Emirates is Flying Its New First Class to…London Stansted?!

New First Class on Emirates B777-300ER. Source: Emirates

Last month, Emirates unveiled its brand new First Class product for the Boeing 777-300ER. The new product features a fully enclosed suite with floor-to-ceiling doors, a Mercedes-Benz-inspired design, virtual windows, even bigger TV screens, Bulgari and Byredo amenities, as well as moisturizing pajamas. Emirates began flying the aircraft between Dubai and Geneva (GVA) and Brussels (BRU)…

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2,000 Bonus Points Per Hilton Stay (Even Award Stay!)

Earn 2,000 bonus points per stay at Hilton properties between January 1 and April 30, 2018. You will also receive an additional 10,000 bonus points for every 5 stays.

Following SPG and Marriott, Hilton has announced their first promotion for 2018! Under the “Points Unlimited” promotion, Hilton Honors members will earn 2,000 bonus points every stay, with 10,000 bonus points every 5 stays. Registration is already live, so make sure you register here. This promotion is valid for stays between January 1 and April 30,…

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Official: Cathay Pacific Launching Service to Washington DC

Cathay Pacific Business Class onboard the A350. Source: Cathay Pacific

Last week, South China Morning Post reported that Cathay Pacific will soon be launching non-stop service between Hong Kong and Washington DC. The move is an interesting one, as it will help strength Cathay Pacific’s East Coast presence; on the other hand, with no good oneworld connection to/from Washington-Dulles, Cathay Pacific will be largely relying on traffic…

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United PR Chief Resigns

Jim Olson, SVP of Corporate Communications for United, is stepping down as of January 8, 2018. Source: United

It’s hard to look back at this year in the commercial aviation industry and not mention about United’s infamous incident surrounding Dr. David Dao. Heck, the incident even has its own Wikipedia page. United got a lot of heat for handling the situation terribly, from not having customer-friendly policies in place, to literally dragging the passenger…

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Delta Eliminates Free Checked Bag on Transatlantic Flights in Basic Economy

Delta will no longer offer a free checked bag on flights between US and Europe or North Africa in Basic Economy.

Basic Economy seems to be undergoing an inevitable expansion. United and American are rapidly expanding the markets in which they offer Basic Economy, and Delta has began expanding the product to international flight since late 2015. Earlier this year, we did a product comparison between Basic Economy on the three legacy US airlines.  Delta came…

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American Airlines Expands Basic Economy to the Caribbean

American Airlines is expanding the Basic Economy product to Caribbean destinations.

Earlier this year, American Airlines introduced Basic Economy fares to selected destinations. Customers buying these fares are only allowed to carry a personal item onboard that fits under the seat, have to board last, and do not receive seat assignments in advance. Elite members also receive reduced earning on qualifying segments and mileage, and do not…

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Many US Airlines Now Banning Smart Luggage

Many US airlines are now banning smart bags or suitcases that include a non-removable battery. Source: Bluesmart

Smart luggage have been around for a few years now, and they have been highly popular on crowdfunding sites like Indiegogo. These bags and suitcases typically include bluetooth functionality that enables features such as tracking the bag, locking the bag automatically with a proximity sensor, etc. Since these features require a power source, many of…

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