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Iberia announces two new US routes and brings back another

With the ban on travelers originating in the Schengen Area now lifted, Iberia has announced that it will launch two new routes to the United States from April 2022 and confirmed that its route between Madrid and San Francisco will be returning at the same time.
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Alaska Airlines will launch a new service to Miami next year

Alaska Airlines has been busy announcing new routes for most of this year with Mexico, California, Montana, Chicago, and Austin all benefiting from the airline's expansion. Its latest service announcement is probably its biggest of the year with Alaska Airline confirming that it will return to Miami for the first time in over 10 years with a non-stop service between Seattle and Miami next year.
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Flying Virgin Atlantic from Los Angeles? Here’s what you need to know

Following a 20 month hiatus, travel between the UK and the United States will be restarting on Monday (8 November) and if what we're hearing is true, there will be a flood of people crossing the Atlantic in the coming weeks. If you're one of those people and you plan on flying with Virgin Atlantic out of Los Angeles, the information in this post may useful.
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Wow. Qatar Airways is going to make someone a millionaire (promo open to select...

Qatar Airways has launched a new promotion in conjunction with Hamad International Airport in which it's offering just three prizes. Two of the prizes are pretty amazing, but the top prize is incredible as it will make someone an instant millionaire.
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Hawaiian Airlines will restart its Sydney Route next month

In the wake of Qantas starting to reboot a variety of long-haul routes and Singapore Airlines saying that it will operate Vaccinated Travel Lanes from Sydney and Melbourne, Hawaiian Airlines has confirmed that it will join the party and will bring back its Honolulu - Sydney service in mid-December.
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All British Airways 777s will have the new Club Suite by the end of...

British Airways has issued an update on the progress that it's making with retrofitting its new Club Suite to its long-haul fleet and while the news out today is mostly good, some information that's missing from the update may point to a longer rollout timeframe than was originally envisioned.
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JetBlue LaGuardia expansion starts this Sunday

It was back in April that JetBlue first told us that it was planning to leverage its new partnership with American Airlines to help it significantly increase its presence at New York's LaGuardia airport, and now the airline has confirmed that we'll start to see that expansion roll out from this weekend.
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Incredible Fare: Stockholm to Bangkok SWISS Business Class from $1,123 Roundtrip

One of the better Star Alliance carriers, SWISS, is currently offering an incredible Business Class fare for travel between Sweden and Bangkok for travel deep into next year. If you can position yourself to Stockholm (or if you happen to live in Stockholm), you can currently fly SWISS Business Class to Bangkok via Zurich on fares starting at around $1,123. That's a price that's unlikely to be bettered any time soon.
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Review: United Airlines Business Class 787-9 Dreamliner (LHR-SFO)

Earlier this year, I booked a fantastic Business Class deal that should have seen me flying to Los Angeles with SWISS and back to Europe with United but with airlines playing around with their schedules as much as they were, my booking got changed multiple times and I ended up having to fly with United in both directions. That wasn't ideal, but it gave me a chance to try out three of the airline's long-haul Business Class cabins and this is a review of the first cabin in my itinerary.
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USA FLASH SALE: Qatar Airways Qsuites from $2,321 Roundtrip

Qatar Airways has launched a new flash sale for departures from the United States and is offering some very good Business Class deals (by US standards) to destinations in Africa and the Indian Ocean out of at least five different US cities. With all Qatar Airways flights between the US and Doha offering the famed Qsuite Business Class cabin, these deals could be a good way of getting 2022 off to a very nice start.
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Qatar Airways is offering a 20% bonus on Citi Transfers (and more)

I'm not sure how I missed this when it was first launched but if you're a collector of points with any one of Qatar Airways' banking partners, you should know that the airline will currently give you a 20% bonus if you convert those points to Privilege Club Qmiles. For US credit card holders this means a 20% bonus on transfers from Citi's ThankYou program but elsewhere in the world, transfers from Amex, HSBC, and a wide variety of other banks will also all trigger this bonus.
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United Airlines announces 22 daily flights to London in 2022 (1 new route)

