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I recently had a fairly long layover at LAX about a week and a half ago on my way to Hong Kong and had the chance to visit several airline lounges there and wanted to write a post to talk about my experiences and what I liked and disliked about each.

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I flew on American Airlines for this trip, and being an Executive Platinum member of AA’s AAdvantage frequent flyer program (One World Emerald) and having a Priority Pass Select membership through my Citi Prestige credit card, I am able to access to quite a few lounges here.

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Travelers who are visiting Kuala Lumpur and plan to use the convenient KLIA Airport Express Train should be reminded that it’s worth it to purchase the ticket for the train online, using Mastercard.

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The pre-purchase can either be completed via the Mobile Application or website of the KLIA Ekspres which departs from the airport terminal and ends at Sentral Station right next to malls and hotels. [click to continue…]

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The urgently needed improvement projects at airports throughout the U.S. are creating a massive headache for travelers, employees and airport authorities, especially in Los Angeles and New York.

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Passengers who frequent Los Angeles LAX or NY LaGuardia can confirm that the current road and terminal construction works create a hellish situation around the clock. [click to continue…]

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As Air Berlin just announced their new promotional awards, I considered booking a domestic flight from Frankfurt to Berlin, but found that it’s actually cheaper to buy a ticket than to redeem miles.

AB Mileage DiscountsWhile most frequent flyer programs in Europe levy high surcharges on top of the high airport and departure tax, promotional fares sometimes are exempt from fuel surcharges to be more competitive. [click to continue…]

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Sebastian wrote last week here about using local versions of online travel agencies sites to get the best pricing for international air travel.  To go along with that, if you’re booking directly with a carrier for international travel, it’s always good to check the pricing on the various versions of that airline’s website.  Case:  Norwegian Air

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The two websites above may look the same (outside of the language differences), they may let you purchase the same exact flights with the same seats and the same amenities; however, one of them may charge you over $100 or more for the same exact ticket!

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Citizens of APEC member countries have the option of applying for a special travel document, the APEC Business Travel Card, that gives them immigration privileges during business travel within the community.

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The issued cards carry endorsements for individual countries on the reverse that specifies where the cardholder is entitled to preferred treatment (countries have to vet each applicant’s application individually). [click to continue…]

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We’ve recently written here about Priority Pass, an airline lounge membership that allows members into over 900 lounges worldwide and comes as an added benefit with many “premium” credit cards such as the American Express Platinum or Citi Prestige MasterCard among others.

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On my recent visit to London a little more than a month ago, I had the chance to check out one of the lounges open to Priority Pass members – the Plaza Premium Arrivals lounge in Terminal 2 at London Heathrow (LHR) Airport, which opened about a year and a half ago as the first independent/non-airline-affiliated arrivals lounge at LHR.

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If you require a currency exchange service once at your destination you might be able to save some money if you hold off with your exchange until you reach the hotel instead of exchanging at the airport.

Currency ExchangeIn the current case, I just needed a small amount of extra HKD and decided to exchange 20 Canadian Dollar instead of using the ATM for a small transaction like this and found my hotel offered decent rates. [click to continue…]

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If you’re like me, you’re always looking to get the best value out of your travel dollars and points, even if it means thinking outside the box a bit… which is what I did on a recent trip that involved two of my favorite travel destinations: London and Amsterdam.

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Based in the USA, I had booked most of this trip months in advance including the outbound flight from the US to London and inbound from Amsterdam.  But I realized a few weeks before the trip that I had forgotten to book my short flight in between to get from London to Amsterdam.

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A friend sent me a link to an YouTube video about some petty theft in Rio de Janeiro that had resurfaced for the Olympics. There are quite a few examples on that video what is going on in the city.

There have been some athletes that have had their belongings stolen (saw some US swimming team member yesterday being interviewed about their experience on CNN) and many are advised to travel only in groups. [click to continue…]

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In the last couple of weeks a few stories made headlines where passengers were demanding flight attendants to lift their carry on baggage for them into the overhead bin and personally I think that’s just wrong.

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Apart from common courtesy of not asking someone else to lift your bag into the overhead when it’s not part of their job description some passengers do so because ‘they can’t lift it themselves’. [click to continue…]

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If you find yourself in the situation of needing to apply for a Chinese Visa from time to time it might be worth it to do some advance research and consider where you apply for it.

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Making the decision wisely could save time, hassle and money at the same because the fees are different in each country and they also vary based on citizenship. [click to continue…]