Aer Lingus A330 Business Class – 2

Aer Lingus Temporarily Cuts Business Class On JFK Flights

Here's an interesting approach that Aer Lingus is taking towards operating their transatlantic route between Dublin and New York... Like all airlines, Aer Lingus has greatly reduced their route network, though the airline continues to operate several…

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American A321 First Class – 3

Alaska & American Improve Reciprocal Mileage Earning

Several weeks ago it was announced that Alaska Airlines would be joining the oneworld alliance, and as part of that they're also strengthening ties with American Airlines once again. As of April 1 that partnership was improved. This is an update to that…

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Filed Under: Alaska, American
Money

What Is Even Going On With Those Small Business Loans?

Ever since Congress passed the CARES Act on March 27th, it seems like it's been dominating the news cycles as much as COVID-19 itself. As small business owners, we've all been trying to wrap our heads around it, and when the topic came up with Ben and…

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Filed Under: Advice, Business
Alaska Lounge Jfk – 10

Alaska Airlines Extending Mileage Plan Elite Status

In the past couple of days we’ve seen Delta SkyMiles, United MileagePlus, and Air Canada Altitude announce plans to extend current elite status for members by 12 months (and more), and now Alaska Mileage Plan is joining the club. Alaska Mileage…

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Filed Under: Alaska
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Etihad Check In Kiosk

New Etihad Check-In Kiosks Can Detect If You’re Sick

There are a lot of questions about whether travel -- or life, for that matter -- will ever return to normal? While sheltering in place is hopefully temporary, I know a lot of us wonder if things will eventually return to normal, or if this is simply…

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Filed Under: Etihad
A380 D Aimb Lht Frankfurt Geparkt Mit Engine Cover

Lufthansa Retiring Some A380s, 747s, A340s

While airlines around the world are grounding planes right now temporarily, some long-term plans are being made as well, as airlines don't see the demand for travel recovering anytime soon. Lufthansa has revealed that they don't expect the aviation industry…

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Filed Under: Lufthansa
Salon Icare Paris Orly Airport – 27

Coronavirus Travel Policies & Advisories

The situation is changing by the hour, and while there will be worldwide social and economic fallout from this pandemic, the impacts on the travel industry are far-reaching. If you're looking for information and updates on the virus itself, please check…

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Filed Under: Advice, Travel
Qatar Airways Qsuites A350 – 60

Amazing Qsuites Fare From New York To Kiev

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: Flight Deals, Qatar
American 737 Max Business Class – 7

American Airlines’ Junior Flight Attendants Are Fuming

American Airlines' junior flight attendants are livid at their union, the Association of Professional Flight Attendants (APFA). Airlines have greatly reduced their flight schedules for the coming months, and they obviously have way more employees than…

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Filed Under: American
Norwegian Cruises

US Bans Cruise Ship Passengers From Flights

Well, it looks like Ethiopian Airlines has their work cut out for them... While the US has banned cruises for the past few weeks, the reality is that there are still lots of ships out there, and most of them have hundreds of crew members onboard, and…

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Filed Under: Travel
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
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.

Recent Trip Reports

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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Filed Under: Emirates
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.