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Podcast – Dots, Lines & Destinations
Dots, Lines & Destinations
Exploring the world with points, miles and a bit of crazy.
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DLD 324: Fraud, Funding, and Settlements
Join us for a walk down memory lane, triggered by some things we screwed up in our previous episode. Plus CARES2, Boeing, Spirit and More.
Dec 31, 2020
DLD 323: 2,000 year-old leftovers
We definitely don't recommend eating it, but the 2,000 year old street meat discoveries in the ruins of Pompeii are all sorts of awesome.
Dec 24, 2020
DLD 322: …And then see what sticks
As has happened several times since the pandemic began airlines are shaking up their route maps with idea so crazy they just might work. So which new destinations will work this time around??
Dec 17, 2020
DLD 321: Psssst….I’ve got a great JetTip for you
Where have all the cool planes gone? If you frequently find yourself wondering about that JetTip.net might help with some answers, at least in the US and Canada.
Dec 10, 2020
DLD 320: MAXimum effort
Is it a race to be first, or just normal business to get the planes back into the sky? Just one of many questions surrounding the 737 MAX return to service now that the grounding has been lifted in the USA.
Nov 26, 2020
DLD 319: Bursting that bubble
Collapsing joint ventures, splitting London, and plenty of bubbles to burst in this week's show.
Nov 19, 2020
DLD 318: Building the new Aeroplan
How do you build a new airline loyalty program? We've got a couple guests this week from Aeroplan to talk about how their team pulled it all together.
Nov 12, 2020
DLD 317: The Circa Circus in Vegas
How do you host a massive casino opening party in Las Vegas in the midst of a pandemic? It definitely isn't easy, but it can be done.
Nov 5, 2020
DLD 316: I don’t BERlieve it!
BER is open and a whale caught a runaway train. Both of those things really happened.
Oct 29, 2020
DLD 315: Please don’t subscribe!
A loyalty points scheme not worth buying in to and another that surprisingly is. Plus an airline disappears, a very long flight returns, and lots more!
Oct 22, 2020
DLD 314: Shut your Pi hole
Earnings season is back, with billions burned and little in the way of optimism for the industry. But traffic continues to increase and route networks adjust, with airlines trying to capture whatever bits of the market they can.
Oct 15, 2020
DLD 313: A different set of codes
We're about more than just airplanes, especially these days. But don't worry too much; air travel still dominates the conversation this week.
Oct 8, 2020
DLD 312: In search of inaugurals
Booking inaugural routes is almost as fun as flying them, right?? Plus A321Ts parked, AirAsia Japan dying and United's November growth plans.
Oct 1, 2020
DLD 311: Farewell to the 580s
No, that's not a typo. We're mourning the loss of the Convair 580s from commercial service, now slated for next year, among many other things in this week's episode.
Sep 24, 2020
DLD 310: Finally flying!
We're back in the sky! Also, new doors, routes, snacks, and planes headed to storage.
Sep 17, 2020
DLD 309: Let’s get Cranky!
The infamous Cranky Flier joins us this week to talk route planning, biz travel's collapse, and some fun with airport ratings.
Sep 10, 2020
DLD 308: Put a title here
Joint ventures are failing but does that mean the underlying businesses are screwed? And some serious long-haul route expansion coming, in theory, in the next 9ish months. Plus BER in trouble and the 787's tail is a mess.
Sep 3, 2020
DLD 307: We’re adding change fees
Change fees, jet packs, massive corruption and a fun new private plane. C'mon in and learn a bit in this week's show!
Aug 27, 2020
DLD 306: Breaking out of the simulation
We're not flying for real so the new MS Flight Sim might be a useful replacement. Plus, regionals shutting down, destinations dropped and a union squeeze.
Aug 20, 2020
DLD 305: Blergh
Can the TSA charge extra if you forget your ID? Plus a newly grounded fleet and new routes for Christmas!
Aug 13, 2020
DLD 304: Aeroplanning Ideas
We're talking through bits of the new Aeroplan program in this weeks show, plus new travel warnings and a strange possible investment play by Qatar Airways on behalf of Delta Air Lines.
