Deal Alert: US Cities to Mexico City From $211 Round-Trip

Deal Alert: US Cities to Mexico City From $211 Round-Trip

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Airfare deals are typically only available on limited dates. We recommend you use Google Flights to find dates to fly, then book through an online travel agency such as Orbitz or Expedia, which allows you to cancel flights without penalty by 11pm Eastern Time within one day of booking. However, if you’re using the American Express Platinum Card, you’ll need to book directly with the airline or through Amex Travel portal to get 5x MR points. Remember: Fares may disappear quickly, so book right away and take advantage of Orbitz or Expedia’s courtesy cancellation if you’re unable to get the time away from work or family.

American is offering cheap tickets to Mexico City from cities all over the US. But these aren’t just any cities. We’re seeing the lowest fares from Delta hubs — Minneapolis (MSP), Seattle (SEA), Detroit (DTW) and even Atlanta (ATL) if you book separate tickets. Perhaps American is trying to start a price war with Delta. Each of the fares we’ve found require a stop, but they’re booked in regular economy as opposed to basic economy — as low as $211 round-trip.

The best way to search for these tickets is via Google Flights. Search your origin city and destination and scroll through the calendar function to find dates that work for you. Then, click through to book directly with American or an OTA, such as Expedia or Orbitz.

Airline: American
Routes: BOS/DTW/JFK/MSP/SEA to MEX
Cost: $211+ in economy
Dates: March-May 2018, August 2018-January 2019
Booking Link: OrbitzExpedia or directly with the airline
Pay With: The Platinum Card from American Express (5x on airfare), Chase Sapphire Reserve, Premier Rewards Gold Card from American Express, Citi Prestige (3x on airfare plus excellent trip delay insurance) or Chase Sapphire Preferred (2x on travel)

Here are a few examples of what you can book:

Minneapolis (MSP) to Mexico City (MEX) for $211 round-trip with American:

New York (JFK/EWR) to Mexico City (MEX) for $211 round-trip with American:

Boston (BOS) to Mexico City (MEX) for $212 round-trip with American:

Seattle (SEA) to Mexico City (MEX) for $212 round-trip with American:

Detroit (DTW) to Mexico City (MEX) for $212 round-trip with American: 

Maximize Your Purchase

Don’t forget to use a credit card that earns additional points on airfare purchases, such as the American Express Platinum Card (5x on flights booked directly with airlines or American Express Travel), Chase Sapphire Reserve, American Express Premier Rewards Gold or Citi Prestige (3x on airfare) or the Chase Sapphire Preferred Card (2x on all travel purchases). Check out this post for more on maximizing airfare purchases.

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March 7, 2018 at 07:31PM

Stolen Moments of Solitude at the World’s Busiest Airport

Stolen Moments of Solitude at the World’s Busiest Airport

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Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport—which is located a
short drive south of Georgia’s capital, and within a two-hour flight for
eighty per cent of the U.S. population—is visited daily by more than a
quarter of a million people, making it the busiest airport in the world.
That’s a lot of luggage, to say nothing of the emotional baggage rolling
through its concourses. I live in Atlanta and, this past month alone,
have hovered along Hartsfield’s moving sidewalks, ridden its ricocheting
trains, and inhaled its jet-fuel and French-fry fumes a half-dozen times
while waiting to be transported somewhere else. I nodded off once at my
departure gate, only to be awoken, thankfully, by the nearby theatrics
of a travelling teen-age baseball team.

Mark Steinmetz, a photographer based in Athens, Georgia, and best known
for his black-and-white portraits of strangers—accumulated through
prolific wandering and watchfulness—has, in recent years, turned his
attention to Hartsfield’s labyrinthine spaces. As he explained in an episode of the “Magic Hour” podcast,
he photographed the airport from all sides: “outskirts, the people on
the sidewalk, the drop-off, the pick-up locations, in the
terminals—because I fly so much—and pictures of the planes taking
flight, pictures in planes, pictures of planes.”

