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ATL – Number One in Attempted Carry On Guns

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Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport is the busiest airport in the world in terms of passengers. It’s also number one in guns confiscated by TSA. If you’re counting, that’s 92 confiscated this year according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. The article goes on to point out that the airport is almost at the number of guns confiscated in all of 2014. It’s a challenge being the world’s busiest airport in one of the world’s gun-loving-est places. Firearms confiscated at Hartsfield-Jackson so far this year are closing on the total for all of last year, 109. What gives? As a resident of Atlanta, I can attest to the fact that people here love their guns, and it’s easier to carry them here than…

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The Weekly Recap – August 1, 2015

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Off the road and in the office this week. That’s a good thing because I need to tie up a few loose ends before a little vacation off the grid that starts in just 2 weeks. Here’s a look at the past week’s posts here at MJ on Travel. Top Posts Chinese Hackers Hit United Airlines Status Match Success with MSC The Best of the Rest The Ultimate Medallion Upgrade Delta’s Stylin’ New A319 Interior Takes Flight Did You Receive a Delta Amex Survey? Enjoy the rest of your weekend! -MJ, August 1, 2015  

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Did You Receive a Delta Amex Survey?

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Something interesting appeared in my email yesterday, a survey invitation from American Express about my Delta SkyMiles Platinum Amex card. The survey took about 20 minutes, and was thorough. It’s focus was on the benefits received from the card, and cardmember knowledge of them. I realized about 19 minutes into the 20 minute exercise that I should have been taking screen shots of some of the questions. One of my favorites was whether I was spending more or less on the card than last year. After hitting bonus MQM thresholds 2 years in a row, here’s where Boardingarea’s Managing Director of SkyMiles Apologism is on spend as of August 1, 2015. I’ve spoken to a couple of Delta Amex users I know, and neither…

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Status Match Success with MSC Cruises

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Earlier this week I wrote about a new status match offer from MSC Cruises. If you hold elite status with another cruise line or hotel/tour company, they’ll match you to an equivalent status in their MSC Voyagers Club. Voyagers Club is a 5-tier program with benefits that increase in value as you climb up the status ladder. The best benefit of all is a 5% discount off your cruise fare, with bigger discounts and even onboard credits available for select voyages. The perks for elite status are pretty typical, ranging from priority boarding to welcome back cocktails and onboard parties and late check-out/disembarkation. You can view the complete list of benefits here. The Status Match I decided to go ahead…

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Delta’s Stylin’ New A319 Interior Takes Flight

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Delta’s first refurbished A319 aircraft will re-join the airline’s fleet this week following an “extreme makeover.” As part of a previously announced refurbishment project, the A319s are receiving: Panasonic in-flight entertainment at every seat USB and 110v power outlets Large pivoting overhead bins New galleys and new pod-like overhead passenger service units The refurbished A319s are configured with 12 first class, 18 Comfort Plus, and 102 main cabin seats. At a total of 132 seats, this is up 6 seats from the old configuration. The new seats are of the “slim line” variety, enabling Delta to add another row in the main cabin. I’ll withhold judgment until I actually sit in one of those seats. I do love the addition of…

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Chinese Hackers Hit United Airlines

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Bloomberg is reporting this morning that United Airlines was the victim of a Chinese-backed hacker attack. According to the article, The previously unreported United breach raises the possibility that the hackers now have data on the movements of millions of Americans, adding airlines to a growing list of strategic U.S. industries and institutions that have been compromised. Among the cache of data stolen from United are manifests — which include information on flights’ passengers, origins and destinations — according to one person familiar with the carrier’s investigation. MJ’s Take The idea of hackers going after United raises questions about what kinds of information the hackers might be after and what other airlines they have targeted. One could be forgiven for wondering…

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I Thought Airlines Were Bad – Then I Called Comcast

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As the Managing Director of Airline Apologencia here at Boardingarea, most people think I believe airlines are perfect and if we were better customers, things would be improved. That is, of course, wrong. I have a long list of things I think airlines could do better, and assuming I ever have fully functional internet here at world HQ again, I’ll share that list with you. The background – I have been moderately satisfied with AT&T U-verse since relocating to Atlanta in September 2012. I went in knowing that it was just souped up DSL, but the thought of breaking away from “cable” along with some attractive pricing hooked me. Frankly, it’s been fine. U-verse isn’t exactly speedy, but it is…

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Delta Private Jets – Not Your Ordinary Medallion Upgrade

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Delta is about to introduce something different, the opportunity for Medallion members on select Delta flights to upgrade to a private jet. Many may not be aware that Delta owns a company called Delta Private Jets that provides biz-jet services for the well-heeled. According to Bloomberg, the service “will cost $300 to $800, depending on destination. Beginning as soon as this week, passengers who have achieved elite or “medallion” status in Delta’s SkyMiles frequent-flyer program will be eligible for the upgrade offers. But officials stress that the initial number of private jet flights will be small and focused mainly at Delta’s East Coast hubs.” According to Delta, “the private upgrade opportunities will be limited to select passengers in specific markets where…

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The Weekly Recap – July 25, 2015

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Another week in the books. It was history making because I cleared an upgrade roundtrip on Delta as a Platinum Medallion to/from Washington, DC! The return even cleared at the window. Let’s take a look at the last week’s posts here at MJ on Travel. Top Posts Delta Fliers – Status Match to Alaska Air? Status Matching Sets Sail with MSC Cruises The Best of the Rest Delta’s Fall Fare Sale – Miles and Money China Rising – 6th Carnival Ship to China The Other Side of Miles are Like Money Enjoy the rest of your weekend!!! -MJ, July 25, 2015  

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Status Matching Sets Sail with MSC Cruises

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HT: FlyerTalk MSC Cruises has introduced a status match option for its loyalty program. I’ve called elite status reciprocity, which is practiced among Azamara, Celebrity and Royal Caribbean the closest thing to status matching in cruising. Now, MSC has for the first time introduced the first true “status match” by a cruise line and is offering equivalent status in their MSC Voyager’s Club to members of other cruise line loyalty programs (hotels too). (Image courtesy of MSC Cruises) Here are the terms and conditions of the offer as listed. MSC Cruises will only consider benefit cards from other Cruising companies, Hotels and/or Tour Operators. Airline Company benefit cards are excluded. Matching is carried out by comparing as much as reasonably possible the level of…

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