Yearly Archives: 2010

Topic of the Week: 2010 Travel Summary

It’s the last day of the year, so it’s always fun to look back on your travels, right? Here’s my summary, and you can see it was kind of a boring year compared to some previous ones. How’d you do?

Miles: 34,202 (23,452 last year)
Segments: 26 (34)
New Aircraft: …

Airlines We Lost in 2010

The year is almost done, and you know what that means. It’s time to review the airlines we’ve lost in 2010. The good news? We had fewer airlines disappear this year than last and many of them were piddly little guys that I won’t even bother discussing here. (Strategic France, …

United’s 747 Flying Museum (Trip Report)

It’s a light week, so how about another trip report? We used 25,000 miles to get home using a one way saver awards on United in First Class, the weather was good 747 in Chicagoand I expected it to be routine . . . until our flight home from Chicago was upgraded …

Frontier versus Republic (Trip Report)

The contrast between the holiday trek to Indiana this year versus last year couldn’t be greater. Last year we took a redeye out that was severely delayed. This year we took a morning flight that wasn’t. The biggest problem was a grumpy crew on the first flight and a broken …

United Gets Into the Retro Colors Game (Airplane Porn)

Let’s face it. The holidays are here and the number of out of office replies I’m seeing keep rising. So let’s finish out this week with something light. How about some airplane porn?

United is an airline that has had some of the best, historical color schemes (aka liveries) on …

IATA Designs Security Checkpoint of the Future and It Looks Pretty Good

Every time I talk security here, there are always a few comments asking to focus on a better solution instead of just criticizing what we have. We’ve batted around ideas before in comments, but now we actually have a concrete proposal from none other than the International Air Transport Association …

Topic of the Week: Sun Country Goes to Washington

Sun Country is heading to Washington/National airport with flights from . . . Lansing? Yep, Lansing. It won the fight for slots at National against other more established airlines. These slots were being used by Frontier to fly to Kansas City, so now the number of flights on that route …

Delta.com Now Shows Amenities by Flight

For those who have tried to book a flight on Delta in the last week, you’ve probably noticed that the layout of the booking process has changed. Delta is now showing amenities by flight all in the booking path. That’s a huge improvement and means you don’t have to hunt …

Midwest Weather Mess: Navigating a Winter Storm

As we all know by now, this past weekend was a mess for air travel as much of the country was buried under snow and high winds. It was a busy day for us at Cranky Concierge as well. We were following four clients and three of them had flights …

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