Several weeks ago I wrote a piece on the subtle risks of low oil prices for airlines. Those risks revolve around the potential for a breakdown in discipline amongst airline managers, and just as importantly, a rise in unrealistic expectations and demands from labor groups. Without question, the next few quarters, perhaps all of 2015 and… Read full article

I’ve gotten lots of questions about Royal Caribbean’s Quantum of the Seas. One question I’ve received more than once is whether or not you have to tip the robot bartenders in the Bionic Bar? Quantum’s bionic bartenders, BIO and NIC work very hard to mix the perfect drink with precision. For me, the perfect drink… Read full article

This morning, I shed a quiet tear in remembrance of Kimpton Hotels. By now, you’ve no doubt heard the news (which Weekly Flyer broke yesterday) that Kimpton has agreed to be acquired by Intercontinental Hotels Group. While I can’t say I was a frequent customer of the brand, I did often look for opportunities to… Read full article

By now, most of you have heard about American’s AAdvantage bonus miles promotion for premium class travel. This offer also applies to Dividend Miles members. The gist of the deal is an offer of additional bonus miles on top of the usual bonuses for first and business class travel through the end of 2015. The… Read full article

Milepoint is launching an awesome holiday giveaway today with the 12 Days of Christmas!   Today’s gift is a $500 gift card from Hyatt! To enter, simply click here and select the correct day to register for the chance to win. Find contest rules here.

I’m aboard my flight home now (12/12) reflecting on a truly amazing cruise aboard Royal Caribbean’s Quantum of the Seas. As I’ve noted before, I will prepare a complete review with pictures and commentary. I’m most excited to share the details of my interview with Quantum’s Executive Chef, Henrique, with you. I have lots of… Read full article

Yesterday, Delta Air Lines announced a big re-definition of it core products effective March 1, 2015. Here’s the gist straight from Delta – Delta One, formerly BusinessElite, is offered on long-haul international routes; also between New York-JFK and Los Angeles or San Francisco First Class is offered on short-haul international and domestic routes Delta Comfort+… Read full article

It’s day 7 of my cruise aboard Royal Caribbean’s Quantum of the Seas. Each day I discover something new to like about this ship. It’s taken me a few days, but I finally made it to the Bionic Bar after an incredible meal at Wonderland (more on that later). As you might imagine, the Bionic… Read full article

They say first impressions are lasting impressions. If that’s the case, my first impression of this ship is that she is beautiful and elegantly done. A true step up for Royal Caribbean. On the other hand, I hear from other guests on board that were here last week that things haven’t been smooth. There have… Read full article

A holiday week at home, and tomorrow, vacation. Not much left to say. Will post tomorrow on operating hours and plans while I’m away. In the meantime, let’s look at the last week here at MJ on Travel. An Update on My US Airways Experiment The Trouble with I’ll Never Fly Airline X Again Delta… Read full article

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