Category: Bloggers

Travel and Travel Blogging Are Political; Oman and Charlottesville

We interrupt this series of trip reports for another kind of post… I recently got into a dispute with a travel blogger who I don’t know why I even follow how unsophisticated and uninformative her writing is.  What spurred it was her tweeting about how Oman is on her “bucket list”, with a mention of
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Thoughts on Abu Dhabi, Part 2: Ethical Travel, LGBT Rights in the UAE, and Why One Blogger Should Be Ashamed of Himself

I have spent most of my professional life thinking about issues of injustice and inequality. When I travel, I try not to let these concerns dominate my thinking. I remember a speaker I heard in college, some noted activist whose name I can’t recall, who made the point that people working in social justice fields
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Of US Airways Credit Cards and a Serious Ethical Deficiency in the Points Blogosphere

My day (and sometimes night) job is as an attorney.  Although we get a terrible rap and are accused of being unethical, the reality is that most good lawyers (and many bad ones) actually think about ethics A LOT.  We have to take a separate ethics exam before we get our license, and many jurisdictions
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The Most Morally Bankrupt Miles Blog Post Ever? Begging for First Class

Things have been crazy with a new job and a new schedule.  Hope to finish trip reports soon.  But today, another blogger posted something that may be the most morally bankrupt post ever, and it compelled me to take a break and stay up later than I should. Some background first….  Etihad Airways is the
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Civil Procedure and the DOJ Antitrust Suit

A lot of bloggers have spoken more at length about DOJ’s decision to file an antitrust lawsuit to stop the US/AA merger.   Most of the blog posts I’ve seen are patently ridiculous, as they either claim that “consumer  advocacy” in form of some ridiculous air travel consumer organizations deserve the credit, or that DOJ is
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Don’t Believe Everything You Read on Blogs: American Airlines is Not the Second Coming of Jesus Christ

If you are a regular reader of a few of the major travel/points blogs, it would be understandable if you thought two things: (1) every two or three days, there is an AMAZING credit card deal you would be a fool not to sign up for, and (2) American Airlines is the most amazing air
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Trip Report: Weekend in Madrid Part 1: Alitalia JFK-FCO, a Missed Connection, and Why Chris Elliott is Wrong

Trip Report: Weekend in Madrid Part 1:  JFK-FCO and a Missed Connection Alitalia Flt. 609, Boeing 777, Economy Sched. Dep. 5:35pm, Actual Dep. 7:05pm Sched. Arr. 8:10am, Actual Arr. 9:10am In the fall, Alitalia had a promo on its Japanese website that effectively took $250 off the price of any Alitalia ticket booked on that
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Why the OneWorld MegaDo Makes Me Think Less of American Airlines (and Several Blogs)

Last week was the OneWorld “MegaDo.”  For those not familiar, a MegaDo is basically the equivalent of a press junket, a series of flights to different cities served by different members of an airline alliance, with each stop containing a number of activities sponsored by those airlines designed to the show them off.  For this
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