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Why I Don’t Like Kiosk Immigration and Passport Control

Now before you say, “He said what?” let me further expand that headline to include: … outside of the United States. Global Entry here in the U.S. is praised by those who use the service as it zips you through immigration in a minute or two. But using kiosks at border entries bypasses getting an…

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Curing a Case of Major Non-Travel Anxiety

I found myself in an unusual situation this past weekend. For the first time in… well… for as long as I can remember, I had enormous anxiety in both not traveling or having anything “on the books.” It began on Friday when I jealously monitored my Twitter feed noting how many of those I follow…

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Top 10 Frequently Flying Posts: August 2013

It’s the start of a new month and here’s a look back at the top 10 viewed posts here on Frequently Flying in August. You can earn up to 7,500 United Airlines MileagePlus miles buying Marriott gift cards until September 7. I began a multi-part series exploring my “addiction” to airline and hotel elite status:…

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United Swaps Out 747 for 777 on Australia Flights, Plus More Route Changes

United Airlines has made several adjustments to its international flying schedule beginning at the end of March 2014, including the re-introduction of 747 flights out of Chicago O’Hare and swapping out 747-400s for three-class 777-200s on Australia-bound flights from Los Angeles and San Francisco. The schedule changes are appearing online as of this morning. Highlighting…

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Australia Trip Report: United, Virgin Australia, Hilton and Radisson Blu

At this time last year, I was in Australia for a couple of weeks and reviewed each portion of my trip here on Frequently Flying (or CNBC’s Road Warrior), including my United Airlines LAX-Sydney flight, a sponsored trip on Virgin Australia between Sydney and Perth, two Hiltons, and the Radisson Blu Sydney. Here’s a recap…

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Notable Airline, Hotel and Travel Industry News: February 12, 2013

All Nippon Airways (ANA) has been named Airline of the Year by Air Transport World. ANA won based on its exceptional financial performance, fiscal management, customer service and technology leadership. Silver Airways (based in Florida and one I’ve never heard of) won Regional Airline of the Year. Virgin America will launch new service to Austin…

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Amenity Kit Review: Indian Pacific Gold Kangaroo Class

I’m changing things up a bit for this installment of Amenity Kit Reviews. Shockingly, I’m running light on current generation airline amenity kits. I may end up reviewing some “vintage” kits in upcoming installments until I acquire new ones. But in the meantime, here’s what I received as a passenger on the Indian Pacific in…

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Lounge Review: Virgin Australia, Perth Domestic Terminal

I previously reviewed Virgin Australia’s domestic lounge in Sydney, and here now is their offering at Perth’s domestic terminal. The lounge entry is quite literally two paces straight ahead immediately after you clear security – you simply can’t miss it. Passing through the glass doors, you enter a small lobby with a circular reception desk…

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A Tale of Obsessive Flight Tracking Leading to Proactive Rebooking

My return from Sydney on United Airlines last week was delayed by one day due to a combination of a mechanical problem and the crew exceeding their duty time. It wasn’t my flight, actually, but rather that of the inbound aircraft that would have been United 840 back to LAX on Friday, August 3. Being…

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Parmelia Hilton Perth Review (and My First Suite Upgrade)

While in Australia, I flew to Perth and stayed at the Hilton Parmelia for one night before returning the next day back to Sydney. I had been to Perth previously and this trip was primarily to review Virgin Australia’s service (post forthcoming), so the one-nighter was just fine with me. Not to mention hotel rates…

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