Aug 6, 2020
DLD 303: It’s Just Zoom
Schedules slashed, Inflight magazines fly home and hundreds of millions in refunds. Plus, we nerd out with special guest Pizza in Motion about RV life.
Jul 30, 2020
DLD 302: Apologies all around
Cover your face and fly with free insurance and maybe even score an upgrade or just get a bunch of seats for yourself. But we spread all that out into a reasonable conversation, not just a tease.
Jul 23, 2020
DLD 301: Heat wave!
Hot weather across the country and some hot topics for discussion on this week's show, like new partnerships, furloughs and retirements.
Jul 16, 2020
DLD 300: Live on the interwebs!
For episode 300 we decided to celebrate with a live, interactive recording. We streamed it on YouTube and many of you joined us from around the world with questions, comments and more.
Jul 9, 2020
DLD 299: Openings and closings
More openings than closings should be good news for lots in the industry, though things remain precarious on many fronts.
Jul 2, 2020
DLD 298: Mixed awards, mixed messages
When an airline says it is concerned about passenger safety and then increases the number of seats sold that can be hard to reconcile. But at least they're leaving it members of their cabin crew to keep posting anti-mask FUD on social media, right??
Jun 25, 2020
DLD 297: Pantsless Professionals
As borders start to reopen the requirements for entry to some countries can be onerous. Or completely reasonable. But the inconsistencies make it really challenging for travelers to plan.
Jun 18, 2020
DLD 296:Vigilantes on the loose
What happens when people take to Twitter seeking justice and then transition that into real-life doxxing? And what about when it is a case of mistaken identity? A couple recent incidents in the travel space remind us that this is stupid and bad in many ways.
Jun 11, 2020
DLD 295: Vegas is back!
The Las Vegas strip is open again. Or at least open-ish. It is a far cry from the typical levels of action and activity, but things are starting to come back and it is very different. But also very the same. Here's a first-hand report from the Strip on opening weekend.
1 hr 8 min
Jun 4, 2020
DLD 294: It’s Electric!
Whether taxiing to the runway or taking off for the skies, electric power is a growing part of the flying experience. Which is pretty damn cool.
May 28, 2020
DLD 293: Turn around or a turnaround??
An airport closes, possibly forever. Another was already closed when the plane showed up. And airlines are still planning their financial turnarounds as demand starts to creep higher.
May 21, 2020
DLD 292: Where’s the stop button??
What does high school shop class have to do with our travel experiences? Absolutely nothing, but that's rarely stopped us from talking about other topics, so why start now??
May 14, 2020
DLD 291: The Cheese Soup test
We're deep in the throes of learning what requirements will exist for passengers to prove they're healthy and resume travel. This week's episode has a very unlikely candidate for one such test.
May 7, 2020
DLD 290: Desert flyover
Thousands of planes parked, some permanently, make for stunning images. But it comes at a cost, with jobs lost and an economic hit that is hard to measure so far.
Apr 30, 2020
DLD 289: Regional consolidation
Is it time for airports to join the consolidation game? We talk a lot about airlines and mergers (and bankruptcies these days) but airports might also benefit from joining forces.
Apr 23, 2020
DLD 288: Hoppity hopper
An island hopper that only takes 8 hours and does not risk military base diversions has us pretty excited. Just need it to actually operate now.
Apr 16, 2020
DLD 287: Is it time to book again??
When will it be safe to commit to big travel expenses? When will it be safe to travel? And do we really know the answer to those questions??
Apr 9, 2020
DLD 286: Back to the Future!
What will the future of airline route networks look like? We dig deep into the past with special guest Ned Russell as we look to the future.
Mar 26, 2020
DLD 285: Filling the gaps
Transit, consolidation, fleet changes and more. Oh, and some COVID-19 coverage beause it still dominates the news.
Mar 19, 2020
DLD 284: Where there’s a Will
We talk a lot about planes and travel on the show and perhaps a little less about the people we meet along the way than we should. Today's episode is different.
Mar 12, 2020
DLD 283: Death by a a thousand cuts
We're trying to not just talk about the novel coronavirus all day, every day. But lately the challenges it creates have dominated the aviation industry. So we're talking about it again. But some other stuff, too.
