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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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Austrian Airlines Plans To Restart Service To Two US Airports

As the world starts to believe that we can finally see a glimpse of hope that the coronavirus will be brought under control, we're beginning to see more and more airlines planning to restart some of the routes that they cut almost a year ago. Recently, Emirates said that would be returning to a number of US cities and now Austrian Airlines has committed to do the same.
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AARP renews its fantastic British Airways discounts (& how to get a cheap membership)

The AARP has been offering great discounts on British Airways flights for years and with the recent announcement that the discounts have been renewed for yet another year, and the news that it's currently possible to get an AARP membership for the cost of a couple of coffees, this seems like a good time to remind readers of what and how they can save.
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Qantas Pushes Back International Flights To October 2021

Right at the very start of the year, Qantas announced that it was planning to restart international flights from July 2021. That news led to the airline receiving a short, sharp rebuke from the Australian authorities for preempting what should be a governmental decision. Now, following confirmation that Qantas' international flights will now not resume before October, it would appear as if the airline has come to heel.
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American Airlines Changes Baggage Rules & Expands Basic Economy To Asia & Oceania

American Airlines has just announced some changed to its baggage rules as well as indicating that it will begin to sell Basic Economy fares to its destinations in Asia and Oceania. Some of the updates are positive, but there's bad news buried in there too.
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How To Upgrade British Airways Bookings Using Avios

Avios are often a much-maligned currency due to the high surcharges that are usually added to most long-haul awards by British Airways. Using Avios to upgrade a cash fare, however, can be an excellent way to get great value out of the currency so I've put together a brief post showing just how easy it is to upgrade a British Airways booking using Avios.
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Emirates Will Restart Athens – Newark Service In June

At the beginning of the year, Emirates announced that it would be restarting three of its suspended US routes in the first quarter of this year and that it would be boosting services to New York and Los Angeles as well. Now, the Middle Eastern carrier has confirmed that it will be continuing to bring back suspended services and that it will resurrect its route to Newark (via Athens) in June.
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United Airlines Adds A New Route To London Heathrow

United Airlines has announced that it will be expanding its global network with a new route to London Heathrow from later this year which, according to the airline, will make it the only US carrier to offer non-stop service between the nation's top seven business markets and London Heathrow.
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JetBlue Is Adding 15 New Routes Out Of The New York Area (Domestic &...

Yesterday, American Airlines confirmed that it will be adding 18 new domestic and international routes out of the Northeast as part of its new partnership with JetBlue and as I covered that news at the time, it's only fair to cover the news that JetBlue will also be adding new domestic and international routes out of New York - there will be 15 new routes in total.
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American Airlines Adds 18 New Routes Out Of New York & Boston (Domestic &...

American Airlines and JetBlue have today announced that they're moving forward with their previously announced agreement by codesharing on 80 flights out of New York and Boston. More importantly for American Airlines loyalists, we've also been told that the new tie-up with JetBlue will see American launch 12 new domestic routes and 6 new international routes out of New York and Boston this year.
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JetBlue Eliminates Most Change Fees But Makes Basic Economy A Lot Worse

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Odd: Is United Not Reducing Planned Service Out Of JFK After All?

Late last week we got news that United Airlines was pushing back its planned return to New York JFK for a second time, and connections within the airline told Zach Griff that United would be scaling back its planned frequencies on its new transcontinental routes. Well, the schedules are now showing the new launch dates for United's JFK services but, strangely, the frequencies remain unaltered.
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United Airlines Will Add A New Hawaii Service From SoCal

With Southwest less than a month away from launching new services to Honolulu and Maui out of its base in Long Beach, United Airlines has now announced that it will be upping its game in Southern California by launching its own new route to Honolulu in a few months’ time.
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Virgin Atlantic Now Has One Of the Best Cancellation & Refund Policies

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.
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United Airlines Pushes Back Its Return To New York JFK (Again)

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.
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Last Day: JetBlue “Just Book It” Sale (Transcon Flights From $94 One-Way)

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.
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American Airlines Plans More Miami Expansion (New Route To Tel Aviv & More)

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.
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Southwest Is Adding Yet More Routes Out Of California (In April)

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.
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Delta WIll Continue To Block Middle Seats Through April 2021

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. 
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FLASH SALE: BOGO With Alaska Airlines & Get 10% Off First Class (Hawaii Included!)

