

By now you've probably seen the Twitter (now called X) tweet by New York Times Op-Ed columnist David Brooks claiming that he spent $78 on what looks to be a hamburger that was picked apart and a drink. This sent the entire aviation community into rage about airport

September 25th 3 min read

Why Is Airport Food So Expensive?

One of the things I usually do before showing up to an airport is grab a bite to eat, usually fast food or a meal at home before I leave. Why? The food at the airport is so expensive. Even a simple coffee is over $5, which is insane! But

September 21st 5 min read
Lounge Reviews

Lounge Review: British Airways Concorde Room

I just got back from a two week trip to London, which was amazing. For my flight back to the states I managed to find a British Airways First Class ticket through American Airlines for around 80,000 miles, which is an absolute steal. It was quite the splurge and

September 20th 5 min read

Where Do Pilots Sleep on Airplanes?

Did you know that on long haul flights there isn't just two pilots in the flight deck, there are actually up to four. Pilot rest requirements stipulate that flights over 8-hours long crews are given adequate rest to keep them alert. This means that many long haul flights

September 19th 4 min read
Flight Reviews

Flight Review: Virgin Atlantic A350 Upper Class

I've flown to London a lot, most of the time it's to transit onward to other destinations and maybe once a year to just visit the wonderful country. I choose to fly to London because of one of the best airlines that I've found

September 18th 8 min read

Can Airplane Doors Be Opened in Flight?

Over the last few months I've been getting more and more questions from friends about emergency exits on airplanes. There have been a few viral posts about passengers becoming disoriented or claustrophobic while in the air and making a lunge for the door to try to open it.

September 13th 4 min read

How ExpertFlyer Saved Me on a 12 Hour Flight

I have to admit I've never really been a fan of ExpertFlyer, probably only due to the fact that I haven't had much use for it, or all the situations I have tried to use it I managed to catch an opening before they did. However

September 12th 4 min read
Hotel Reviews

Hotel Review: Hyatt Regency LAX

Whenever I have a layover in LAX I always dread trying to pick a layover hotel. I've tried almost every hotel around the airport and I just can't seem to find something that's acceptable. I've had issues with loud guests in neighboring

September 11th 5 min read

American vs Delta vs United: Who Has the Best Flight Experience?

All three of the US legacy airlines (American, Delta, and United) operate similarly by providing a full-service flight experience to domestic and international destinations. While each airline have different hubs dotted around the United States, they all serve many of the same international and domestic destinations. For those of us

September 7th 7 min read

What is Non-Rev Travel?

Did you know that not everyone on your flight pays (or redeems miles) for their flight? These people are most likely airline employees who travel under a space available policy with their own airline, this is a perk most major airlines give to their employees as a privilege of working

September 1st 5 min read

What is Skiplagging?

In the world of travel, cost-saving strategies are always in high demand. One such practice that has gained attention is skiplagging, a controversial airfare hack. However, while it might seem like an ingenious way to save money, skiplagging carries significant risks and potential consequences. We will delve into what skiplagging

July 14th 4 min read

United Debuts New First Class Seat - And I Don’t Like It

United just showed off their "new" first class seat, it is modeled on a seat they already retrofitted in their A319's earlier this year. Unfortunately I am not a fan of these new seats, but there are some redeeming perks. There seems to be a growing

July 13th 3 min read

United’s CEO Is Wrong to Blame the FAA for New York Flight Delays

In recent weeks, an escalation of flight cancellations and delays across the Northeast has triggered a wave of frustration among travelers. However, these disruptions have also caused a rift between airlines and the Federal Aviation Agency (FAA). United Airlines CEO, Scott Kirby, has publicly criticized the FAA for their role

June 30th 4 min read

Aircraft Accident Classification: What Defines an Aircraft Accident?

