New York City (and secret mystery destination) photos for sale!

My lovely and loyal readers,

As you know, I’ve been sharing more of my photography knowledge with you lately.  Today I want to offer something new, only to readers of Andy’s Travel Blog: the chance to buy some prints at a discounted rate.  This will help support ATB and get you some really nice pictures for display in your home or office!  Now, on to the pictures…

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Much ado about the 2015 American Airlines AAdvantage program changes…

One of the first pictures posted on Andy’s Travel Blog, an AA 767 I flew on from DFW-Madrid on my way to Tel Aviv

American stood pat for the 2015 AAdvantage program, to put it simply.  American and US Airways elite programs will combine for the 2015 year (remember, the 2015 year runs from March 1 to February 29, 2016)  If you are coming from the American Airlines side of the merger, most things will stay the same for you, the exceptions being that you will no longer need 500-mile upgrade “stickers” for flights less than 500 miles and you’ll need to fly 120 segments next year to qualify for Executive Platinum status.  What else changed, especially for US Airways members?

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Photo of the Week: Bachman Lake, Dallas

Bachman Lake, Dallas, Texas

Bachman Lake, Dallas, Texas

If you’ve ever flown Southwest into Love Field in Dallas, you’ve seen Bachman Lake.  It sits on the north side of the airport and is another peaceful oasis (along with White Rock Lake) in the urban sprawl of Dallas.

I went out there Saturday morning after an exhausting two weeks in New York City, ready to be away from horns honking, rain, and a really stressful two week client project.  I found it very peaceful and serene like I hoped.

This week you all are getting two videos: how I took the shot while I was out at the lake and then how I edited the shot in Adobe Lightroom 5.  Enjoy!

UPDATE: I’m going to try this to see if there’s any interest.  I’m willing to send you the raw file if you’d like to follow along.  Shoot me an email at [theblogname] at gmail dot com and I’ll send you a link to it.

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$200+ to Iceland and Europe on WOW Air

New ATB logo?

New ATB logo?

There is a new group of LCCs (low-cost carriers) trying to make headway into the trans-atlantic market.  Recently we saw Norwegian Airlines begin flights to New York from Oslo for very cheap.  There’s a new entrant to this low-cost, fee-laden space.  Normally I don’t like the airlines that charge fees for everything, but the prices might be too low for me to care! Continue reading

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Test Drive a Cadillac and Earn 7,500 AAdvantage Miles!

Cadillac CTS-V at Sewell Cadillac in Dallas

Cadillac CTS-V at Sewell Cadillac in Dallas

Cadillac and American have teamed up for a good great offer: test drive a Cadillac and receive 7500 AAdvantage miles!

See below for offer details.

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Photo Editing Video: Antelope Canyon

What does a photo editing video have to do with a travel blog?  More than you’d think, actually.  Part of a trip is Getting Home, and part of Getting Home is Going Through Pictures.  The better I can make you at processing your pictures the more amazing your memories of your trip will be!

Anyway, this video is about the following image:

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Antelope Canyon

See below for the video, enjoy!

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Picture of the week: SO CLOSE

You gotta be kidding me

January 1 for most people brings cheers of “Happy New Year!”  At least later in the day that’s what they say.  Just after the clock strikes midnight most are probably saying something like “FDAigIGoiuhgoiuyfgyear” but at least they’re sincere about it.

For frequent flyers and the mile-obsessed among us, January 1 is the start of Status Requalification.  “Happy Ne-” “Sorry, gotta figure out whether to go for Platinum or Executive Platinum, talk to you in March” is a frequent conversation with people like us.

I haven’t really flown that much for work this year but I’ve still managed to get really close to Platinum status on American (thanks to trips to Beijing, Easter Island, and Machu Picchu).  I was in New York last week and was pretty sure when I got back I’d have enough qualifying miles to put me over the threshold.  My math was off.  By fifteen miles.  DANG IT.

By the time you’re reading this I’ll be on a flight back to New York on a flight that will get me to Platinum, I just thought it was hilarious to be this close.  What’s the closest you’ve been to a status threshold?

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I’m on a flight to Dallas and there is NOT an Ebola scare on it

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Just a friendly reminder that, although it’s good to remain very vigilant, we should all tap the brakes a bit before losing sleep over the Ebola scare.

Media get paid most often by page views and honestly I don’t blame them for trying to write as much as they can with the clickbait-jest headlines possible, but at a certain point we should all put our phones and internets down and go out to live our lives the best we can.

Everyone travel safe and have a great weekend!

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Cheap fares to Europe…told you so

A330 to Europe!

A330 to Europe!

I don’t want to say I caused this (because that would be inaccurate), but remember in my How to find Cheap Flights article I told you that www.theflightdeal.com is a great website?

Check out the great fares to Europe they found!   Book fast! http://www.theflightdeal.com/2014/10/13/american-us-airways-united-400-700-united-states-europe-roundtrip-including-all-taxes/

 

Best,
Andy

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Four Easy Ways to Tourism Better in New York City

Typical sidewalk in New York City

Typical sidewalk in New York City

It was my first day of my first trip working at a client in New York City.  I stepped out onto the sidewalk of the Waldorf Astoria, all 240 (muscular) pounds of me.  As I looked down at my phone for an address, I was shoved aside and nearly knocked over by a crazed New Yorker.  I loudly said, “Excuse ME, pal,” to which the CNY responded “Maybe don’t stop in the middle of the bad word bad word sidewalk bad word.”

It’s been five years since that fateful morning and I’ve learned a lot about getting around in New York City.  There are plenty of How To articles regarding the City (especially the subway) that are much more thorough than this one, but I haven’t found many that will tell you what I’m about to tell you about how to get around peacefully in New York City. Continue reading

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