Mar 5, 2020
DLD 282: Unfair and Deceptive Practices
What does it mean when airlines behave unfairly towards customers? And why should we all be worried that they're about to be a lot more deceptive? Listen in to find out.
Feb 27, 2020
DLD 281: A Boycott!
Major cuts extending beyond China and beyond planes. Plus old enemies are friends and another dream of beds in long-haul economy…C'mon in!
Feb 20, 2020
DLD 280: Alliance dalliances
A new alliance affiliation, a new secondary cities airline in the USA and unblocking EuroBiz middles: What does it all mean?!?
Feb 13, 2020
DLD 279a: Flying Breezy (fixed)
Is the US market ready for another commercial airline? Serial aviation founder David Neeleman is ready to give it another go, and Breeze hopes to fly later this year.
Feb 6, 2020
DLD 278: ICAOn’t even figure out WHO is managing China policies
As governments and the traveling public continue to respond to the corona virus outbreak in China it is spectacularly unclear who, if anyone, is coordinating a coherent global response. Hooray!
Jan 30, 2020
DLD 277: To Asia or not to Asia
Lots of news about Asia this week, mostly in China but also beyond. Plus, pets on planes, fare derivatives and more.
Jan 23, 2020
DLD 276: The Wuppertal* Episode
A quick getaway to Wuppertal was on the agenda this week. It vaguely worked, though none of the three hosts got to or fro exactly as planned.
Jan 17, 2020
DLD 275: Well-informed opinions
Live from London, we've got a special guest smart enough not to talk about things where he doesn't know what's going on. It was a very strange conversation on many levels.
Jan 9, 2020
DLD 274: Inside the data of loyalty
Loyalty programs like to talk about emotion and building relationships. But the driving factor behind all of that is data. Lots and lots of data.
Jan 2, 2020
DLD 273: Outsourcing your holiday mess making
Ending a trip early, ending a career early and making a holiday mess thanks to outsourcing. Here's hoping that 2020 is better than the end of 2019!
Dec 19, 2019
DLD 272: Customer service is hard
Travel in India is hard. And when it goes sideways it can go really sideways. A mix of delays and cancellations this week brought that into stark relief and we're talking about it on the show.
Dec 12, 2019
DLD 271: Succession and success
A new CEO in the wings and a super technical success top this week's topics, plus Bhutan and a follow-up on what evacuation simulations are really like.
Dec 7, 2019
DLD 270: Thanksgiving travel is crazy. Literally.
Flying on Thanksgiving Weekend can be a crazy experience. But this year it seems someone took one of those idiotic "how to get upgraded for free" stories a bit further than they probably should have.
Nov 28, 2019
DLD 269: The Bob Seger special
No, we're not the first people to make that joke about a trip to Kathmandu (and beyond in Nepal). But Seth is there now and having way too much fun so we're talking about it and lots of other fun travel news as well.
Nov 14, 2019
DLD 268: I promise it isn’t a sales pitch!
What's better than running in to a fan of the podcast in Singapore on a random business trip? Getting to chat with them about some cool technology that helps make travel better. Oh, and some fun dots and lines accumulated over the years.
Nov 7, 2019
DLD 267: Shut down LaGuardia
Would the NYC aviation world be better served if LaGuardia shut down? For some reason that came up in this week's show.
Oct 31, 2019
DLD 266: Ultra ludicrous-haul
When ultra long haul just isn't enough, welcome to ludicrous haul. Plus some time spent with United executives, more delays from Boeing and more orders for Airbus.
Oct 24, 2019
DLD 265: A luxury CRJ200 experience
Is there such a thing as a nice CRJ200 ride? And why might a new world's longest flight be a bad idea?? Plus another top tier got harder to realize and LAX is moving its pickup zone outside the terminal loop.
Oct 17, 2019
DLD 264: Maybe it isn’t entirely awful??
A bad week for many United Airlines frequent flyer members and probably an even worse week for Boeing lead this weeks show. Plus SIM cards and South America and swanky Starlux.
Oct 10, 2019
DLD 263: A Hong Kong connection
With 4.5 hours to connect in Hong Kong there are a few options on the table. Sure, the first class lounges call, but a quick trip into town to chat with a friend can also be a smart play.
