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⁠Katherine Johnson, the mathematician who correctly predicted the calculations that helped propel a man into space and was the subject of an Academy Award-nominated film, has died, @nas@nasa confirmed. She was 101. ⁠⠀ 🚀📝 Known as a "computer," Ms. Johnson worked at @nasa during the Jim Crow era, and wielding little more than pencils and rulers, she and her fellow African-American female colleagues worked diligently to send Americans to space (as depicted in the 2016 movie "Hidden Figures"). No kidding, Johnson correctly calculated the trajectory for the trip that saw Alan Shepard become the first American in space, and less than a year later, astronaut John Glenn personally requested that Johnson recheck the calculations before his flight— a flight where he became the first American to orbit the Earth. 🌎🌍🌏 In 2015 she received the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Barack Obama (image 2), and we had the honor of awarding Ms. Johnson a Lifetime Achievement award at the 2019 #TPGAwards for her contributions to aeronautics where her children accepted on her behalf (image 3). ⁠⠀ Tap the link in bio for more on her story as we pay tribute to this legend of aeronautics, perseverance, brain power and much more. ⁠ ⁠⠀ 📸: Donaldson Collection/Getty Images, the oscars one is Eddy Chen/Getty Images, Kris Connor/Getty Images Patrick Fallon/TPG Riley Arthur/TPG
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Is it spring break yet? In the mean time, we're still dreaming about our stay at the @ritzcarltonclubstthomas. ⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ Pros🍹:⁠ 🍹Top-notch room⁠⠀ 🍹 Superb staff⁠⠀ 🍹 Abundant and tropical flora and fauna⁠⠀ 🍹 Frozen drink game is 💯⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ Cons 🚧: ⁠⠀ 🚧 Ongoing construction⁠⠀ 🚧 Mud on footpaths and in grassy areas⁠⠀ 🚧 Hit-or-miss food⁠⠀ 🚧 Noisy pool⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ Click the link in our bio for all of the deets on our stay and feel that tropical breeze. 🌴 📸: @fryeje⁠
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So with cream cheese that'll be $29.99
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Business class, for less. 🙌 One of the best ways to redeem your points and miles is through Aeroplan, @aircanada's loyalty program. Seriously, if you're looking to fly @evaairways, pictured here, you probably won't find a cheaper award ticket in business class for the one-way flight to Asia. Transfer your @americanexpress points to Aeroplan to make it happen, just pay attention to the taxes and fees. Redeem your points for the most value; tap the link in bio for the best ways to use Amex points on @staralliance airlines. Now, going to recline our seat for an afternoon nap. 😴🇹🇼⁠ 📸: @ethan.steinberg24
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Free food to Hawaii, please. ✨ @hawaiianairlines famously offers complimentary food in economy on flights to and from Hawaii, something that is a serious standout when you're flying an 11-hour domestic route. And as of March 1, @united will start doing something similar. Link in bio for the details. 🌺✈️⁠ Don't ya miss the comped food in domestic economy days? ⁠ 📸: @thefabricofourlives
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Don't let this Global Entry scam get you! Here's something you probably didn't know: The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) received more than 3.2 million scam reports submitted to the Customer Sentinel Network in 2019 alone, and one of our followers fell victim by sending their name, driver's license, credit card info and other credentials to a site pretending to be the official @cbpgov one. “There is only one Trusted Traveler Programs website,” a CBP spokesperson told TPG. “Third-party companies that charge fees to process Trusted Traveler Program applications are not endorsed by, associated with or affiliated in any way with U.S. Customs and Border Protection or the U.S. government.” But what do you do if you’ve been scammed? First step: don't panic, and report your credit card as stolen. We've got a whole checklist for how to proceed. Just tap our link in bio and learn the ropes. 📝
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FINALLY, the Charlotte Centurion Lounge is done. 🚨 When it opens on Monday, the 11th member of the @americanexpress lounge network is poised to become @cltairport's best lounge to date. Lots of seating options, gourmet hot food, cocktails and wine plus two showers, phone rooms and even a family room (plus the usual Centurion Lounge touches) make this space 💯. There are even airport views for the #avgeeks. 🙋‍♂️ Don't expect it to be so empty though- these fill up fast. Looking forward to spending more time in this new lounge on our trips down to @redventures HQ. Access by holding an Amex Platinum card, or being an authorized user on one. Tap the link in bio for a closer look inside. ✈️⁠⠀ 📸: @_zachgriff
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Old planes, new again. @united is refurbishing the inside of more planes, and the latest are ones you'll find on several of their coast-to-coast flights. These 757s have totally new economy and economy plus seats that feature their latest IFE screen. They also offer reupholstered business class ("Polaris") seats as well, something people who fly these often will appreciate. Just know these new economy seats are thinner and offer less recline. Here's a pro tip: sit in rows 21 or 22 if you can. 😉 Which is more important to you: seat recline or IFE quality? Tap the link in bio for more tips and how to know if you're on one of these retrofitted planes. ✈️⁠⠀ 📸 @_zachgriff
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