An aircraft accident, as defined by the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO), is an occurrence linked to the operation of an aircraft during the span of time from when the first person boards with the intention of flight until the last person disembarks. During this time, if a person is

June 28th 3 min read
Hotel Reviews

Hotel Review: Four Seasons Sydney

On a recent trip to Sydney I was able to splurge and booked the Four Seasons Sydney. Located right in downtown Sydney it's the perfect walking distance from all the major attractions and puts it in the perfect location to hit the highlights around Sydney. Both the Harbor

June 26th 3 min read

Experiencing London: My Top 10 Must-See Attractions

On my recent journey to England's capital city, I had the pleasure of flying Upper Class with Virgin Atlantic. This was the perfect start to what would become an unforgettable trip. Below, I present to you a guide to the top 10 attractions I discovered in London and

June 21st 4 min read

My Bucket List: Paris Air Show

As an aviation enthusiast, I've always had an insatiable appetite for all things related to the sky. There's just something about the roar of the engines, the sleek designs of aircraft, and the intricate technology behind them that mesmerizes me. Over the years, I've

June 19th 3 min read
Hotel Reviews

Hotel Review: Renaissance Arlington Capital View

As an avid traveler I am always on the lookout for exceptional hotels that offer a perfect blend of luxury, comfort, and unique experiences. My recent visit to the Renaissance Arlington Capital View Hotel exceeded my expectations in every aspect.Let's take an in-depth look at the various

June 14th 4 min read
Lounge Reviews

Lounge Review: Delta Sky Club Denver Airport

The Delta Sky Club at Denver International Airport is a cramped retreat for travelers looking to relax before their flight, as long as you can find a seat. The range of amenities and services are basic yet high quality. You can tell Delta tries with the space that they have,

June 12th 3 min read

Soft-Sided vs Hard-Sided Luggage: Which One is Best?

Traveling can be a thrilling and life-changing experience, but it can also be a logistical nightmare if you don't have the right luggage to meet your needs. With so many options on the market, it's crucial to choose the right luggage style to ensure a smooth

June 7th 3 min read

The Art of the Long Haul Flight

Did you know that over 30% of travelers experience jet lag after a long haul flight? It's no surprise that jet lag can be a major issue for those who frequently travel across time zones. If you don't want to feel fatigued it's important

June 5th 3 min read

10 Things to Always Take With You on a Trip

Every time I pack for a trip I always ask myself what do I really need to take with me. After years of only traveling with a carry-on and not checking my bags I worked out my strategic guide to packing for a trip. If you're traveling out

June 2nd 6 min read
Hotel Reviews

Renovated: The Westin St. Louis

Recently on a road trip to my new home in Georgia I had the chance to stop in St. Louis and had the pleasure of staying at what would prove to be a very desirable hotel.

May 25th 6 min read
Lounge Reviews

Lounge Review: San Francisco Centurion Lounge

Airport lounges have reduced the stress of traveling immensely, once through security the relaxation of kicking back before a flight not being pushed around in uncomfortable terminal chairs is amazing. As a American Express Platinum card member I have access to the Centurion lounges around the United States and internationally.

November 3rd 4 min read
Hotel Reviews

Hotel Review: New York Marriott Downtown (Junior Suite)

New York has no shortage of hotels that you can stay at. At almost every street corner you’ll find some sort of hotel just like you’ll find a Starbucks on every street corner in Seattle. This makes it incredibly convenient for travelers who want to stay close to

October 30th 6 min read
Lounge Reviews

Lounge Review: Delta Sky Club Seattle Airport

By far one of the best lounges inside of the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA) is the newly renovated Delta Sky Club. This lounge is massive with two floors of seating and a massive wall of windows that looks over the south side of the airport. Overall the Sky Club has

September 28th 4 min read
Hotel Reviews

Hotel Review: Marriott's Shadow Ridge I-The Villages

This is an unusual review for me as it’s not a hotel but rather a vacation rental that I stayed at. Vacation rentals can be a great option for the avid traveler if you’re traveling in a large group or staying for an extended period of time. These

September 24th 7 min read
Lounge Reviews

Lounge Review: Seattle-Tacoma Centurion Lounge

Seattle is my home airport and I fly out of it often, whenever I’m not flying Delta and using the Delta Sky Club the Centurion Lounge is my next go to lounge to take a load off and relax. As of recent it got a remodel making it a

September 18th 4 min read
Lounge Reviews

Lounge Review: Bracket Room Restaurant (Priority Pass)

Priority Pass has had quite the year, despite growing at an increased pace with so many new travel credit cards adding the perk and losing a few lounges along the way. The company still seems to be growing and expanding while celebrating its 25th year. The Ronald Reagan Washington National