Yesterday, a low-key United Airlines teaser appeared to suggest that it would be announcing at least one new international route at 08:00 today to go alongside the 10 new flights and 5 new destinations that the airline announced on 14 October. Well, 08:00 ET has now passed and we now know what United's teaser was all about.
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Heads up: United Airlines will add yet more international routes

United Airlines launched a big teaser earlier this month which gave us all a lot of clues as to what new international routes the airline was planning to announce. Those new routes were promptly revealed just a day later but now United is suggesting that its news doesn't end there.
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FLASH SALE: JetBlue 2021 ‘Monster Sale’ (Fares from $31 one-way)

JetBlue has launched what it's calling its 2021 Monster Sale which is offering fares from $31 one-way and whose discounts aren't available anywhere other than on the JetBlue website. The sale is running through Friday 29 October so there isn't long to book any bargains that you may find.
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How did I not know that Gatwick surcharges are lower than those at Heathrow?!

I like to think that I'm fairly up to speed with a lot of the more important information surrounding the topics about which I write, and I like to think that I'm (mostly) completely on top of anything that relates to the cities that I visit frequently, the airlines with whom I fly a lot, and the hotels that I stay at more than once or twice a year. Apparently, that's not always true.
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The Singapore Airlines teaser was a big bust

Over the weekend, I noticed that Singapore Airlines had published a teaser on its Instagram account suggesting that something was going to be announced today, 25 October. Would it be a sale? Would we see a KrisFlyer promotion? Would another important VTL be opening up? Whatever was coming, I was excited to find out what it would be. Sadly, I should have kept my expectations lower than I did because what was announced really didn't deserve a teaser.
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British Airways will codeshare with Kenya Airways (Avios & Tier Points earnings on the...

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This apparently pointless status match may not be quite as pointless as it seems

Alitalia, as an airline, may be officially dead, but its spirit is very much alive within the newest Italian flag carrier ITA Airways. Over the weekend, news emerged that ITA is offering an elite status match to just about anyone and on the face of things, this looks like a pretty pointless status match (I'll explain why in a moment). Having thought this offer though a bit more, however, I'm starting to think that it may have its uses.
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Limited Time: Get $50 back on Virgin Atlantic bookings with this offer [Targeted]

Earlier, I wrote about Citi bringing some easy-to-use offers for IHG properties in the United States but this targeted Citi offer isn't one that I recall ever seeing before. Targeted cardholders are being offered $50 back on all Virgin Atlantic bookings made in the US and US territories with the caveat that only bookings made before the end of October (for travel into 2022) will trigger the saving.
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Qantas brings forward the return of its Sydney – Los Angeles route

Qantas has said that following the announcement from New South Wales than it plans to open up to vaccinated visitors from 1 November and that vaccinated visitors will no longer need to quarantine, it will bring forward the relaunch of a couple of its key routes. Specifically, the Sydney - Los Angeles and the Sydney - London routes are two that will be coming back sooner than planned.
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British Airways has launched a new sale (long-haul & short-haul)

British Airways has launched a sale on flights and holidays for travel deep into 2022. With the US ban on travelers originating in the UK, Ireland, and the Schengen Area expected to be lifted next month, there's a strong focus on the United States in this sale but other popular destinations are included too.
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United Airlines announces 10 new flights and 5 new destinations for Summer 2022

After two days of teasers, United Airlines has now revealed that it plans, what it's calling, its largest transatlantic expansion in history with the launch of 10 new flights and the addition of 5 new destinations in the summer of 2022. 
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United Airlines will announce new routes tomorrow (we have clues)

Early yesterday, United Airlines posted a cryptic teaser on Instagram which suggested that the airline would be making some kind of announcement at 08:00 ET today. Well, the appointed hour has now passed and we now know that the cryptic message was just a lead-in to a new video (just posted) that contains clues to help us all guess where United plans to fly to before the official announcement tomorrow at 08:00 ET.
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Aer Lingus is bringing back two of its routes to the United States

In anticipation of the Biden administration finally getting around to opening up travel to the United States the UK, Ireland, and the Schengen area (take your time Joe, no hurry), Aer Lingus has announced that it will be restarting two of its transatlantic routes to the US in the coming weeks.
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Today Only: Get up to 25% off Alaska Airlines fares (save 10% on First...

