Dear Trump Airlines

Dear Trump Airlines I have seen a lot of talk about Sir Richard Branson’s letter to Virgin America, lamenting the demise of the airline as it was purchased by Alaska Airlines.  As I read through his letter, it reminded me of a letter I read 25 years ago from another business man that likes to… Read More »

Alaska Airlines adds Condor as a Mileage Plan Partner

File this one under: “Didn’t see it coming”.  Today Alaska Airlines announced Condor, a Frankfurt based airline, as their newest partner.  Condor is owned by Thomas Cook Group, a British travel company. The earning structure when crediting Condor flights to Alaska Mileage Plan is surprisingly generous.  Condor doesn’t have their own frequent flier program.  Prior… Read More »

Virgin America Loft LAX

Virgin America has a total of one airport lounge, the Virgin America Loft in LAX at Terminal 3.  And soon it will be no more.  Delta plans to take over Terminal 3 at LAX and Virgin America will be moving to Terminal 6 with their new owners, Alaska Airlines.  Thus the Virgin America Loft will… Read More »

Hyatt House Anaheim Resort Review

Hyatt House Anaheim Resort I find Hyatt’s two “Modern Essential” brands; Hyatt Place and Hyatt House, to be mostly cookie cutter.  The rooms are all the same, the breakfasts are uniform and the staff are reliable.  I’ve stayed at a number of both types of properties and rarely write about them.  I believe the Hyatt House… Read More »

Gift Card Cash Back Laws

Gift cards are an essential tool for many people that are serious about travel. For some, it is a way to lower the cost of travel by purchasing discounted gift cards for hotels, restaurants, or airlines.  As an example, I recently purchased a $200 Hyatt gift card to trigger an Amex Offer of $60 back at… Read More »