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Travel Related News From Latin America – April ’13

Having a new pope come from Argentina should be good news when it comes to numbers. Canada and the USA combined have 86 million Catholics. South America has 339 million. Tired of hearing Argentina’s politicians’ sabre-rattling about the Falkland Islands, the locals went to the polls to vote in a referendum. Only 3 out of 1,513 [...]

Avianca Rising in Latin America

I mentioned in our monthly newsletter last month that my Avianca flight to Colombia was another reminder just how far the U.S. airlines have fallen in comparison to most of the international carriers. Avianca made me feel like a passenger again instead of a  number on a spreadsheet to be optimized and squeezed. This matters [...]

Taca + Lacsa + Aerogal = Avianca

The news came out yesterday that the various brands owned by the merged Avianca/Taca company are going to be combined under one brand. Avianca won out, so the others will go away in 2013. Aerogal will be the last to switch. I picture a bunch of execs in a board room screaming at each other [...]

Interesting Travel News From Latin America – June 2012

As an editor of a luxury travel blog and webzine, I get inundated with “news” releases that none of you would care about in the slightest, so most go in the virtual trash bin. This week, however, a few items have come down the line that could either impact your future travels or enhance them [...]

Why I Splurge for the Amex Platinum Card

As others have noted before, there’s a big difference between “cheap” and “value.” In the latter I would put the American Express Platinum card, which I’ve been splurging on for several years now. At $450 a year, there’s certainly nothing cheap about it. But when I add up all the benefits I get (and one [...]