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Join Us For Today’s OMAAT Virtual Happy Hour!

For the past couple of weeks we've been trying to do virtual happy hours most evenings -- we did them every weeknight last week, while this week we fell behind a bit. Even though I'm a massive introvert, it's nice to get some sort of human interaction,…

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Filed Under: Misc.
United 777

Nine US Senators Demand Airlines Provide Cash Refunds

There has been a lot of frustration among consumers when it comes to how airlines have been handling cancellations in light of COVID-19. Even in situations where airlines cancel flights, in many cases there has been no option to get a cash refund, but…

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Filed Under: Travel
United 787 Polaris – 29

United Airlines Now Waiving Award Redeposit Fees

Airlines have been all over the place when it comes to their policies for changing and cancelling tickets. For some airlines, finding a way to avoid ticket refunds has become a necessity in order to not run out of money. Among US airlines, United Airlines…

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Filed Under: Awards, United
Silo Hotel Cape Town – 59

Credit Card Disputes For Travel Purchases: Will They Work?

There are all kinds of benefits to making purchases with credit cards over other forms of payment -- you can earn rewards, you get fraud protection, you can dispute charges, and with some cards you even get purchase protection and other travel coverage.…

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Filed Under: Advice, Travel
Taiwan Flight Attendants

Flight Crews In Taiwan Will Wear Protective Gear

Taiwan has just taken flight crew protection to a whole new level... Over the past couple of months we've seen airlines slowly roll out protections for crews. The reality is that flight attendants are at among the highest risk of getting COVID-19 (in…

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Filed Under: Travel
Qatar Airways 777

Qatar Airways Running Out Of Cash, Needs State Aid

We've heard airlines around the world talk about how they need state aid to survive, though here's an interesting twist on that... Qatar Airways' CEO, Akbar Al Baker, has revealed to Reuters that Qatar Airways will be seeking government support, as the…

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Filed Under: Qatar
Wamos 747

Cool: Wamos Air 747 Pushed Back Manually

While overall demand for air travel is low at the moment, we are seeing a number of rescue and repatriation flights to pick up stranded travelers, as well as a bunch of extra cargo flights to get supplies around. Wamos Air is a Spanish charter airline…

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Filed Under: Other Airlines, Videos
American Economy

American Airlines’ Bizarre $16 Fares

I'm going to write about an airfare deal not because I think people should take advantage of it (quite to the contrary, they shouldn't -- stay home, people), but rather because I find this pricing strategy to be rather unusual. With demand for travel…

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Filed Under: American, Travel
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
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
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
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