I don't recall seeing this announced but it looks like Alaska Airlines has brought back a promotion that it ran throughout that last football season in which it offered discounts on fares based on the performance of Russell Wilson, the Seattle Seahawks quarterback.
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UK Sale: British Airways is offering up to £300 off holidays to Mexico &...

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British Airways Will Restart One Of Its Routes To California

As has been the case with most airlines, the pandemic caused British Airways to take an ax to large parts of its route network and even though a lot of those routes have been restored in recent months, the airline still isn't flying to all of the US destinations that it served before the coronavirus changed the world. Starting next month, however, one more route to California will be back in the airline's schedules.
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Uh-Oh! Qatar Airways Is Changing Its Business Class Fare Structure (Again)

It was only last November when we saw Qatar Airways first introduce its version of an unbundled Business Class fare which no longer offered free seat selection or lounge access as part of its benefits package. Now, less than a year later, Qatar Airways is overhauling its Business Class fare structure once again and the latest changes could spell the end of the line for those of us accustomed to earning valuable elite status by booking the best deals that Qatar Airways offers.
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KLM Reverses Some US Route Cuts – Two Routes Are Now Back In The...

Just two weeks ago, KLM announced that it would be cutting three of its winter routes between Amsterdam and the United States as the Biden administration continued to do nothing to open up travel for most Europeans and as the Dutch government imposed new restrictions on US travelers. Now, following sudden and unexpected changes of heart by both governments, KLM has announced that two of those three routes will be operated after all...albeit a little later than planned.
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BA’s New Short-Haul Onboard F&B System Seems Excellent

At the beginning of the year, British Airways announced that it would stop serving food and drinks from an onboard cart on its short-haul routes. It wasn’t clear from the original announcement whether this was a short-term COVID measure or if this was yet another cost-cutting exercise but regardless, customers have spent the past months having to pre-order food and drinks in the days leading up to their flights as there has been no option to order onboard. Now, those days appear to be behind us.
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FLASH DEAL: Alaska Airlines Launches BOGO Sale & 10% Off First Class Sale

Alaska Airlines has launched a new "buy one, get one free" offer for Main Cabin travel between October and mid-December. First Class fares don't qualify for the BOGO promotion but a 10% discount on First Class fares is being offered. Restrictions apply (e.g. blackout dates), but if you're considering a trip that's covered by the Alaska Airlines route map, this deal could be a nice money saver.
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United Airlines Reschedules Its New Route To Africa

A little over a year ago, United Airlines announced that it planned to start offering a variety of new flights from Chicago, San Francisco, and Washington DC. One of those routes was to Lagos, Nigeria, and was scheduled to launch in late spring this year. For reasons that are all too obvious, that route never launched but now United says that it's ready to give it another try.
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Virgin Atlantic A350 Upper Class Review (New Suites – Daytime Flight)

Because something called COVID became a word all too familiar to all of us just a few months after Virgin Atlantic started offering the new Upper Class suite, it took a lot longer than I had hoped before I got to fly in the new cabin. Thankfully, earlier this year and after many cancellations and rebookings, I managed to make the most of an exceptionally good Business Class fare between London and Los Angeles to finally try out the new Virgin Atlantic product. I'm not embarrassed to say, I was very excited.
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Would You Pay $150 To Access An American Airlines Flagship Lounge?

In February 2020, in the days when most of us still had little idea what lay ahead, rumors began to circulate that American Airlines was considering allowing flyers to pay to access the Flagship Dining facilities that it operates at a number of its US hubs. The pandemic put all those plans on hold but now that the airline is starting to reopen its Flagship Lounges around the country, the airline has confirmed that, in part, those rumors had substance.
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This Is Why I Don’t Like Booking Flights Through OTAs

A few months ago, when JetBlue was offering some excellent Business Class fares on its new New York - London routes, I went against a long-term policy of mine and booked a trip through an online travel agency. Specifically, I booked through Amex Travel and while I wouldn't say that my experience has put me off booking with an OTA ever again, it has reminded me why I have a policy of avoiding OTAs whenever possible.
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Finnair Announces Two New US Routes & Increases Service To Chicago

