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Longest Passenger Flight, Airlines Angling For Cuba, New Hotel Brand, & More

Here are some of the stories over the past day and they include the successful completion of the world’s longest passenger flight, info about being in a movie, new hotel brand, and more.

Here are some of the things that caught my eye over the last day in the world of travel.

  • Emirates Completes The Longest Passenger Flight In The World – Clocking in at 8,824 miles, Emirates completed the longest passenger flight in the world yesterday when it flew from Dubai to Auckland, New Zealand. It beats the previous longest flight (Qantas flight from Dallas to Sydney) by a mere 250 miles. That is certainly a flight that I would not want to be in economy for! Though, actually, it sounds like it could be quite a test!
  • Airlines Angling For Cuba – Yesterday, US airlines put forth their desired routes that they want for travel to Cuba. Of course, the major airlines all have an abundance of flights that they want to launch but it will remain to be seen which slots the airlines get as there are not that many available.
  • Hyatt Launches A New Brand, Unbound Collection – Hyatt announced that they are launching a brand that will have many historic hotels in its portfolio as well as other unique properties. I like it when hotel chains embrace non-cookie cutter styled properties so will be looking forward to checking these out.
  • $60 Statement Credit For United 1K Members Ending – This was a perk that had surprised me, pleasantly, when I was a United 1K member (United’s top, regular tier). If you had a Chase United credit card and were a Premier 1K member, you would get a $60 statement credit each year to offset the annual fee somewhat. In fact, the credit would even post in the first year when there was no annual fee! But, this is now going away this year. It would seem it does not cost them that much to do but apparently it is more than I would have thought since they are cutting it.
  • Live In Boston? Try Out To Be An Extra In The Boston Marathon Movie – They are filming a movie to chronicle the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing and they are looking for a lot of local extras to help out with the film. Details are in the link but the casting day is March 13 from 10AM – 5PM.
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Charlie has been an avid traveler and runner for many years. He has run in marathons around the world for less than it would cost to travel to the next town - all as a result of collecting and using miles and points. Over the years, he has flown hundreds of thousands of miles and collected millions of miles and points.
Now he uses this experience and knowledge to help others through Running with Miles.