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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 […]

What Recession? Latin American Airlines are Flying High

Several airlines have gone out of business already this year, including Hungary’s national carrier Malev, while American Airlines is in bankruptcy and fighting off takeover bids. In Latin America, however, it’s a different story entirely. Airlines in Latin America are taking to the skies in increasing numbers. “According to the International Air Transport Association, the […]

Travel News From Mexico: Destinations and Initiatives

I just attended Mexico’s main annual travel trade conference, held this year in Puerto Vallart/Riviera Nayarit and got the scoop on what’s new and important in Mexico Tourism. Despite the drumbeat of negative press, Mexico had a record year for visitors in 2011, with nearly 23 million people arriving from international destinations. The U.S. sent […]