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DOT Grants Havana Flights to 8 US Airlines – Airline & City Details Here

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Alaska, American, Delta, Frontier, JetBlue, Southwest, Spirit, and United have been tentatively granted rights to fly from the US to Havana, Cuba! In the tentative decision, DOT stated that this proceeding provides an opportunity to introduce scheduled service to Havana after more than 50 years of U.S.-Cuba services being absent altogether or limited only to…

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FDA Tells Alaska: You’re Dirty, No Ice Allowed for Horizon Air Beverages

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The FDA has informed Alaska Air Group that its Horizon Air subsidiary needs to stop serving ice with drinks until it installs hand-washing sinks in the bathrooms of its fleet of 52 Bombardier Q400 turboprops. Having employees was their hands in airport bathrooms and utilizing hand sanitizer is not enough according to the FDA. “Directing your employees to…

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Delta: Alaska-Virgin Merger Has No Impact on Us, “Let’s See How They Do”, Future of Delta/Alaska Code-Share…

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Delta’s new CEO Ed Bastian had some interesting comments on the planned Alaska-Virgin America merger. When asked by the Puget Sound Business Journal about the impact on Delta he shrugged and said all the routes already existed before the acquisition. “It doesn’t have any impact on Delta at all. They’ll have their work cut out…

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Richard Branson’s Letter on Virgin American Merger -“Sadness, Nothing I Could Do to Stop It”

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I would be lying if I didn’t admit sadness that our wonderful airline is merging with another. Because I’m not American, the US Department of Transportation stipulated I  take some of my shares in Virgin America as non-voting shares, reducing my influence over any takeover. So there was sadly nothing I could do to stop it.…

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Alaska Officially Becomes 5th Largest US Airline w/ Virgin America Merger, Separate Visa Cards for Now

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Well, it’s now official. Alaska has won a “frenzied bidding war” with JetBlue according to the WSJ to buy Virgin America. Alaska will pay $57/share (a +47% premium on their most current closing price), valuing the deal at $2.6B. A person familiar with the jousting said it was “a fierce back and forth between the two sides,…

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Why an Alaska Airlines / Virgin America Merger Makes Sense as JetBlue Gets Outbid

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Much has been written about why JetBlue is the perfect suitor for Virgin America, but The Motley Fool shares three reasons why they feel that an Alaska/Virgin America merger would be a solid paring as well. Especially relevant given today’s news that Alaska has supposedly outbid JetBlue with a deal announcement coming as early as…

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BREAKING: Alaska (was) Honoring Old Emirates Redemption Rates and Giving Additional Points for Trouble…

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UPDATED Below Wow, my booking service – Juicy Miles, had two clients who were waiting for Starwood points to transfer over to Alaska when the Emirates redemption rates suddenly changed overnight with absolutely no notice. Those same flights are still available, but only at the new pricing (which is more than either client has…or is…

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This is Why I Am Not a Fan of Speculative Miles Purchases

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The only thing worst in the points and miles world than unannounced devaluations are devaluations that absolutely destroy the value of a specific rewards currency. That is exactly what happened this morning with Alaska Airlines for award bookings on partner Emirates. Sure, there are still great redemption options available with other Alaska partners but after…

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Delta to Alaska, Virgin America, & Frontier: Quit Complaining, We Paid Our Dues in NYC

Last month, Alaska, Allegiant, Frontier, Spirit, and Virgin America wrote to the US Transportation Secretary and the Federal Aviation Administration administrator to urge the regulators to update the slot management program at NYC’s EWR, JFK, and LGA airports. Delta’s executive vice president / chief legal officer has now responded, claiming that the airline worked (and paid)…

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