September 9th 3 min read

Hotel Review: The Davenport Grand

If you know anything about Spokane, Washington you know something about the Davenport name. It’s historical The Historic Davenport Hotel is known as the first hotel in the United States to have air conditioning, a central vacuum system, pipe organ, and dividing doors in the ballrooms. When The Historic

September 5th 6 min read

Flight Review: Delta Air Lines (Boeing 717) Comfort+ From Denver to Seattle

Delta has increasingly become by airline of choice when traveling domestically throughout the United States. Being located in the Seattle-area Delta has been in a ruthless competition with Alaska Airlines for routes out of this great Northwest city. For the consumer this means pricing competitions that push down the prices

September 4th 3 min read
Credit Cards

A Scammer Tried To Steal My Chase Credit Card Details

Safety and security with your online accounts is something everyone should be concerned about. With websites having their user details leaked and exploits happening all the time to try to steal your data. It’s not if but when it will happen to you. Recently I went through my own

November 17th 5 min read

Why Do Airlines Kick Off Passengers For Weight Restrictions?

Most people think that if an airplane has a seat open on a plane, that it can be filled and occupied by someone all the time. While this is the case for the majority of flying, there are some interesting reasons that the seat next to you isn’t filled

September 23rd 4 min read

Marriott Gold Elite Status Isn't Worth It After The Merger

I’ve been very frustrated with the finalization of the merger between Marriott and Starwood Preferred Guest. The new program changes remove key benefits that were available pre-merger and make their mid-tier Gold Elite status completely worthless. Personally I see no point in having status with Marriott anymore unless you

September 22nd 3 min read

Surprise, Surprise -- American Airlines Increases Baggage Fees

It’s not like anybody didn’t see this coming, in the wake of every other US carrier raising their baggage fees, American Airlines joined the increased revenue train and pumped up their fees by $5. I can’t say nobody saw this coming as it would make them the

September 21st 2 min read

Hawaiian Airlines To Launch Nonstop Service From Honolulu to Boston

Hawaiian Airlines has announced that it is expanding to another east coast destination, Boston. This will mark the longest nonstop flight for the company at 5095 nautical miles direct. The flight will operate as a red-eye to Boston and a morning flight getting in early afternoon to Honolulu. The flight

September 19th 2 min read

Opinion: Miles and Points Valuations Are Worthless

Miles and points are fun to earn and are a blast to spend, but I notice one overarching trend among the new and old travel hackers alike. The debate always comes up of what miles and points are worth and getting the best redemption value for them. I personally know

September 8th 3 min read

American Airlines Adds Streaming Live TV to Domestic Flights

Domestic flights aren’t very exciting these days. Most in-flight food options are expensive and not very good plus the entertainment is few and far between. Most carriers have changed to the model of bring-your-own-device allowing you to stream movies or prerecorded TV shows. Legacy carrier do have a few

September 7th 1 min read
Credit Card Reviews

Review: American Express Green Card

Our community is very special, we get these ultra premium credit cards and try to justify the cost with spending, both organic and manufactured. For the more casual credit card user who wanted to pick their first starter card, or break into a new earning strategy the lower end cards

September 3rd 3 min read

Air Canada and WestJet Join the Party By Increasing Baggage Fees

Some say it’s collusion, some say it’s just impeccable timing. Hot on the heels of United and JetBlue raising their baggage fees, the two major Canadian carriers Air Canada and WestJet announce their own baggage fee increases. Unlike United who pumped up bag fees without any notice or

September 3rd 1 min read

United Increasing Baggage Fees Effective September 1st

United is the next one up to the podium to raise up their baggage fees. The airline following close in the heels of JetBlue who just raised up some of their key fees. Unlike JetBlue who raised fees on not only checked baggage and various other fees, United focuses primarily

September 3rd 1 min read

JetBlue Increasing Fees on Baggage, Pets, and Ticket Changes

Effective today JetBlue is increasing fees across the board for most of their extra services, such as checked baggage, pets, and ticket change/cancellations. Historically JetBlue has been very generous with allowances and fees in stark contrast to most legacy carriers. Most fees are a modest jump of $5 which

