airlines Archive

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 [...]

Latin American Airlines: Interjet

The slogan of Mexican airline Interjet translates to “fly better and more for less.” In my experience, it holds true: the price is right, often as low as Aerobus, but without fee piled upon fee to jack up the final price. The experience is a pleasant surprise as well, with the kind of amenities you [...]

Copa Airlines, Take 2

I wrote about Copa Airlines back in 2008, when I flew down to Panama for the MV Discovery Panama Yacht Cruise. Last month I had the opportunity to fly with them once again, this time stopping in Panama City for a while, then continuing down to Lima, Peru. This trip reinforced my feeling that for [...]

Latin American Airlines: Volaris

Volaris is one of several Mexican airlines criss-crossing the country and while nobody would call it “luxurious,” it offers a far better experience than you’re going to find on a domestic flight on the U.S. carriers. Mexico’s airline industry has been turbulent the past few years, with one budget airline going under in 2009, never [...]