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Exploring the world with points, miles and a bit of crazy.
||CleanDLD 227: Not so fast!||A government shutdown and slowing airline expansion both take their toll. Plus an airline brand dies. But mistake fares live on!||1/17/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDLD 226: Stuck in IROPS hell||No one likes when flights are delayed or canceled. But why is dealing with it such a pain in the ass?||1/3/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDLD 225: Drones! Aliens?! Or nothing at all???||Gatwick drones attacked, and we never really learned their demands. An airline sale, a diversion and more better awards, too!||12/27/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDLD 224: From numbers to colors||New boarding groups, new security screening and nearly 50 new airport names in Russia. An "historic" episode comes to life this week!||12/20/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDLD 223: Where do I get a bulldozer??||More Wow, more bankruptcy, more airports we love to hate. C'mon in!||12/13/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDLD 222: WOW, LaGuardia!||WOW may or may not still be in business. And LaGuardia might actually be nice again!||12/6/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDLD 221: Mad MAX, NEO and the engineless plane!||Trip reports from near and far, more MAX and the neo is finally delivered!||11/29/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDLD 220: Gobble, gobble||Perhaps our most coherent episode yet. Happy Thanksgiving everyone!||11/22/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDLD 219: A rough triple for Boeing||Bad things come in threes, right? Hopefully that's the case here as Boeing wraps a pretty bad run of incidents with its aircraft. Plus, a 3 day delay and a seized plane!||11/15/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDLD 218: Smoothing connections||A smooth connection in Seattle was unexpected. Smoothing connections in Africa might be useful. And Brexit likely means rough connections for millions. Hooray!||11/8/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDLD 217: The Dumpling Run||Fly for the food, stay for the company, collect (or burn) some points along the way. Just a quick weekend trip to Hong Kong and Beijing from the USA, because we can.||11/1/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDLD 216: A bet against JFK||Is American's new LAX terminal a bet against JFK? Why is Hertz joining SkyTeam? And what the heck is going on at British Airways??||10/25/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDLD 215: Can Clippy start an engine??||Engines, engines, everywhere! Even more of which are now broken. Plus many inaugurals and maybe your biometric security data will be sold to an airline or airport soon.||10/18/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDLD 214: A new Number 1 and new numbers for 1K||United has new elite rules, Marriott still struggles, new A380 engines are stalled and Primera is dead. Rough week, huh?||10/11/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDLD 213: APEX EXPO – Next Year in Los Angeles||Another year of APEX EXPO is in the books and, as always, lots of cool developments. Plus a few really bad ones. Listen now to learn what you'll be flying soon.||10/4/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDLD 212: No changes, unlikely merger, little fuel||Will a Middle East merger happen? Did a plane run very low on fuel? Is the new UA boarding process a joke? Lots of answers in this week's show!||9/28/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDLD 211: Speedy Delivery||In a growing industry where will all the planes go? SFO, MEX, AMS and many more are full while expansion options are limited. New catering, routes, boarding rules and a presidential 747 won't change that, but we talk about them anyways.||9/20/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDLD 210: Not quite Philadelphia||Norwegian is finally ready to fly in Argentina and Primera wants more TATL. Plus United is doing strange things in Hawaii and lots more!||9/13/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDLD 209: To the Primera Meridian||Real-world experience with a new LCC long haul product and lots of talk about more new LCC routes. Plus China/Taiwan troubles continue and some super-cool landing gear will be flying soon.||9/6/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDLD 208: The Dash Tens||United's 737-10 and 787-10 combine to change the US transcon market, plus pilot housing in Hong Kong, a FAM gone wild and a potential strike in France. C'mon in!||8/30/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDLD 207: Second guessing Singapore||Will the Singapore-Newark route really fly? Some of us are more skeptical than others. Plus, United's new elite status for corporations, body scanner cameras for the subway, gentrification sucks, Twitter sucks, US traffic from China tanked and more.