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What Happened to TWA?

What Happened to TWA? Three Bankruptcies, the Karabu Agreement, and More

Trans World Airlines (TWA) was formed in 1930 through a forced merger of a few smaller airlines. Less than a decade after its founding, the legendary Howard Hughes took control of the company. Over the decades that followed, TWA has grown – together with Pan Am – into one of the most recognized airlines in …

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Monarch Airlines: What Happened to One of the UK's Best-Known Airlines?

Monarch Airlines: What Happened to One of the UK’s Best-Known Airlines?

Monarch Airlines was a pioneering airline in the United Kingdom, bringing overseas vacations to a price point accessible to a larger part of the British population than ever before. The London Luton Airport-based airline brought millions of British travelers to their destinations and back over the course of five decades. Then, in 2017, Monarch Airlines …

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Singapore Airlines A380 First Class Suite

10 Hours in Singapore Airlines First Class Suites for Just $829.79 or Less Using Alaska Mileage Plan

About two years ago, Singapore Airlines and Alaska Airlines started a partnership which allowed their passengers to collect miles into each other’s programs. Earlier this week, that partnership was expanded to allow Alaska Mileage Plan members to book award flights on Singapore Airlines. The amount of miles required for most of the offered routes is …

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Do Frequent Flyer Miles Expire? Generally Yes, But...

Do Frequent Flyer Miles Expire? Generally Yes, But…

While collecting miles to save on travel is a great idea, it is also important to know the rules of the program you are collecting into to maximize your efforts. It’s especially important to know what the rules are regarding the expiration of your miles. After all, if you, let’s say need 20,000 miles for …

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SkyEurope: The Story of Central Europe's First Low-Cost Carrier

SkyEurope: The Story of Central Europe’s First Low-Cost Carrier

SkyEurope Airlines was the first low-cost carrier in Central Europe. It was founded in Slovakia in 2001 – two years before Wizz Air was founded in Hungary – and from then, it grew rapidly for the next few years. However, in spite of transporting more and more passengers, the airline never turned profitable. Instead, in …

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Is Spirit Airlines Safe?

Is Spirit Airlines Safe? (Yes, It Is.)

Spirit Airlines oftentimes offers fares that are significantly lower than those of its competitors. Not only that, but it also gets criticized for the quality (or lack thereof) of its onboard service and for its advertising practices. With that in mind, some people question whether or not the airline is safe to fly with. The …

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What Happened to Pan Am?

Pan Am: What Happened to America’s World Airline?

Pan American World Airways, or more commonly known as Pan Am, is perhaps the closest the United States ever came to having a flag carrier. At one point, it was the world’s biggest airline, and for many, it came to symbolize the golden age of air travel. Decades later, it filed for bankruptcy, and U.S. …

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Da Nang Transfer

A Not-So-Smooth Transfer at Da Nang Airport

Earlier this month, my friend Yukihiro and I flew from Da Nang to New York thanks to Cathay Pacific’s unbelievable first class fare. Because of Vietnam’s unusual visa exemption rules, Da Nang’s lacking “transfer infrastructure,” and lack of research on my side, the transfer turned out to be a bit more “dramatic” that I had …

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A Guide to Buying Airline Miles

Buying Airline Miles: A Strategy That Can Be Worth Having in Your Travel Toolkit

If you are new to frequent flyer programs and airline miles, you might be surprised that you can not only earn miles by flying or through other activities like that, but that you can also buy them outright. In most cases, doing so does not present the best value. However, if you are systematic about …

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