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Southwest Extends Empty Middle Seat Policy, Will You Stick With Airlines Promising An Empty Middle Seat?

Update, 9/16: Southwest announced they will extend their middle seat blocking through at least November 30th. Update, 8/20: Delta announced they will extend their middle seat blocking through at least January 6th. Update, 8/5: Alaska announced they will extend their middle seat blocking through at least October 31st. Update, 8/5: JetBlue announced they will extend […]
Tags: Deals, Alaska, Delta, Jetblue, Airline News, Southwest, Coronavirus


JetBlue Doubles Down With 24 More Leisure Routes From Newark, Los Angeles, And More; Change Fee Waiver Extended But Not Eliminated

In June, JetBlue announced 30 new routes, with a focus from Newark and on leisure routes. With COVID-19 decimating business travel, refocusing their network on leisure routes became a priority. United answered with flights designed to hit back at JetBlue, such as Boston, Cleveland, and LaGuardia to Florida. United has been offering rock bottom fares […]
Tags: Deals, Newark, United, Jetblue, Laguardia, Airline News, Boston Cleveland, Florida United, Newark Los Angeles


Saudi Arabia And Bahrain Approve All Israeli Flights To Overfly Their Airspace!

Things are moving quickly in the Middle East! The stunning news last month was the Israel-UAE peace deal, quickly followed up with an El Al flight to Abu Dhabi. That was the first Israeli flight ever to fly over Saudi airspace and it came with the announcement that Saudi Arabia would allow Israeli flights to use their […]
Tags: Deals, Saudi Arabia, Israel, Middle East, Bahrain, Airline News, Israel UAE, Abu Dhabi That


New United Routes: Hawaii, South Africa, India, Nigeria, And More!

As speculated yesterday, United has announced the following new routes: Newark to Maui was my most confident guess and sure enough, United will launch the route with 4 weekly 767-300ER flights starting in summer 2021. This comes in addition to daily Newark-Honolulu service. That also means that the United 767 fleet won’t be retired. Another […]
Tags: Deals, Newark, United, Airline News, Maui, Newark Honolulu, Hawaii South Africa India Nigeria


United Teases Several New Routes: Newark To Maui Looks Strong, But What Else Is United Hiding?

United put out this video, teasing new routes that will be announced tomorrow at 11AM ET. They say there are more than 30 clues hidden in it: https://www.instagram.com/p/CE4nrKkD8Qm/   It’s obvious from the video that there will be routes that require a passport, but what else can be gleaned? At 10 seconds in, we see […]
Tags: Deals, United, Airline News


Informal DOT Complaint Not Helping? A DansDeals Reader Finally Got A Flight Refund After Filing A Formal DOT Complaint

When things go wrong with the airlines I’ve turned to the DoT to complain and have had good results. They have a convenient online complaint form here to file an informal complaint. When American had the nerve to cancel our flight to London, strand us overnight in JFK, lose our baggage, and refuse to cooperate in providing […]
Tags: Deals, London, Jfk, Airline News


Israir Applies To Fly Nonstop Between Tel Aviv And Dubai Next Month!

Just a few weeks ago the United Arab Emirates wouldn’t allow visitors to enter with an Israeli passport. Now there is a peace agreement, El Al has flown to Abu Dhabi, Saudi Arabia has given permission to overly their airspace, and the UAE rolled out the red carpet for Israel. Things can really change in […]
Tags: Deals, Israel, Tel Aviv, United Arab Emirates, Dubai, Uae, Airline News, Abu Dhabi Saudi Arabia


Southwest Will Fly To Miami And Palm Springs, Wins All Of JetBlue’s Long Beach Slots

Southwest announced today that they will add year-round flights to Miami and Palm Springs in 2020. This will be the first time that Southwest has operated to those airports, though they do fly to nearby Fort Lauderdale and Ontario, CA. Palm Springs is a great winter destination, but flights can be pricey. The Southwest effect […]
Tags: Deals, Miami, Jetblue, Palm Springs, Airline News, Southwest, Fort Lauderdale, Ontario CA Palm Springs


Hawaiian Airlines Eliminates All Change Fees Worldwide!

Related post: Dear Airlines: Thanks For Ditching Change Fees, But Can We Rewind The Clock On Mileage Program Devaluations? Earlier this week, United, Delta, American, and Alaska eliminated change fees. When the dust settles and the policies are officially hashed out, I’ll make a post comparing the exact policies. Hawaiian Airlines is the latest to join […]
Tags: Deals, Alaska, Hawaii, Airline News, Hawaiian Airlines, United Delta American


[Update: Now Confirmed] Saudi Arabia Reportedly Approves Israel-United Arab Emirates Flights To Overfly Their Airspace!

