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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.

Why I Love the European Way of Life

As I grew older, I became more curious about Europe…In Venice I was able to redeem Hilton points for two nights at the Molino Stuckey Venice…While there are some aspects of the European life that I wouldn’t enjoy (read: socialized medicine), I found myself constantly yearning for another trip back to this land of true relaxation.

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Here’s a Tool That Tells You Which Lounges You Can Access

Airport lounges can be magical places. One of the worst feelings is waiting at a busy gate on a Friday afternoon when all you want to do is get home. Being able to score the free food, drinks, and quiet that lounges offer is always an amazing thing. Most people think of lounges and think of hefty entry fees that could set you back about $500+ for an annual pass. Worth it if you fly enough, but not so much if you’re more of a sporadic traveler like me. My business travel revolves around various factors including, scheduling, costs, etc so I’m...

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What Should I Do if My Passport Is Damaged?

I’ve gotten many questions regarding passports and what you should do if yours is damaged. The reason you’re asking is because you might have heard the horror stories of people getting denied boarding at the airport because of it. According to the U.S. State Department, there are a couple of situations at play that would constitute having to apply for a new passport prior to your trip: If your passport has been significantly damaged, especially the book cover or the page displaying your personal data and photo, you will need to apply for a new passport.  Conditions that may constitute...

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This Is the World’s Best Restaurant For 2016

Every year The World’s 50 Best Restaurants compiles a list of well…the world’s 50 best restaurants! If you’re anything like me, food is what makes the world go ’round. I absolutely love to eat and often times the highlight of a new city for me is the food and drink possibilities 🙂 Last year’s #1 spot went to El Celler de Can Roca of Girona, Spain, which placed #2 this year. The world’s best restaurant for 2016 is Massimo Bottura’s Osteria Francescana of Modena, Italy (score one for the homeland!). You may have seen this restaurant on Netflix’s Chefs Table!...

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How to Make Business Travel Fun Again

Hey everyone, before I begin I want to take some time out to introduce myself and my blog! I’m a 25 year old risk consultant with a global accounting and consulting firm, currently living in Philadelphia. I have to be honest and tell you that prior to the commencement of my career, travel wasn’t a passion. After spending nearly all of my professional years on the road, I came to be attached with the hustle and bustle of airports and train stations. My girlfriend and family call me crazy, but I find a sense of calm in an airport. It makes...

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New Route: San Diego to Steamboat Springs

Earlier today, Alaska Airlines announced a new seasonal route from San Diego to popular ski destination Steamboat Springs, CO beginning in December 2016 and running through March. Per Alaska Airlines’  website, here is the service summary: Dates City pair Departs Arrives Frequency Dec. 17-March 25 San Diego-Hayden/Steamboat Springs 9:55 a.m. local 1:07 p.m. local Wednesday & Saturday Dec. 17-March 25 Hayden/Steamboat Springs-San Diego 1:45 p.m. local 3:06 p.m. local Wednesday & Saturday   Regional carrier SkyWest airlines will operate the flight with 75-seat Embraer 175 aircraft. Travel Update blogger Max Prosperi wrote about his experience in First Class on...

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Is This the Solution to Aircraft Mechanical Delays?

In late May, Airbus announced Delta as the launch customer for its brand new “Prognostics and Risk Management” tool created jointly with IBM and is aimed at reducing aircraft downtime caused by mechanical delays. The program is purely web-based and is a part of Airbus/IBM’s Smarter Fleet big data solutions suite. This tool will help aid Delta and other airlines in scheduling maintenance for aircraft, adding another level of predictability to the cat and mouse game known as operational efficiency. By being able to reasonably predict and schedule when aircraft need to be serviced, airlines will hopefully be able to...

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A Guide to The Best Sandwiches in Philadelphia

I’ve been a Philly resident my entire life. That’s 25 years of wooder ice, humid summers, unpredictable winters, double parking, and ridiculously good sandwiches. I’m from the actual city of Philadelphia, unlike you suburbanites who throw around the Philly name to give your hometown some context (just kidding :)). I live one mile from the stadiums and about three subway stops south of the city center. In my sick, twisted mind I believe this gives me some degree of credibility when it comes to recommending the best sandwiches in this town. Hoagies Roast Pork (w/ Broccoli Rabe and Sharp...

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FAA Decides Psych Testing Pilots Is Not a Good Idea

Not sure how I feel about this, yet. According to an article written by Skift, the FAA has nixed the idea of requiring psych testing for pilots, instead opting to implement a self-reporting honor system. Under this program, pilots will have the opportunity to self-report mental issues and get the treatment needed. FAA trains medical examiners to issue flight medical certificates and while these examiners have the ability to decline a certificate, they are currently not required to report any issues to the FAA. The reason for forgoing the psych evaluation option is explained by FAA administrator Michael Huerta:...

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