If you’re not on Instagram, you may have missed the tease that Alaska Airlines has in store for their upcoming merger with Virgin America.  And it’s a pretty one at that!  Here it is, courtesy of Instagram user diecastjames:

A photo posted by James (@diecastjames) on

Pretty, eh? I overheard someone say the AS/VA merger was supposed to be announced yesterday, November 14th. But apparently that was erroneous news, since nothing’s come out. But this spectacular livery shows us that it’s expected soon!

There are no comments, click here be the first one!

So WalletHub did a really cool post on the best Summer getaway destinations for 2016, which you can read about over here.  And I live for this kind of stuff, since it gives you a good look into the brain shared by the traveling public.  Yes, singular ‘brain’ because have you ever watched a gaggle of Greys getting off a plane, bewildered that they just shot hundreds of miles through the air and are now in a whole other place?

But I digress.  Anyway, so I knew the top five would be the biggies.  The Vegas trips, the LA trips, Orlando for the theme parks.  Indeed, Las Vegas comes in at number one on the list.  But what claims the number two place?

Salt Lake City.

Yes, you read that correctly.  Salt Lake City is the second most popular destination for 2016’s Summer travel season.

I know.  I don’t get it either.  People… They’re weird.

There are no comments, click here be the first one!

There’s a lot of “best” airline lists out there, but until now I haven’t seen much of anyone pushing a list of the worst.  But WalletHub has fixed that for us!  So if you’re interested, you can take a look at the best and worst airlines of 2016, as well as the best and worst airline frequent flyer programs.

Airlines link: https://wallethub.com/edu/best-airlines/20916/

Airline Programs link: http://www.cardhub.com/edu/best-frequent-flyer-program/

There are no comments, click here be the first one!

So I get a few news alerts during the day that tells me about what’s going on with the big guys (hint, Delta just passed United as the second largest airline), or maybe some cool stuff about airplane design.  I mean who wouldn’t want to read an informational article about Boeing’s new patent for an airplane design that literally wraps itself around cargo for delivery?  Brilliant, eh?

But no – what headline do I get sucked into?  The one about the emotional support turkey that flew on a recent Delta flight.  Yes, I’m serious – this fowl actually got a seat on a mainline Delta flight, and someone got a picture of it.  It’s rather odd.

And non-American’s say that we have no common sense.  They’re right of course, but still.  I mean, at least the turkey didn’t get to sit in the exit row!

There are no comments, click here be the first one!

AirSnark’s Book Is Out!

http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51IKS2VzZIL._SX405_BO1,204,203,200_.jpg

So a while back I wrote a travel book, detailing exactly how someone who is new to the business traveler world should navigate.  Points this, hotel that, and the like.  Then the book sat unloved for a while. Well it’s …

 

Bad Form, Air Canada!

https://www.airsnark.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/Air-Canada-797-Google-Search-1024x799.png

So I have a side hobby that keeps me busy called CatastropheCast, in which I talk about disasters and catastrophes that have happened in the last couple hundred years.  A big part of that is airplane crashes, which luckily have …

 

Has the TSA just thrown in the towel?

So I was flying out of my home airport, Portland International, this morning.  First had to head through security – luckily with my TSA PreCheck, so I could fly through security in front of all of the other regular travelers. …

 

Want some exercise, Road Warrior?

We all tend to struggle when we’re on the road.  You know, trying to get to the client site, get your work done, and have some semblance of life, so maybe your afternoon run or your morning workout goes by …

 

The Latest Volley in the Frenemies Fight Between Alaska and Delta

https://www.airsnark.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/as-dl-frenemies-mileage-279x300.png

So I have been waiting for the other shoe to drop in the Alaska/Delta frenemies fight, and it has.  An email from Alaska Airlines this morning spells out mileage accrual changes for elites flying on Alaska, and anyone flying on …

 

Airsnark’s Unscientific Guide To The Airlines – ON BOARD AMENITIES

So you’re settling in for your long journey, and as soon as you get on the plane you realize that you left your book/tablet/only source of entertainment at home.  You sit down in disgust, only to almost break your tailbone …