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.
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Southwest Is Expanding Considerably in SoCal (Maui From $99 One-Way!)

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.
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The UK Has Extended Its Airport Slot Waiver (Bad News For JetBlue)

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.
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JetBlue Sale: BOGO On Flights When Booking Flight + Hotel

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.
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LOT Polish Airlines Is Launching A New Route To New York

Before the pandemic wreaked havoc with the airline industry, LOT Polish Airlines had built up a good network of flights between Poland and the United States. A number of these services were suspended or cut back significantly in the first half of 2020 but LOT is now starting to add flights back and has now even announced a new route between Poland and New York.
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JetBlue Reveals Its Fantastic-Looking Transatlantic Business Class Seats

When JetBlue rolled out its domestic 'Mint' Business Class cabin almost seven years ago the product was a game-changer. JetBlue brought down the cost of US transcontinental Business Class fares while offering an excellent product and it shook up the market. Now, JetBlue has turned its sights on the Business Class transatlantic market, and the product it will be using on its new routes could well change the game again.
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British Airways Extends The Expiration Date For Its Travel Vouchers

Just a few days ago, British Airways finally extended its 'book with confidence policy' as it because obvious that limiting the policy to travel through September was looking short-sighted. At the time I speculated that it probably wouldn't be long before British Airways addressed the expiration date of its travel vouchers and, following an update today, that exactly what the airline has now done.
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United Airlines Passengers Can Now Skip Hawaii’s COVID Document Screening

United Airlines has announced that following on from measures put in place last year, it is now taking further steps to help customers prepare for their trips to Hawaii and to help them bypass Hawaii's document screening lines upon arrival into the islands
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[Updated] Delta Is Waiving Fare Differences On Select International Fares (Very Limited Time)

With the US Center for Disease Control announcing that it is introducing a requirement for international travelers to undergo pre-departure COVID-19 testing from 26 January, Delta has announced that it's bringing in a short-term measure to help some travelers with existing bookings who wish to travel before the new requirement comes into force.
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ANA Suspends Two US Routes & Postpones Two More For Summer 2021

ANA has today announced its list of route postponements and suspensions for the summer 2021 season and with little sign that the world is getting the pandemic under control and with the United States contemplating mandatory quarantine requirements for all international travelers, it's no surprise to see ANA cutting back on its US operations.
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British Airways Finally Extends Its ‘Book With Confidence’ Policy

For some time now, British Airways has been waiving changes fees for bookings involving travel through 31 August 2021 but while that deadline may have seemed appropriate back in October or early November last year, it has been in need of review for some time. Luckily, British Airways has finally come to that realization.
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Southwest Has Banned Emotional Support Animals

In news that was entirely expected, Southwest has announced that it's following in the footsteps of Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, Delta, and United Airlines by banning emotional support animals from its flights.
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United Airlines Launches Its ‘Travel-Ready Center’ For Travel In The Time Of COVID

We've already seen Etihad and Emirates sign up to the IATA Travel Pass, we've seen American Airlines go all-in with its 'Health Passport' in partnership with VeriFly and now United Airlines has launched its own version of a COVID travel wallet with the introduction of its 'Travel-Ready Center'.
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Former Boeing Engineer Says 737 MAX May Still Be Unsafe

Ed Pierson, a former senior manager at Boeing and a key witness at the congressional hearings that investigated the issues that led to the two disasters involving Boeing 737 MAX aircraft, has suggested that although the US has recently cleared the aircraft to return to the skies and although the European authorities are set to do the same this week, issues surrounding the 737 MAX have not been fully addressed.
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KLM Will Not Be Suspending Long-Haul Flights After All

