Alaska Airlines Blames "Travel Hacking" for Emirates Devaluation

Alaska Airlines has taken a ton of heat today for its decision to raise prices for business and first class tickets on Emirates by as much as 100%. Now it is defending itself on its blog, claiming that its old award chart was unsustainable and blaming "travel-hacking" for the change. It also ...

Emirates First Class Awards on Alaska DOUBLE in Price

Overnight and without notice, Alaska has massively devalued first class award cost on Emirates. 
This is unbelievable for an airline that has a such a good reputation.
The award charts are not even fully updated yet (Emirates to Europe still shows the old level) but what is ...

Hijacked EgyptAir Flight Lands in Cyprus

In a throwback to the "good old days" of pre-9/11 hijacking, an EgyptAir domestic flight traveling from Alexandria to Cairo was commandeered by a man claiming to have a bomb strapped to himself and forced to divert to Larnaca, Cyrpus. Most hostages have been released and according to the Cypriot ...

Last Day to Burn Your AA Miles Prior to Devaluation!

Monday, March 21, 2016 is the final day to use your AA miles at prevailing rates. On March 22nd a massive devaluation kicks in for premium cabin awards in nearly every region, making your AA miles much less valuable. But there is still time -- one more day -- to take advantage of some great deals on ...

Starwood Bidding War Begins

Breaking news this morning -- Starwood has accepted a bid of $78 cash per share by Chinese investor group Anbang, throwing a wrench into the Marriott - Starwood merger.
How could this be? Wasn't a contract with Marriott already signed?
Yes, Marriott and Starwood had signed ...
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This Rule is Vital for Maximizing Your AA Award

A handful of clients have contacted Award Expert this week requesting help "maximizing" AA awards prior to the devaluation on March 22, 2016. I don't mean the couples trying to get to Bangkok on Cathay Pacific or families booking summer vacations to Spain. Here, I am talking about the people who ...

American Tourism in Cuba is Now Legal

In a sweeping Executive Order ahead of his trip to Havana next week, U.S. President Barack Obama has essentially made tourism in Cuba legal for all Americans. And you thought Marco Rubio was shedding tears over losing Florida!
Up until now, independent travel to Cuba was "legal" only ...
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Two A380 First Class Flights for 40K AA Miles

AA is devaluing its award chart on March 22, 2016 but you've still got a week left to take advantage of the old chart. For 40K miles you can experience two of the world's finest first class products on the world's largest passenger aircraft.
Etihad Airways flies its A380 featuring first ...

United Airlines Shuffles Board as Oscar Munoz Readies Return

Two news items from United Airlines. First, Oscar Munoz will be back soon. Second, three new independent members to the Board have been appointed. Is there a link?
Munoz is already back in a decision-making capacity but will resume his CEO role on a full-time basis on March 14, 2016. In a ...

Singapore Will Resume Nonstop Flights to Los Angeles and Newark

Singapore Airlines has announced intentions to resume non-stop service from Singapore to New York City and Los Angeles with its newly-delivered Airbus A350 aircraft in 2018. 
Singapore Airlines spokesman James Bradbury-Boyd told View from the Wing:
Missing the ...

Take $40 Off Your $73+ Hotel Bill Instantly

MakeMyTrip, an Expedia-linked travel agency in India, is currently offering 2750 INR (~$40) off your hotel stay of 5000 INR (~$73) more. There is no minimum stay requirement, meaning this deal can be stacked quite nicely for a multi-night stay by booking each night on a separate ...

Delta Now Shows Only Four Award Booking Classes

Delta Air Lines removed award charts without notice last year, downplaying the need for them by insisting that would accurately price awards. That news foreshadowed more dynamic award pricing and an aggressive use of fare logic to price awards segments cumulatively rather than as what had ...

You Must Watch this SWISS Video

SWISS, like many things in Switzerland, has a reputation for precision and quality. The national carrier has come a long way from its Swissair bankruptcy days and epitomizes what it means to be a reputable company. How does it maintain such an image? Primarily through its flight ...

United Airlines Defends DCA Perimeter Rule

Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, just minutes from downtown Washington DC, is subject to a perimeter rule that restricts all but a handful of flights beyond 1,250 miles. A push this week to extend the perimeter to 1,475 miles failed -- and United Airlines played a part in ...

Unicorns, Four-Leaf Clovers, and Air New Zealand Business Class Award Space

After four years of absolutely no business class award space on its transpacific and transatlantic longhaul routes, Air New Zealand has suddenly decided to open business class award space to its Star Alliance partners. It is too early to tell whether this is a temporary fluke or a new pattern, ...

How Does United’s New illy Coffee Taste?

United has partnered with illy to provide coffee in its worldwide network of airport lounges and eventually all flights. Great concept, great company, but how will it taste? I’m pleased to report that it tastes wonderful.
I was on a dreaded 3hr redeye from Los Angeles to Chicago last ...

A Few Thoughts on the Park Hyatt New York

I had a quick business trip to Boston and New York over the weekend and ended up at the Park Hyatt New York on Sunday/Monday for what turned out to be a two-day, one-night stay. Here are three takeaways on Hyatt’s flagship North American property.
1. Service was over-the-top ...

United Brings Back Early Boarding for Families with Children

Starting Monday, 15 February 2016 United Airlines will bring back aircraft pre-boarding for families with young children aged two and under.
The new boarding priority will be:
People with disabilities / active-duty members of the military in uniform / families with small ...

United Airlines Announces San Francisco to Singapore Route on 787-9

United Airlines has announced plans to offer daily non-stop service from San Francisco to Singapore beginning 01 June 2016 on its 787-9 aircraft. The new route will be one of the world's longest at 8,446 miles (second only to Dallas to Sydney on Qantas...for now). Further paring back its Tokyo ...