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Dominic is a travel enthusiast and self-proclaimed AA/PHL expert who aims to bring you news and inspiration about the best travel experiences, destinations, and industry insights without all the unnecessary fluff.

Why You Should Visit Puerto Rico

Destinations like Turks and Caicos, Aruba, and Exuma Bay (Bahamas) garner much of the tourism attention in the Caribbean. I’ve always wondered, why isn’t Puerto Rico as popular? Is it because of the financial instability? The presence of nicer beaches on different islands? What is it? I’m not sure what the answer is, but I can tell you Puerto Rico is absolutely stunning and you should place it at the top of your Caribbean travel list — especially if you are a United States citizen (due to there being no customs clearance). This past May my girlfriend and I...

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Musings on Travel #2: Zach Honig, ThePointsGuy.com

Update: As of 8/31/2017, Zach is assuming the role of Editor-at-Large at TPG.    I hope all of you enjoyed reading the first installment of Musings on Travel. If you haven’t, check it out here! This week I’m pumped to have Zach Honig, Editor-in-Chief of ThePointsGuy.com, here to answer a few questions for us. Zach is a newly-minted Million Mile flier with United and his Instagram photos are some of the best I’ve come across. Zach is calculated in his posts and the way he runs TPG’s content — and it shows. The site’s content is relevant and beneficial for...

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Musings on Travel #1: Brian Cohen

My Curiosity… I’d like to start off this post by sharing a bit about myself. I’m a normal guy with an 8:30-5:30-wheneverthejobgetsdone job who sometimes spends way more time away from home and checking work e-mail than is necessary. I also happen to love travel as it is often the only time I get to really unplug. I don’t have a huge stockpile of points/miles and never fly remotely close to 100,000 miles annually as is seemingly the prerequisite for a reputable travel blogger (eye roll). I suspect this is a similar story for you. I write this blog...

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UPDATE: American Airlines Resuming Philadelphia-Zurich Flights

Last week I told you that American Airlines would be introducing flights from Philadelphia (PHL) to Budapest (BUD) and Prague (PRG), as well as resuming its Philadelphia (PHL)-Zurich (ZRH) route. Some fine details were unclear, but now we have some additional information. Philadelphia – Budapest Frequency: 1x; 7 days per week Route effective: May 4, 2018 Equipment: Boeing 767-300ER AA #96 Philadelphia (PHL) –> Budapest (BUD) 6:25PM – 9:35AM +1 Day AA #97 Budapest (BUD) –> Philadelphia (PHL) 11:35 AM – 4:00 PM Philadelphia – Prague Frequency: 1x; 7 days per week Route effective: May 4, 2018 Equipment: Boeing 767-300ER AA...

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Watch: A History of New York Airways

You’ve may have heard of Blade, but have you heard of New York Airways? NYA was a helicopter “ridesharing” service which started passenger operations in 1953 in Manhattan. Arguably the first company to have scheduled helicopter service, NYA was a way for busy folk to commute from Manhattan to the New York-area airports in a matter of minutes. The company served the following destinations using a variety of helicopters, but most notably the Boeing V107-II (also known as the Sea Knight in military circles): John F. Kennedy International Airport LaGuardia Airport Newark Airport West 30th St, Manhattan “Wall Street”...

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An Easy Way to Cancel a Credit Card Online

If you’re like me, you absolutely hate to cancel a credit card over the phone. I just don’t like (nor have the time) to listen to sales pitches. I also don’t have the cojones to just tell the agent to stop. What if I told you you could cancel your credit card online? I’ve only tried this (with success) on Citi and Chase. Not to say others haven’t worked, I just haven’t tried this with any other company yet. In order to do this, you have to login to your account, navigate to the Message Center (or however it’s...

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Breaking: American to Fly Direct From Philadelphia to Prague, Budapest, and Zurich!

On Monday I told you all about how American would be bringing legacy American 757s and 767s to fly Philadelphia (PHL) – Europe routes. I also told you that an internal memo from American to employees suggested the addition of new seasonal non-stop routes from Philadelphia to Europe using the 767. Well, the goods were delivered this morning! American will be starting non-stop service from Philadelphia (PHL) to Budapest, Hungary (BUD), Prague, Czech Republic (PRG), and Zurich, Switzerland (ZRH). AA will launch new summer ’18 service from PHL-BUD, PRG, and relaunch ZRH! Also ORD-VCE! JFK is losing MAN, ZRH,...

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Hurry: Wide Open Award Space to Europe from Philadelphia

If you’re a Philadelphia-based traveler looking to book a last-minute getaway to Europe, you’re in luck. Award availability on American to destinations like Rome, London, and Paris for the rest of August is pretty much wide open. In fact, there is open non-stop space for much of the Fall season. Europe in the Fall is amazing, I highly recommend it. American operates non-stop service from Philadelphia to Rome (FCO), London (LHR), and Paris (CDG) using their legacy US Airways Airbus A330 aircraft. British Airways also operates a Boeing 747 for its non-stop, 1x daily PHL — LHR flight. American’s...

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American Is Bringing Better Airplanes (and New Routes) to PHL for Trans-Atlantic Flights

As far as trans-Atlantic options out of Philadelphia go, American operates the A330 on the longer routes (London, Rome, Paris, Athens) and legacy US Airways 757s (LUS) on the shorter routes like Lisbon, Shannon, Glasgow, and Amsterdam. The A330s have been getting a refresh and the new interiors are very nice. Though, the LUS 757s that American uses out of PHL are garbage. They do not have lie-flat seats, just weak recliner seats in business. Hardly something you’d want to fly for 6-7 (sometimes 8) hour flights across the Atlantic. Twitter user @xJonNYC, who is always spot on with...

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Fact Check: Did Qatar Airways REALLY Lose $700 Million in 2017?

Disclaimer: This article does not reflect the views and/or opinions of my employer. These views and opinions are strictly my own. It’s no secret that many US airlines are up in arms about the possible violation of the Open Skies Agreement by gulf carriers like Qatar, Etihad, and Emirates. You may have seen Ben write about the lengths advocacy groups will go to further their agendas. I recently stumbled upon a report by the Partnership for Open & Fair Skies (“POFS”), a coalition of US airlines and unions fighting back against the “illegal subsidies” they claim come from Middle East countries...

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