Update, 9/2: This report from 2 weeks ago has now been confirmed. Saudi Arabia will allow all airliners headed to or from the UAE to fly over their airspace! Hopefully the Saudi airspace will open for flights from Israel to more destinations, and we’ll see flights from Israel to Saudi Arabia in the future!  Originally […]
Tags: Deals, Saudi Arabia, Israel, Uae, Airline News, Israel United Arab Emirates


American Cracking Down On Hidden City Ticketing? Just Don’t Be A Hog

I wrote back in April that American’s Audit department seemed to be trying to justify their continued existence during the COVID-19 era. Then in July they did a brutal DOT takedown of a family that gamed the system to generate mailers that bypassed credit card signup bonus rules. Flyertalk member “HappyInTheAir561” writes that American’s auditors […]
Tags: Deals, Aa, Airline News, Miles & Points


INCREDIBLE! Alaska Air Permanently Kills All Change Fees And Award Cancellation Fees Worldwide!

One constant over the past decade has been the airlines removing benefits and devaluing their mileage programs. Airlines now realize they’re in for an extended recovery period and the pendulum is finally swinging back in favor of consumers. On Sunday, United eliminated change fees in the US and standby fees worldwide. Yesterday, Delta said they […]
Tags: Deals, US, Alaska, Delta, Airlines, United, Airline News


AAmazing! American Goes Above And Beyond In Their Elimination Of Change Fees, With Several New Benefits Added!

Related posts: WOW! United Eliminates Domestic Change Fees For Good, Plus Free Cancellation On All Awards With 30 Days Notice! Delta Matches United’s Permanent Elimination Of Domestic Change Fees! American is behind United and just behind Delta with their elimination of change fees, but they did it best! American will waive change fees on all […]
Tags: Deals, Delta, United, Aa, Airline News


Delta Matches United’s Permanent Elimination Of Domestic Change Fees!

United shocked the world yesterday when they announced they would permanently eliminate domestic change fees. Delta has now matched United and will also permanently eliminate domestic change fees. Like United, they will still not allow changes for basic economy tickets. One has to wonder if the premium for non basic economy tickets will rise to […]
Tags: Deals, Delta, United, Airline News


[Update: Flight Landed!] El Al Gets Permission For Its First Flight Over Saudi Arabian Airspace To Abu Dhabi; The Shocking Reason It Will Fly A 737 And Not A Dreamliner

Update: El Al’s flight 971 flew over Saudi Arabia to Abu Dhabi, cutting the flight time from over 7 hours to just 3 hours and 23 minutes!     El Al plane painted with peace in 3 languages: El Al in Abu Dhabi for the very first time:         It has been […]
Tags: Deals, Saudi Arabia, Israel, Abu Dhabi, Airline News, EL AL


WOW! United Eliminates Domestic Change Fees For Good, Plus Free Cancelation On All Awards With 30 Days Notice!

United announced that they will eliminate change fees on all domestic flights for good! Previously there was a $200 change fee for domestic paid flight changes. This is valid for paid and award tickets, but basic economy flights will still not be eligible for changes. That’s an incredibly customer friendly move from United and matches […]
Tags: Deals, United, Airline News


WOW! United Eliminates Domestic Change Fees For Good, Plus Free Cancellation On All Awards With 30 Days Notice!

United announced that they will eliminate change fees on all domestic flights for good! Previously there was a $200 change fee for domestic paid flight changes. This is valid for paid and award tickets, but basic economy flights will still not be eligible for changes. That’s an incredibly customer friendly move from United and matches […]
Tags: Deals, United, Airline News


El Al Sets Schedule And Gets Permission For Its First Flight Over Saudi Arabian Airspace To Abu Dhabi; The Shocking Reason It Will Fly A 737 And Not A Dreamliner

It has been a wild few months for Israeli-United Arab Emirates relations. First we saw Etihad fly humanitarian flights nonstop from Abu Dhabi to Israel, first without their livery and then in full livery. Those were the first ever nonstop flights between the countries. I asked back then if commercial flights will be next and just months later […]
Tags: Deals, Israel, United Arab Emirates, Abu Dhabi, Etihad, Airline News, EL AL


El Al Will Reportedly Operate The First Ever Commercial Flight From Israel To The United Arab Emirates Next Week!

The AP is reporting that the first ever commercial flight between Israel and the United Arab Emirates will fly next week and it will carry US and Israeli delegations. This comes just 2 weeks after the countries agreed to normalize their relationship. The flight is expected to be operated by El Al. Their operations have been […]
Tags: Deals, Israel, US, Ap, United Arab Emirates, Airline News, EL AL, United Arab Emirates Next Week, El Al Their


The Time Has Come For Airlines To Choose: #RaiseTheMinimumAge For Masks Or Ban Young Children From Flying During The Pandemic

United started it. On July 22nd they made a new rule requiring anyone 2 or older to wear a mask. Until that point all airlines had a common sense policy to exempt young children who couldn’t wear a mask on a flight. Airlines love copying each other and soon enough every major US airline besides […]
Tags: Deals, US, United, Airline News, Dan's Commentary, Coronavirus


Delta Extends Empty Middle Seat Policy Through January 6th, Will You Stick With Airlines Promising An Empty Middle Seat?

