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Copa: So This Is What International Business Class Used to Be Like

Last century the height of international business class was a recliner seat. You can live that nostalgia on a Copa flight. I needed to get to and from Brazil at very specific times and only Copa worked. Many of Copa’s flights are short, however my JFK – Sao Paulo – Las Vegas, trip included four…

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This Airport Lounge Serves Cocktails in Plastic Bags

Sometimes you just need to be happy to have an airport lounge available, certainly they are rare for domestic flights in Brazil, except some skimpy private lounges that are landside at some airports. Gol, however has a lounge for international departures in São Paulo–Guarulhos International Airport, which is used by several partners. The lounge is…

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Booking Award Tickets to Brazil’s Maldives: Fernando de Noronha

So I haven’t been to Fernando de Noronha or Maldives yet, but if you want BoardingArea readers to click, ‘Maldives’ is a good keyword. Seriously, I have been intrigued by this island archipelago paradise since I first noticed it on the Travelers Century Club list. Having remote islands potentially the match of the Indian Ocean…

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Incredible Delta Availability on Aerolíneas Argentinas New York-Buenos Aires New Nonstop – Starts 12/15 and Parties through 2014!

Christmas in Argentina courtesy of a Delta low award? No, I am not hallucinating. I saw a news item that new SkyTeam member Aerolíneas Argentinas launches daily nonstop Buenos Aires to New York service on December 15. The flight is daily: AR 1300, Buenos Aires (EZE) – New York (JFK) 23:59 – 09:04 (1) AR…

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Where to Go on Delta’s Latin America and Caribbean Award Sale? Some Ideas

I just posted about a rare moment where Delta flyers can, briefly, feel like they are on American or United with reasonable award pricing. I have been to most of the destinations in the sale in the past couple years, so some quick thoughts: Belize City, Belize: the city itself is to be avoided, the…

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Delta & Gol add Sky Priority – expect hiccups; no mention of award availability

When Delta rolled out its Diamond Medallion status there were months of cases of travelers denied benefits such as lounge access because the various staff, from airport contractors to partner lounges, had not gotten the message about the new program tier. People that had Platinum cards with validity resorted to those. So when I read…

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São Paulo Diners Club Airport Van – coolest card benefit?

Update: as reported in the comments by Ernesto, this service is discontinued. Ego and utility. The two aspects on which credit card benefits are judged. The Diners Club portfolio is owned by Citi in Brazil, and Citi is big in private banking there. They have their own modest airport lounges at Rio’s Santos Dumont and…

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