MJ on Travel

Marshall Jackson is an aviation enthusiast and avid cruiser. Throughout high school and college he continued to pursue his dream of becoming a commercial airline pilot obtaining his commercial pilot’s license at age 19. After college Marshall started his professional flying career as a Jetstream, and later Saab first officer with a regional airline. Grounded by Type 1 Diabetes in 1996, Marshall transitioned into operations management at one of the world’s largest airlines performing safety and compliance audits at airline and vendor facilities worldwide. Applying the skills gained in that position, Marshall moved into airport operations management at one of his airline’s busiest airports. After 10 years in the airline business, Marshall moved on to a new career that includes plenty of travel and plenty of cruises, and that’s just the way he likes it.

JetBlue to Europe? Yes Please

First, we learned JetBlue was seeking to return to Atlanta in 2017. That’s great news for Atlanta travelers. But now, there some really big news from JetBlue’s Q2 earnings call today. First, JetBlue is expanding its popular Mint product by taking delivery of more A321s equipped with Mint cabins. According to JetBlue, “JetBlue will take delivery of incremental aircraft over seven years. Specifically, Airbus is scheduled to deliver 15 incremental A321ceos (current engine option) starting in 2017, with five Mint deliveries expected in 2017 and the intention for most incremental deliveries in the following years to come in Mint....

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Delta Partnering with PANYNJ on LGA Redevelopment

More news from Delta Air Lines today on significant investments in terminal facilities to improve the passenger experience. Delta is partnering with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey to replace its LaGuardia terminals with a brand new state of the art facility. The project is part of a 50-year lease agreement that Delta is negotiating with PANYNJ. The new terminal will feature a brand new Sky Club, with Sky Deck, with more spacious concourses, larger gate areas with more seating, and increased concessions. The terminal will include 37 gates across 4 concourses with a centralized check-in...

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A Tale of Two Airlines: AA and DL

I recently completed a roundtrip flight to Dallas/Fort Worth from Atlanta. I thought it would be fun to fly American since I was going to visit a buddy I worked with there. Not to mention, another friend was flying in on American and it would be convenient to link up for transportation to the hotel. As it turns out, my best shot at upgraded travel was flying American to DFW and Delta home. I also thought it would make for a fun blog post – comparing the two experiences. American: ATL to DFW I arrived at the airport way...

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Breaking: Delta Global Upgrade Certs Now Valid on Virgin

Delta SkyMiles Medallion global upgrade certificates are now valid on Virgin Atlantic flights marketed by Delta. Per Delta.com,  global upgrades are now valid on all Delta marketed Virgin Atlantic flights worldwide. “Valid on Delta-marketed, Virgin Atlantic-operated flights for use globally on published Economy Cabin fares booked in W, Y, B, M, S, H, Q, K, L, U, T, X or V class to Upper Class.” I will update this post with links as soon as I’m near a computer, but check out the terms and conditions for GPUs on Delta.com. Good move by Delta!...

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Delta’s Latest Smartphone Update

I downloaded Delta’s latest update for its smartphone app yesterday. In my case, we’re talking iPhone, but do check out the Android app as well if that’s what you use. In any event, the update included a fix to an issue that has annoyed me for years. Basically, if anything happened to your flight…delays, etc, the link to view the upgrade list almost always disappeared in my experience. Delta has heard our cries. We now have a separate “button” that should allow us to take a look at the upgrade list, no matter what. Yay! Other Fixes In addition...

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Delta’s New TUMI Amenity Kits

Delta Air Lines has teamed up with TUMI and Kiehl’s Since 1851 to offer a refreshed Delta One amenity kit for its premium business class customers. According to Delta, the new kits include Kiehl’s Lip Balm #1 and grapefruit-scented Deluxe Hand and Body Lotion with Aloe Vera and Oatmeal. The new kits appeared on July 1 aboard Delta’s premium transoceanic international flights and flights between John F. Kennedy International Airport and Los Angeles International Airport/San Francisco International Airport. In a unique twist, Delta will alternate between hard and soft sided TUMI kits based on direction of travel. Customers will receive a navy hard-sided...

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JetBlue Looking to Return to Atlanta

Good news for many Atlanta travelers! JetBlue Airways has indicated that it intends to resume serving Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport in September 2017. According to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the airline recently “…sent a letter of interest to Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, saying it plans to renew service to Atlanta in September 2017. The airline said it plans 16 daily flights as long as it can get access to two gates suitable for large aircraft “and higher end business and leisure travelers that JetBlue is targeting in the Atlanta market.” JetBlue last served Atlanta in 2003. My Take This is really...

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Cab Driver Gets FREE Cruise for Returning Backpack Containing $187K

When I first heard about this, I couldn’t help but ask “who carries $187,000 in their backpack?” According to Channel 7 News in Boston, a man with an inheritance who needed a cab ride. Unfortunately, he left his backpack in the cab. The driver turned the bag over to police who were able to locate the fortunate owner based on paperwork found in the backpack. For his good deed, the cab driver received a $100 reward from the relieved owner. But there’s more. Upon hearing of the cab driver’s selfless act, Royal Caribbean International decided to send him on...

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Aviator Red Bonus, Drink Changes on NCL, and More

It’s been a while since I’ve written a weekly recap. There are a number of reasons for that, not the least of which is that it seems silly to recap one (in a productive week) post. In short, I allowed some time management challenges (day job responsibilities) to get the better of me. At the same time, I don’t want to write a blog post just for the sake of putting something on the page that isn’t potentially useful to readers. All this said, I’m rapidly climbing out of the hole I’d dug myself into. While I can’t quite promise 2...

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AAdvantage Bonus Miles from Barclaycard (Targeted)

I received a flyer in today’s mail from Barclaycard. It seems they’re back with another AAdvantage Aviator bonus miles promotion for their American Airlines card products. My offer was for 30 percent more miles between July 1 and September 30, 2016, with a cap of 5,000 bonus miles. There are reports online of 50 percent offers, so you could be receiving a more lucrative offer. Even if you did not receive a flyer, log into your Barclaycard account and look at the banners on the right side of the screen just below your account summary. I logged in to...

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