September 3rd 1 min read

Watch The Lockheed Super Constellation Breath Fire On Takeoff

Lockheed L-1049 Super Constellation is a national icon. It was built in response to the Douglas DC-6 which was a work horse of the 1950s. At the time airlines all around the world started to buy up the Super Constellation and put them into service for their customers. Notable airlines

November 27th 1 min read

Boeing Reveals Cockpit Design For New 777X

Boeing has revealed the cockpit layout and design for the brand new wide-body aircraft 777X. The announcement was made during the Dubai Airshow just as it secured a massive order from Dubai-native Emirates Airlines who put in a massive order for the 787 aircraft. Looking over the new design of

November 14th 1 min read

Watch A Boeing 777 Emergency Slide Deploy In Just 6 Seconds

One of the least used features on a multi-million dollar aircraft is its emergency slides. It’s a feature that no one ever wants to use but still must be tested on a regular basis so that when it does need to be put to use it will work. There

November 13th 2 min read

Hawaiian Airlines Engine Catches Fire After Landing In Seattle

A Hawaiian Airlines A330 was being ferried from Everett, Washington to SeaTac, Washington and after landing the engine appears to catch fire. Thankfully there was no-one on board the aircraft at the time, just the crew. There are two videos offering unique angles of the incident that happened Tuesday night.

November 8th 2 min read

Apple Pay Person-To-Person Payments Now Live In Beta

At the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) the experience maker announced that person-to-person Apple Pay payments would become a thing. Since then details have been vague and the service has yet to officially launch. With today’s public beta iOS 10.3 release you can now start to test payments

November 8th 2 min read

KLM/Air France Announce The Most Confusing Flying Blue Program Changes

The joint venture between KLM and Air France, Flying Blue, published changes to their award program going live on April 1st, 2018 (April fools to us?) that will fundamentally change how the program is run. Some of the major highlights is their change to revenue based earning, all seats being

November 7th 3 min read

Finnair Starts Weighing Passengers Before Boarding

Finnair has started to weigh passengers as they board their flights. This is something unheard of and hasn’t happened since the early parts of commercial aviation. The only reason you are really weighed in the current day is for very small commercial prop planes at small airports. Finnair runs

November 4th 2 min read

USPS Sends Out Memo Banning Gift Card Use For Money Orders

The United States Postal Service (USPS) has long had a rule on the books stating that you cannot use gift cards to purchase money orders. This policy obviously is in place to prevent fraud and those who have less than honest intentions. Most people who buy gift cards to satisfy

November 2nd 2 min read

How A Civilian Drone Can Shut Down An Entire Airport

Consumer drones are fun to play around with, it’s opened up a new avenue for people to explore and get some amazing shots of places. There are entire YouTube channels dedicated to cinematic shots of places done with drones. I myself have my eye on a DJI drone for

October 31st 2 min read

How Did The SR-71 Blackbird's Engines Work?

The SR-71 Blackbird didn’t just have any normal engines, they were highly engineered beyond anything that someone would expect to both improve performance and make it one of the best military planes to date. For the 1950s and 1960s the SR-71 Blackbird was a military airplane ahead of its

October 30th 2 min read

Watch The Last Ever Air Berlin Flight Be Greeted By A Water Salute

Europe’s thirteenth largest airline has gone under, Air Berlin announced earlier this year that they would be ceasing operations and shuttering their business. The last revenue generating Air Berlin flight from Munich, Germany to Berlin, Germany was met with the airport’s fire trucks lining their taxi route and

October 28th 1 min read

Watch Two Military Airplanes Almost Collide During Mid Air Refueling

We never expect airplanes to get so close to one another, but the only time they really get within inches is usually military planes or private planes doing formation flying. A spectacular things to witness and behold is the aerial refueling of an airplane. It takes immense skill and concentration

October 26th 2 min read

SPG To End Uber Partnership On December 17th

In a not so shocking move SPG has announced today that they will be ending their partnership with Uber which gave 1 Starpoint per $2 spent at Uber. It can only be assumed that this comes as a result of Uber launching their own credit card which will debut November

October 26th 2 min read
Credit Card Reviews

Credit Card Review: Chase Sapphire Preferred

Hands down the best travel card to own is the Chase Sapphire Preferred, it checks all the right boxes when it comes to benefits and features and gives anyone who loves to travel the best of the best for the right price. I’ve talked a lot about Chase Sapphire

October 25th 3 min read
Credit Cards

Uber Announces The Uber Visa Credit Card

Uber is at it again trying to reach their footprint even larger with their brand new credit card with some actually impressive categories. This isn’t a rewards card but rather a cashback card so you won’t be bound to just earning Uber credits. While I’m not a

October 25th 3 min read

What Is The Largest Airline By Number Of Passengers In Each State?

