airlines Archive

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 […]

Birds-eye View of Costa Rica with Nature Air

The first time I visited Costa Rica three years ago, I saw way too much of it from the window of a van, while bouncing along bad roads. This time I vowed to spend more time where I wanted to be and to get a big picture view of the country from above. After four […]

Latin American Airlines – LAN

I’ve written before about my underwhelming experiences flying LAN Peru and their annoying two-tiered pricing system, but last week marked the first time I’ve flown on a proper long-haul LAN international flight. I flew round-trip from Mexico City to Santiago, Chile and this was a whole different story. It was an impressive experience all around, […]

The Amex Platinum Card Just Got More Valuable

I did a post recently on how to get into airport lounges when you fly as they can make your layovers a whole lot more pleasant or productive. I noted in there that my choice is the American Express Platinum card. It’s a hefty $450, but gets you into the lounges of three major airlines, […]

Good Advice on Snagging a Business Class Seat

I always find something useful in Wendy Perrin’s column in Conde Nast Traveler and when catching up on my magazines lately I ran across an especially good one. How to snag a bargain seat in business class delivers on the title. There’s nothing specifically about flying to Latin America, but the same tendencies apply. Often […]

How to Get Into Airport Lounges

If you travel regularly, or take a few flights a year with long layovers, getting into the more refined space of an airport VIP lounge can make your trip much more pleasant. More comfortable furniture, work spaces, snacks, and even a shower in some of them. Road warriors who put in enough miles to get […]