As global airlines slowly come to terms with the fact that travel will not be getting back to normal any time soon, and that a lot of people are still very leery of booking trips in the future, we're starting to see flexible booking policies being extended. Virgin Atlantic is the latest airline to have extended its flexible booking policy and it looks like the carrier now has one of the best policies around.
Back in November, United Airlines announced that it was planning to reintroduce service out of New York JFK at the beginning of February 2021. Then, in early January, that proposed launch date was moved back to the end of February. Now, that launch date has been moved once again.
For the past two days, JetBlue has been running a very nice sale across most of the routes that it operates but today is the last day to lock-in the savings that the airline is offering. It doesn't look like there are any major discounts available on Mint Business Class bookings but there are some very promising-looking discounts in Economy Class.
American Airlines is the largest carrier at Miami International Airport and it has now announced a further expansion of its route network out of its south Florida hub. Travelers can expect new non-stop services to South America and Israel as well as two new domestic seasonal routes and increased frequencies to the Caribbean and Latin America.
On Friday, I wrote about the great new flight options that Southwest will be giving the residents of Southern California when it launches 7 new routes out of Long Beach at the beginning of March. Today I'm quickly going to go over the details of five more new routes that Southwest will be launching out of California in April.
Delta has today announced an extension of the measures it first introduced back in April 2020 as the airline says that it will continue to block the middle seat in its aircraft through April 2021.
Alaska Airlines has launched a new flash sale which it's running through to the end of the day, today, and in which it's offering great deals on flights across its network. The airline is offering free companion tickets in Economy Class for parties of up to 6 people and 10% off First Class fares for all travelers.
Southwest is an airline that has managed to cultivate a friendly, non-confrontational culture, it's an airline that doesn't gouge passengers with fees, and it's an airline that frequently offers fantastic fares on a number of very popular routes. All of those things are why I'm excited to see the airline putting a considerable amount of focus on expanding its offering in California, my home state.
As far as news from the UK government is concerned, I've been mainly concentrating on what it has been saying with regards to pre-departure testing requirements and its travel policies relating to countries in which new variants of the coronavirus have appeared. This may be why I didn't notice that last Friday, it extended the waiver it has in place for the rules governing slots at the nation's airports.
JetBlue has launched a new sale in which it’s offering travelers a free companion flight when they purchase a flight + hotel package by Monday, 8 February.