Air Transat A330

Competition Bureau Concerned About Air Canada/Transat Deal

Most government functions have either screeched to a halt or been re-directed to address pandemic-related concerns, but the Canadian Competition Bureau is still ticking along. Today it released its findings in a review of Air Canada's proposed acquisition…

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Filed Under: Air Canada
Turkish A330 Business Class

Turkey Bans All International Flights

This is a pretty significant development, when you consider that Turkish Airlines has historically flown to more countries than any other airline in the world... With the cases of COVID-19 on the rise in Turkey, the country has banned international flights…

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Filed Under: Turkish
United 787

United Airlines Warns Of Layoffs Despite Government Aid

The government will be providing aid to the airline industry, but United Airlines is already saying that this won't be enough. With the CARES Act, the government is supposed to provide $50 billion in aid to airlines. A couple of conditions of this include…

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Filed Under: United
Thai Airways First Class Lounge – 51

10 Of My Funniest Travel Memories

I feel like we could all use some humor at this point, given that many of us haven't really left our homes in over two weeks. I figured I'd dig through the over 13 years or archives here at OMAAT to bring you some of my most amusing firsthand travel…

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Filed Under: Humor, Travel
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Norwegian Cruises

Norwegian Told Cruisers Not To Worry About Coronavirus

Florida's Attorney General is looking into claims that Norwegian Cruise Line instructed employees to mislead consumers about the risks of coronavirus. It goes without saying that along with the rest of the travel industry (and much of the world, for…

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Filed Under: Travel
Beijing Daxing Airport 3

China Bans Foreigners, Restricts International Flights

How times have changed. In early February the US essentially introduced a China travel ban, preventing foreign nationals who had been to China recently from entering the US, and more. Well, the tables have turned, and now China has introduced significant…

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Filed Under: Travel
American 777 First Class – 2

American Airlines CEO Discusses Government Aid

We haven't seen much communication directly from American Airlines CEO Doug Parker in the past couple of weeks, and that's apparently because he has been in Washington fighting for government aid for airlines. American Airlines has just released a video…

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Filed Under: American
St Regis Bora Bora – 86

Marriott Suspends Ambassador Elite Service

Marriott has temporarily cut the biggest perk for their top tier elite members, and I guess I can't blame them? Ambassador Elite is Marriott Bonvoy's top tier status, which requires earning 100 elite nights plus spending $20,000 "qualifying" dollars…

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Filed Under: Marriott
Alaska Airlines New Cabin 9

Alaska Mileage Plan Offering 50% Bonus Elite Miles

I expect virtually all travel loyalty programs to make it significantly easier to earn status this year. Some programs have already announced how they'll make it easier, while other programs are acknowledging they'll have to adjust elite tiers, but are…

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Filed Under: Alaska, Flight Deals
United Polaris Lounge Newark – 66

Join Us For Today’s OMAAT Virtual Happy Hour!

Happy Friday, and thanks to everyone who joined us for our virtual happy hour over the past seven weekdays/sorry you haven't had anything better to do. We've had a lot of fun with it, and as many people seem to enjoy these, we'll be doing another one…

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Filed Under: Misc.
Las Alcobas Napa Valley – 30

Should You Plan Future Travel Right Now?

I'm sure I'm not the only one who is daydreaming at the prospect of getting on a plane. At this point I'd be giddy about a middle seat in the last row on a Spirit Airlines flight taking me to a Holiday Inn Express just off an interstate. I continue to…

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Filed Under: Advice, Travel
American Planes Parked Tulsa 2

Pictures: American Airlines’ Grounded Planes

It's no surprise that airlines have been grounding many of their planes. The major US carriers are literally parking hundreds of planes as demand for air travel has more or less dried up. The extent of groundings and flight cancellations is basically…

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Filed Under: American

Recent Trip Reports

Park Hyatt Milan – 61

Some Italian Hotels Won’t Refund Refundable Deposits

We've seen airlines play all kinds of games with refunding customers, given the cash bind they're in. There are plenty of hotels doing the same. Before I get into the crux of this story, let me note that I feel so bad for the entire tourism sector, and…

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Filed Under: Hotels
A321 Neo Kabine Innen Aiea, Fra 21 5 19

Lufthansa Blocks All Middle Seats From Germany

I've written about the measures that American and United have taken to encourage social distancing on planes. While the efforts are nice, ultimately they don't offer any guarantees. Well, Lufthansa has just taken onboard social distancing to a new level.…

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Filed Under: Lufthansa
Alaska Airlines New Cabin 2

Alaska Airlines Cancels 70% Of Flights, Cuts Costs

Alaska Airlines has become the latest airline to announce significant schedule reductions and cost cutting measures, in light of the COVID-19 outbreak across the US and beyond. Alaska Airlines plans to cut capacity by 70% in April and May, in what the…

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Filed Under: Alaska
Qatar Airways Qsuites A350 – 2

Qatar Airways Counters Trend, Increases Flights

Many airlines around the world are winding down operations or at least reducing flights, though one airline is countering the trend. Just a few days ago I wrote about how Qatar Airways planned on parking their A380s, but the airline has now reversed…

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Filed Under: Qatar
Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills – 33

Hilton Honors Extends Status For Everyone

Hilton Honors is taking the lead among major US hotel loyalty programs when it comes to extending status and more. Hilton says they want to show their appreciation to Honors members by extending benefits. Hilton is doing several things, including extending…

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Filed Under: Hilton
Kenya Airways 787

Kenya Airways Price Gouging On Rescue Flights?

A lot of people around the world are trying to get home right now before borders close even more. Global aviation is obviously in a tough spot, as immigration rules change constantly. In addition to regularly scheduled flights, we've seen some airlines…

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Filed Under: Other Airlines