What’s the largest airline operating in each state? the answer may not be as clear when you take a look at how many passengers the airlines usually move in and out of the state. I was actually quite surprised by some of the numbers and the biggest carriers are.

October 24th 2 min read

Mastercard No Longer Requiring Signatures After April 2018

The credit card industry has been pretty slow to adopt changes and new technologies. The evolution of credit and debit card payments has seen the necessity for signatures be all but eliminated. For me I usually just scribble my name whenever I’m required to sign for a purchase as

October 21st 1 min read
Credit Cards

Why I'm Keeping My Chase Sapphire Reserve

It’s been just over a year since the Chase Sapphire Reserve came out and just two months away from when my annual fee is going to hit for my card. While normally people will churn and burn premium cards just for their sign up bonuses or features this is

October 17th 3 min read

Airbus Buys Majority Stake In Bombardier CSeries Jets

Boeing and Bombardier have been in an intense battle over the CSeries line of jets. The US airplane maker has successfully complained to the US trade authorities and gotten a 300% tariff on any CSeries jet being bought by the US. Now Airbus has joined the battle by buying a

October 16th 1 min read

Watch United Bid A Fond Farewell To The Boeing 747

For almost 50 years the Boeing 747 has been an iconic bid in the sky with its recognizable hump it’s probably the most identified aircraft. Since its rollout in 1969 it’s caused a stir in the aviation community being the only double-decker modern airliner, of course except for

October 15th 2 min read

Watch Over An Hour Inside A Bombardier CS300 During A Commercial Flight

Bombardier has been trying to make their way into the modern medium haul commercial jet market with their ‘CS’ series of jet. These modern jets boast their large windows, composite bodies, and highly efficient engines. Air Baltic is a launch airline with  the CS300 and recently they allowed for cameras

October 14th 1 min read

Priority Pass Adds New Lounge At Pittsburgh International Airport

Another lounge is joining the Priority Pass network of lounges that you can visit with just one membership. The Club at PIT just opened up in the C concourse across from gate C52 and is offering free admittance for Priority Pass members or $40 per visit if you’re not

October 13th 1 min read

Delta Now Automatically Checks You In For Your Flight

Delta has rolled out an update to its Delta mobile applications that do away with checking in for your flight 24 hours before takeoff. Instead your boarding pass will now show up automatically 24 hours before your flight and you’ll just have to confirm that you are not bringing

October 13th 2 min read
Credit Card Reviews

Credit Card Review: American Express Business Gold Rewards

American Express has a strong business presence and works hard to build lasting relationships with clients around that fact. Our primary purchasing card around here is the American Express Business Gold Rewards card because it has an extensive set of features, bonus categories, and an amazing customer support team backing

October 12th 3 min read

Watch An Experimental Aircraft Crash After Losing Engine Power

Experimental aircraft isn’t limited to large jet liners, it’s a classification of aircraft that have been self built and not certified by a federal agency. Sometimes it can be as simple as someone building their own helicopter out of a box or someone tinkering in their garage. In

October 11th 1 min read

What Are Miles & Points Worth? October 2017 Valuations

Not all miles and points are alike, every loyalty system values their currency differently. The way that we value miles and points is a combination of our estimated cash value and overall value of the program. The actual cash value of your miles and points will change depending on when

October 9th 1 min read

Watch This Unbelievable Airbus A380 Landing During Heavy Crosswinds

Being a seasoned flyer I’ve been through many scary moments of flying. I’ve had my share of hard turbulence throwing me around in my seat, hard landings that made luggage bins pop open, and uneasy feeling landings. Never before have I seen such a giant aircraft being thrown

October 8th 1 min read

How To Time Your Southwest Companion Pass Just Right

Southwest has been regularly increasing the bonus offer on their Chase co-branded credit cards.  With the Southwest Rapid Rewards program it’s one of the last that still lets you earn premium features with just credit card spend. Its long been known that if you pick up two of the

October 3rd 2 min read
Credit Cards

Last Chance To Product Change Citi Hilton Credit Cards?