Oct 3, 2019
DLD 262: Hello from Hanoi!
A bit of a trip report this week, with tales from Hanoi and how we got here.
Sep 26, 2019
DLD 261: Silent Flight
Two airlines disappearing in a month is bad news, but that seems to be what's happening right now. Plus some loyalty changes in Canada and Australia and a silent ride over Oregon in a balloon.
Sep 19, 2019
DLD 260: APEX EXPO 2019–The hunt for news!
When APEX, AIX and IFSA get together there should be enough going on to generate some interesting news. Or, perhaps not. The annual Fall trade show bonanza was slow this year, but we still managed to find a few things to talk about.
Sep 12, 2019
DLD 259: A classless future
What happens when booking classes all go away? We should know soon, and this week's show has a preview from the inside.
Sep 5, 2019
DLD 258: Some LaGuardia Love
No, really, some love for the old LaGuardia leads off this week's show. Plus some new plane types, strike compensation and a mistake connecting in Cairo.
Aug 29, 2019
DLD 257: A strike debacle
Strikes happen. In aviation the impact can be dramatic, but usually it gets figured out well enough. British Airways managed to throw that playbook out the window this week, however.
Aug 22, 2019
DLD 256: A bleisure adventure to Prague?!?
Yes, "bleisure" is an annoying word. But it just might be a better way to travel. With a couple different trips to Prague recently the team is ready to debate its value.
Aug 15, 2019
DLD 255: Nova Scoshing
Why visit Nova Scotia? Lots and lots of reasons, it turns out. We’ve got Ed from Pizza in Motion on the show this week to chat with Seth about the many things to see and...
Aug 8, 2019
DLD 254: Shut it down!
Sure, we can just close that airport for a few months. No big deal. And maybe close down tourism in a city, too. And close a hub while we're at it. Lots of fun stuff in this week's show!
Aug 1, 2019
DLD 253: That little Fokker
United teams up with Clear, Southwest leaves Newark and CapOne has a data breach. Plus, a new(ish) airline flying a pretty old little Fokker.
Jul 25, 2019
DLD 252: Ventures and Dream(liner)s
New Dreamliner configurations, a new deal for collusion and an awesome 747 fly-by, all part of the excitement in this week's show!
Jul 18, 2019
DLD 251: Widget Wishes
A new neo takes flight and old routes reopen. Plus a fancy first class cabin and WOW might make a comeback after all.
Jul 11, 2019
DLD 250: Real problems, real penalties
Big fines for airlines, big meal service changes and big new aircraft plans highlight this weeks show!
Jul 4, 2019
DLD 249: It’s a Small World
Longer range, more bugs, co-brand battles and a melted plane lead this week's episode, with lots more also in the show. C'mon in!
Jun 20, 2019
DLD 248: Swindlers, buses and an unfortunate no-fly list
Bus gates for a new terminal? Ugh. Plus lots of new routes, a blacklisted passenger and $700,000 that should not have been paid.
Jun 14, 2019
DLD 247: Relaxing on the Veranda
What goes into the design of an airport? How do architects bridge the gap between here and there? We've got a special guest talking about architecture and design choices on this week's show.
Jun 6, 2019
DLD 246: Some Good Jeju
Because sometimes flying to a small island in the Pacific for dinner is a very good idea. Plus, baseball!
May 30, 2019
DLD 245: Kiwi Dreams
New planes (787-10s), new union lawsuits (AA & DL) and new access to faster immigration lines (UK eGates) are just some of the exciting news in this week's show.
May 23, 2019
DLD 244: Records, Slots and Partners
Speed records and airport news dominate this week's show. Some sketchy funding stories, too!
May 16, 2019
DLD 243: Smisek FTW!
Who is a strong airline leader these days? What are the qualities that it takes? And why do so many seem to do it so badly??
May 9, 2019
DLD 242: Cutting profits, cutting losses
Cutting money-losing programs makes sense in many cases. Selling off a profitable segment of the business is less normal. But here we are.