But his images, now on display at Atlanta’s High Museum of Art, do not
offer the encyclopedic view of airport travel seen in Garry Winogrand’s
posthumous, pre-smartphone opus “Arrivals & Departures,”
published in 2004, which captures the beehive activity of pre- and
post-flight moments. In Steinmetz’s Hartsfield, we instead find moments
of intimacy and solitude. A baggage cart becomes an unlikely beach
chair, and a sidewalk a waterfront. A disembodied hand reaches for a
sliver of light let in by an airplane’s triple-paned window. A jumbo jet
passing overhead blends into a tree, and, beneath it, kudzu—the
invasive, voracious, photographically beloved plant that has swallowed
up vast swaths of the South—continues to do what it does best: grow
unimpeded.

The kudzu is just one motif through which Steinmetz seems to remind us
that the natural world remains supreme, that even our unnatural ability to fly is less impressive than the rising of the sun or the moon; he
captures the latter glowing against a pitch-black night sky, the thin,
white streaks of what look like runway lights forming the only sign of
human activity below.

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March 7, 2018 at 07:04PM

Emirates Is Hiring Flight Attendants in Dubai

Emirates Is Hiring Flight Attendants in Dubai

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Get ready to send this to your friend who’s always saying “Ugh, I wish I could get paid to travel.”

Emirates is hiring flight attendants, and they’ve even outlined some insights to help you land the job. With more than 15,000 applications received monthly, Emirates jobs take a little bit more than a killer LinkedIn or resume to score the position.

They’re looking for someone who’s personable and positive. I mean, I don’t blame them for not wanting to pay for compassion training. That’s not all, though. The ideal candidate also has these characteristics:

  • At least 21 years of age at the time of joining
  • Arm reach of 212 cm (almost 7′) while standing on tiptoes
  • Minimum height of 160 cm (about 5’2″)
  • High school graduate (Grade 12)
  • Fluency in English (written and spoken)
  • No visible tattoos while you’re in Emirates cabin crew uniform (cosmetic and bandage coverings aren’t allowed)
  • Can adapt to new people, new places and new situations
  • Physically fit for this demanding role

Now, if you really want to take your application to the next level, you’ll be “culturally aware and reflect who we are – professional, empathetic, progressive, visionary and cosmopolitan.” You’ll also definitely want to take note of some of these guidelines for photos and presentation on “assessment day.”

  • Full-length and passport-sized photos in business attire and casual wear
  • Full make up for females
  • And above all please remember to smile

If you do end up getting the job, you’ll have to sign a three-year non-binding contract that includes a six-month probationary period. You’ll also get 30 days of vacation a year, layover expenses and meal allowances, as well as free dry-cleaning for your company uniforms (that stuff’s expensive!). Not to mention, you’ll be able to travel the world for a living — talk about living the dream.

And the best part? The salary is “tax free.” Now, if you don’t mind me, I have an application to fill out

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March 7, 2018 at 06:55PM

Focus: 5 Tips to Planning a Wedding in Raleigh

Focus: 5 Tips to Planning a Wedding in Raleigh

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5 Tips to Planning a Wedding in Raleigh

So now you’re wearing your engagement ring! It is time to proceed with the planning of the big day. Being engaged is both exhilarating and exciting at the same time. Planning a wedding entails decisions, lots of them from either the bride or groom or better yet, by both of them. Planning a wedding in Raleigh may start from choosing what season it should be done because there are four here; winter, spring, summer or fall. All the other wedding details to plan follow such as the venue, wardrobe, photography, food, etc. Read on for tips which may help you as you go along planning your wedding in Raleigh.

1.  Budget
For a couple planning a wedding, this is the first and foremost thing to consider. Who will foot the bill? It is becoming customary these days that the couple picks up the bill. But it is still a good idea to talk about whether the parents of the bride or the groom will lend a hand for the wedding bills. Lucky is the couple who have both sets of parents backing up with the wedding expenses. With the financials ironed out, the nitty-gritty details come next.

