Tap Portugal A330 Business Class – 3

TAP Air Portugal Expands To Cape Town, Cancun, And More

You wouldn't expect many airlines to be loading new flights into the schedule right now  -- especially ones due to launch in just a couple of months -- but TAP Air Portugal is countering that trend. TAP is one of the fastest growing airlines out there,…

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Filed Under: TAP Portugal
Delta 737

Delta Air Lines Management & Pilot Union Play Hardball

While American and United have reached agreements with their pilots for paid time off, Delta and their pilots can't seem to come to an agreement. US airlines are getting government aid, and one condition of that aid is that they can't  lay off or involuntarily…

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Filed Under: Delta
Air Canada Business Class 2

Air Canada Extends Altitude Status, Gets Creative

Yesterday we saw Delta SkyMiles and United MileagePlus announce that they'd extend current elite status for members by 12 months (and more), and now Air Canada is announcing a similar initiative. Air Canada is even getting a bit creative, so let's take…

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Filed Under: Air Canada
Swiss Business Class 777 – 5

Buy United Miles With Up To A 100% Bonus

Obviously this isn’t the time to buy miles speculatively. However, there are also lots of people planning last minute trips to get home, or planning travel way in advance, so if that applies to you, buying miles at a discount could be worth considering.…

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Filed Under: Great Deals, MileagePlus
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Ethiopian 737 Max

How Safe Was Airline Travel In 2019?

There's not much positive news in the airline industry nowadays, though at least a new report reveals that 2019 was a very safe year for airlines. IATA has published their airline safety report for 2019. They publish this on an annual basis, and it's…

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Filed Under: Misc.
Intercontinental Ljubljana Watermark

IHG Extending Free Night Certificates

Over the past few days we've seen hotel groups start to extend status by a year, as both Hilton Honors and World of Hyatt have announced such initiatives. So far IHG Rewards Club has only reduced status requirements, though I'd guess more is coming.…

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Filed Under: IHG Rewards
Alaska 737

Alaska Airlines’ Creative New “Tag” Flights

Alaska Airlines has a unique strategy for reducing their flights while also being eligible for government aid. In order to receive government aid as part of the CARES Act, US airlines have to meet a few conditions through September 30, 2020, including:…

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Filed Under: Alaska
American 777 First Class

55K American Miles For First Class To Japan

As I've said before, I don't think there's anything wrong with planning travel way in advance, given the deals that are available. However, if you're going to do so, go into it with the expectation that the trip may not materialize, as we don't know…

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Filed Under: American, Awards
American A321 First Class – 3

American Airlines Massively Reduces NYC Flights

Yesterday United Airlines revealed how they're more or less abandoning NYC for now (including LaGuardia and Newark), and now American Airlines has revealed how they're drastically reducing NYC flying. They'll be offering 13 daily flights to three NYC…

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Filed Under: American
Jewel Singapore Changi – 7

Singapore Changi Closing Terminal 2 For 18 Months

Singapore Changi Airport doesn't have much faith in travel demand returning to normal anytime soon. It has been announced today that Singapore Changi Airport Terminal 2 will be closing as of May 1, 2020, for a period of 18 months. This is in view of…

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Filed Under: Singapore
Emirates A380

Emirates Could Fly A380s With Just Four Flight Attendants

Emirates has internally revealed some updates regarding how they'll staff flights, which could -- at least in theory -- see A380s operated with just four flight attendants. Emirates will be resuming some flights as of April 6, 2020. This follows the…

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Frontier A320

IATA’s Argument Against Flight Refunds

Recently we've seen both the US Department of Transportation and European Commission clarify that cash refunds need to be provided to passengers in the event that flights are cancelled or schedules are changed significantly. This has been a tough point…

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Filed Under: Misc.
Cocktail Hour Youtube

Join Us For Today’s OMAAT Virtual Brunch!

Today at 1PM ET we'll be having our OMAAT virtual brunch, which follows all the virtual happy hours we've done recently. Even though I'm a massive introvert, it's nice to get some sort of human interaction, even if it's virtual. We've had so much fun…

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Filed Under: Misc.

Recent Trip Reports

Delta A350 Business Class – 1

Wow: Delta SkyMiles Extends Medallion Status By A Year

Delta has just become the first major US airline to extend elite status by a year! And that's only one of the positive initiatives they've announced... Delta SkyMiles will be extending current Medallion status by 12 months. That means whatever status…

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Ethiopian Airlines 777

Four Ethiopian Airlines 777s Visit New Orleans

Ethiopian Airlines seems to be operating quite some interesting charter flights nowadays. A few days ago I wrote about how the airline operated two 777 flights from Miami to Addis Ababa, which isn't a normal route for them. This pales in comparison to…

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United 737 11

United Airlines Reduces Newark To Nine Destinations

At this point no airline capacity cuts really come as a surprise, though United's new flight reductions in the New York City area really put into perspective how far things have come. As of today (Sunday, April 5, 2020), United Airlines is temporarily…

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Filed Under: United
Spirit Airlines Big Front Seat – 1

Weekly Review: April 4, 2020

Hello from home! I think at this point I've fully gotten into the routine of not going anywhere, and I'm kinda not totally hating it. This is the new normal. I live here (full time) now, I guess. On the points & travel front, the impacts of COVID-19…

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Emirates 777

Emirates’ Brilliant New Ad Sums Up How We All Feel

There aren't many airlines putting effort into ads right now, but Emirates has just released a new ad called "Do you remember?" This comes at a time when Emirates' entire fleet is grounded, and global aviation is more or less shut down. This ad is brilliant,…

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Filed Under: Emirates, Videos
Qsuites A350 1000

6 Reasons To Get The CitiBusiness AAdvantage Card

In the past few days, American Airlines and Citi have introduced a great new welcome bonus on the CitiBusiness® / AAdvantage® Platinum Select® World Mastercard®. I realize many people aren't looking for new travel cards at the moment, but this card does…

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Filed Under: American, Citi
Cash Coins Money

Unclaimed Property: A Fun(ish) Quarantine Activity

Earlier this week I was pointed to a Tweet calling out the vast amount of "Unclaimed Property" that has been turned over to state treasuries for one reason or another. Apparently this can include everything from undeposited paychecks and other uncashed…

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Filed Under: Great Deals, Misc.
Frontier Airlines Planes

US DOT Clarifies Flight Refund Rules

My goodness, the blog today might as well be renamed "One Refund Policy at a Time," because there's so much to talk about when it comes to flight refunds. DOT clarifies flight refund rules The US Department of Transportation has today issued an enforcement…

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Filed Under: Advice
Lufthansa A320 Business Class – 13

German Government Backs Lufthansa’s Non-Refund Policy

The German government sorta kinda seems to be siding with Lufthansa violating the EU's policies on flight refunds. The European Union has among the strictest consumer protection laws in the world, with a policy known as EC261. Just recently it was clarified…

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Filed Under: Lufthansa