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BREAKING – Carnival Corp. First US Cruise Line to Cuba

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Carnival Corporation announced this morning that it has received approval from the US Department of the Treasury and the US Department of Commerce to operate cruises to Cuba. Carnival plans to being cruises through the company’s recently unveiled Fathom purpose-travel brand in May 2016. According to Carnival, the company “intends to operate fathom travel itineraries directly to Cuba for the purpose of providing cultural, artistic, faith-based and humanitarian exchanges between American and Cuban citizens. Authorized under current U.S.-to-Cuba travel guidelines, the new Cuban itineraries on fathom will strictly comply with U.S. Department of Treasury rules that allow licensed travel companies to transport approved travelers to Cuba to engage in activities that support the Cuban people. Carnival Corporation is in active discussions…

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How NOT to Complain to an Airline

I pride myself on being a fairly even-tempered and rational person. Resolving airline service issues at the airport with a manager or someone else empowered to do so is almost always the best solution. In the absence of that, I recommend a polite and concise letter or email to an airline if you’ve experienced some kind of service failure. My time as an airline manager pre-dates things like Twitter and Facebook. That said, I’m pretty sure neither is the best way to manage a complaint. That’s why I am completely disappointed in myself for this. First, it served no purpose other than me venting. There are no details or context, it’s just some guy griping via the internet. The #goingfornotsogreat hashtag was…

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Delta Tops “Big 3″ in On Time Performance Again

HT: Flightview From the Sky Blog Delta Air Lines once again leads the pack when it comes to on-time performance with that Nation’s largest airlines in June. They lead the “big 3″ but a closer look at the rest of the stats provided by Flightview.com shows an even greater story. While Delta has a well-deserved reputation for reliable operations and good customer care when things go wrong, their “partner” in Seattle had an even better June. Alaska clocked an 86.4% on-time arrival rate during the month, compared to Delta’s 78.8% rate. Alaska was behind go-to winner Hawaiian Airlines, but I consider them to be in a class by themselves with a primary hub in Honolulu. In Delta’s defense, I can attest…

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The Weekly Recap – July 5, 2015

Good morning from 39,000 feet!! I hope you’re enjoying the remainder of your Independence Day holiday weekend. MrsMJ and I are headed home this morning. We had a great weekend with family and the Portland Craft Beer Festival, but it’s good to be heading home. Here’s a look at last week’s posts at MJ on Travel. Top Reads This Week What Next for Airlines, and For Us? Parting Ways with the Barclaycard Arrival Plus? Maybe – Maybe Not Other Posts Where Have All the Cruise Deals Gone? Up to 50 Percent More Rapid Rewards 75,000 AAdvantage Miles – Citi Executive Card AA First Class Lunch: ORD – PDX Don’t Forget This Admirals Club Benefit Enjoy what’s left of your weekend!…

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Don’t Forget This Admirals Club Benefit

There’s more to an Admirals Club membership than sometimes meets the eye. Of course there’s a comfortable place to wait for your flight with plenty of power outlets, snacks, bar, etc. American is also undertaking a major renewal project of its lounges. But there’s one benefit that I almost forgot about when departing Portland (PDX) this morning. American has partnered with Alaska Airlines to allow Board Room access for Admirals Club members in three locations. Thankfully, I saw the Board Room sign on the way to our gate this morning, which triggered my memory. A same-day boarding pass on an American Airlines flight is required along with your Admirals Club membership card. As a Citi Executive cardholder, I do not…

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Parting Ways With Arrival Plus? Maybe – Maybe Not

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News about upcoming changes to the Barclays Arrival + card landed with a pre-holiday thud. It’s been covered ad-nauseum around the blogs (I read it first on MommyPoints), but the highlights are: 10 percent points rebate for redemption dropping to 5 percent Minimum redemption amount for travel going up to 10,000 points, and 5,000 points for cashback TripIt Pro subscription benefit going away There are other tweaks, but I think these are the biggies. Taken individually, any one of these might not be a bother, but together they are challenging. I’ve redeemed Arrival miles for many of my favorite things including airline tickets, onboard spending bills from cruises, and for cruises themselves. In fact, I’ve recommended the Arrival + as…

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What Next for Airlines, and For Us?

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You are not going to read a lot from me on the latest revelation that the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) is investigating the airlines for possible collusion on pricing. While I do have a strong opinion on that, suffice it to say that I think the DOJ has a difficult case to prove, the issue itself flies just close enough to my day job orbit that I’m going to refrain from a great deal of pontification. I will say that it makes for an interesting headline, but it is likely to be years before anything comes of it, if ever. There’s no real need dwell on it at the moment. I’ll also repeat a quote from a piece I wrote…

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AA First Class Lunch: ORD-PDX

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I know I’ve been writing about American a lot lately, but I’ve experienced an increase in flying on American through a confluence of events. Based on the stats, readers like seeing what’s on the menu, and since I’m on a lunch flight, I thought I’d post. MrsMJ and I are making our way to PDX for the weekend. We had a late start out of Atlanta, but were able to run for our connection and make it with minutes to spare. I haven’t boarded a flight when everyone else was on in a long time, so I guess I needed the practice! But on to the show. I pre-ordered today’s lunch which was a lemon thyme chicken served with a quinoa arugula…

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75,000 AAdvantage Miles – Citi Executive Card

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After way too much dithering, I jumped on the 100,000 mile Citi AAdvantage Executive offer last year. I’m so glad I did, and it’s not just about the miles – more on that in a minute. The top of the line Citi AAdvantage card is now offering a 75,000 mile bonus when you spend $7,500 in the first 3 months. Not quite 100,000, but respectable nonetheless. The annual fee remains at $450. There’s another difference in this offer and some that have existed previously as Miles to Memories pointed out earlier. The bonus miles are not available if you’ve had a Citi AAdvantage Executive card opened or closed in the past 18 months. This knocks out those of us who played…

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Where Have All the Cruise Deals Gone?

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I have endeavored to write a post known as “The Weekly Cruise Deal” for some time now. While I’m still committed to posting about deals from all the cruise lines when I see them, I’m certain you’ve noticed that I’m posting a good bit less than weekly. That’s not from a lack of desire, it’s from a lack of what I consider to be good cruise deals. What happened? There are a few forces at work here, and they aren’t all that different than those in the airline industry. The economy is expanding, unemployment is slowly going down, and people are feeling confident enough to take a vacation leading to increased demand for cruises. Combine that with a bit of…

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