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The Canada Transportation Agency Responds To DansDeals Article On Air Canada’s Refusal Of COVID-19 Flight Refunds: Please Don’t Call Us Canada, Eh?

Oh Canada. Last week I wrote about the showdown between Air Canada and the US DOT. The post gained traction among Canadians, with a number of Retweets and Likes on Twitter: Aviation Showdown: Will The DOT Enforce Its Rules Against Air Canada? https://t.co/qORW4MsZgl — DansDeals (@DansDeals) July 2, 2020   @USDOT please do enforce rules […]
Tags: Deals, Air Canada, US, Canada, Airline News, Coronavirus, Canada Transportation Agency


Will El Al Will Be Nationalized Again Or Should It Be Allowed To Fail And Start With A Clean Slate?

El Al’s board has finally agreed to accept the government’s bailout terms. The headlines all say the airline will be nationalized are misleading. A $250MM loan will be backed by a 75% state guarantee and $150MM of stock will be sold. If the stock is sold privately, then the government wouldn’t take control of the […]
Tags: Deals, Israel, Airline News, EL AL


Aviation Showdown: Will The DOT Enforce Its Rules Against Air Canada?

After the US DOT said in April that COVID-19 was not a valid excuse to steal money from your customers and then said in May that changing the rules for previously purchased tickets was an unfair and deceptive practice, most airlines around the world came into compliance. Some, like El Al, only refunded money to […]
Tags: Deals, Air Canada, US, Dot, Airline News, EL AL, Coronavirus


AA, Alaska, Delta, JetBlue, And United Extend Their Window To Book Tickets Without Change Fees Through July 31st

Update, 7/1: American has finally extended through 7/31 as well, however they exclude award tickets and basic economy from that policy unless you complete travel by 9/30. Update, 6/30: [Now live on United’s site] United media relations has informed me that they will also extend their free change policy through 7/31 as well. You will […]
Tags: Deals, United, Airline News, Coronavirus, AA Alaska Delta JetBlue


Alaska, Delta, JetBlue, And United Extend Their Window To Book Tickets Without Change Fees Through July 31st

Update: United media relations has informed me that they will also extend their free change policy through 7/31 as well. You will be able to book tickets in July for travel on any date with free changes and if you bought tickets before March 3 for travel in 2020 you can make free changes on […]
Tags: Deals, United, Airline News, Alaska Delta JetBlue, Coronavirus


Alaska, Delta, And JetBlue Extend Their Window To Book Tickets Without Cancellation Fees Through July 31st

Update: Delta and JetBlue have now extended through 7/31 as well. Alaska has blinked first and updated their free change policy to include new bookings through 7/31. This post will be updated when other airlines match that policy, but as it stands now, June 30th is the last day to book AA awards and have […]
Tags: Deals, Alaska, Delta, Jetblue, Airline News, Alaska Delta, Coronavirus


Alaska Airlines Extends Their Window To Book Tickets Without Cancellation Fees Through July 31st

Alaska has blinked first and updated their free change policy to include new bookings through 7/31. This post will be updated when other airlines match that policy, but as it stands now, June 30th is the last day to book AA awards and have free cancellations, it’s the last day to book Delta, JetBlue, and […]
Tags: Deals, Alaska, Alaska Airlines, Airline News, Coronavirus


United Stops Pretending That They’re Promoting Social Distancing On Their Flights

When United first announced social distancing measures onboard they said they would block middle seats in coach and every other seat in first class. Many understood that to mean they wouldn’t sell those seats. However they didn’t actually mean they would not sell seats, they meant that they would only block them initially. If they […]
Tags: Deals, United, Airline News, Coronavirus


Kosher Meals Are Only Safe On Flights To Tel Aviv Or Are Airlines Using COVID-19 As An Excuse For Frugality?

Airlines have been using COVID-19 as an excuse to cut in-flight catering costs. Delta has suspended alcohol, meal service, kosher meals, and other services on all domestic flights in all classes of service. American isn’t offering any meal service or kosher meals on flights under 2,200 miles in any cabin. JetBlue has suspended alcohol and […]
Tags: Deals, Tel Aviv, Delta, Jetblue, Airline News


American Will Sell Flights To Full Capacity, Will You Stick With Airlines Promising An Empty Middle Seat?

Update, 6/26: American will match United’s policy of selling flights to 100% capacity as of July 1st. Passengers will be allowed to switch flights if they don’t want to fly on a full flight. Update, 6/17: Southwest has matched Delta’s empty middle seat promise through September 30th, JetBlue and Hawaiian are now blocking middle seats […]
Tags: Deals, Delta, United, Jetblue, Airline News, Southwest, Coronavirus


[Updated] Delta’s 777 Retirement Means That They’ll Operate A South African Triangle Route, Will United Match Or Beat That?

