American AAdvantage gets flexible

American Airlines AAdvantage program has announced new flex awards which allow you to redeem one-way and open-jaw awards as well as awards that use a different class of service in each direction. This is a significant change should make redeeming awards a bit easier. It isn’t clear of American did this to increase paid traffic […]

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New Orleans day trip

In NOLA in January, we rented a car one day took a trip to visit the Barataria Preserve which is part of the Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve, a US National Park. It’s a great place to take a walk through some of bayou and swamp country. The under-visited park gets a few […]

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Immigration testing for sick passengers

Immigration authorities at some airports are now screening arriving passengers for illness. In the US, this is mostly being done by immigration officials using a human “visual check” method to assess signs of illness. While in Canada Immigration Minister Jason Kenney said farm workers from Mexico will be checked for fever by two doctors and […]

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Alaska Airlines citing health concerns pulls pillows & blankets

Citing concerns about swine flu Alaska Airlines said it has removed pillows and blankets from all its planes. In addition staff are cleaning aircrafts overnight using disinfectant and sanitizer that contain what it called a “virus-killing” cleaner. “Aircraft arriving from Mexico are also receiving an additional, thorough interior surface cleaning before boarding for the next […]

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Paying for things abroad

I often get asked what the best way is to pay for things when traveling internationally. In the old days people used to use travelers checks, but those are dying out. Today people use credit cards for most major purchases and cash for smaller ones, just like we do on a daily basis at home. […]

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