Following on from its July announcement of new routes from Stockholm to Bangkok, Phuket, and Miami, Finnair has now confirmed that it plans to launch two more US routes out of the Swedish capital and that it plans to turn what has traditionally been a transatlantic summer route into a route that's operated year-round.
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BA Flash Sale: 500,000 Seats For Under £40 Each Way (From UK Only)

British Airway has announced a short-haul flash sale in which it says that it's offering half a million seats for under £40 (~$55) each way. This sale is running in parallel with the main sale that British Airways is currently promoting and will end at midnight (GMT) on Monday 13 September.
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KLM Has Suspended Three US Leisure Routes For Winter 2021/22

With the United States government continuing to show no interest in loosening restrictions on travelers originating in various European countries, we're now seeing some counties in Europe retaliating and imposing considerably stricter measures on travelers visiting from the United States. Unsurprisingly, this is now starting to lead to route suspensions.
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Sometimes I Really Don’t Understand Airline Pricing

Most readers have probably seen examples of airline pricing that's gone completely crazy because someone, somewhere, put a decimal point in the wrong place or because a currency exchange calculation has been done incorrectly. But this post isn't about one of those error fares. It's about fares that are being intentionally published for travel between the UK and the United States.
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British Airways Will Reopen Its Concorde Rooms Tomorrow

As has been the case with most airport lounge networks around the world, British Airways has been operating a skeleton lounge network since the pandemic first took hold. Recent weeks have seen the airline opening a number of its Business Class lounges at London Heathrow and now BA is ready to take things further by reopening the lounges it dedicates to First Class travelers.
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12 Observations/Thoughts From My Recent American Airlines Business Class Flight

Earlier this month, I flew American Airlines Business Class from Los Angeles to London Heathrow and while a full review of this particular flight is probably unnecessary (I've got another AA Business Class review in the pipeline), I thought I'd share a few thoughts and observations now that the number of people flying from the US to Europe is on the rise.
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Alaska Airlines Adds Three New Routes To Mexico For Winter 2021/22

Bay Area residents rejoice. Alaska Airlines has today announced that it's adding three new routes to Mexico for Winter 2021/22 and all three routes will be originating in San Francisco. Alaska Airlines already boasts more non-stop flights between the West Coast and Mexico than any other airline and this news just shores up that lead.
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Deals: Southwest Offering Fares From $39 (Hawaii From $99)

Southwest is running a flash sale (which appears to have started yesterday) in which it's offering one-way fares from $39. A quick look at some of the fares the airline has published shows that there may be some good deals available for travel to Hawaii and possibly to a few other winter sun destinations.
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British Airways Extends Travel Voucher Expiration Dates & Its Book With Confidence Policy

Like just about every major passenger airline in the world, British Airways has spent most of the past 16 months issuing passengers with travel vouchers for flights that either it or its customers have cancelled courtesy of the Covid pandemic. Up until today, these vouchers had an expiration date in April 2023 but with travel on a lot of BA's routes still significantly restricted, the airline has now extended that expiration date by a further 5 months.
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DEAL: Save 20% On Most British Airways Bookings Into May 2022 [UK Accounts Only]

British Airways has today launched a new promotion in which offering all UK-based Executive Club members a 20% discount on Economy Class, Premium Economy, and Business Class flights taken between August and the last week in May next year. Unfortunately, the booking window is a short one so you'll have to be quick if you want to make the most of this deal.
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Something To Watch: Will The Amex Platinum Cards Offer Access To Virgin Atlantic Clubhouses?

Plaza Premium seems to be on a little bit of a roll. Recently, Capital One announced that its new lounge in Denver will be operated in partnership with Plaza Premium, and now we’re hearing that Plaza Premium has just taken over the running of all Virgin Atlantic Clubhouses outside of the UK. For holders of the Platinum Card® from American Express, and the Business Platinum Card® from American Express, this may turn out to be good news.
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Finnair Adds A New 7th Freedom Flight To The United States

Finnair has announced that it plans to base three of its Airbus A350 aircraft at Stockholm's Arlanda Airport this coming winter season and use them to operate three new 7th freedom flights. Two of these flights will be heading to Asia while the third will be crossing the Atlantic to the United States.
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Save Up To 15% On Qatar Airways Flights (Select Routes)

Qatar will be hosting the 2022 Football World Cup and Qatar Airways is a major sponsor of football (soccer) around the world as well as being the official airline of UEFA EURO 2020, so it's not all that surprising to see the airline running a promotion in honor of the championships that come to a close this week.
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Finnair’s Business Light Fares May Not Be So Bad (For Some)

For the past few days, things have been looking pretty gloomy on the Finnair Business Class fares front, but a little bit of digging has revealed that the news may not be quite as bad as we thought. In fact, the news could have been a lot worse.
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DELAYED: Aer Lingus Launches Two New Routes To The United States (And One To...