A couple of months ago we learned that American Express will become the exclusive card issuer for the Hilton credit cards. Before this announcement both American Express and Citi were issuers for the Hilton credit cards but now that Citi has been dropped it leaves the question of what’s

October 2nd 2 min read

Bucket List: Visit The Tallest Building On Each Continent

I’ve been thinking a lot recently about places to visit and things that I want to do in my life. I’ve already outlined my list of doing the island hopper service that United offers from Hawaii to Guam, with an upcoming trip I’m taking to New York

October 2nd 3 min read

Air France A380 Engine Explodes Over The Atlantic

Early this morning an A380 crossing the Atlantic had an uncontained engine failure. The flight was midway across the ocean when the outboard engine on the right side of the aircraft had a failure, the entire casing came off and the engine blades completely separated from the aircraft. We’ve

September 30th 2 min read

American Express Further Restricts Access To Centurion Lounge

By far one of the best things about the American Express Platinum cards is the access it gives you to Centurion Lounge. I will always recommend a Centurion Lounge over any other domestic air lounge. They’ve become so popular with card holders that recently American Express has been restricting

September 29th 2 min read

Take A Look Inside The All Touchscreen Gulfstream G500

Modern commercial airliners are just starting to introduce large color displays into their new jets. Both Boeing and Airbus have put large colorful displays covering the cockpit to replace individual gages and dials. These massive displays are more modern, can display more information, and are highly configurable per the airline.

September 28th 1 min read

Marriott Imposes 2000 Points-Per-Year Limit On #MRpoints

I just received a very interesting from Marriott that seems to indicate they are putting massive restrictions on their Twitter campaign that was supposed to offer around 52,000 points per year if you took advantage of the entire program. This amount of points could equal up to a night

September 28th 1 min read
Credit Card Reviews

Credit Card Review: American Express Starwood Preferred Guest

The Starwood Preferred Guest American Express credit card is probably one of the most lucrative credit cards for hotels and airfare. Frequently valued at well over 2-cents-per-point the rewards program offers some of the strongest redemption values we’ve ever seen from rewards cards. When I can’t earn bonuses

September 27th 3 min read

Woman Forcefully Removed From Southwest Flight For Refusing To Deplane

A woman on a Southwest flight from Baltimore (BWI) to Los Angeles (LAX) yesterday was dragged from her flight after refusing to get off the plane. She was originally asked to deplane from her flight after she raised concerns to a flight attendant that she had a life-threatening allergy to

September 27th 2 min read

How To Make Airplanes Fly Faster

We’ve revolutionized the way that we travel in airplanes by changing the materials we build them with, the engines we put on them, and the general dynamics of how we design the airplanes. The question that still exists, why can’t we make them fly faster? The short answer,

September 25th 1 min read

AirBNB Introduces Restaurant Reservations

AirBNB is breaking into the restaurant business with reservations to compete with the other big guys. A lot of us are already AirBNB users and the ability to make reservations just adds to the usability of the service. This is yet another way to attract more users to the platform,

September 25th 1 min read
Credit Card Reviews

Credit Card Review: Chase Ink Business Preferred

When Chase announce the Ink Business Preferred almost a year ago I was surprised at all the features that it offered with only a $95 annual fee. For the small business that makes regular travel and shipping purchases this card can be a very powerful tool in earning points quickly

September 25th 3 min read

Watch How A Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner Is Built

The Boeing 787 Dreamliner is an incredible aircraft made with revolutionary materials that increase passenger comfort. Watch how Boeing lays carbon fiber strips like tape on the shell of a 787 to build up layers and create the fuselage of the aircraft. The 787 is an incredible aircraft that has

September 23rd 1 min read
Credit Cards

Metal American Express Business Platinum Now Available!

