Archive for August, 2017

Did you know…A recent court decision could lead to more space on planes?

seats on plane

According to a recent report by AirFareWatchDog.com, the District of Columbia U.S. Court of Appeals ruled last month that the FAA must show actual data to back up its unsupported assertions about the safety of tightly packed airline seats. The decision comes in response to a petition from the nonprofit group Flyers Rights, which requested that the FAA issue minimum seat width and pitch rules for airlines in the U.S. This could turn out to be a win for consumers, but it isn’t yet.

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EarthCam will capture the sun and moon for viewers around the world

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WHAT: For the first time, EarthCam’s live webcams will follow the totality of the solar eclipse throughout the United States on August 21, 2017.  From the top of the Seattle Space Needle to the streets of Times Square, viewers will enjoy the extremely rare solar eclipse on www.earthcam.com.

The nationwide broadcast will begin in San Francisco, CA at 9:01 AM local time (12:01 EST) and continue across the continental United States, the first time such a phenomenon has been seen in 99 years.  Watch for shadow bands crossing cityscapes such as Seattle, WA; St. Paul, MN; St. Louis, MO; and New York City.  The eclipse may have an effect on animals whose behavior relies on light cues.  View the bears at ZooMontana in Billings, MT and the giraffe family at the Greenville Zoo in Greenville, SC to see if they start to behave as if it is twilight.  Even where the eclipse will not reach totality, viewers can join the crowds gathering in Las Vegas, NV; Bourbon Street in New Orleans, LA and Times Square, NYC.

WHY: The last total solar eclipse in the United States was 99 years ago. The path of totality crosses the country from West coast to East coast through 14 states. The best way to watch the eclipse as it occurs across the country is on EarthCam’s special event page created exclusively for the total solar eclipse. EarthCam is also partnering with NASA to show their entire broadcast from 12PM till 4 PM EST, live on billboards in Times Square.  Over 45 webcams can also be viewed in a special playlist on EarthCamTV, available on Apple TV and Amazon Fire devices.

HOW: Watch the solar eclipse occur via 45 different camera locations with EarthCam’s live webcams!

 

Boost Your Award-Booking and Upgrade Success With ExpertFlyer

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ExpertFlyer was recently featured by The Points Guy as a resource to get the award seats you want on your next flight.

The Points Guy“If your plan for finding airline award space involves relying on airline phone agents, people who have a very tough job in my opinion, you’re setting yourself up for failure. As hard as they work, many lack the necessary training on award-booking rules and airline partnerships — and this can put an end to your award itinerary before it begins. Today, I’ll show you how you should use ExpertFlyer to get the award seats you want.”

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Did you know…You fly AA, Alaska Air, and other airlines with your British Airways Avios?

In a recent Forbes post, air travel expert, Johnny Jet, discloses five cool tricks for getting great perks from British Airways Avios, the airline’s rewards currency.  Read the full post here to get details on these five tips.

1. Book British Airways Short Haul Flights

2. Book Last Minute Flights or Flights Far in Advance

3. Book Partner Awards to Avoid Costly Fuel Surcharges, Taxes, and Fees

4. Look at Avios + Cash Redemptions

 5. How to Get more BA Avios

Watch this video to learn how to become an Avios Master:

Did you know…Domestic airlines raked in $3.5 billion last year from checked-bag fees?

luggage shipping services

According to a recent CNBC report, airline baggage fees keep increasing, with domestic carriers earning $3.5 billion last year from checked-bag fees. In response, some travelers are turning to online luggage-shipping services such as Luggage FreeLuggage Forward and Sendmybag.com in search of cheaper prices and other perks.

In the past eight months, Sendmybag.com has already shipped around 200,000 bags according to CEO Adam Ewart.

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