2.  Venue
In Raleigh, you can have any wedding venue of our choice. Of course, depending on the budget and the weather, Raleigh has everything you are looking for in a venue. There are hotels, barns, and inns, museums and open-spaces in Raleigh fit and perfect for your wedding and reception venue. Choosing a wedding venue which can also serve as your reception venue can give you additional savings. A winter wedding can also add to your savings for other expenses because many wedding venues offer reduced pricing during the winter months.

3.  Food
Your choice of food for the wedding is also very important. Some say the food is one of the things that your guests will probably remember most about the wedding so better make it remarkable. Raleigh is considered one of the “Hottest Food Cities” therefore it is no problem to find a place or services to cater to your wedding guests’ sumptuous palate.

4.  Photography
Photography during weddings nowadays is a big chunk of the wedding expense. Capturing your once-in-a-lifetime moments with your one love and your loved ones are essential to you, so you only book the best wedding photographers in town. Raleigh Wedding Photography is not only known locally but internationally as well. Raleigh professional wedding photographers have been winning awards locally and rank well in the list of wedding photographers in the world. Check out samples of their work and be amazed at their unique and artistic style in wedding photography.

5.  Trimmings
Flowers and decorations also play a big part in making a wedding unique and special. Some couples spend a lot of money on wedding flowers. Others make use of the natural beauty of the place. Flowers are seasonal, so if you stick with flowers which are in season, you may be able to save for other wedding expenses. If there are other decorations such as holiday decorations in your venue, you only need some flowers to
accent and make it distinctly yours.

You can now breeze through your wedding planning in Raleigh knowing that everything you wish and hope for in food, places, photography services, etc. for your wedding day can be found here and you need not go far.

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March 7, 2018 at 06:48PM

Qatar Announces New Qsuite Routes, Las Vegas Plans and 15 New Routes

Qatar Announces New Qsuite Routes, Las Vegas Plans and 15 New Routes

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You may never have heard of it, but ITB Berlin is the world’s largest travel trade show, making it the perfect place for airlines to make big announcements and unveil new products. For example, last year, Qatar unveiled its Qsuite for the first time. Just a year later, Qatar is making news again.

In an entertaining press conference, which Qatar CEO Akbar Al Baker is well known for, Qatar announced new Qsuite routes, plans on how the airline is finally going to launch its perpetually delayed Las Vegas route and a bunch of new routes in Europe and Asia.

New Qsuite Routes

We were hopeful to get an answer from Al Baker about which US “East Coast” destination the airline would be launching with its brand new A350-1000 aircraft. Noting that the A350-1000 is running “proving exercises at the moment,” Al Baker said that the airline wants to “make sure that the aircraft is performing well” before launching flights to the US East Coast.

However, there were three new Qsuite routes announced at the show, and all three were to ITB’s host country of Germany. First, Qsuites will launch on the Frankfurt route in May. Based on the seat maps from ExpertFlyer, it seems that Qatar Flight 67 will switch from a 777 to an A350-900 on May 1:

Qsuites will also launch to Berlin and Munich by the end of summer. These routes will join the current Qsuite destinations of London, Paris, New York, Washington, DC and — soon-to-be — Chicago.

For the general Qsuite plans, Al Baker confirmed that Qsuite will be available on all aircraft except the Boeing 787 Dreamliner by the end of 2019:

Qsuite will replace all the current product in all the airplanes at Qatar Airways. All of the new airplanes that are today being delivered to us is with Qsuites. As we [retrofit] Qsuites into our fleet, minus the 787, you have always Qsuite by the middle-end of next year on every single Qatar Airways aircraft.

Will the Las Vegas route finally be launched?