||8/23/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDLD 206: London Calling, with some IROPs chaos along the way||Daytime flights from the east coast of North America to London can be a great way to help recover from jetlag. But starting on the west coast can make them a mess. Fozz and Stephan both did that last week and agree that it isn't a great idea. Plus,||8/16/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDLD 205: The Sea Queen||Perhaps calling it one of the earliest travel tales is a stretch, but The Sea Queen by Linnea Hartsuyker is being released in the USA next week and we're talking about some of the travel behind the scenes and the travel in the book, too. Plus,||8/9/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDLD 204: Low-balling the buyout offer||It is an interesting time to be a 3rd party loyalty program operator. Air Canada is now trying to buy back Aeroplan and Aeromexico made a move, too. Plus, the TSA might be tracking you for no good reason, a 787 got lost at Narita and Delta is downgradi.||8/2/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDLD 203: Is Chicago the next St. Louis??||Will O'Hare shift its role for American Airlines, losing its global gateway status? Also, dedicated crew for airline executives and lots of news about Alitalia, which is still alive for some reason. Oh, and vomit fraud. C'mon in for another great show!||7/26/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDLD 202: Taking a Brazilian trim||United Airlines trimmed its assets this quarter owing to the new open skies arrangement with Brazil. Tehran is getting trimmed this summer as well, while . Plus nuts are getting trimmed from Southwest and lots more in this week's episode!||7/19/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDLD 201: Revealing the Airbus A220!||Bienvenue a Toulouse! We're in France this week to see the reveal of the brand new Airbus A220, formerly known as the CSeries. With the joint venture/purchase of the product complete Airbus is putting its stamp on the former Bombardier product and ther.||7/12/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDLD 200(ish): This episode brought to you by Clippy||Hi there! It looks like you're trying to record a milestone podcast. Would you like some help with that? Maybe we should've answered yes on that one. We're joined by Ed Pizza from Miles To Go this week to celebrate our 200th episode with the usual fun||7/5/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDLD 199: Digging ditches||Manmade islands are all the rage in the Gulf region, but this one is a political chasm, not a luxury residence play. Plus Norwegian shifts some service and Stroopwafels are taking a break at United.||6/28/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDLD 198: The AA +UA + Rolls episode||Does it feel like this trio of topics come up too often? Maybe if they weren't always doing silly things we'd venture out more. But not this week. Because American, United and Rolls-Royce continue to dig themselves into holes. Ouch.||6/21/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDLD 197: Smoke & Mirrors||Getting "stuck" on a 10-abreast 777 is about the worst thing ever, right? Then again, maybe not. We're joined this week by Michael Trager of TravelZork and talking about how some travelers actually prefer the tighter space on board.||6/14/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDLD 196: Some long ones||We mean long routes, not an extra long episode, so don't worry too much about that. Then again, some of our conversations are pretty long rambles. Enjoy!||6/7/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDLD 195: Visiting with The Kindcraft||When a business is born out of a love for travel it is hard for the DLD crew to not fall in love with it. The part where it happens to be run by great people doesn't hurt, either. Welcome to The Kindcraft!||5/31/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDLD 194: The Trojan Zamboni||If you're going to sneak into Canada we suggest a Trojan Zamboni as the obvious choice for transportation. And apparently Quebec is the best place to make your move.||5/24/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDLD 193: You say Tomato (juice), we say c’mon, United!||A great credit card debate to kick things off this week. Which is terribly unusual, but also pretty interesting. Also, the US3 v ME3 might finally be settled, with a bit of Mexican collateral damage. And do people really care that much about tomato jui.||5/17/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDLD 192: It’s Delta sir, She’s gone Plum!||Fozz almost got stuck in Berlin this weekend, but quick thinking saved the day. Also, errors bring lawsuits, The ME3 are all sorts of crazy and purple is coming to Delta's uniforms.