Last week, the government of the Netherlands voted to introduce new strict domestic restrictions on the movement of its citizens and, following that announcement, there were strong indications that the national airline, KLM, was set to suspend all international flights from last Friday.
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American Airlines Releases Details Of Its New Tel Aviv & Athens Routes

American Airlines has now released details of two new routes that we were first told about when the airline announced its new and at the time, surprising, partnership with JetBlue in July last year. Back then, the airline could only tell us that a seasonal route between New York and Athens would launch in summer 2021 and that flights between New York and Tel Aviv were planned for some point in the future. We now know a lot more.
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Qatar Airways Brings Back Service To Another US City & Adds Flights To Six...

In its latest route update, Qatar Airways has confirmed that it has now scheduled the resumption of yet another of the US routes that it suspended early last year (its 12th US destination), and the airline has also said that it will significantly increase frequencies on a further seven of the routes that it currently operates between Doah and the US.
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Lufthansa Group Airlines Will No Longer Accept Most Face Coverings

Lufthansa Group (which includes Lufthansa, SWISS, Austrian, and Brussels Airlines) has today announced that while passengers are currently expected to wear masks that cover their mouth and nose during boarding, during the flight, and during disembarkation, as of next month most face covering will no longer be in compliance with the Group's policies.
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KLM Is Expected To Suspend All Long-Haul Flights From Tomorrow

Although it is yet to be confirmed by the airline, it is being widely reported that KLM will temporarily halt all long-haul operations from tomorrow, 22 January 2021, following the introduction of new travel restrictions by the government of the Netherlands.
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Singapore Airlines Introducing “One-Stop Online Solution” For Pre-Departure Testing

Singapore Airlines is partnering with Collinson to trial an online portal that will allow its customers to arrange a pre-departure COVID test, receive their results and have evidence of their results ahead of any flights they may need to take.
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Virgin Atlantic’s Cancellation Policy Is Excellent (And I Made Good Use Of It)

Virgin Atlantic can be a bit slow to process refunds from flights that it has cancelled (although it doesn't come close to being as slow as some airlines I could name), but the airline offers a couple of options in place of refunds and in instances where a traveler chooses to cancel a trip that are excellent and well worth highlighting.
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All Three US International Carriers Are Now Waiving Fare Differences On Select International Fares...

With the United States shortly bringing in a requirement for pre-departure COVID testing for a significant number of international passengers wishing to enter the United States, the major US airlines have now all announced that they will waive any fare differences arising from passengers wishing to change their dates of travel so that they may enter the US before the new rule comes into effect.
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American Airlines Introduces ‘Health Passport’ For Travel To The US

From 26 January 2021, travelers wishing to enter the United States will be required to provide evidence of a negative COVID test taken no more than 3 days before their date of departure. In preparation for this rule to come into force, American Airlines has today announced the introduction of a 'Health Passport' for all international travel to the US.
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7-Day American Airlines Fare Sale – Europe Roundtrip From Under $500

American Airlines is currently running a second week of 'Daily Deals' which, based on the deals we saw last week, is good news for flyers. Today's deal is a sale that runs for a week (that makes it a little different from the other deals we've seen so far) and it's a sale in which you'll find roundtrip Economy Class fares between the US and Europe starting at under $500.
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United Airlines Follows The Rest And Bans Emotional Support Animals

It started with Alaska Airlines towards the end of December, and then American Airlines and Delta banned emotional support animals in statements issued last week. Now the last of the 'Big 3' US airlines has come into line with United Airlines changing its terms and conditions to reflect that it too will no longer accept emotional support animals onboard.
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Emirates Brings Back Flights To Three US Cities (And Boosts Flight To Two Others)

As things stand, Emirates offers non-stop services between Dubai and six major US cities. Starting from next month, Emirates will start to bring back a number of its previously-operated Americas routes which will see the airline will serving nine US destinations by the beginning of March. In addition, two of Emirates' existing US routes will see services boosted.
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British Airways Makes Real Improvements To Short-Haul Economy Class Catering