We've known for some time that Aer Lingus has been planning to launch a number of new non-stop transatlantic routes from Manchester in the UK with New York and Boston among the destinations being targeted but details have been thin on the ground. Now, however, Aer Lingus has finally unveiled its plans and they're not entirely free from surprises.
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HUGE DEAL: Save 50% On Southwest Fares This Fall (Cash & Award Bookings)

Southwest is currently running a number of promotions to celebrate its 50th Birthday but the one that's way out ahead of all the rest is the promotion launched today that offers flyers 50% off flights taken this fall. Unsurprisingly for a promotion as generous as this one, the 50% discount offer is only available for bookings made in the next few days but with award bookings qualifying for the discount as well as cash bookings, this is definitely a great opportunity to make some significant savings.
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Turkish Airlines Increases Services To Five US Cities

Turkish Airlines operates to 10 US cities out of its base in Istanbul (the Turkish Airlines website may claim that the airline flies to "208 different locations in United States" but that's simply untrue) and this month sees Turkish Airlines boosting services to 5 of those 10 cities as the airline begins to approach the service levels it offered before the pandemic ruined world travel.
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Alaska Airlines Announces New Winter Routes From The West Coast

In the past three months, Alaska Airlines has announced new routes out the Pacific Northwest, new routes to California's wine country, and new routes between California and a number of National Parks in Montana. Now the airline is back with news that it will be launching four new winter routes out of three of the West Coast cities that it serves.
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When Did US Carriers Make Inflight Wi-Fi So Expensive?

This is a genuine question. I've taken very few domestic flights on which I've needed to use Wi-Fi in the past few years and I was mostly crossing the Atlantic with British Airways in the year leading up to the pandemic, so when I recently took flights with American and United and saw how much they were both charging for inflight wi-fi I was genuinely taken aback.
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Quick Look: United Airlines 737-900 First Class (SFO-LAX)

Recently, I needed to get from San Francisco back home to Los Angeles, and rather than flying with one of the carriers I would normally choose (American Airlines or Alaska Airlines), I found myself flying with United. The short nature of the journey means that this flight clearly doesn't warrant a full "review", but I thought I'd share a few pictures and thoughts about the flight nevertheless.
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American Airlines Announces More Significant Expansion In Austin

Just a few months ago, American Airlines announced that it was adding a significant number of new routes to its operations in Austin as well as bringing back a few routes that it had operated in the past. Today, American had doubled down on its Austin expansion by announcing more new routes that are set to take flight in the fall.
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American Airlines 777-300ER Business Class LAX – LHR (Night Flight)

Last week I wrote about my American Airlines Business Class flight between London and Los Angeles which took place during the hours of daylight so this post will take a look at what American Airlines is currently offering passengers on the overnight flight in the opposite direction.
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United Should Probably Rethink Its Boarding Group Numbering

Recently, I took my first flights with United Airlines for over a decade and while a number of observations came out of those flights (observations that will come up in future posts), one thing that my recent experiences appear to suggest is that United should probably consider changing how it numbers its boarding groups.
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Delta Expands Flights To Paris & Adds A Route To The South Of France

With France having announced that it will be accepting fully vaccinated visitors from the United States from 9 June, Delta has announced that it is adding flights to Paris from Minneapolis/St Paul and Boston and that a seasonal service to the south of France will also operate this summer.
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Flying American Airlines 777-300ER International Business Class (LHR-LAX)