Rumors about Qatar launching flights to Las Vegas (LAS) first surfaced from IATA Annual General Meeting (AGM) in June 2016, saying that the route would begin in 2017. Then, in November 2016, Qatar listed Las Vegas in its routes to be launched in 2017/2018. Then, in January 2017, Qatar announced it’d launch the Las Vegas route on January 8, 2018. Those plans were pulled in April 2017 without fanfare.

Qatar is waiting to launch its Doha to Las Vegas route until it
Qatar is waiting to launch its Doha to Las Vegas route until it’s able to retrofit a 777-200LR with the new product.

Not surprisingly, this route came up again at ITB Berlin. Al Baker explained that the route has been delayed “due to the constraints of the airplane.” The airline wants to launch the new route with a Qsuite-installed aircraft, and the only aircraft that can serve the 8,100-mile route from Doha (DOH) to the famously hot destination of Las Vegas (LAS) with Qsuite installed is the Boeing 777-200LR.

The trouble is, Qatar plans to retrofit the 777-200LR “toward the end of the [retrofit] program” after at least Qatar’s 777-300ER aircraft are retrofit. However, Al Baker teased that the airline might “expedite” the retrofit of a couple of 777-200LR aircraft to be able to finally launch this route.

New Routes

Qatar also used its ITB Berlin press conference to announce a laundry list of new routes launching in 2018 and 2019, some of which were announced with no launch date:

  • Thessaloniki, Greece — March 27
  • Cardiff, United Kingdom — May 1
  • London Gatwick — May 22
  • Mykonos, Greece (seasonal) — May 30
  • Malaga, Spain — June 4
  • Bodrum, Turkey — June 12
  • Antalya, Turkey — June 13
  • Lisbon, Portugal
  • Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
  • Valletta, Malta
  • Cebu & Davao, Philippines
  • Langkawi, Malaysia
  • Da Nang, Vietnam
  • Hatay, Turkey
  • Tallinn, Estonia
  • and “A New Scandinavia Gateway… coming soon”

In addition, Qatar announced it’s increasing frequencies to Madrid, Spain (3x daily); Barcelona, Spain (3x daily); Warsaw, Poland (2x daily); Prague, Czech Republic (2x daily); Kiev, Ukraine (2x daily); St. Petersburg, Russia (2x daily); Hanoi, Vietnam (2x daily); Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam (2x daily) and Male, Maldives (3x daily).

But what about new destinations in the US? Unfortunately, it doesn’t look like more are coming any time soon. In response to the direct question, Al Baker responded:

We have already expanded what we wanted to expand in the United States. We still have couple of destinations that we have already announced and we should be operating there soon.

That last part was in reference to the Las Vegas (LAS) and San Francisco (SFO) routes that have been announced, but which haven’t yet commenced.

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March 7, 2018 at 06:19PM

Slumping Sales of the A380 Puts Thousands of Jobs at Risk

Slumping Sales of the A380 Puts Thousands of Jobs at Risk

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The slumping sales of A380 aircraft could mean the loss of thousands of Airbus jobs across Europe.

Airbus announced Wednesday that due to lagging orders of its superjumbo A380 jet, it would have to move or cut 3,700 jobs as it deals with reduced production rates. Workers’ positions in France, Germany, Spain and the UK are at risk.

Airbus is cutting its superjumbo output to only six A380s per year starting in 2020, according to Bloomberg. This would make production more “industrially efficient” and help sustain the program for years to come, Airbus said. The manufacturer delivered a total of 15 superjumbos in 2017, but it’s dwindling production down to 12 A380s this year, and just eight in 2019.

The A380’s struggling sales were somewhat bolstered when Emirates ordered 36 aircraft in January for $16 billion (20 firm orders and 16 options) — essentially saving the aircraft. Other airlines view the A380 as too expensive to operate, choosing not to add it to their fleets. Bloomberg reports the CEO of Qatar Airways, for instance, said Wednesday he would “keep the door open” for future A380 orders, but “if you asked me if we’d have the A380 in our fleet in 12 years, I would say no.”

