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Everybody no matter if you’re a frequent or leisure traveler is confronted with the situation to purchase a new suitcase or carry-on every few years and the prevailing dilemma is usually how much to spend.

Obviously someone who travels less frequently can get away with purchasing a less durable item than a frequent traveler who travels daily/weekly/monthly and would like to keep his bag longer than a few months. [click to continue…]

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Many airlines offer their customers the option of purchasing Duty Free items ahead of the flight and also add some specialty items that can be pre-ordered such as certain premium champagne brands.

Especially when purchasing expensive items it might make sense to have a second look if certain offers can make sense such as during my flight on China Airlines last weekend. [click to continue…]

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China Immigration at Beijing Capital Airport has introduced a new regulation concerning the use of 72-hour Transit Without Visa rule that requires travelers to fill in an application and wait for clearance.

Previously simple presentation of onward tickets was sufficient but now the application form is mandatory for all stays over 24 hours as well as a “background check” that is conducted somewhere in the back office. [click to continue…]

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They are testing rocket engines for their nuclear warheads . The US government is sending a warship to the Korean peninsula. The newspapers are talking of an increased risk of accidental war. And I will be there this week hoping there are no major fireworks during my stay.

I was planning for a lovely Easter break in Tuscany when a friend of mine suggested to go to North Korea instead. He had been planning this trip for almost a year, and at the moment I thought that if I was ever to do such trip, better do it with people I know and trust. [click to continue…]

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While traveling extensively in Japan this month I realized that the amount of tourism services and facilities geared towards Chinese visitors have dramatically increased, especially announcements and placards.

Is this development due to the heightened misconduct of many mainland Chinese travelers or simply because they are such an economic force that the Japanese can’t ignore it any longer? [click to continue…]

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We have an update concerning the new Trusted Traveler Program in Japan we previously reported on and it’s not exactly good news for many who wish to apply.

We at LoyaltyLobby ran a test with two ordinary European Passports, one of which is also registered with Global Entry and both got a denial from the Japanese Authorities. [click to continue…]

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After much fanfare, confusion and miscommunication the Egyptian government has decided to scrap their plan of raising the Single Visa On Arrival Fee To US$60 which was announced previously.

The fee will remain at the previous level of US$25 for a single entry Visa on Arrival while a 6 Months Multiple Entry Visa will cost US$60. [click to continue…]

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The UK Government has announced it will join the U.S. in imposing security regulations on a dozen of destinations in the Middle East and North Africa, effectively banning laptops and large electronic devices.

Meanwhile the U.S. Government has reached out to Canada where officials are presently deliberating whether to join in on this action and in what form. [click to continue…]

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U.S. authorities are in preparation of implementing a complete ban of electronic devices larger than average cell phones inside aircraft cabins of the flight originates in roughly a dozen countries.

One of the airlines (countries) affected already spilled the beans via Twitter: Royal Jordanian Airlines published a notice to their passengers to prepare themselves that computers etc have to be checked in. [click to continue…]

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One of the hardest choices for every frequent traveler and member of loyalty programs is when to use their cherished currency and cash in the points for a free hotel night or flight.

While the average traveler redeems randomly whenever he sees opportunity, those who look after their points with eagle eyes watch out for the best value possible which is usually during high season. [click to continue…]

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The Brazilian Civil Aviation Authority (ANAC) just introduced fresh legislation further strengthening the right of air travelers in the country and continuing to ban fuel surcharges (YQ/YR).

Previously these surcharges were already banned by law and airlines are not allowed to charge these frivolous fees to their customers  while at the same time domestic passenger rights improved too. [click to continue…]

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It appears there are more social media groups, postings and website articles than ever before where people complain about fellow travelers sloppy dress style, bad travel habits and bare feet in the skies.

Is this a sign of people reaching the peak of their patience while putting up with the at time disgusting behavior and antics of others around them while flying from point A to point B? [click to continue…]

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Singapore Changi Airport will likely complete construction and open the new Terminal 4 at the end of the year and according to news reports will feature full Biometric Data Collection facilities at immigration.

Currently Singapore only collects fingerprints from people during entry/exit and even that just got introduced fairly recently (and has also slowed down the immigration process significantly). [click to continue…]

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There are often posts on Facebook about “gate lice” (people who are ready to board and standing by the gate very early – often non-elite members that would board the very last) and many US airlines now have several boarding groups with appropriate signs to get people line up and the boarding process sped up.

Do You Board First Or Last (Or Somewhere in Between)

Personally, I have never understood why people prefer to wait by the gate when the boarding begins rather than being in the lounge and arriving to the gate just before the gate closes. [click to continue…]