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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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Priority Pass Guide

Everything You Should Know About the Priority Pass Program

If you travel a lot in economy class, Priority Pass – a membership that gives you access to airport lounges regardless of the class you fly in – can be a very valuable resource. In this article, I will talk about more or less everything you need to know about the program. I’ll talk about …

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SkyTeam Alliance Member Airlines

Airlines of SkyTeam: The Present, Past, and Future Members of the Alliance

SkyTeam was launched on June 22, 2000, and is headquartered in Amsterdam. Since then, the size of the alliance has grown from just four founding members to a total of 19 member airlines. Those airlines operate transport more than half a billion passengers each year between more than a thousand destinations in more than 175 …

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A Guide to Connecting Flights

A Guide to Taking Connecting Flights: Procedures, Tips & Other Things You Need to Know

Non-stop flights are, no doubt, the most convenient way to travel by air. However, there are many situations in which they are not an option – whether because of the route you need to travel on or because they are expensive. In those cases, you’ll have to take connecting flights. If you haven’t flown yet …

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