||5/10/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDLD 191: Answering many engines questions (and asking a bunch more)||Last week we talked a LOT about engines, mostly proving we have very little knowledge on the topic. This week we're making up for that by bringing in an expert who might know a little too much on the topic, at least assuming you do want to still fly mor||5/3/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDLD 190: Get your engine running, head out on the skyway||Aircraft engines are causing more than their share of issues these days. Failures on the ground and in the air are raising lots of questions. We're mostly about asking them, not answering them in this episode. Plus cabin retrofits, new planes,||4/26/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDLD 189: A bunk bed bonanza at AIX 2018||AIX is the place to be for a look at what the future of air travel will be. This year's show included bunk beds (even in economy!) plus a self-service cookie warmer. And lots of other things way more likely to fly at some point.||4/19/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDLD 188 : Raging jealousy||Seth is in Hamburg, but Fozz and Stephan are debating what is the "east Bay" and what is the "south Bay". Riveting stuff. Chime in with your opinion.||4/12/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDLD 187: In it for the (Ultra) Long Haul||Don't worry: This episode isn't nearly as long as the flights we're talking about. But with Perth-London service launched recently we're all about the very, very long flights. Plus, special guest Cynthia Drescher is back to join in the conversation.||4/5/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDLD 186: My face is my passport; verify me||Biometrics are big these days. But what benefits do they bring to travelers? Ryanair makes a move in Austria and United makes more cuts to Polaris. Plus plenty more…||3/29/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDLD 185: A loyalty deep dive in Bangkok||What's next in the travel loyalty world? Time for a field trip to Bangkok to find out. The annual Loyalty Conference is always good for some interesting insights into the future of this industry.||3/22/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDLD 184: An episode about something||There are topics in this episode. Lots of them. Some of the best topics. But I have no idea what they are so you'll need to listen to find out more.||3/15/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDLD 183: A Tibet Temper Tantrum||Clicking the like button costs one Marriott employee his job. American is crying foul in Chicago and Delta's efforts to remain neutral aren't working out so well. Plus, an awful way to motivate employees comes to United Airlines!||3/8/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDLD 182: Blown tires, blown service recovery||A blown tire in Newark caused rolling delays and some pretty poor customer service in Portland. Delta struck a nerve in Georgia that could hurt it on the fuel tax front. Also, some talk about battery fires and lots of other news this week.||3/1/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDLD 181: Akbar’s busy week||Rebranding an airline is a lot of work. So is throwing a ridiculous party for a new aircraft subtype. Welcome to Qatar Airways' CEO Akbar Al Baker's week. Plus more Rouge, a mini United and flying electric cars.||2/22/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDLD 180: Engines Turn Or Podcast Speaks||No, that's not really what ETOPS stands for but with the rash of engine issues in the past week we couldn't help talking about them. Etihad cuts, Air India's sale plans and American Airlines' employees have a lot to say to their company. Come listen!||2/15/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDLD 179: When we couldn’t figure out where to go||Every now and then you'll find us together somewhere around the world. This trip ended up in Sofia, Vaduz, Stuttgart and Munich because we suffered from indecision paralysis. Some fun stories along the way, though.||2/8/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDLD 178: The Dots & Lines Memorial Episode||Naming a stadium costs big bucks. And when the name is poorly phrased that can be all sorts of awkward as United is discovering. Niki gets another new owner, Bombardier won and Qatar faces up to some challenges.||2/1/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
This is what I was looking for!
I love collecting points but I love burning them even better. I know Foz and the Seth from reading their blogs, and the first show was a little basic, but I can tell these guys are passionate about helping travelers like me earn and burn points for aspirational trips.
Miles & Points junkies must subscribe
I've listened to the first 9 shows, and I can't wait for more. The in depth knowledge these guys have about the FF programs and current events in the industry, especially Seth, is unmatched. I could listen to these podcasts for hours on end.
A fun weekly escape!
In addition to being informative the show is a lot of fun to listen to. The discussion is a good mix of current aviation stories, longer term tends + stories, and the hosts’ recent travel experiences.
You can also tell that Steven, Seth and Foz are friends whose passion for the topic means they’d be having these discussions (maybe less frequently) even if they weren’t taping.
I’m always happy when I see the next episode has been released. It’s one of my favorite podcasts.
Again it’s just such a fun show to listen to!
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