May 2, 2019
DLD 241: Quiet anger
Can we talk about that new livery? Plus, more Mexico, SAS's strike and who really owns Hong Kong Airlines these days?
Apr 18, 2019
DLD 240: It’ll buff right out
London, eventually. Maybe a couple bankruptcies. And a plane that almost tumbled on take-off. Grab on for a fun set of stories this week!
Apr 11, 2019
DLD 239: Charts? We don’t need no stinkin’ charts!
As award charts disappear is loyalty following them out the door? Plus a new A350 cabin and more MAX grounding discussions.
Apr 5, 2019
DLD 238: The AIX 2019 report
We're back in Hamburg for the 2019 edition of Aircraft Interiors Expo, talking about the new and fun developments in the industry and what passengers can look forward to flying with in the coming years.
Mar 28, 2019
DLD 237: Wow, ‘Dam MAX Jet!
Can Jet and WOW overcome massive financial challenges to stay in business? Will the MAX issues hurt Boeing long-term? And some Amsterdam news, too.
Mar 21, 2019
DLD 236: One Lucky Podcast
How do you close out a 20+ year journey? Try a 53-day trip across the USA to see 40 pro teams play.
Mar 14, 2019
DLD 235: MAX sadness and confusion
Lots of 737 shop talk in this episode, recorded on Sunday evening after the ET302 crash outside Addis Ababa. Our condolences to all those affected by the tragedy.
Mar 7, 2019
DLD 234: Paine with Pizza
Is it as aggressive a crossover as Avengers: Infinity War? Maybe not. But this week's show has DLD and MilesToGo producing a joint episode to relive the inaugural festivities at Paine Field and it sure was fun.
Feb 28, 2019
DLD 233: A little sketchy
Norwegian finally got out of Iran and American wants to spread some luxury around, if you're willing to pay. Plus, sketchy bookings now have a friendly home online.
Feb 21, 2019
DLD 232: Surprise!
What's in store this week?? Perhaps it is a surprise for everyone. Owing to some excitement in the recording and editing process we're all about to find out together!
Feb 14, 2019
DLD 231: Introducing the Statesider!
We're big fans of all things travel so when a couple of friends launched a new destination guide site we were interested. Welcome to the Statesider, a new take on US travel.
Feb 7, 2019
DLD 230: Get your engines rolling
Can Rolls pull off an A380 surprise? And can codeshare flights be a little less crappy for consumers? Plus slots, Haneda changes and Hawaii!
Jan 31, 2019
DLD 229: Adding up some shutdown costs
The US government shutdown finally took its toll on a pair of inaugurals, and a few others are giving up, too.
Jan 24, 2019
DLD 228: Sassy stories from Croatia
Telling tales and enjoying a winter holiday in Zagreb, Croatia. The sass mostly comes from others, not us.
Jan 17, 2019
DLD 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!
Jan 3, 2019
DLD 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?
Dec 27, 2018
DLD 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!
Dec 20, 2018
DLD 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!
Dec 13, 2018
DLD 223: Where do I get a bulldozer??
More Wow, more bankruptcy, more airports we love to hate. C'mon in!
Dec 6, 2018
DLD 222: WOW, LaGuardia!
WOW may or may not still be in business. And LaGuardia might actually be nice again!
Nov 29, 2018
DLD 221: Mad MAX, NEO and the engineless plane!
Trip reports from near and far, more MAX and the neo is finally delivered!
Nov 22, 2018
DLD 220: Gobble, gobble
Perhaps our most coherent episode yet. Happy Thanksgiving everyone!
Nov 15, 2018
DLD 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!
Nov 8, 2018
DLD 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!
Nov 1, 2018
DLD 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.
Oct 25, 2018
DLD 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??
Oct 18, 2018
DLD 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.
Oct 11, 2018
DLD 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?
Oct 4, 2018
DLD 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.
Sep 28, 2018
DLD 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!
Sep 20, 2018
DLD 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.
Sep 13, 2018
DLD 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!
Sep 6, 2018
DLD 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.
Aug 30, 2018
DLD 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!
Aug 23, 2018
DLD 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.
Aug 16, 2018
DLD 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, a stolen Q400, terminal dumps in Germany, and finally a use for the new Berlin airport!