British Airways has today announced an unexpectedly good update to its short-haul Economy Class catering that sees the airline pulling back further from the cuts that it began to implement just a few years ago.
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Now Delta Bans Emotional Support Animals

First Alaska Airlines banned emotional support animals at the end of December, then American Airlines announced a ban earlier this week and now Delta has announced that it too will no longer ticket emotional support animals from Monday, 11 January.
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Wow. Norwegian Operated Just Nine Aircraft In December 2020

It isn't news that the global pandemic has been disastrous for the airline industry, but it's worth remembering that even when it comes to disasters there are varying levels of severity. For some airlines, this crisis has been significantly more disastrous than for others, and Norwegian is one airline that's among those that have been hit the worst.
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TODAY ONLY: American Airlines Is Offering 40% Off Flights Across The US

American Airlines is back with a new “Daily Deal” and today the airline is offering 40% off its Main Cabin fares to destinations all across the United States. As this is a daily deal the promotion will expire at midnight tonight Central Time so you only have a few hours to snap up a great fare if you're able to travel right now.
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Flash Sale: Aegean Is Offering Up To 50% Off Flights To Greece

While the Greek mainland may not be doing too well with COVID-19 right now, the beautiful islands of Crete, Corfu, Kos, Rhodes, and Zakynthos are doing considerably better so if you're in a position to travel safely, the latest sale from Aegean (which covers travel well into fall/autumn) could be worth checking out.
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Qatar Airways Brings Forward Its Flights To Seattle

At the beginning of December, Qatar Airways announced that it would be launching a new service between Doha and Seattle in the Spring of this year as well as entering into a frequent flyer partnership with Alaska Airlines on December 15. Now the airline says that it will launch its Seattle service a lot sooner.
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Emirates Brings Back The ‘My Emirates Pass’

Countries like the US and UK may still be struggling with huge coronavirus infection rates but some parts of the world are starting to see a bit of normality returning. One sign that Dubai is starting to see a return to normality is the welcome return of the 'My Emirates Pass' which sees an Emirates boarding pass turned into a discount coupon for spending at over 450 locations.
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American Airlines Is The Latest Airline To (Mostly) Ban Emotional Support Animals

American Airlines has today said that it's following in the footsteps of Alaska Airlines and effectively banning most emotional support animals from its aircraft from next week. 
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Air New Zealand Is Now Routing Its US Flights Via Honolulu (Because of COVID)

Well, this is new. I've heard of airlines cutting routes because of COVID and I've heard of airlines altering their schedules because of COVID, but this is the first time that I've heard of an airline altering how a route is flown because it believes there's a safer way for it to operate while the pandemic is still raging.
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Flash Sale: Southwest Fares From $29 One-Way

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FLASH DEAL: American Airlines Is Offering Free Kids Flights To The Caribbean (8 Hours...

American Airlines has launched a new "Daily Deal" in which it's offering free flights to the Caribbean for kids booked on the same reservations as fare-paying adults. The deal is only available to select Caribbean destinations, you only have approximately eight hours in which to book, and taxes and fees apply but if you're planning an escape from the winter cold, this could be a deal worth considering.
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Emirates’ New Premium Economy Cabin Will Operate Between Dubai & London

Emirates recently unveiled its new (and first) Premium Economy cabin that has been installed in the latest Airbus A380 to be delivered to the airline and we now know the route on which the cabin will first appear. 
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Qatar Airways Says Its 10% Bonus On Travel Vouchers Is Permanent

While a significant number of airlines spent most of 2020 doing their very best not to refund monies that their customers were entitled to (the behavior of some airlines when it came to refunds was nothing short of despicable), some airlines chose to incentivize travelers not to request refunds by offering bonuses to those who accepted a travel voucher instead.
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Emirates Refreshes Its A380 First, Business & Economy Class Cabins