American Airlines is currently flying a single daily flight between Los Angeles and London and a few weeks ago I got to see what things were like in the Business Class cabin on the daytime flight out of London and the overnight flight out of Los Angeles. For anyone considering flying internationally in American's Business Class cabin, what follows may give you a good idea of what to expect on the daytime flight.
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British Airways UK Sale – First Class From £1,665 Roundtrip

British Airways has launched a new sale for departures out of the UK and there are some great value redemptions in both First Class and Business Class. The sale runs through to 22 June and includes most short-haul and long-haul routes that British Airways is operating or planning to operate as well as the airline's holiday packages and car hire deals.
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Emirates Will Launch A New Route To Miami This Summer

Since the beginning of the year, we've seen Emirates announce the resumption of services between Dubai and various US cities that saw their non-stop ties to Dubai cut when the pandemic first took hold. Now the airline tells us that it's ready to go one step further by launching a completely new route to the US - to Miami.
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United Airlines Signs Agreement To Go Supersonic

United Airlines turned all mysterious yesterday when it deleted all of its images from Instagram and used its social media channels to tease an announcement scheduled for 6:00 am Central Time. Well, the teasing is now over and we know what it was all about - United is the first airline to sign a commercial agreement to buy aircraft from Boom Supersonic.
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JetBlue Puts Its London Routes On Sale – Amazing Fares For UK-Based Flyers

Earlier this year, JetBlue finally got the London Heathrow slots that it so desperately needs to give its new transatlantic routes the best possible chance of success, and today the airline finally put the routes from New York to Heathrow and Gatwick on sale. There's good news for US travelers but it's the UK-based travelers that will probably be cheering loudest.
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British Airways Opens ‘Forty Winks’ Sleep Lounge At Heathrow (Also Coming To NYC)

The Elemis Spa that once sat between the British Airways First Class lounge and the Concorde Room was confirmed as a permanent casualty of the pandemic a few weeks ago and now the often forgotten Business Center in the First Class lounge has been confirmed as a permanent casualty too. It hasn't, however, taken British Airways long to come up with a plan for the spaces that these two facilities once occupied.
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Southwest announces new Hawaii routes from Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Phoenix & San Diego

At the beginning of February, Southwest announced seven new routes out of Long Beach, and just a few days later the airline doubled down on its West Coast expansion when it announced new routes out of Santas Barbara and Fresno. Now the airline is back with more good news for West Coasters as it announces a series of new flights to Hawaii from Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Phoenix & San Diego.
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Has British Airways Got The Key To Unlock The Travel World

If you're one of the lucky ones who has been able to travel internationally in recent months you'll know all about the circus that can surround pre-departure Covid-19 tests, and if you're reading this while waiting for your chance to finally get back to exploring the world you should know that it's a circus that you'll soon have to deal with too.
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American Airlines Introduces New Amenity Kits

Possibly in the hope that more people will soon be traveling and that international travel may once again be an option for people to consider, American Airlines has announced that its introducing new amenity kits for its premium cabins.
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Delta Has Announced A New Service To Croatia

Although the European Union has made some positive noises about opening up its borders to travelers from the United States, nothing concrete has yet been put into place and that has left the bigger US airlines looking around for destinations that they don’t yet serve and that are happy to accept visitors with a year’s worth of travel dollars burning holes in their pockets.
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British Airways Will Let You Book A Check-In Time Slot

If you’re lucky enough to have mid-tier airline status or higher or if you only fly in premium cabins, you’re probably not accustomed to having to worry about the length of the lines at airport check-in desks. That, however, is not a privilege shared by the overwhelming majority of travelers around the world.
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Alaska Airlines Adds More California Services

At the beginning of last month, Alaska Airlines announced four new seasonal routes out of California's three biggest airports and now the airline has announced that it's about to offer more services to the very heart of wine country from a variety of airports in Southern California.
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Finnair Plans To Restart Two US Routes & Will Boost Service To NYC

With most of Europe planning to open its doors to US travelers this summer, Finnair has announced that it plans to restart two of the transatlantic routes that it operated pre-pandemic and it has confirmed that it will also be increasing its flight frequencies to New York JFK.
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Southwest Airlines Is Now Offering Hawaii Pre-Clearance From 5 California Airports