Aug 9, 2018
DLD 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, TSA idiocy and some problems in Europe with passengers slipping past security checkpoints.
Aug 2, 2018
DLD 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 downgrading passengers when upgrading some aircraft.
Jul 26, 2018
DLD 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!
Jul 19, 2018
DLD 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!
Jul 12, 2018
DLD 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 there's a lot to consider.
Jul 5, 2018
DLD 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 and inanity. C'mon in!
Jun 28, 2018
DLD 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.
Jun 21, 2018
DLD 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.
Jun 14, 2018
DLD 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.
1 hr 2 min
Jun 7, 2018
DLD 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!
May 31, 2018
DLD 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!
May 24, 2018
DLD 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.
May 17, 2018
DLD 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 juice on board!?!
May 10, 2018
DLD 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.
May 3, 2018
DLD 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 more.
Apr 26, 2018
DLD 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, routes and more.
Apr 19, 2018
DLD 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.
Apr 12, 2018
DLD 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.
Apr 5, 2018
DLD 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.
Mar 29, 2018
DLD 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…
Mar 22, 2018
DLD 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.
Mar 15, 2018
DLD 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.
Mar 8, 2018
DLD 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!
Mar 1, 2018
DLD 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.
Feb 22, 2018
DLD 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.
Feb 15, 2018
DLD 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!
Feb 8, 2018
DLD 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.
Feb 1, 2018
DLD 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.
Jan 25, 2018
DLD 177: A super jumbo lifesaver
The A380 gets a new order and Airbus gets some additional action in China. Also, new rules for service animals, new liveries, new routes and new uniforms.
Jan 18, 2018
DLD 176: Slip sliding away off the runway
An airplane leaving the runway unexpectedly is never a good thing. Fortunately no injuries in this crazy story out of Turkey. Also, Alitalia is still looking for a savior and Azores Airlines now is as well. New uniforms, a giant cargo flight and more!
Jan 11, 2018
DLD 175: Milk runs, feces and the dumpster fire that is JFK
We tried to keep this episode relatively clean. I'm not sure it worked. With a guy smearing poop all over a plane and JFK's blizzard meltdown there were plenty of nasty moments to review in this week's show.
Jan 4, 2018
DLD 174: New year, new rules, new programs
Welcome to 2018, where hotel loyalty programs are updating their rules and one is starting over completely. A late 2017 bankruptcy is finally getting resolved and new seats are coming (yes, slimlines) to a major European airline. And somehow we're still relatively optimistic about the whole thing.
Dec 28, 2017
DLD 173: Where not to stay in Singapore
Jetlagged and in a crazy hotel room is not quite the ideal trip Fozz and Stephan were hoping for on this Singapore trip but things don't always work out the way you plan.
Dec 21, 2017
DLD 172: Ready. ATL. FIRE!
Fire in Atlanta, new flights to Tahiti and a hundred new A321s for Delta. Plus LCC flat beds and A310s disappearing. C'mon in for a(nother) fun episode!
Dec 14, 2017
DLD 171: They finally made it to Taiwan
After an aborted effort a few weeks back hosts Stephan and Fozz finally made it to Taiwan. These are their jetlag-influenced ramblings.
Dec 7, 2017
DLD 170: It isn’t a computer "glitch"
Computers are creating challenges for airlines and hotels these days. But it still isn't a "glitch." Another airline is disappearing and the CSeries may be flying further south than previously expected.
Dec 1, 2017
DLD 169: When will then be now? Soon! (2)
Is it possible to introduce a new product too soon? Also, survival of the fittest can be bad if you're named Darwin. Plus big potential moves in China.
Nov 25, 2017
DLD 168: Pandas, Hot Pots and a Giant Buddha in Chengdu
This week's episode is all about Chengdu recorded on location with a special guest. Some Saudi Arabia tourism tips, too, which was surprising to all of us.
Nov 22, 2017
DLD 167: DFW-KEF WTF??
Is Iceland really that popular in Texas? More premium routes and no more A380s are also part of the discussions.
