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Qatar Airways wins 2017 SkyTrax Airline of the Year

This morning, SkyTrax announced their 2017 world airline award winners. The winners are selected by a public vote, so of course this is more of a subjective vote than anything else. Regardless, we use SkyTrax as a gauge for recommending airlines in many of our flight deals. The winner of the best overall airline for 2017 is Qatar Airways. We’ve...

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Trump introduces new Cuban Travel Restrictions

At a speech in Miami today, President Trump introduced new Cuban travel restrictions. Although Trump stated that he was “cancelling” Obama’s agreement with Cuba, the new restrictions are only minor changes, but they will no doubt reduce the amount of US travel to Cuba.   What will be changing (in 60-90 days) Enforcement of the ban on tourist travel  Currently...

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Frequent Traveler University MSP this weekend!

After going full time with Thrifty Traveler, I’ve got more time for fun side projects. This weekend, Frequent Traveler Advanced will be hosted in Minneapolis, MN at the Marriott Minneapolis Airport. I’ll be speaking on “How to book the cheapest flight possible” and also on “The top manufactured spending methods“. There are speakers and guest panels for every type of traveler. If...

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What to do if you’re on a flight through Qatar

As we covered yesterday, several countries in the Middle East have severed diplomatic ties with Qatar. If you’ve purchased a future flight on Emirates, Etihad, or Qatar Airways, it’s important to check your routing. Most flights are not impacted, but check the list below to ensure your flight routing has not been suspended. Emirates: No flights to Doha, Qatar Etihad Airways: No...

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Six Arab countries sever ties with Qatar (including flights from UAE)

This morning, according to the BBC, several governments in the Middle East severed diplomatic ties with the Qatari government located in Doha, Qatar. This will significantly impact air travel as Qatar Airways is based out Doha, and has many flights to the United Arab Emirates (UAE), including Dubai and Abu Dhabi. According to a Saudi statement, this diplomatic crisis is the...

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New Airport Time Saver: CLEAR

Back in 2015, I took the plunge and finally enrolled in the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Global Entry program and haven’t looked back. Between the benefit of expedited entry upon return to the U.S. from abroad and the included TSA Pre Check, it really is one of the best ways to greatly improve your airport experiences. Not to mention, once...

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Delta adds Flexibility to Buying Upgrades & Managing Medallion Upgrades

Delta announced today, they will begin allowing customers to add upgrades to their itineraries à la carte. You will now be able to purchase premium upgrades such as Delta Comfort+, Delta One, and First Class as an add-on purchase for all or part of your trip (including individual segments). This can all be done from the Delta.com or by calling...

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Escape Lounge at MSP Leaving Priority Pass

Bad news for those of your who are Priority Pass holders (cardholders of the Amex Platinum, Citi Prestige, or Chase Sapphire Reserve cards). This weekend, I received a message from reader Erin S., that she was told by Minneapolis-St. Paul (MSP) Escape Lounge staff that they were leaving the Priority Pass network on June 14th. This was later confirmed on...
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Southwest Flights to Hawaii Possible in 2018

    Southwest flights to Hawaii look to launch from the west coast as early as next year. Southwest CEO Gary Kelly, stated at the annual shareholders meeting this week, that flights to Hawaii are a high priority for a carrier. According to the Arizona Republic, Kelly stated, “We’re deciding what our plans are for 2018 and Hawaii is important...

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Europe Electronics Ban Scrapped (for now)

According to BBC News, the United States & European Union have rejected expanding the laptop ban to flights from Europe. The ban could still be implemented, but for now the talks are stalled. This is positive news as this would have had a detrimental impact on those traveling from Europe to the United States. There is the risk of transporting volatile lithium...