Airbus said it’s “confident that it will be able to propose opportunities to most of the affected employees.”

Reduced production of Airbus’ military transporter A400M also had an impact on the jobs at risk.

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March 7, 2018 at 06:00PM

Lufthansa Miles and More Program to Allow Mileage Pooling

Lufthansa Miles and More Program to Allow Mileage Pooling

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Lufthansa’s frequent flyer program, Miles and More, is adding a solid new feature to its program. Starting this May, families will be able to “pool” miles together.

Families of up to seven people will be able to combine award miles across accounts — specifically up to two adults and five children. When miles are scattered across accounts, pooling makes it much easier to get enough miles in one account to actually redeem for an award flight.

While most US readers aren’t crediting their Star Alliance flights to the Miles and More program, it’s nice to see that a mileage program is introducing positive changes for its members.

Miles and More has some decent redemptions. You can fly roundtrip from the US to Europe in business for just 105,000 miles.

Miles and More is a transfer partner of SPG, so you can transfer Starpoints to your Miles and More account. The Starwood Preferred Guest Business Credit Card From American Express is currently offering an elevated 35,000-point welcome bonus after spending $7,000 in the first three months.

Other mileage programs that allow pooling include Hilton Honors, British Airways Avios and JetBlue TrueBlue.

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March 7, 2018 at 05:46PM

Take A Trip to Disney via Google Maps

Take A Trip to Disney via Google Maps

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Visiting one of Disney’s Parks just got a little more accessible — and cheaper. Eleven of the renowned parks from California to Florida are now available on Google Street View.

As of right now, Google Street View only covers Disney parks in the United States from Disneyland in Anaheim, California, to Disney World in Orlando, Florida, as well as some of their offshoots like Pandora, The World of Avatar, waterparks and dining and retail locations. Now, you can use Google to help plan a trip, relive memories or stream Google Maps to your screen and pretend like you’re in “The Most Magical Place on Earth.”

Over the past couple of years, Google Maps has started to use its Street View as a tool for tourism. In the recent past, countries in Asia have partnered with Google to bring popular destinations and landmarks available on the company’s Map feature. The US has been more wary of putting public locations on Google Maps and Street View after the tech company was found to be using personal data via its Street View cars.

The following Disney locations are available on Google Street view:

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March 7, 2018 at 05:23PM

Check Out Cathay Pacific’s First A350-1000

Check Out Cathay Pacific’s First A350-1000

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Cathay Pacific has unveiled the livery on its newest aircraft, the A350-1000. After Qatar took delivery of the first commercial A350-1000 two weeks ago, Cathay will become the second airline to own Airbus’ long-haul aircraft when its handed over to the Hong Kong-based carrier in April.

Cathay has ordered 20 A350-1000s and is expected to take delivery of them through 2018 and beyond. It currently flies 22 A350-900s, the smaller version of the aircraft and has six more on order. 

The -1000 rolled out of Toulouse, France with Cathay’s classic colors. The pictures from Airbus might seem a bit odd — that’s because the aircraft is currently without engines. The -1000 will receive the Rolls-Royce Trent XWB engines, which were specifically designed for the A350.

Cathay announced the inaugural long-haul flight for the -1000 will be from Hong Kong (HKG) to Washington Dulles (IAD) — coming in at 8,153 miles, it will be the carrier’s longest flight.

Cathay configured the -1000 to seat 46 passengers in business in a 1-2-1 configuration, 32 premium economy seats in a 2-4-2 configuration and 256 in economy in a 3-3-3 layout. The aircraft will seat a total of 334 passengers, a 54-person jump from the 280 that the -900 can seat.

If the -1000 is anything like the -900, then flyers will surely enjoy their experience, especially if they’re sitting in business. TPG‘s Zach Honig recently flew on the -900 from Newark (EWR) to Hong Kong (HKG), calling it “one of the best ways to get to Asia in business class.”

Featured image by Airbus. 

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March 7, 2018 at 04:30PM