Earlier today, Emirates unveiled the new Premium Economy cabin that has been installed on its newest Airbus A380, but that wasn't the end of the news the airline had to share. The latest Emirates A380 to be delivered also comes with First, Business, and Economy Class cabins that have been retouched and refreshed.
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Emirates Finally Unveils Its New Premium Economy Cabin

The only things that feel like they have been around longer than the pandemic are the rumors surrounding the new Emirates A380 Premium Economy cabin, but those rumors have finally been put to rest with today's unveiling by the Middle Eastern carrier.
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Ends Today: The Excellent Alaska Airlines BOGO Offer

I'm pretty sure no other US airline has run as many promotions as we've seen Alaska Airlines offering in the last quarter of this year (Alaska appears to be the Hyatt of the airline industry), but what is probably the last Alaska Airlines promotion of the year ends today.
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Pictures & Notes From The Virgin Atlantic 747 Farewell

A couple of weeks ago Virgin Atlantic hosted a very low-key farewell for the last of its Boeing 747 aircraft which, on December 21st, took off from Heathrow in Virgin Atlantic livery for the final time. I was one of just 42 incredibly fortunate people who were able to snap up tickets for the final goodbye and what follows are some of the pictures that I took on the day.
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Alitalia Is Now Insisting On A Negative COVID Test For Flights To/From NYC

Towards the end of last month, we saw Delta announce that it was teaming up with Rome and Atlanta airports to offer coronavirus testing on select flights between the two cities from later this month. Now, as of yesterday, Alitalia has joined in and is insisting that passengers on its Rome - New York route provide proof of a negative coronavirus test before they will be allowed to board.
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GREAT DEAL: Alaska Airlines BOGO California Offer – Book Today Only!

Most of California may currently be under a stay at home order of one kind or another (I've had 4 months of stay at home orders this year so you have my sympathies) but Alaska Airlines is doing its bit to put a smile on Californian faces (and the faces of anyone wanting to visit California) with an excellent "buy one, get one free" offer that it's running through to the end of today.
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Delta Eliminates Change Fees On Select International Bookings

Back in November, American Airlines announced that it was eliminating change fees on most international bookings that originate in the United States and now, three weeks later, Delta has followed suit with a similar announcement of its own.
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Qatar Airways Adds Seattle To Its Network & Will Partner With Alaska Airlines

Qatar Airways has confirmed that it plans to operate flights between Doha and Seattle from the first quarter of next year taking its tally of US destinations up to 11. The airline has also said that it also plans to enter into a frequent flyer partnership with Alaska Airlines (headquartered in Seattle) ahead of that airline's entry into the oneworld alliance.
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American Airlines Now Offers COVID-19 Testing For All US Destinations

American Airlines has recently made a series of announcements regarding coronavirus testing for destinations like Chile, the Caribbean, and the UK and now it has announced that it will be the first airline to expand access to at-home coronavirus testing for all flights to US locations that have COVID-19 related restrictions, including Puerto Rico.
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Save 10% On Alaska Airlines First Class & Main Cabin Fares (Today Only)

Alaska Airlines is running a fun promotion for the duration of the NFL season in which it has been offering some fantastic discounts on fares out of select states. The promotion is built around the scoring prowess of Russell Wilson, the quarterback for the Seattle Seahawks, and runs after every Seahawks home game in which Wilson scores.
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Delta & KLM Will Offer COVID Testing On Flights From Atlanta

Barely a day goes by without an airline or airline partnership announcing that it's launching coronavirus testing on one or more of its routes and today is no exception. In recent days American Airlines has announced testing on its routes to Chile and the USVI, United said that it was bringing testing to Houston and now Delta and KLM have said that they will soon offer testing on flights from Atlanta to Amsterdam.
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Iberia Is Restoring Its Business Class Inflight Meal Services

Iberia has now announced that it's restoring its Business Class meal offerings on all short-, medium-, and long-haul flights and that this restoration will include the kind of service that passengers had come to expect before Covid.
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Virgin Atlantic Will Sell Tickets To A Farewell For Its Boeing 747