Update: The final nonstop flight from Johannesburg to Atlanta will operate on October 24th. After that, the flight will operate on the A350 as a triangle route, which means means that the inaugural nonstop from Cape Town to Atlanta will start on October 25th. Originally posted on 5/24: Several airlines are operating triangle routes due […]
Tags: Deals, Atlanta, Delta, Cape Town, Johannesburg, United, Airline News


Delta, JetBlue, Hawaiian, And Southwest Extend Middle Seat Blocking, Will You Stick With Airlines Promising An Empty Middle Seat?

Update: Southwest has matched Delta’s empty middle seat promise through September 30th, JetBlue and Hawaiian are now blocking middle seats through July 31st. Delta announced that they will continue to block middle seats through September 30th. They accomplish that by selling just 60% of the economy seats, 50% of first class seats, and 75% of […]
Tags: Deals, Delta, Jetblue, Airline News, Southwest, Delta JetBlue, Coronavirus


US Airlines Will Start Enforcing Mask Requirements, Including Suspension Of Flight Privileges; Will New Rules Make You More Or Less Likely To Fly?

Airlines for America announced on behalf of Alaska, American, Delta, Hawaiian, JetBlue, Southwest, and United, that they will start enforcing mask requirements at all times in-flight, except when eating or drinking. Airlines will make pre-flight and onboard announcements about mask requirements and will set policies for passengers that refuse to comply, up to the loss […]
Tags: Deals, US, America, Airlines, Airline News, Coronavirus


Let’s Rewind: Chatting With United At KWFE NYC About Their New Kosher Meals And Wines

Related post: United Adding New Kosher Food And Wine To Tel Aviv Flights And Newark Polaris Lounge, Plus Kosher Snacks In NYC United Clubs Dan’s note: I typed up this post in February, but didn’t get the chance to publish it before COVID-19 hit. It is interesting that United is the only airline in the […]
Tags: Deals, United, Airline News


[Updated] Another Etihad Plane Is En-Route To Israel Without Palestinian Authorization, This Time In Full Etihad Livery

Update: The flight has landed at Ben Gurion airport! You can listen to a clip of the ATC audio below. The image is from the IAA of the Etihad plane on the ground in TLV, the first time a gulf carrier landed a plane in Israel with their livery. The Etihad pilot greets the Israeli […]
Tags: Deals, Israel, Etihad, Airline News, ATC, IAA, Ben Gurion, Time In Full Etihad Livery


Another Etihad Plane Is En-Route To Israel Without Palestinian Authorization, This Time In Full Etihad Livery

Last month I wrote about the first flight between the UAE and Israel as Etihad brought COVID-19 aid for Palestinians. The Palestinian Authority rejected that aid, citing the Etihad flight to Israel. They didn’t want to help normalize Israeli relations with the Arab world and they weren’t given notification of the flight in advance. But while the […]
Tags: Deals, Israel, Etihad, Uae, Airline News, Palestinian Authority, Time In Full Etihad Livery


El Al Appears To Be Cancelling Some Flights Through March 2021 And Beyond

With Israel’s borders closed to foreign nationals through at least June 30th, El Al remains in hibernation mode. The airline is negotiating with the Israeli government for a bailout that will require the airline to shrink in size. Generally speaking, you can see if your flight will be cancelled based on which flights the airline […]
Tags: Deals, Israel, Airline News, EL AL


Under DOT Pressure, United Returns To Pre-Pandemic Refund Policy For Flight Changes

United has been desperately trying to avoid handing out refunds during the COVID-19 pandemic. Before the pandemic, United would provide refunds if they changed your flight schedule by 2 hours or more. Previously they tried saying that your flight schedule would need to change by 25 or more hours to get a refund, but their […]
Tags: Deals, United, Airline News, Coronavirus


This Morning’s Strike At Ben Gurion Is Just Another Reason Why You Should Avoid Thursday Evening Flights To Israel

At 3am this morning I got messages from several readers about a sudden IAA (Israel Airports Authority) strike that threatened to halt outbound and inbound traffic. The IAA wanted a firm date when Israel would allow foreigners back into the country, but with COVID-19 cases there spiking, that seems unlikely anytime soon. I quickly took […]
Tags: Deals, Israel, Airline News, IAA, Dan's Commentary, IAA Israel Airports Authority


Delta Extends Middle Seat Blocking Through September 30th, Will You Stick With Airlines Promising An Empty Middle Seat?

Delta announced that they will continue to block middle seats through September 30th. They accomplish that by selling just 60% of the economy seats, 50% of first class seats, and 75% of Delta One business class seats. Delta also plans to add flights or switch to larger planes on routes that are filling up. I’d […]
Tags: Deals, Delta, Airline News, Coronavirus


Spirit Will Fly Nonstop Between Cleveland And Newark; American, Delta, And United Fight Back With Cheap Fares!