Southwest Airlines has announced that customers traveling to Hawaii from five of its California departure points are now able to get clearance to enter Hawaii before they depart for the islands. With document screening lines at the various Hawaiian airports often resembling lines for rides at a pre-pandemic theme park, this is good news for Southwest Airlines flyers.
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American Airlines Will Offer “Quarantine Free Travel” Between New York & Italy

As of yesterday, 1 April, Delta started to offer quarantine-free flights between New York JFK and Rome Fiumicino, and from today, 2 April, it will offer the same service between New York and Milan Malpensa. Now, American Airlines is set to follow suit.
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Delta Has Extended All Voucher Expiration Dates & Its Global Travel Waiver

The headline-grabbing announcement we got from Delta yesterday was the one that let us know that the airline was making the quest for Medallion elites status considerably easier for this year, but a more important announcement was also released at the same time - Delta travel vouchers will no longer expire in 2021 and the airline's global waiver has been extended.
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Emirates Is Bringing Back Its Milan – New York JFK Route

In January Emirates announced that it was restarting operations to Seattle, Dallas/Fort Worth, and San Francisco, in February it announced that its Athens-Newark route would return in June, two days ago it announced that it was restarting its Orlando route, and now the airline has confirmed that a favorite 5th freedom route is also coming back.
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United Airlines Has Launched Its JFK Routes To Los Angeles & San Francisco

After a series of delays and postponements, United Airlines has finally returned to New York JFK and is now operating a transcontinental schedule to both Los Angeles and San Francisco.
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Emirates Announces That Another US Route Is Coming Back

With the UAE's vaccination program going very well and with the United States aiming to have given most of its population at least one of two vaccine doses by June, Emirates has decided that it's prudent to bring back one more of its routes that was suspended almost as soon as pandemic was declared.
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Hawaiian Airlines Will Launch A New Route Between The Mainland & Maui

Hawaiian Airlines has announced that it will offer a seasonal service between Phoenix and Maui this summer as it looks to complement the service it already offers between Phoenix and Honolulu. 
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United Adds New Routes Between The Midwest & The East Coast

United Airlines has announced a series of new routes for the summer season which will see it linking seven cities in the Midwest with a variety of popular getaway destinations in New England and the South.
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American Airlines Plans To Bring Back 10 European Routes Starting Next Week

Europe's vaccination program is in disarray, rates of infection are on the rise in a majority of countries on the continent, and cities and regions are being put back into lockdown, but that doesn't appear to have put off American Airlines which, starting next week, is scheduled to restart ten of its European routes.
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Delta Is Adding New Seasonal Routes Out Of Los Angeles

As part of a broader set of domestic route announcements, Delta has confirmed that it plans to follow in the footsteps of Alaska Airlines and offer more seasonal services between California and destinations that offer travelers access to wide open spaces, national parks, mountains and more outdoor activities than most people can handle.
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British Airways Is Trialling In-App COVID-19 Document Certifications

British Airways is the latest airline to try to incorporate a COVID-19 certification area within its own app and the airline has announced that it is running a trial whereby all customers eligible to travel to India will be able to upload negative COVID-19 test results and other required documentation directly into their reservation via ‘Manage My Booking’ on ba.com.
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Delta Expands Quarantine-Free Flights To Italy (For Select Travelers)

Back in November, Delta announced that it was running a trial in which it was offering customers and crew traveling between Atlanta and Rome, a series of COVID tests during their journey with the aim of allowing all participants to enter Italy without being subjected to the countries quarantine rules. A similar trial was carried out for travelers flying between Atlanta and Amsterdam.
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Amazing Deals: Book Book Madrid – USA Business Class From $1,126/€946/£810 (Into 2022)

Iberia is currently offering some excellent Business Class fares for travel between Madrid and various cities in the United States for travel into 2022, but while those deals may be impressive, a new offer recently announced by Iberia just made those deals nothing short of amazing.
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British Airways Club Europe May Offer A Lot More Value This Summer

As a general rule and as long as I'm not indulging in a Tier Point run, I avoid British Airways Club Europe as I find it to be a colossal waste of money. This summer, however, it looks like some routes may offer a Club Europe option that will be considerably better than the norm and possibly even great value for money.
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American Airlines Now Displays Partner Booking References

Quietly and without any fanfare, American Airlines appears to have made a small but important improvement to its website and mobile app. When a customer books a fare that involves travel on a partner airline, aa.com and the American Airlines app will now display the booking reference for the partner airline as well as the American Airlines booking reference (record locator).
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Delta Introduces Contactless Payments Onboard & Trials Seatback Menus

Delta has announced that starting from 16 March, its cabin crews will be equipped with tap-to-pay processing terminals that will allow customers to start making onboard purchases without the need for them to come into contact with the terminal.
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Is This The Birth Of A New Low-Cost Transatlantic Airline?

