Tag: ethics

Travel Blogger Malpractice and a Contracts Law School Exam Hypo

One travel blogger has recently engaged in conduct that I find morally problematic, but also raises some basic legal issues that are often misunderstood, relating to a glitch that made redeeming miles for Swiss First Class (explicitly not allowed under program rules) possible. Most of the legal issues are covered in first-year contract classes, so
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The Streisand Effect and the Marriott Lyon Cité Internationale

In February 2014, I spent a week in France, with stops in Lyon, Montpelier, and Paris. I haven’t thought much about the trip in a while, but I had stayed at the Hilton in Lyon at Cite Internationale.  It was fine, and I made a review post that was nothing out of the ordinary.  There
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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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Two and a Half Days in Johannesburg – Apartheid Museum, Neighbourgoods Market, Soweto Township Tour

This is part 17 of my series exploring my March 2017 trip to South Africa and Namibia, which started here. I really had no idea what to expect of Johannesburg. Lots of folks had suggested it was skippable, or the kind of city you can breeze through in a day.  I ended up having three nights
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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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Presidents Day in Abu Dhabi: Introduction and Etihad Coach IAD-AUH

On Christmas day, there were mistake fares on Etihad, allowing for pretty cheap flights from the US to cities in Asia, Africa, and the Middle East. A flight on Etihad’s Washington-Dulles to Abu Dhabi nonstop could be had for as low as $270. Nonetheless, I wasn’t planning on jumping on the deal. I had Budapest
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Why I’m Not Blogging About the Rest of my Israel Trip

Why I’m Not Blogging About the Rest of My Israel Trip It’s been a few weeks since my last post about my June trip to Israel. I had had a post on what we did in Jerusalem almost all written, including a discussion of the Light Rail, which I found fascinating. And then that day,
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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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Trip Report: Heading home on Aeroflot’s New Business Class, TLL-SVO-JFK: a Decent Airline and a Terrible Government

Finally, the last post from our June trip.  Whoops. Our trip home had us flying from Tallinn to Moscow, and Moscow to JFK on Aeroflot. As a Skymiles business class redemption, it was pretty much the only option out of Tallinn.  Though Estonian Air codeshares with both KLM and Air France on flights to Paris
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