Airlines like British Airways and Virgin Atlantic were set to operate their 747s for a few more years before the coronavirus rolled into town. Then, with schedules pared to the bones and with passenger numbers going through the floor, there was suddenly no viable reason to keep the uneconomical 747s in the skies. The virus saw to it that the British Airways aircraft didn't get the farewell they deserved, but now Virgin Atlantic is giving a few lucky fans the chance for one last moment in time with the Queen of the Skies.
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Emirates Is Starting To Reopen Its Worldwide Lounge Network

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American Airlines Is Offering COVID-19 Tests For Travel To Chile & The USVI

American Airlines was the first of the US carriers to launch coronavirus testing on routes to the Caribbean and now the airline says that it's ready to offer tests for customers traveling to Chile as well as to the US Virgin Islands.
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American Airlines Black Friday Deal: Save Up To 20% On A Future Flight

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.
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What It’s Like Flying British Airways Club World During Lockdown (Daytime Flight)

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.
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Delta Plans To Offer Quarantine-Free Travel To Italy (For Eligible Travelers)

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.
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Emirates Brings Back ‘Dubai Connect’ For Long Layovers

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.
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British Airways Launches An Embarrassingly Bad Black Friday Sale

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.
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Alaska Airlines Swaps Airbus A320s For New Boeing 737-9 MAX

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.
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United Airlines Brings Coronavirus Testing To Houston

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.
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Virgin Atlantic Black Friday Sale (1) – Upper Class From £999 Roundtrip (UK)

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.
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American Airlines Eliminates Change Fees For Select International Bookings

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.
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You Can Now Apply For British Airways Refunds Online (Again)

Since early March, customers have had to put in a call to British Airways if they wanted a refund for a trip that the airline had cancelled but now, finally, British Airways has brought back the option to request a cash refund online. The option to request a refund on an Avios booking has yet to be brought back online and the availability of the cash refund option is far from obvious, but it's there.
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AA & BA To Launch Free Covid-19 Trials On Select Transatlantic Routes

American Airlines has recently started offering Covid-19 tests (that customers have to pay for) on a number of its routes from the United States to the Caribbean and Central America. Now the airline is joining forces with British Airways to trial an enhanced free Covid-19 testing program for passengers traveling on select flights between the United States and Europe.
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Qatar Airways Returns To Miami And Adds Flights To Chicago & New York

Qatar Airways has announced that it is restarting operations to seven of the destinations that it served before the coronavirus intervened and turned the travel world upside down, and the airline has confirmed that it will be boosting services on two of it key US routes from as early as this weekend.
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American Airlines introduces new Wi-Fi subscription plans

American Airlines has finally decided to do something about the fact that its fleet has three different Wi-Fi suppliers but there has never been a single plan to cover access to all three networks. As of yesterday, the airline is now offering a choice of two monthly plans that give users access to Wi-Fi on all American Airlines aircraft regardless of who the Wi-Fi supplier is.
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Is This More Bad News Regarding The Qatar Airways Unbundled Business Class Fares?

As I noted yesterday, Qatar Airways has revamped its fare codes and, in the process, has introduced an unbundled Business Class fare that offers customers less than what most Business Class fares offer. The Qatar Airways website has now been updated to show the new fare options (on most routes) and in researching the latest changes, I noticed something that I wasn't expecting to see.
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Norwegian Furloughs A Further 1,600 Staff As It Battles To Survive

Yesterday, the Norwegian government confirmed that there would be no further financial aid offered to Norwegian despite the pleas of the airline's CEO, and now we're getting news that the airline has furloughed the vast majority of its employees leaving it with little more than a skeleton workforce. The situation at Norwegian has never looked so bleak.
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Virgin Atlantic Will Operate Just 14 Routes During England’s Lockdown

Virgin Atlantic has now published its flight schedules for the rest of November as the airline responds to the month-long lockdown that the British Government has imposed on England. With at most 14 routes operating between now and 2 December, Virgin Atlantic's schedule has been pared to the bone.
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Norwegian Is On The Brink – No More Government Support

