The Short Final

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.

Project Fi: A Unique Method for Using Your Cell Phone Abroad

Short post today, but I wanted to share a workaround I’m doing for my upcoming trip to Italy. I currently have the old AT&T unlimited data plan costing around $30 per month so my incentive to change carriers is very low. In the past, I typically just purchased the AT&T International Plan (not smart) or bought a local SIM (smart). Enter, Google’s Project Fi… You may have heard about Project Fi, a Google product that is changing the cell phone industry. Essentially the way it works is you pay a flat $20 per month for unlimited talk and text and...

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Adak Island and the 737 Combi

One of the things I love doing on my free time is opening up Google Maps and searching around the world for places that I’ve never heard of (I swear I do other things, too). One place in particular caught my eye recently – Adak Island. Adak Island is a remote island located in the Aleutian Islands chain, which is situated in between the Bering Sea and the North Pacific Ocean. Adak is Alaska’s southernmost town and is home to a whopping ~400 people. Given its central location between Japan and the United States, Adak actually served a very important...

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The Oldest Active Commercial Airplanes in the U.S.

As the new wave of airplanes are filtering through the ranks (Airbus A350, A380, Boeing 787), I thought it would be cool to take a look at the oldest airplanes still being actively flown by the major U.S. carriers. I gathered some data and did some number crunching and chart making, like the good little consultant I am. A day after I started writing this post, American Airlines announced they would retiring 20 MD-82/83 airplanes to the Aircraft Boneyard in Roswell, New Mexico. I’ve updated my dataset to reflect these changes. Here is the chart of the number of active...

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Does American Airlines Know What They Are Doing?

I am currently writing this post on my flight from Philadelphia to Los Angeles (though it’s being published a day later) aboard an American Airlines (formerly US Airways) Airbus A321. I’ve taken this trip twice per week for the past 10 weeks and there has been WiFi on every single one of those flights. I overheard a couple of passengers behind me talking about how this particular flight didn’t have WiFi service so I was curious and tweeted American to find out. I could’ve just asked a flight attendant, but I wanted to know if HQ knew. @AmericanAir hey!...

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How to Fly American Airline’s New 787-9 Before Public Launch

Last night I got a great tip that American would be operating a flight using their new Dreamliner trim – the 787-9. The airplane is scheduled to make its public debut on November 4th with flights from Dallas-Forth Worth to Sao Paolo and Madrid. However, as part of mandatory ETOPS certification (Extended Operations) from the FAA, American will be operating the 787-9 on Flight 50 from DFW-LHR and Flight 51 from LHR-DFW on October 4 and 5, respectively. You can read more about ETOPS here. The aircraft swap has already been loaded into AA’s reservation system and is available...

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Airbus Being Investigated for Bribery and Corruption

Last week, the UK’s Serious Fraud Office (SFO) announced a criminal investigation into allegations of fraud, bribery, and corruption related to Airbus’ civil aviation business. According to the short statement by the SFO: These allegations relate to irregularities concerning third party consultants. Back in April, the UK suspended Airbus for “lack of transparency with third-party payments” (Source: FCPA Blog). Germany and France followed suit by suspending their export-credit guarantee to Airbus, which is essentially an insurance policy for exporters (Airbus) in the case each particular country’s importers do not pay invoices. Sometimes, these guarantees are required in a financing deal. How many airplanes...

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The Full List of Airbus A380 Routes From North America

NOTE: Table below updated on 8 August 2017 Author’s Note: As many have pointed out in the comments, there are some routes missing. That’s what I get for going to Airbus as the source. As such, this directory is a work-in-progress and I will be updating regularly as new information comes through. Hopefully it’s still a good source of information for you all! The Airbus A380 has been in production for a little over 10 years and with the almost year-old rumors of the program shutting down for good, I thought it would be cool to take a bird’s eye...

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The Complete List of Uber’s Airport Options

Depending upon where you are traveling to/from, Uber can sometimes be more than 100% cheaper than traditional taxis or car service. I know this is the case in my hometown of Philadelphia. The issue with Uber is that there are different laws governing their operational ability in every single market they operate in, which affects the type of services provided. Some cities like Tallahassee only offer UberX and UberXL services at the airport while others like San Diego International offer services ranging from UberX to UberESPANOL. This is important because if your city only offers UberBLACK then it might...

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How to Book Award Travel Using American Airlines Miles

Prior to AA’s March 2016 award devaluation, American miles were some of the best value miles on the planet. To some degree, they still are, but that largely depends on where and when you’re traveling. In this post I’ll show you how to identify possible routes, find award space, and book your tickets. The process is a bit tricky, but once you’ve done it a few times it almost becomes second nature. Identifying Possible Routes The first step in your award booking process should take you to either Google Flights or AwardNexus. The objective here is to discover all...

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