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American Airlines Expects to Add New South Pacific Routes This Year

Based on internal conversations American Airlines believes that they have too many widebodies today but as soon as their joint venture with Qantas is approved they'll be able to grow into them -- taking a couple of planes that fly to Europe in the summer and using them on South Pacific routes in the winter starting in late 2019. Continue reading American Airlines Expects to Add New South Pacific Routes This Year...
Tags: Travel, Europe, Advice, Qantas, South Pacific, American Airlines


Should Airlines Pay TSA Screeners and Air Traffic Controllers During the Shutdown?

Security wait times have increased as TSA screeners call in sick — coming to work not knowing when they’ll be paid is demoralizing. Air traffic controllers are working without knowing when they’ll be paid, too. But is there any reason that has to be so? Should US airlines hire the screeners and air traffic controllers and pay them directly? Continue reading Should Airlines Pay TSA Screeners and Air Traffic Controllers During the Shutdown?...
Tags: Travel, Advice, US, Tsa, Should Airlines


American Will Soon Stop Making You Gate Check Your Carry On Bags

In addition to faster internet American's 737s and A321s are also getting bigger overhead bins . As long as each passenger only brings their allowable carry on bags and stows their personal item under the seat there should be no need to check a bag. A change to the computer display at each gate rolled out December 11 to let agents know when the plane has this new interior and will have enough bin space for all passengers. Continue reading American Will Soon Stop Making You Gate Check Your Carr...
Tags: Travel, Advice


Marriott is Lighting Millions of Dollars on Fire and Rewards Members are Paying For It

Marriott is rebranding their loyalty program, with 'Bonvoy' launching February 13. There are no substantive changes whatsoever at that time. Where does the money for this come from that the loyalty program is investing to transform themselves into Bonvoy? It comes from members, and more specifically from member loyalty accounts. Continue reading Marriott is Lighting Millions of Dollars on Fire and Rewards Members are Paying For It...
Tags: Travel, Advice, Marriott, Bonvoy


Bribing Your Air Traffic Controller During the Shutdown and 1000 Miles a Day Car Rentals

A roundup of the most important stories of the day. I keep you up to date on the most interesting writings I find on other sites – the latest news and tips. Continue reading Bribing Your Air Traffic Controller During the Shutdown and 1000 Miles a Day Car Rentals...
Tags: Travel, Advice


Flight Attendants Say They Don’t Want Tips – For Two Reasons

If you buy something from a food truck and pay with a credit card, chances are you'll be presented with a tablet to sign your name -- and you'll be given the option to tip even though there was no server or service. Many fast casual restaurants follow this approach now, too. And so does Frontier Airlines . I wondered what other flight attendants think of the practice, and whether they'd want it to spread to their airline. Continue reading Flight Attendants Say They Don’t Want Tips – For Two R...
Tags: Travel, Advice, Frontier Airlines


United’s Plan to Put New Business Class Seats in 787s Which Fly Their Longest Routes

United made a splash introducing its new business class product two and a half years ago. Boeing 787-9s though operate United's longest haul flights, so it's appalling they have the airline's old business class product — the same old seats running San Franciso – Newark fly San Francisco – Singapore. They were delivered with old seats, and to date United had not even announced a plan to ever put new seats in them. Continue reading United’s Plan to Put New Business Class Seats in 787s Which Fly...
Tags: Travel, Advice, Singapore, San Francisco, Newark, Boeing, United, San Franciso


Fare Alert: $462 Roundtrip US-Australia Non-Stop

Right now there are roundtrip non-stop fares between the US and Australia as low as $462. That's just amazing. Dates are available February through May and August through end of year reportedly excluding October for Monday through Thursday flights. Continue reading Fare Alert: $462 Roundtrip US-Australia Non-Stop...
Tags: Travel, Australia, Advice, US


American’s New Electronic System for Giving Out Hotels, Meals, and Transportation During Delays

The system has rolled out to domestic airports. It’s touted as helping passengers not have to stay and wait in line, though gate agents need to trigger emails to passengers. It should mean fewer staff necessary at customer service. There does seem to be a huge flaw in this system. Continue reading American’s New Electronic System for Giving Out Hotels, Meals, and Transportation During Delays...
Tags: Travel, Advice


The Mistake American Airlines Makes Focusing on Exact On-Time Departures

At an employee Crew News question and answer session earlier this month, American Airlines CEO Doug Parker was asked why the airline focuses on exact on time departures, rather than arrivals. Parker explained that Delta is great at departing exactly on time and that's what makes them arrive on time. Continue reading The Mistake American Airlines Makes Focusing on Exact On-Time Departures...
Tags: Travel, Advice, Delta, American Airlines, Parker, Doug Parker, Mistake American Airlines


Someone Combined a Whole Bunch of Snack Boxes to Create the Ultimate Inflight Cheese Plate