All premium cards now-a-days are going to varying degree of metal for the car. The Chase Sapphire Reserve was the premium card to kick it off with a layered metal finish that makes the card feel very premium. Earlier this year American Express began offering the Personal Platinum in metal

September 21st 2 min read

Rumor -- Southwest Airlines To Start Flying To Hawaii

The rumor mill has been flying with reports that Southwest Airlines will announce Hawaiian routes very shortly. The low-cost carrier has been adventuring into new markets including, Havana, Cuba which has reopened back up to US air travel. It wouldn’t be a far fetch for Southwest to use its

September 20th 2 min read

Amazon Now Lets You Use Hilton Honors Points For Purchases

Amazon seems to be partnering with everyone for redemptions on products. In the latest move Hilton has announce you can start to use your HHonors points for redemptions on Amazon. The partnership today adds a bit more value to your HHonors points if you’re not interested in redeeming them

September 19th 2 min read

United Shuts Down MileagePlus Gift Registry

Late tonight United shutdown its MileagePlus Gift Registry with some conflicting information on if it will be coming back. The official website says that the registry has been discontinued permanently while United’s main site says that it’s down for maintenance. If the registry website is to be believed

September 17th 1 min read

You Wouldn't Want To Fly On The Soviet Concorde - TU-144

At the time when the supersonic passenger transport was all the rage three countries took a step forward to try to be the first ones to perfect it. The United States had Boeing who eventually fell out of the supersonic race, Europe who partnered to build Concorde, and the Soviet

September 17th 1 min read

Top 10 Largest Airports By Passenger Numbers [2017 Edition]

In the aviation world there are some incredibly large airports out there, most of these airports subscribe to the hub and spoke model in which massive amounts of people travel to a regional hub then take smaller flights to their final destination. This model has helped fuel some of the

September 16th 4 min read

Bucket List: London City to New York in a Airbus A318

There is a special transatlantic flight route operated by British Airways that takes one of the smallest commercial aircraft across the Atlantic. This plane is incredibly unique as it operates this long-haul route with just 32 business class seats across the Atlantic Ocean. British Airways setup this route with an

September 15th 2 min read

Priority Pass Adds 15 New Lounges & Denver Food Credit

Most premium travel credit cards comes with a membership to Priority Pass which is a global service offering access to airport lounges all around the world. Worldwide this can be perfect for getting away from the hustle and bustle of busy airports. In the United States the lounges that Priority

September 15th 1 min read

Grinds My Gears: The Unprepared Traveler

I’ve been traveling for over two decades, in that time I’ve refined my traveling process. From my constant traveling I now have a specific process I use for packing, streamlined how I should move through airports, and know exactly what I need to make it through security without

September 14th 4 min read

Watch How Airplanes Fly Those Giant Banner Ads

I remember as a boy laying on a beach in Hawaii on one of our family vacations and hearing the puttering of plane overhead, whenever I would look I would see a private plane towing a large sign advertising something going across the busy beaches of Hawaii. I’ve always

September 13th 1 min read

What To Do After A Massive Personal Information Databreach

Just days ago Equifax announced a massive data breach of personal information.  If you don’t know what Equifax is, it’s a consumer credit reporting agency, they maintain information on over 800 million consumers and more than 88 million businesses worldwide. This company controls massive amounts of personal information

September 11th 3 min read
Credit Card Reviews

Credit Card Review: Chase Sapphire Reserve

When the Chase Sapphire Reserve exploded on to the market about one year ago it changed the game of premium credit cards. Chase went all in on this credit card offering a huge signup bonus of 100,000 Ultimate Reward points worth about $1000 of raw cash or $1500 in

September 8th 3 min read

What Important Papers Should You Take With You During An Evacuation?

In the wake of Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma where mass evacuations are recommended to escape the deadly powers of the hurricanes one question comes to mind. What important paperwork should you take with you during an evacuation to keep safe? The one thing that we might not think about

September 8th 2 min read

Delta Flight Dodges Hurricane Irma And Makes Pit Stop In San Juan

Delta is really fighting for their amazing on-time record, when Hurricane Irma was bearing down on San Juan a Delta flight braved the storm and managed to land and take off all under an hour. Hurricane Irma was an amazingly powerful storm that ripped all through the Caribbean destroying islands

September 7th 1 min read

Watch The Maho Beach Cam Get Destroyed By Hurricane Irma

Hurricane Irma came down on the Caribbean Islands and caused millions of dollars worth of damage to cars, buildings, and more. One of the most famous webcams in the area is the Maho Beach Cam which provides watchers a prime view of airplanes landing on the famous island. St. Maarten

