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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Alaska Airlines has today opened its new lounge in San Francisco (more on that in a separate post) and the airline has used this as an opportunity to remind flyers that it is introducing a new two-tier lounge membership program in October which will see it (mostly) increasing the cost of membership.
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.
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.