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“Did you know…Man buys first class ticket and eats for free in VIP lounge for a year?”

first class meal(NY Post)
Just when you thought you heard it all, the New York Post published an account of a man from China who takes the term “meal ticket” to the extreme.  The man purchased a first­ class plane ticket just so he could freeload meals at the VIP lounge at Xi’an International Airport – for an entire year.  Read more here:

“Did you know…The Guy in the Window Seat Wants to Talk to You?”

talking on a placeWhy don’t airline passengers, sitting inches apart for hours on end, utter a single word to one another?  Most likely, because we assume that the other person doesn’t want to talk and we rather not risk annoying anyone.

Since the ups and downs of air travel always pique our interest, we were drawn in by a recent New York Times article written by Jeff Kaye, a co-C.E.O. of the executive search firm Kaye/Bassman-Sanford Rose Associates and C.E.O. of the recruiting training company, Next Level Exchange.  Since the 1990s, Jeff has been contradicting the assumption that our seat mates don’t want to engage.  In fact, he says, about 90% of people DO like to chat and share.  Since Jeff travels all the time and all around the world for business, he makes a regular habit of greeting fellow passengers and asking a few polite questions.  In addition to interesting company, he’s been rewarded with advice, recommendations and anecdotes that made the trip fly and in many cases left him a little bit smarter.

Next time you’re on a plane, say hello to your seat mate.  You never know where the conversation will take you.  Read the entire story here:

“Did you know…As AA and UA merge, price glitches surface?”


american airlines logoThankfully, as travelers, we don’t have to get beneath the layers of complexity associated with the merger process of American Airlines and US Airways into one mega air carrier.  As the airlines take initial steps toward integrating their flights, pricing structure and human resources, there’s bound to be fallout.  This week, reported, “American and US Airways began offering codeshare flights last week, but savvy agents and fare watchers quickly noticed wide disparities in ticket prices, depending on where they searched or which code they used.”

“In some instances, seats on US Airways flights booked as American flights were more than twice the price displayed for the same seats on the US Airways site…” Read the full story here:

“Did you know…travel industry praises decision to scrap fee hike?”

(USA Today)

international airline ticketVoices of pilots and consumer groups gave sway against taxing airlines on international arrivals as additional fees have been dropped from a recently approved spending bill.  USA Today reports, “Immigration inspection user fees had been poised to rise from $7 to $9 on each ticket under the Senate version of the legislation. But the final compromise dropped the fee, which would have raised $185 million per year.”

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ExpertFlyer Hot Topics – Where the Rubber Meets the Runway

Last week, we featured three of the six most common flying fear factors.  This post will discuss the remaining three factors, including steps to conquer them from Brave Flyer author, Michael Salem.


The mother of all fears! This item never fails to show up on any list when it comes to fear of flying. The funny part about it is that most people who fear it and think about it all the time have little knowledge or background on what causes air bumps (turbulence). What is also funny (or sad) is that turbulence has nothing to do with in-flight risk. I personally (having done a lot of research) never heard of a plane crashing due to air bumps. So if you want to use your rational brain for a second here, there is simply zero risk due to turbulence and absolutely nothing to worry about or even discuss.

Please remember that the air is much like the sea -  it is constantly moving and shifting – and in the same way that a ship moves up and down, the plane will do the same, but much less.

These bumps can be caused from wind uplift which usually happens when flying over mountains where the wind will collide with the mountains and get redirected upwards, causing it to bump your plane from below. Turbulence can also happen when the plane crosses different jet streams or flies close to storms. Whatever the reason may be, it’s only the wind bumping the aircraft.

Think about it and be fair, being onboard a plane is the smoothest experience you will ever have in any motorized transportation equipment. Don’t believe me? Next time you are riding (not driving) a car or a bus, close your eyes and concentrate on the bumpiness of the ride – it is not a smooth ride at all.

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