Marissa Mullen took a JetBlue redeye flight and seized the moment. JetBlue snack boxes represented the perfect opportunity to create the perfect cheese plate -- something that, sadly, no US airline has sought to do on their own. Just start with the "SavorUp" box of hummus,crackers, biscotti , pita chips, bean dip, and pitted olives and add the "PartyUp" box's popcorn, Fig Newtons, and salami. Continue reading Someone Combined a Whole Bunch of Snack Boxes to Create the Ultimate Inflight Cheese Pl...
Tags: Travel, Advice, US, Jetblue, Marissa Mullen


Cathay Pacific’s Lounge Etiquette Guidelines and Heating Your Pizza on a Plane

A roundup of the most important stories of the day. I keep you up to date on the most interesting writings I find on other sites – the latest news and tips. Continue reading Cathay Pacific’s Lounge Etiquette Guidelines and Heating Your Pizza on a Plane...
Tags: Travel, Advice, Cathay Pacific


It’s Official: Marriott Says Bonvoy-age to SPG and Marriott Rewards

Marriott launched its new loyalty program August 18, 2018 aligning the benefits of Marriott Rewards, Starwood Preferred Guest, and Ritz-Carlton Rewards. All accounts were moved over from the Starwood platform to Marriott. However they kept all 3 program names, even though there were no longer differences between the programs. This has to do with contractual obligations. For members all that was left to wait for was the new program name. Continue reading It’s Official: Marriott Says Bonvoy-a...
Tags: Travel, Advice, Marriott, Starwood, Ritz Carlton, Marriott Rewards, Marriott Rewards Starwood, Bonvoy


United Explorer Business 75,000 Mile Bonus Offer Now Available

Last month there was a targeted offer to earn 75,000 miles from a new UnitedSM Explorer Business Card. You no longer need to log into a special website to see if you’re eligible, for a limited time this best-ever offer is publicly available. This is actually a really good offer for the card, the best public offer for it I’ve ever seen. A few years ago I got excited when it was available with just 50,000 miles. And the spending requirement for the bonus miles is reasonable to boot. Continue readi...
Tags: Travel, Advice, United Explorer Business


TSA is the Final Arbiter of What You Can — and Cannot — Feed Your Baby

A Hawaiian family traveling on Sunday night with their one and a half year old baby was stopped at the security checkpoint at Honolulu airport when a TSA screener refused to allow them to pass with their baby food. Passengers are permitted to bring any amount of baby food, breast milk or formula necessary for the flight through checkpoints in spite of standard rules limiting the amount of checkpoints that can go through security. However it seems the TSA takes it upon itself to decide what is an...
Tags: Travel, Advice, Tsa, Honolulu


The End of a Pioneering Travel Site and Also a Passenger Plane

A roundup of the most important stories of the day. I keep you up to date on the most interesting writings I find on other sites – the latest news and tips. Continue reading The End of a Pioneering Travel Site and Also a Passenger Plane...
Tags: Travel, Advice


9 Reasons to Get Citi’s American Airlines Business Card Before the 70,000 Mile Offer Gets Pulled

There’s a better offer than I’ve ever seen before for the CitiBusiness® / AAdvantage® Platinum Select® World Mastercard®. It’s a card I picked up myself for the bonus miles, which is useful because there’s no longer a great way to earn miles through another credit card and transfer those miles to American. And for all of my criticisms, there’s no mileage currency I wind up spending more often than my AAdvantage miles. Continue reading 9 Reasons to Get Citi’s American Airlines Business Card Befor...
Tags: Travel, Advice, Citi, American Airlines Business Card


Government Finally Aids Passenger Experience Thanks to Shutdown

Two American Airlines Boeing 737 MAX aircraft are awaiting FAA approval prior to going into service. This means the government is doing more to improve passenger experience when it’s shut down than when it regulates. Continue reading Government Finally Aids Passenger Experience Thanks to Shutdown...
Tags: Travel, Advice, Faa, American Airlines Boeing


Man Says American Airlines Flight Attendant Repeatedly Punched Him in the Face

When you don't follow a flight attendant's instructions we've all learned what can happen. They call the police to go all David Dao on you. But like the American Airlines flight attendant last year who grabbed a stroller and nearly hit a baby sometimes instead of outsourcing they take care of business themselves. That seems to be what an American Airlines passenger is alleging. Continue reading Man Says American Airlines Flight Attendant Repeatedly Punched Him in the Face...
Tags: Travel, Advice, American Airlines, David Dao


Delta Backtracks, Will Honor Lounge Access Rules for Lifetime Members

This year Delta raised SkyClub membership prices and eliminated single visit passes. They also started requiring passengers to be flying Delta or a partner airline to access the lounge even if they're so-called 'members'. Since Delta announced the change to access rules we saw similar moves by American and by United mere days later. Of course we did. Continue reading Delta Backtracks, Will Honor Lounge Access Rules for Lifetime Members...
Tags: Travel, Advice, Delta, United, SkyClub


Ratting Out Pilots Who Don’t Pick Up Trash – and Order Pizzas for Stranded Passengers, Earn Points

