Is China Airlines Overrated?

My experience in China Airlines business class did not start well—though to be fair, my day wasn’t going great as it was. After arriving to the airport on a Narita Express train that was nearly 30 minutes behind schedule, I managed to get through security at what I thought was the last minute, only to find that boarding had been significantly delayed. Once…

Cathay Pacific’s Business Class is Perfect—Almost

I’m not actively in search of the best business class to Asia, though it might seem that way perusing my latest reviews, which have included Japan Airlines and Korean Air, among others. I have been aching to review Cathay Pacific’s business class for a long time, however, so when it an opportunity presented itself I didn’t hesitate. As has been the case with many of my past write-ups, this one will focus less on minutia than most Cathay Pacific reviews, and instead try to paint a more…

A Naughty-or-Nice List for Aviation Security

If you think Santa’s list is long, you should check out the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority’s (CATSA) What Can I Bring list. It’s basically a naughty-or-nice list for aviation security – a searchable database saying what can and cannot pass through airport security in your carry-on or checked luggage. It has hundreds of items, so here’s a seasonal selection of what’s ho-ho-ho and what’s no-no-no. Naughty Replica weapons: This shouldn’t be too surprising, but if you’re helping Santa to bring toy guns, replica knives or anything similar…

5 Great Uses for AMEX Points (And 5 Easy Ways to Earn Them)

I got into travel hacking late in the game. For years, I was hypnotized by the false promises of traditional airline loyalty programs, before accepting that flexible points currencies—namely American Express Membership Rewards and Chase UltimateRewards—were the only way to go. Below, I point out the sweetest spots in the AMEX Membership Rewards program, highlighting the amazing flights you can take with a balance of between 10,000-110,000 points. Thanks both to the airlines that are AMEX Membership Rewards transfer partners and the relative ease of accumulating MR points, these are some the best miles and points redemptions in the world…

Dutch Apple Pie with the Queen of the Skies

Why do European airlines even bother offering “business class” on regional flights? I wonder this often, most recently while waiting to board a KLM flight from Moscow to Amsterdam. The crew are very stylish, I think to myself as they strut past in their vibrant uniforms. But all I have to look forward to on that 737 are poorly-cooked eggs and a blocked middle seat. To be sure, the most stylish members of said crew will end …

Here’s How Poland Does Luxury Air Travel

As you might remember if you read this blog with any regularity, I spent the day of Donald Trump’s inauguration in Moscow, an ironic coincidence if there ever was one. Less ironic, but perhaps more entertaining, was what occurred as I made my way over the Atlantic toward Russia the day before, via LOT Polish Airlines flight 4 from Chicago O’Hare to Warsaw. After relaxing in nearby the SAS …

The Sad Truth About Flight Upgrades

People always want something for nothing—and travelers are no different. One particular area where many travelers want more than they paid for is flights, specifically the ability to sit in first or business class when they’ve only purchased cheap tickets in economy class. While social media, travel blogs, and even popular culture might lead you to believe that free flight upgrades are easy to get, this is mostly a myth. The Cost of Flying Up Front In order to understand why airlines these days are reticent to offer free upgrades…

5 Reasons to Use FlightHub to Book Your Next Trip

I’m always on the lookout for tools that will help me save money—and heartache—with my travels. I have quite a large toolbox at this point, not surprisingly, but I occasionally come across something new that’s as good as the rest of my arsenal. Case in point: FlightHub. Although FlightHub is similar to other online…

My Dirty Little Airfare Secret

This post was sponsored by KAYAK but as usual, all opinions are my own. I love living in Austin, TX. With a vibrant economy, a young population and a skyline that’s as beautiful as the nature surrounding it, it’s the quintessential 21st-century American city—I wouldn’t live anywhere else. Well, except for one little problem: Austin is seriously lacking in nonstop flight options! I literally can’t remember the last time I boarded a plane to my final destination from…

How to Get the Best Seat on the Plane

This post was posted by thehipmunk on Hipmunk’s Tailwind blog on September 2, 2015. Traveling on a plane can come with a slew of seat-based comfort challenges, whether you’re assigned to a seat that doesn’t recline or located just adjacent to the bathroom. If you want to get the best seat without having to pay extra cash, there are…

10 Air Travel Hacks to Make Your Next Flight Better

You know what my least favorite part of traveling is? Flying. It’s no secret that I hate flying. These days, flying has has become more of a nuisance than a luxury. As airlines continue to cut cost, the quality of in-flight service and comfort level are deteriorating. While it’s easy to find cheap flights these days, it’s harder than ever to find comfortable and pain-free flights. But if you love traveling as much as I do, you’ll have to face the fact that flying is an inevitable part…

10 Must Have Items to Make Air Travel Easy

Let’s face it. In today’s world, air travel is not fun. Remember the days when you used to love being at the airport or on the plane just as much as the trip itself? Well, they are long gone my friend, with confusing security checks that seem to change rules from airport to airport to seats getting smaller with each trip, flying can sometimes be a downright miserable experience. Air Travel Tips for all kinds of flights However, there are ways to make air travel more comfortable and it …

How the TripIt app Makes Your Travels Easier

We first starting using the TripIt app two years ago to help manage our travel itineraries and once we signed up we wondered, why didn’t we do this sooner? Dave getting an alert on his tripit app TripIt App Explained TripIt is a travel app that organizes all your travel plans…

17 holiday travel hacks to save your sanity

‘Tis the season to be… stressed? While holiday travel might be associated with a whole lot of nail-biting and clenched teeth, it doesn’t have to be. It is true that the six weeks between Thanksgiving and New Year’s will see loads of people in transit—nearly two-thirds of Americans, according to the Orbitz.com Holiday Travel Insider Index—but there are ways to make life a little easier this year. That’s why we’ve …