The Short Final

Dominic is a full-time consultant who aims to bring you news and inspiration about the best travel experiences, destinations, and industry insights without all the unnecessary fluff. Focus is on American AAdvantage and Starwood / Marriott loyalty programs.

ENDING SOON: 30% Bonus on Diner’s Club Avios Transfers

Most of you won’t take any value from this post since Diner’s Club cardholders are few and far between. My company uses DC for our corporate cards so if any of you out there are in the same boat, this is a nice deal. Until the end of March, you will receive a 30% bonus on Diner’s Club rewards transfers to British Airways Avios. Avios are extremely useful for any of you OneWorld travelers looking to make a short flight in the US or abroad. For example, this deal comes in handy as I will be traveling to Orlando...

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This Delta Plane That Had An Emergency in February Has a Troubling Past

On February 27, 2018, Delta flight 72 performed by an Airbus A330-300 with the tail number N807NW, performed an emergency landing in Halifax, Nova Scotia due to an engine failure. More of the details can be found at N807NW is a 14-year-old aircraft originally delivered to Northwest Airlines in 2004. Since that time, N807NW has had six incidents — three engine incidents, one hydraulic problem, one cabin pressure loss, and one loss of separation. Maintenance on US airlines is top notch so no worries there, but this certainly seems to be a recurring issue and may get to the point where...

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My Two Cents on How American Can Go For Great

Before I begin, this post is obviously my opinion and I thought I’d have a little fun. I have zero insider information and am in no way qualified to make strategic decisions at a global airline. With that said, I’m a loyal American flier and thought I’d offer up some advice on how the airline can really “go for great.” Now with a nice glass of Irish whiskey poured, I begin… Chill with D0 D0 is the term American uses when referring to pushing back at or before the scheduled time of departure. You can see why leadership would...

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Philadelphia Needs More Trans-Atlantic Competition

Philadelphia has always been a USAir town and of course now an American Airlines town. This is both good and bad. Unlike many, I actually like American. Of course, I’ve had a share of bad experiences, but overall the airline has been good to me. However, I couldn’t help but notice how high fares are to Europe out of Philadelphia. The reason for the high fares is the sore lack of competition on trans-Atlantic routes. In the map below, the blue routes are those that American operates with no competition. The red routes are those that American competes over...

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Review: Bluffworks Wrinkle Resistant Dress Clothes for Men

I recently met with the nice folks over at Bluffworks about putting some of their “wrinkle resistant” business clothing through the paces. I’m on the road alot for work and having to iron my clothes is such a pain. Flying to a client site on a Monday morning dressed in my business attire and showing up looking like a wrinkled mess is usually the norm. As much as I try to take off my suit jacket and fold it neatly during the flight, it usually gets wrinkled one way or another. I don’t take reviews and recommendations lightly, especially when it...

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How to Master ExpertFlyer (Part 2): Finding Awards

Last week I gave a brief rundown of some of the basics when working with ExpertFlyer. In this installment, I’ll dive deep into how to use ExpertFlyer to find award space. Other posts in this series: How to Master ExpertFlyer (Part 1): The Basics How to Master ExpertFlyer (Part 2): Finding Awards How to Master ExpertFlyer (Part 3): Predicting Your Upgrade Chances How to Master ExpertFlyer (Part 4): Seat Maps, Alerts, and More ExpertFlyer allows you to search a particular airline for award space. Before we begin I think it’s important to understand the concept of inventory when it...

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My AMEX Platinum Concierge Success Story

I consistently see mixed reviews when it comes to the effectiveness of the American Express Platinum Concierge, which comes as a complimentary benefit to Platinum cardholders. The Concierge is touted to be able to get reservations at booked restaurants, concerts, etc. A few weeks ago I decided to put the Concierge to the ultimate test. Zahav is one of the best restaurants in the country. Chef and owner Michael Solomonov is a famed master at creating delicious Israeli-inspired dishes. Some of Solomonov’s other restaurants are Federal Donuts, Goldie, Dizengoff, and Rooster Soup Company (which donates 100% of profits to...

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How to Master ExpertFlyer (Part 1): The Basics

This is part one of a multi-part series aimed at helping you use ExpertFlyer to your advantage: How to Master ExpertFlyer (Part 1): The Basics How to Master ExpertFlyer (Part 2): Finding Upgrades How to Master ExpertFlyer (Part 3): Predicting Your Upgrade Chances How to Master ExpertFlyer (Part 4): Seat Maps, Alerts, and More ExpertFlyer is one of the best tools for planning award travel. One of the complaints I hear most about ExpertFlyer is how it’s somewhat complicated to learn and understand, which is why I thought it would be beneficial to put together a mini-series on how...

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Listen: Philly Air Traffic Control Clears World Champion Eagles for Landing

If you know me you know I’m a huge Eagles fan. Born and raised in South Philadelphia I’ve been waiting for this my whole life — albeit not as long as some old timers! It’s truly an exciting time in Philly. After the Super Bowl, the Eagles team departed on American flight #9475, an Airbus A330-200, from Minneapolis-St. Paul (MSP) to Philadelphia (PHL): Seeing as there was no shot I was going in to work after the parade, I went to Philly airport to welcome the Champs home. As you can imagine the atmosphere was electric. The fans weren’t...

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What to Do if You Have No Time to Travel?

Look, we’re all genuinely busy. Most of us have demanding jobs that require most of our time and energy. If you’re like me, the work never really stops. One of the biggest complaints I hear from people is how they don’t have time to travel, and that’s okay! Allow me to offer you a couple of tips for when you’re feeling bogged down and held prisoner by your commitments. Take advantage of weekends There’s no need to take long extended vacations. Weekends are your best friend! In fact, fellow Boarding Area blogger Sam Chui maintains a full-time day job and...

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