Spirit Airlines announced today that they will take on United with daily nonstop service between Cleveland and Newark starting on July 1st. Once upon a time passengers in Northeast Ohio could take one of 3 daily Airtran flights nonstop between Akron and LaGuardia for $50 or so. I took the flight all the time and […]
Tags: Deals, Spirit, Newark, Cleveland, United, Laguardia, Airline News, Akron, Spirit Airlines, AirTran


Air Canada Aeroplan Partners Up With Etihad

Air Canada and Abu Dhabi based Etihad are now partners for earning and redeeming miles. I flew in Etihad 777 first class from Male to Abu Dhabi and in A380 shower suites from Abu Dhabi to JFK a few years ago using American miles. I didn’t find the service to be as polished as Dubai […]
Tags: Deals, Air Canada, Dubai, Jfk, Abu Dhabi, Etihad, Airline News, Miles & Points, Air Canada Aeroplan Partners Up With Etihad


The US Will Retaliate And Ban Chinese Airlines After China Denies US Airlines’ Flight Resumption Requests

China has been refusing US airlines attempts to resume service to the country. In retaliation, the US will announce today that Chinese carriers will have to end service to the US. It’s another escalation of the tension between the countries since the Trump administration accused the Chinese government of allowing COVID-19 to escape from a […]
Tags: Deals, China, US, Airline News, Trump


Roundup Of US Airlines Offering Bonus Miles Or Free Tickets For Traveling And Elite Miles For Credit Card Spending

Alaska: 50% bonus EQMs (elite qualifying miles) on flights through 12/31, no registration required. Earn 2.5K EQMs elite qualifying miles for every $5K spent on an Alaska credit card from 6/1-9/30, up to 10K EQMs per cardholder. Alaska consumer cardholders can earn two miles for every dollar spent, up to $1,500, at restaurants and take-out, […]
Tags: Deals, Alaska, Airline News, Elite Status, US Airlines, Miles & Points, Credit Card Spending, Coronavirus


Alaska, Delta, JetBlue, And United Extend Their Window To Book Tickets Without Cancellation Fees Through June 30th

If you flight is cancelled or is significantly changed, you can receive a cash refund per DoT regulations. That’s why I don’t recommend cancelling a flight before it’s close to the time of departure.  However, assuming your flight is operating, these are the cancellation options on domestic airlines: Alaska: All tickets purchased on or before […]
Tags: Deals, Alaska, Airline News, Alaska Delta JetBlue, Coronavirus


LATAM’s Bankruptcy Makes Delta’s Steal Look A Whole Lot Murkier

Delta has a proud history of savvy airline investments and running a tight ship. Just 8 months ago Delta shocked the aviation world by stealing LATAM away from American and the OneWorld Alliance as part of a new joint venture agreement. It didn’t come cheap. Delta invested $1.9 billion to obtain a 20% equity stake […]
Tags: Deals, Delta, Airline News, Latam, OneWorld Alliance


Delta’s 777 Retirement Means That They’ll Operate A South African Triangle Route, Will United Match Or Beat That?

Several airlines are operating triangle routes due to COVID-19 and the CARES act. The airlines took loans that require a minimum level of service from airports that they serve, but airlines have done that by adding triangle routes. For example American currently flies from Dallas to Vail to Aspen to Montrose and then back to […]
Tags: Deals, Delta, Dallas, Vail, United, Aspen, Airline News, Montrose


Air France Retires Their Entire A380 Fleet

Air France has announced that that are permanently retiring their remaining fleet of A380 aircraft, effective immediately. In an era of empty flights, Air France didn’t see the Toulouse, France built jumbo jet ever making a profitable return. The A380 will go down as one of Airbus’ greatest failures. The plane with grand hopes of […]
Tags: Deals, Airbus, Airline News, Air France, Toulouse France, Air France Retires Their Entire A380 Fleet


Europe’s Airlines Decry The European Commission’s Refusal To Allow Them To Steal From Passengers

Earlier today, the European Commission published some common sense recommendations here for airlines faced with an unprecedented number of refunds due to cancelled flights. They reaffirmed that cash refunds must be offered, but suggested that offering a voucher that actually adds value would be a good option to get people to forgo a refund. Some […]
Tags: Deals, Europe, European Commission, Airline News, Points & Travel, Coronavirus


Cathay Pacific To Travel Agents: Stop Offering Credit To Passengers Instead Of Issuing Refunds

The DoT had to step in twice after getting tens of thousands of complaints about airlines playing games with refunds. They have now included tickets purchased from travel agents in their updated guidance. But not all airlines are playing games. Cathay Pacific is barring travel agents from offering any sort of credit instead of a […]
Tags: Deals, Airline News, Cathay Pacific, Coronavirus



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