Update, 8/20: Delta announced they will extend their middle seat blocking through at least January 6th. Update, 8/5: Alaska announced they will extend their middle seat blocking through at least October 31st. Update, 8/5: JetBlue announced they will extend their middle seat blocking through at least October 15th. Update, 7/15: Southwest has extended their empty […]
Tags: Deals, Alaska, Delta, Jetblue, Airline News, Coronavirus


JetBlue Egregiously Kicks Mother And 6 Kids Off Flight Due To 2 Year Old’s Mask Refusal, Retroactively Amends Policy On Website After The Incident

I reported on 8/5 that JetBlue would change their policy on 8/10 to require all kids 2 and up to wear masks, but that wasn’t yet updated on their website. That post was based on this press release that they sent me. It turns out I didn’t read the press release close enough. It actually […]
Tags: Deals, Jetblue, Airline News, Coronavirus


Saudi Arabia Reportedly Approves Israel-United Arab Emirates Flights To Overfly Their Airspace! Will There Be Flights This Year?

Related post: Trip Notes: Stopping Over In Dubai And Abu Dhabi In The United Arab Emirates En Route To The Maldives Last week we learned that Israel and the UAE agreed to normalize their relationship. I noted then that Etihad’s 2 humanitarian flights to Israel “had to fly via Kuwait, Iraq, Turkey, and Cyprus rather […]
Tags: Deals, Saudi Arabia, Israel, Cyprus, United Arab Emirates, Dubai, Etihad, Uae, Airline News, Israel United Arab Emirates, Kuwait Iraq Turkey


AMAZING! Israel And The United Arab Emirates Agree To Full Normalization Of Relations And Direct Flight Agreements!

President Trump just announced that Israel and the UAE have agreed to a full normalization of their relations! Joint Statement of the United States, the State of Israel, and the United Arab Emirates pic.twitter.com/oVyjLxf0jd — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 13, 2020   This is amazing for better Middle East relations and tourism. Will an […]
Tags: Deals, Israel, United States, Middle East, United Arab Emirates, Uae, Airline News, Trump, Donald J Trump


COVID Route Wars: United Strikes Back With New Nonstop Service Between Florida And LaGuardia, Boston, Cleveland, Columbus, Indianapolis, Milwaukee, And Pittsburgh!

In recent years United has moved to eliminate all flights that don’t begin or end in one of their hub airports of Chicago, Denver, Guam, Houston, Los Angeles, Newark, San Francisco, and Washington/IAD. Other network carriers, like Delta, have been more willing to have flights that don’t operate to one of their hubs. For example […]
Tags: Deals, Florida, Washington, Delta, United, Pittsburgh, Airline News, Chicago Denver Guam, Houston Los Angeles Newark San Francisco


So You Want To Rescue El Al? Be Prepared For A Dirty Fight

El Al is broke. Their operations have been suspended since March 27th and all flights have been wiped off the schedule until October. They’re being sued for $400MM in refunds that they refuse to give customers who paid for flights that never operated. There’s no end in sight for when refunds will be offered and Israeli […]
Tags: Deals, Israel, Airline News, EL AL


Southwest Kicks Family Off Flight For 3 Year Old With Autism Refusing To Wear A Mask; Has The Pendulum Swung Too Far?

Most airlines now require that everyone 2 and up wear a mask for the duration of their time at the airport and onboard the flight. Only half of US airlines are actually putting their money where their mouth is by promising empty middle seats in order to promote social distancing. Here’s the Venn diagram on […]
Tags: Deals, US, Airline News, Southwest, Southwest Kicks, Coronavirus


No, United Hasn’t Cancelled The Electronic Travel Certificate Refund, They Have Just *Simplified* How To Get It

United has had one of the best voluntary change policies during the COVID-19 pandemic. They allow you to choose between receiving a future flight credit (FFC) or an electronic travel certificate (ETC). I broke down the pros and cons of those options in this April post. Selecting either option was as simple as clicking cancel […]
Tags: Deals, United, Airline News


JetBlue Extends Empty Middle Seat Policy Through 10/15, Will You Stick With Airlines Promising An Empty Middle Seat?

Update, 8/5: JetBlue announced they will extend their middle seat blocking through at least October 15th. Update, 7/15: Southwest has extended their empty middle seat promise through October 31st. 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 […]
Tags: Deals, Delta, United, Jetblue, Airline News, Southwest, Coronavirus


Israel Grants Permit To Eli Rozenberg To Buy El Al, But Will El Al Sell?

Globes is reporting that Israel has approved Eli Rozenberg’s application to buy a controlling stake in El Al. Getting that permit was a precondition for coming to an actual agreement with El Al to buy the airline. Eli Rozenberg is the twenty-something Israeli son of Kenny Rozenberg, US owner of Centers Heath Care nursing homes. […]
Tags: Deals, Israel, US, Airline News, EL AL, Eli Rozenberg, Kenny Rozenberg, Centers Heath Care