Nov 16, 2017
DLD 166: The Suite Life
New Suites seats from Emirates and Singapore Airlines are all the rage, but do they really matter? Revenue-based loyalty, a fond farewell and a new long-haul LCC are also part of this week's news.
Nov 2, 2017
DLD 165: Ch-ch-ch-changes
Everything is changing, from routes to aircraft types to terminals to award charts. And there's a good reason it is happening now. Plus, concerts on planes and a major airport expansion on the horizon.
Oct 26, 2017
DLD 164: A Stupid LCC Play
There's something particularly strange about building an itinerary just to fly 4 different LCCs in 2 days in Japan. That's what we have Seth for. Plus, a 767 renaissance, LGA shuffles, SFO air art and more.
Oct 23, 2017
DLD 163.5: You’re so (Trip In) Vain
A busted trip to Taiwan, busted Rolls Royce engines and an attempt to bust Boeing's bullying ways are on the agenda this episode. Plus Hawaii and the A330neo (again).
Oct 19, 2017
DLD 163: A whole neo world
The A330neo is really real. The plane flew for the first time today in Toulouse and we've got a report from the festivities. Plus lots of other fun chasing various aircraft across Europe.
Oct 12, 2017
DLD 162: The #PRCareLift
Hey, DLD listeners: We need your help, far more than just putting up with our regular ramblings (of which there are plenty in this episode).
Oct 6, 2017
DLD 161: A Grand Delusion
Maybe everyone isn't crazy and they just have really bad ideas, right? A couple bankruptcies and a couple investments, plus a pair of new routes that just might work. C'mon in.
Sep 21, 2017
DLD 160: Not my GUM dropped buttons
Lots of routes dropping in the coming months, thanks to crew shortages, shifting travel demand and maybe even fleet challenges. Another "mistake" fare scuttled and some talk about cabin density and how that translates to profits, too.
Sep 14, 2017
DLD 159: Stop being such a slacker
How do you stay healthy on the road? You probably don't, and that makes you a slacker. But we've got a guest this week talking about how to be better about such things. C'mon in!
Sep 7, 2017
DLD 158: Backing off Basic + LCC Cash Concerns
Come fly across the Atlantic with the crew on an LCC (in Y!) and talk about United's newly revised A350 order, the evolution of Basic Economy and many US airlines scaling back revenue hopes for 2017.
Aug 31, 2017
DLD 157: Long lines on the ground and in the air
Southwest has a MAX 8, PIT has more visitors and soon you'll be able to spend longer than ever inside a plane. But is any of that good news??
Aug 25, 2017
DLD 156: Got Milk Runs?
Some of the best AvGeek routes in the USA come courtesy of the Alaska Airlines "Milk Run" hops throughout Alaska. Come along for the ride in this week's episode!
Aug 17, 2017
DLD 155: Georgia on our minds
We've got two guests on the show this week to talk about Georgia (the country, not the state), Azerbaijan, and all sort of other fun bits. Nudity, massages and a bonus bit about Taipei and Andorra round out the show.
Aug 10, 2017
DLD 154: Big troubles for the little guys
Regional operators and even smaller "normal" airlines in the US are facing challenges on multiple fronts. Chapter 11 and fights over international trade policy are just part of the resulting fun.
Aug 3, 2017
DLD 153: What do Spirit and Lufthansa First have in common?
It is important to be comfortable while flying. But maybe getting naked it taking things a bit too far. Fights in the terminal and a nation collapsing are also on this week's agenda.
Jul 27, 2017
DLD 152: The CRJs of Trans-Oceanic Travel
More LCCs across the Pond and A321neos to Hawaii. Some airplanes cannot count and some airlines cannot get enough pilots. Plus lots more!
Jul 20, 2017
DLD 151: So many misses, most of which are good things
A near miss at SFO is big news this week, as are missed earnings numbers, status matches and an AvGeek tragedy.
Jul 13, 2017
DLD 150: Two eras ending but plenty of new routes
A(nother) loyalty partnership is dying and IATA admits it is slightly less relevant in one area. But plenty of new stuff coming to keep us interested.
Jul 6, 2017
DLD 149: A cheap jackass
Does competition help or hurt product quality? Plus new airlines and new airplanes and new award charts all starting to show up.
