Air Travel

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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Oneworld Alliance Member Airlines

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

Oneworld was founded on February 1, 1999, and is headquartered in New York. It is the smallest of the three major airline alliances. Its 13 full member airlines transport over half a billion passengers every year using a combined fleet of more than 3,500 aircraft. This article takes a brief look at all of Oneworld’s …

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Non-Stop, Direct, and Connecting Flights: What Are the Differences?

Non-Stop, Direct, and Connecting Flights: What Are the Differences?

Many people including me often use the phrases “non-stop flight” and “direct flight” interchangeably. And, while there are situations when the terms are interchangeable, that’s not always the case. In this article, I’ll take a look at what non-stop, direct, as well as connecting flights are. I’ll also give you some examples of each and …

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A Step-by-Step Guide to Flying for the First Time

A Step-by-Step Guide to Flying for the First Time

While flying is “easy” after you have a couple of flights under your belt, if you are about to take your first flight, it might seem like a daunting task. Starting with booking the flights, getting to the airports on time, and boarding the aircraft without missing the flight, there are many small pieces to …

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Star Alliance vs. oneworld vs. SkyTeam: Which of the Three Major Airline Alliances Is the Best?

Star Alliance vs. oneworld vs. SkyTeam: Which of the Three Major Airline Alliances Is the Best?

Recently, smaller airline alliances have started popping up here and there. However, practically speaking, there are only three major airline alliances that you need to know about – Star Alliance, oneworld, and SkyTeam. While airlines have been increasingly forming partnerships with airlines even outside their alliances, the alliances are still an important part of the …

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