Warm holiday greetings from Los Angeles, where I am looking forward to celebrating the first Christmas with Heidi in our new home and Augustine’s first Christmas in this world.
With a brief last-minute trip, an unexpectedly busy week at Award Expert, and the Garuda Indonesia deal blowing up, it has been a very hectic week. While there are no more days off at Live and Let’s Fly, I am going to take it easy this evening and tomorrow.
Wherever you are, I wish you a very happy Christmas, Chanukah, or whatever day or festival you may be celebrating. Here’s my weekly review:
TOP STORY – Mutiny: Passengers Revolt on My UA Flight
Surprisingly, this was the most viewed post of the week (by a long shot). While I have ever experienced anything quite as “mutinous” on a flight in the USA, I have experienced so much bad behavior on flights around the world that this barely phased me. It merits repeating, however, that following the instructions of uniformed crew members when flying is a very wise idea…
Underscoring the volatility of the miles and points world, on the same day I posted my Top 5 Delta SkyMiles Redemptions, Delta and Alaska Airlines announced their relationship will terminate April 30, 2017. Until then, you can use Delta miles to travel to Hawaii on Alaska for a very good rate. As always, remember that your miles and points are a depreciating asset and should never be hoarded.
Read about how I ended up traveling from Honolulu to Frankfurt via Tokyo and Chicago, all on Untied 747-400s, in order to make it my wedding just in the nick of time.
My commentary on the recent terrorist attack at a Christmas Market in Berlin
This turned out to be a lively discussion over how to handle — graciously or not — a seatmate who wishes to discuss religion or just talk your ear off.
REPORTS & REVIEWS
Review: Deutsche Bahn (DB) Lounge – Stuttgart
Strangely Satisfied with Ukraine International Airlines
TGV First Class from Stuttgart to Paris
Review: Park Hyatt Paris Vendôme Paris
Christmas Dinner in Lufthansa First Class
Why the AMEX Lounge is My Favorite Office
Introduction: A Month in Africa
NEWS & COMMENTARY
Imagine a Meal Like This on a 90min Flight in the USA
How do you handle a seatmate who wants to talk religion?
Top 5 Delta Skymiles Redemptions
What Terrorism Reveals About Us
The Fine Line Between Common Sense and Revenue Management
The Best Time to Call Aeroplan?
Success: Booking Garuda First Class for 90% Off!
My Strategy for Ticketing the Garuda Reservation
Garuda Cancels Promo, Will Honor Held Reservations
Mutiny: Passengers Revolt on My UA Flight
A Touch of Dignity at SFO
United Cuts International Routes, Will Focus on Domestic Travel
All the 2016 Airline Holiday Videos
Next week my Africa trip report will continue. The segment on Tuesday will be hilarious. Here’s a hint: Nigeria and bribery.