Jun 29, 2017
DLD 148: MAX Plus Boom in Paris
The Paris Air Show was full of interesting news again this year, though much of it felt incomplete. Antwerp is an interesting destination and lots of legal stuff happening in North America, too.
Jun 22, 2017
DLD 147: Hot stuff to start the summer
Hot weather, hot pizza on board and hot takes on lots of other news this week…
Jun 16, 2017
DLD 146: Bad timing in so many ways
How do you fight the clock against viral media? And is there ever really a good time for international action that isolates a country? Plus a new long Dreamliner route and animals on planes.
Jun 8, 2017
DLD 145: Gaming the games in casino loyalty
Loyalty isn't just about hotels and airlines. Casinos run some of the largest and must lucrative programs out there. And, not surprisingly, there are people who like to play that game just like those who play the travel game.
Jun 1, 2017
DLD 144: Pontifications over pints
The crew was in London last weekend, primed with a few pints of ale and an inaugural flight experience to share.
May 25, 2017
DLD 143: What and Where for the Whale?
What's next for the A380? Delays in opening at Dubai and tracking new jets, too.
May 18, 2017
DLD 142: 3-2-1 Liftoff!
There is something incredible about watching a rocket lift off headed towards space. Seth was in Cape Canaveral to see the most Recent SpaceX launch and is joined by special guest Howard Slutsken to talk about the experience.
May 11, 2017
DLD 141: Growth, Bans and an un-Ban
Are more electronics bans coming? And why can the general public now buy in on a crazy charter route. More growth at SFO, a whoopsie on Air Force 1 and a Gogo giveaway, too!
May 4, 2017
DLD 140: Insert Title Here
Lots of topics this week but no title for the show…hopefully you're willing to listen anyways.
Apr 27, 2017
DLD 139: Mistakes, mistAAkes and miSteaks in travel
United made a mistake at JFK, American makes mistAAkes in ticket changes and Bangkok made a "miSteak" when it comes to street food. Plenty of other idiocy, too.
Apr 20, 2017
DLD 138: Na·ive·té
Charter cuts, not Leaving Las Vegas, seat poachers popped and a black hole over North Korea. Plus thoughts on where to go for Holy Week next year.
Apr 13, 2017
DLD 137: But WHY did you fly there?
Norwegian might need to pop a Cork, Frontier looks to cash out, the CS300 is sexy and some discussion on why we travel so much.
Apr 6, 2017
DLD 136: The Schmear Sphere
What's next for seats, internet and entertainment on airplanes? Aircraft Interiors Expo is the place to find out and here's this week's show wrap up.
Mar 31, 2017
DLD135: Action in Asia
Lots of stuff happening in Asia, from partnerships to award travel to Singapore hawker stalls. Polaris takes a (bigger) delay and a Westin has math troubles.
Mar 23, 2017
DLD 134: (737) MAX, LAX (Shuffle) and PAX (Electronics)
No electronics on airplanes, Growth in Seattle and Cuts at LaGuardia. Plus more details on the LAX shuffle coming this May. Hooray!
Mar 16, 2017
DLD 133: Fighting for Small Town, USA
Smaller US cities are seeing a resurgence in air service from the major carriers. Plus, Stephan's favorite restaurant in Berlin is now also Seth's favorite.
Mar 9, 2017
DLD 132: Paper Planes and Flying Turtles
Boeing's new paper plane sounds cool but will it every fly? We do know that ANA will have a turtle flying by the end of the decade. And Pittsburgh, because why not!?!
Mar 2, 2017
DLD 131: Domestic Considerations
United has a brand new 77W with fancy new seats in business class. It also is adding a bunch of routes with CRJ-200s on domestic flights. Economy class travel is not so great.
Feb 16, 2017
DLD 130: Out and about in China with Rapid Travel Chai
We've got @RapidTravelChai on as a special guest this episode and we're talking all about China, heavily focused on the Fujian province and some excellent adventures available there.
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Feb 2, 2017
DLD 129: zLA zLA Land
This week's episode is all about changes coming to flying in and around Los Angeles. Also, Iran Air is having fun with its new toy and airlines seem to struggle keeping systems online.