A roundup of the most important stories of the day. I keep you up to date on the most interesting writings I find on other sites – the latest news and tips. Continue reading Ratting Out Pilots Who Don’t Pick Up Trash – and Order Pizzas for Stranded Passengers, Earn Points...
Tags: Travel, Advice


Bird Flew in Singapore Airlines Business Class to London

A bird was discovered in business class twelve hours into flight SQ322 from Singapore to London on January 7th. The bird continued to fly around and when the plane touched down it was “handed over to animal quarantine authorities.” Naturally when the Mynah arrived at London Heathrow it declared, "boy are my arms tired." Continue reading Bird Flew in Singapore Airlines Business Class to London...
Tags: Travel, London, Advice, Singapore, London Heathrow


British Family Had to Sit on the Floor For Their 900 Mile Flight

Back in 2012 Ryanair floated the idea of ‘standing seats’ to pack more passengers in and lower costs. And Airbus has a patent for ‘double decker’ seating. But neither idea is supposed to be real or is approved for flying — anywhere. That was little comfort to the family of three who had paid about $1700 to fly from Mahon in Spain to Birmingham in the UK on TUI airlines. They were assigned seats 41 D, E and F but because of an aircraft swap there were no seats like that. Continue reading British...
Tags: Travel, UK, Advice, Spain, Ryanair, Airbus, Birmingham, Mahon


Is Handling Food With Bare Hands Disgusting?

What if you were at a lounge or restaurant and was ready to eat something — only to find that the food for which you were craving was handled with bare hands? Would you then suddenly lose your appetite? “While the lounge is beautiful and well-stocked with high-quality food and drinks, the hygiene of the food preparation leaves much to be desired”... The post Is Handling Food With Bare Hands Disgusting? appeared first on The Gate.
Tags: Travel, Advice, Food And Drink, Dining, Safety And Security, Health And Environment


$49 Flights to Europe (Brussels, Dublin, Frankfurt, London) from 4 US Cities

Airline investor Indigo Partners threw Wow Air a lifeline and Wow Air is partying with $49 flights to Europe. From BWI I see January 21 through March 11 available to Brussels, Dublin, Frankfurt, London, and Iceland. There are similar offerings from Newark, Detroit, and Boston. This sale ends January 18 but limited inventory will sell out faster than that. Continue reading $49 Flights to Europe (Brussels, Dublin, Frankfurt, London) from 4 US Cities...
Tags: Travel, Europe, Advice, Boston, Iceland, BWI, US Cities, Indigo Partners, Europe Brussels Dublin Frankfurt London, Brussels Dublin Frankfurt London, Newark Detroit


No Pay: TSA Agents Fight Back at JFK Airport By Blasting Kanye and Travis Scott

TSA agents are expressing themselves at New York JFK during the government shutdown, while they’re expecting not to be paid until the shutdown ends — though they’re getting some pay anyway, in hopes they’ll show up to work. Their choice of music is everything. Continue reading No Pay: TSA Agents Fight Back at JFK Airport By Blasting Kanye and Travis Scott...
Tags: Travel, Advice, Tsa, Kanye, Jfk Airport, Travis Scott, New York JFK


One of the Two Best Cash Back Cards is Offering a Signup Bonus (Rare)

The Fidelity Investment Rewards Visa has a signup bonus of $100 cash back after $1000 in eligible purchases within the first 90 days of account open. They’ve offered this before but not regularly. More often than not this card has had no signup bonus at all. Continue reading One of the Two Best Cash Back Cards is Offering a Signup Bonus (Rare)...
Tags: Travel, Advice, Fidelity Investment Rewards Visa


Stupid Tip of the Day: Raising an Armrest on the Aisle

Many people believe that the armrest on the seat in the economy class cabin adjacent to the aisle is rigid and cannot be moved — yet there are reasons why someone seated in the aisle seat would want that armrest raised: for greater ease of sitting in the seat; or perhaps for some extra room when standing up is not an option at the moment. Many airplane models are equipped with... The post Stupid Tip of the Day: Raising an Armrest on the Aisle appeared first on The Gate.
Tags: Travel, Advice, Airplanes And Aircraft


Video: This Pilot Will Do Anything for an On-Time Departure

Sometimes you forget the code to the reinforced cockpit door, and you're desperately afraid of management's obsession with an absolute on time departure ("D0"). So what are you gonna do? Continue reading Video: This Pilot Will Do Anything for an On-Time Departure...
Tags: Travel, Advice


Inside United’s Secretive ‘Global Services’ Status — and the Level Even Beyond That

United, like many airlines, has long had special programs for high revenue customers. Their primary offering is Global Services. It was a relaunch of the airline's old VIP program. The status is invitation only, except that United 4 million milers are granted lifetime Global Services status. In general flying over 100,000 miles and spending at least 30 cents per mile on United tickets is required. The benefits you receive as a Global Services member are impressive. Continue reading Inside Uni...
Tags: Travel, Advice, United, Global Services, Inside United 's Secretive ` Global Services, Inside United s Secretive Global Services Status



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