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Recent articles by Ben:

Qantas latest in growing list of airlines to launch scenic flight to nowhere

The scenic flight to nowhere sold out within 10 minutes. → Read More

British Airways adding sliding doors to some first-class seats

The airline will take delivery of its new 777s with a sliding door in First. → Read More

Singapore Airlines considering launching flights to nowhere

Along with raising some much-needed revenue, the struggling airline may also use these flights to keep pilots certification current on the aircraft. → Read More

How does the Royal Family fly?

The royal family travels all around the world — in particular to some of the 53 sovereign states that make up the Commonwealth of Nations that include destinations like Antigua and Barbuda, Vanuatu and The Gambia. But how do they do so? The Queen herself does not travel on scheduled flights, but instead has chartered … → Read More

The Royal Treatment: 8 royal places to visit in London

You might not manage an audience with the Queen during your time in London but you can still manage a great glimpse of royal life there. The city is rich in royal history, allowing you to learn the long history of the monarchy while also understanding their modern life. → Read More

The complete guide to London's parks and green spaces

All you need to know about London's parks, where to find them and some top tips. → Read More

The ultimate guide to British Airways Avios

Everything you need to know about maximizing British Airways Avios. → Read More

Virgin Atlantic launching flights to Pakistan

As Pakistan's flag carrier remains banned from U.K. airspace, Virgin Atlantic will commence flights to Pakistan in December. Here's how that will affect the U.S. → Read More

How to travel solo — and why you absolutely should

If you want to travel but the only thing holding you back is someone to do it with I would seriously consider going it alone. → Read More

An introduction to the Radisson Rewards hotel program

A base-level introduction to the Radisson Rewards hotel program. → Read More

How to choose a hotel loyalty program

A guide to choosing the hotel loyalty program that's right for you. → Read More

The complete guide to the Expedia Rewards loyalty program

A look at the ins and outs of the Expedia Rewards loyalty program. → Read More

How to ensure you have lounge access on your next flight

The most comfortable way to wait for your next flight is to relax in a luxurious airport lounge. Here are four ways to ensure you have access next time you fly. → Read More

The complete guide to the Genius loyalty program

Everything you need to know about's Genius loyalty program. → Read More

TAP Portugal offering lucrative status match to Star Alliance Gold

Star Alliance member TAP Air Portugal has launched a status match opportunity to elite status members of several popular airline loyalty programs. Status matches are a way for airlines and their associated loyalty programs to entice prospective customers to shift their spending. Sign up for the free daily TPG newsletter for more airline and loyalty … → Read More

Understanding the differences between economy and premium economy

Business class is where you'll notice the real differences. If you can splurge for premium economy over economy then it's a slightly more comfortable ride, though set your expectations closer to economy than business class. → Read More

What will the new Virgin Australia look like?

A look at what the new Virgin Australia will look like under Bain Capital. → Read More

When are the best and worst times to visit Dubai?

A guide to when to plan your trip to Dubai depending on the time of year for the best deals in hotels. → Read More

Which European countries don't use the euro currency and why?

Know what kind of currency you should expect to have when traveling to continental Europe. → Read More

Excellent advance award availability for Emirates’ first class suite to and from London

Emirates is now showing more award availability from London Stansted in its new first class suite. Here's where to find awards and how to book them. → Read More