September 6th 1 min read
Credit Cards

Chase Launches New No Annual Fee United Travelbank Card

We’ve been hearing rumors of a new United credit card from Chase in the works and now it’s finally here. Today Chase and United announced the brand new United Travelbank Card, this no annual fee card gives you 2% cash back on United purchases and 1.5% cash

September 5th 2 min read

PayPal Announces New And Improved Business Debit Mastercard

PayPal has started sending out mailers to PayPal Business Debit card holders that a new and improved card is on the way. Highlights to this new card include Masterpass technology from Mastercard, chip card, and a new design. The business debit card is great for quick access to PayPal money

September 4th 1 min read

Bucket List: United Island Hopper From Honolulu To Guam

So I just found out about this island hopping service that United has between Honolulu, Hawaii and Guam and after reading up it seems like the perfect flight for any aviation geek. This is a very unique flight in that United Airlines flies a Boeing 737-800 from Hawaii to Guam

September 3rd 2 min read

Where Do Planes Go To Die?

There comes a time when it’s time to retire a plane from active service. Sometimes they might be bought up by another airline and kept in operation, some are converted into cargo carring aricraft, but most go off to a place to get parted out then broken down. If

September 2nd 1 min read

Mexico City Airport Floods Leaving Planes Under Water

One of the most impacted areas from Hurricane Harvey are airports, they are the life line for people and cargo moving around the world. If an airport comes grinding to a halt it could mean your food supply is cutoff. Not only have we been seeing photos of Texas airports

August 31st 1 min read
Credit Cards

USAA Preferred Cash Rewards Review

USAA’s mainstream flagship credit card is the Preferred Cash Rewards card offering 1.5% cashback on all purchases with no limit. USAA is known for great insurance rates and this reflects in its credit card offering. Like most USAA credit cards this offers no annual fee, no transaction fees,

August 31st 2 min read

Unruly Hawaiian Airlines Passenger Must Pay $98,000 Rules Judge

In December of 2016 a Hawaiian Airlines flight from Honolulu, Hawaii to New York’s JFK airport turned around after a passenger began making threats to his girlfriend and staff on the long haul flight. The man threatened to cut his girlfriend’s neck with a knife and the plane

August 31st 1 min read

Tourists Get Blown Away At Maho Beach in St. Maarten

For anyone who enjoys traveling and aviation a trip to Sint Maarten will be on their list. Maho Beach is the place to go to get as close to airplanes as you’d possibly want to get. With the Princess Juliana International Airport located right on a popular beach, Maho

August 30th 1 min read

Paypal Releases New 2% Cashback Mastercard

The online payment giant has announced a brand new credit card, the 2% cashback Mastercard is the companies first big endeavor in credit card rewards. This card was available for a short time on limited release but today marks its public debut for anyone to apply for this card. As

August 30th 1 min read

Southwest Airlines Takes Delivery of First Boeing 737 MAX

It’s always exciting when an airline takes delivery of it’s very first new aircraft line, today Southwest took ownership of their first first Boeing 737 MAX, with an additional 198 on order Southwest is refreshing their entire fleet with a new interior and planes to go along with

August 30th 1 min read
Credit Cards

Discover it Review

The Discover it card was my first dabble in a higher rewards card. Discover is a great card issuer if you’re just looking into credit cards are don’t have a very extensive credit report. As a student this card was great for its 5% revolving cash back calendar

August 30th 2 min read
Credit Cards

USAA Cash Rewards Review

My very first credit card was issued by the military bank USAA in which I have ties due to a family member being apart of the service. USAA is known for their great car insurance rates and outstanding service to members. Being my very first credit card this was far

August 30th 1 min read

Chase Updates Terms To Only Allow One Sapphire Family Card

Chase has been known as one of the most restrictive credit card issuers with their “5/24 rule” which states you can only get their cards if you have not opened five new accounts in the last 24 months. Chase’s Sapphire family of cards are one of the most

August 30th 1 min read

Watch How Canada Wildfires Affect Seattle Air Quality

Canada has had a recent string of wildfires that sent plumes of smoke across the Pacific Northwest blanketing it in thick smoke making visibility very poor and air quality toxic to those with breathing problems. During a recent flight I took from Seattle to Denver you can see exactly how

August 30th 1 min read


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