For today only, TAP Air Portugal is offering travelers a 50% discount for select bookings on a variety of new routes that it's launching in 2021. With these new routes including flights to/from destinations like Montreal, Toronto, and Cape Town, and with the discount available for travel originating at either end of the new routes, this is a great chance to snap up a fantastic deal.
American Airlines has launched a Black Friday deal in which it's offering customers the chance to earn a discount of up to 20% on future travel by making a booking with the airline in the next 4+ days. The discount you can earn for future travel is based on the value of the booking you make during the promotion period.
Recently, I took my first flights since the beginning of March and I finally got home to Los Angeles for a few days. I've been putting off a return to LA for months (I've cancelled four separate trips) but, eventually, things came to a head and I had no choice but to fly.
In recent days and weeks, we've seen United Airlines launching free Covid-19 tests on select flights between New York and London and we've seen American Airlines and British Airways launching a trial of a series of Covid tests as airlines look to persuade governments to open up travel across the Atlantic. Now Delta is getting in on the act.
With Dubai now open to more visitors than at any other time in the past 6 months, Emirates has decided to bring back its 'Dubai Connect' offer for passengers transiting through Dubai who have a long layover between flights.
British Airways management has had a lot to be embarrassed about this year (the poor treatment of staff and the poor treatment of customers being the main ones) and it appears to be hell-bent on continuing to embarrass itself with a woeful offering in its Black Friday sale.
In the past few days the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) lifted its ban on Boeing's 737 MAX aircraft (other jurisdictions have yet to follow suit) and we're already seeing airlines lining up to give support to the beleaguered aircraft. Alaska Airlines is the latest US carrier to provide a show of faith to the MAX as the airline confirms that it is swapping a number of its Airbus A320 aircraft for new Boeing 737-9 MAX aircraft.
United Airlines may have been the first US airline to announce Covid-19 tests for travelers heading to Hawaii and it may have been the first US airline to announce measures to test transatlantic passengers for coronavirus before their flights, but it was American Airlines that was first to act when it comes to testing on routes to Latin America and the Caribbean. Now, United is making moves in those regions too.
Virgin Atlantic appears to be the first of the major transatlantic carriers to come out with some truly spectacular Black Friday Business Class fares for travel from the UK to the United States, the Caribbean, and select destinations in Asia, Africa, and the Middle East. With Upper Class fares starting at £999 for a wide variety of routes, this is definitely a way to get people's attention.
The major US airlines have recently been rolling back some of the fees that they have introduced over the years as they stumble towards the conclusion that they're going to have to be ultra-competitive in the coming years if they're not to lose out on market share to their closest competitors. Now, in the latest fee-cutting exercise, American Airlines has announced that it is eliminating change fees on select international bookings.