Points And Miles Devaluations Accelerated in 2017, A Trend Unlikely To Change

The pace at which airline miles are losing their redemption value accelerated in 2017 by most frequent flier accounts. While overall valuations have yet to catch up, two sneaky and previously undisclosed valuations at Delta Air Lines should be cautiously considered a bellweather for a much more austere future in points and miles redemptions. Delta’s…

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2017 in Review: Better Voluntary Bump Compensation

United is raising the limit on compensation offered to passengers who volunteer to make alternative arrangements.

With devaluations, Basic Economy expansion, more fees, or even #PRFails, we often focus on the cutbacks and failures in the aviation industry. But of course, many of these negative events or changes have led to public outcry or widespread coverage. These reactions often highlight an existing problem, and airlines have been implementing some positive changes…

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U.S. Airlines Left The 747 Behind in 2017; What They Replace It With Matters

United Airlines' Boeing 747. Source: United Airlines

There’s been a lot written in 2017 on the maligned and anticipated retirement of the Boeing 747 from U.S. airlines this year. A big driver of coverage (including this author’s) has been the nostalgia around the plane, which has afforded fliers an incomparable experience of grandeur and comfort since its introduction nearly 40 years ago.…

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2017 Was A Great Year For (Cash Paying) Business Class Fliers

Perhaps 2017 was the year that business class began to eclipse previous conceptions of premium service, surpassing first class service U.S. fliers anticipated less than a decade ago. Three dramatic developments did not fail to impress even the most cantankerous fliers. United’s much anticipated (and on most routes still anticipated) rollout of the new Polaris…

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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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Review: Aloft Abu Dhabi

A Week in the Gulf: QR J, EK J, Qatar, Oman, and the UAE Introduction, Planning, and Booking Qatar Airways JFK Check-in and British Airways Galleries Lounge Review Qatar Airways A350 Business Class JFK-DOH 24 Hours in Doha DOH oneworld Business Class Lounge and Qatar Airways Economy Class DOH-MCT Grand Hyatt Muscat Review MCT Priority…

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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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