With Norwegian reduced to an unrecognizable shell of the airline it once was, the low-cost transatlantic experiment looked to have finally come to a shuddering halt, but the experiment may be alive and well after all. A little-known airline, Neos, may be about to try to chance its luck against the legacy carriers.
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American Airlines Adds & Brings Back More Routes Out Of Austin

American Airlines has just announced that it will be offering ten more routes out of Austin by the end of the summer with seven of the new routes set to be operated year-round and three of the routes to be operated on a seasonal basis. 
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Alaska Airlines Announces Another Four New Routes

It was less than a week ago that Alaska Airlines announced four new routes out of California and today the airline is back again with another announcement of new routes that should please travelers based in the Pacific Northwest.
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Iberia Introduces New Semi-Flexible Economy Class Fares

Iberia has announced the introduction of a new Economy Class fare which offers customers a little more flexibility and a few more benefits than the airline's standard Economy Class fares. The new 'Comfort' fares are available on all the routes that Iberia offers but they're restricted to bookings on Iberia-operated flights only.
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Dreaming Of Travel: Qatar Airways A350-1000 (Qsuites) Review

As most of us still can’t travel internationally and as it’s nice to be able to dream of visiting great places (and briefly forget about what’s going on around us), I’ve been taking a look through some old trips and publishing pictures and flight reviews.
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Virgin Atlantic Will Bring Its New Business Class To Orlando (And Other Leisure Routes)

Earlier this morning, Virgin Atlantic announced that in honor of International Women's Day it will be naming two of its aircraft after "iconic women". As praiseworthy as that gesture is, another piece of news buried within the same announcement will probably be of most interest to flyers - Virgin Atlantic will be bringing its new and hugely improved Business Class cabin to Orlando and other leisure routes.
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Etihad Extends Offer Of Free COVID-19 Insurance

https://www.etihad.com/en-us/fly-etihad/travel-insurance/covid-19-insurance-cover
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Dreaming Of Travel: A Review Of American Airlines A321T Business Class (LAX-JFK)

American Airlines operates its best narrowbody aircraft (complete with lie-flat seats in First & Business Class) on a few select transcontinental routes on which the airline feels that it needs to compete for premium passenger traffic. One of the routes on which these aircraft operate is the route between Los Angeles and New York (JFK).
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Alaska Airlines Adds Four New Seasonal Routes Out Of California

Alaska Airlines appears to be increasing its focus on California. Earlier this week we saw the airline offering California residents free flights just for joining the Alaska Mileage Plan loyalty program, and now we have the airline announcing four new seasonal routes that will operate out of the state's three major airports.
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Qantas Will Offer Three ‘Mystery Flights’ From Three Different Cities

with Australia's borders still firmly closed and with international travel looking unlikely before the latter half of this year, Qantas is bringing back its 'Mystery Flight' concept in a limited (and slightly tweaked) way, as the airline looks to promote domestic tourism.
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Did You Know: Airlines Limit The Cards You Can Use When Paying With PayPal

Recently, I wrote a post reminding readers to use up their Platinum Card PayPal credit before it expired at the end of the month and a comment on that post opened my eyes to an issue that I had no idea existed. Apparently, some airlines prevent customers who are paying via PayPal from paying for their goods/services with some of the cards linked to their PayPal account.
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Emirates Now Allows Flyers To Pay For An Empty Adjacent Seat

Emirates has announced that it is now allowing Economy Class passengers the chance to pay to reserve seats that adjoin the seat they are booked to travel in should they require more personal space on their flight. The principle seems simple enough but there's one little catch that makes this a less impressive option than it may otherwise be.

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