We may be about to see the first major airline casualty of the current crisis and it's a casualty that quite a few people have been expecting for some time. Today, the government of Norway has announced that, as far as Norwegian is concerned, the wells have dried up and that it will not be offering the airline any further financial support.
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Bad News: Qatar Airways Is Set To Offer Unbundled Business Class Fares

Back in June 2019, Emirates dropped the bombshell that it would start to offer a 'Basic' Business Class fare that stripped out a number of benefits that we have all come to expect from a Business Class ticket and, earlier this year Finnair announced that it planned to introduce a 'Business Light' fare on select routes. To most readers, those announcements weren't especially bad news, but they were a clear indication of a direction the airline industry is taking. Today's news, however, could be more serious.
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Warning: British Airways Cancellation Notices Can Be Misleading

British Airways will start suspending at least 46 routes starting from tomorrow so, in the next few days, a lot of people will be receiving messages that inform them that their flights have been canceled or that they have been rebooked on to other flights. If you receive one of these notifications, please be careful as their contents do not fully inform you of your rights.
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British Airways Is Suspending These 46 Routes Starting Tomorrow

Yesterday, a letter sent out by Mark Muren, BA’s head of global sales, gave a very strong indication that the airline was about to start canceling a significant number of its routes following England's descent into its second lockdown of the year. Now, courtesy of a document shared with another blog, we know that at least 46 routes will be suspended during the coming month with a number of suspensions kicking in as of tomorrow.
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Warning: Get Ready For A Stream Of British Airways Flight Cancellations

England went into lockdown for the second time today and with all outbound travel being discouraged and with airlines already at the mercy of England's ever-changing quarantine rules, this is a body-blow to the likes of Virgin Atlantic and British Airways. So far, there hasn't been too much evidence of deep route cuts from the UK's primary long-haul carriers but, based on a letter just sent out by BA's head of global sales, a significant number of cancellations appears to be on the way.
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Virgin Atlantic Announces A New Caribbean Route

Virgin Atlantic may still be fighting for its very existence (alongside a host of other airlines) but that hasn't stopped it from announcing a new route between the UK and the Caribbean that, all being well, it plans to launch next summer.
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American Airlines Announces More Preflight Covid-19 Testing

American Airlines has announced that it is ready to roll out pre-flight Covid-19 testing on more of its routes as it looks to get travel restarted in key areas of its network. The airline has also confirmed that November will see its pre-flight testing expanded beyond Miami and Dallas Fort Worth as it seeks to help more of its customers comply with the entry regulations set down by a variety of destinations that it currently serves.
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United Airlines Is Piloting Free Covid Testing For Transatlantic Travel

United Airlines has today announced that it will be launching a 4-week pilot program that will offer passengers on select transatlantic flights free rapid Covid-19 tests. This pilot is set to start up next month and, if successful, could be the beginning of a larger program to help get transatlantic travel moving again.
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British Airways Brings Back Hot Meals On Long Haul & Ends Partnership With M&S

As of 25 October, British Airways is once again serving hot meals across all cabins on select long-haul flights and, according to one UK newspaper, the airline has decided to sever its relationship with Marks & Spencer and enter into an agreement with "another great British brand" who will supply the airline's buy-on-board Economy Class menus.
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Qatar Airways Now Offers A Range Of Gourmet Vegan Dishes In Business Class

Qatar Airways has announced that it has introduced its first range of "gourmet" and "fully vegan" dishes to is Business Class à la carte menus. The new dishes are being offered across all Qatar Airways flights out of Doha and on select flights arriving into Doha.
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Is This The End Of The Etihad A380?

The Etihad Airbus A380 is home to the most opulent way of traveling on a commercial airliner (The Residence), one of the world's best First Class seats (the Etihad First Class Suite) and it's only one of two commercial aircraft to offer an onboard shower. Sadly, if you were hoping to try out any of these indulgences you won't be doing so any time soon. 

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