Days Left 300K Hilton Points + 100K AmEx Plat Offer, No Fee Ultimate Reward Offers, & 230K AAdvantage Miles

Hilton and American Express Offer Up to 300,000 points including a no-fee option As you’re likely aware, AmEx became the sole Hilton card issuer after Citi and Hilton ended their relationship. To win over new customers, AmEx has released many fantastic sign-up offers including 100-125K bonuses for the Hilton Honors Ascend Card and The Hilton…

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Mixed Feelings on the Reconfigured United 757-300

Reconfigured Boeing 757-300 Aircraft United Airlines operates a small fleet of 21 757-300 (753) aircraft, a high-density domestic workhouse flying primarily on hub-to-hub and leisure-heavy routes. United announced last December it would install slimline seats on the stretched 757 variant, increasing capacity by 21 seats. Nine of United’s 757-300’s have been reconfigured to also include the new(ish)…

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Will Austin Become Delta’s Fourth Focus City?

Unitiform Vignettes during the Delta Runway Reveal

View From the Wing reported yesterday that Delta will upgrade Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (AUS) to a focus city. If true, Austin will join Boston (BOS), Cincinnati (CVG), and Raleigh-Durham (RDU) as Delta’s fourth focus city. A focus city operates like a mini-hub with additional point-to-point flights beyond the carrier’s hubs. Delta’s Focus City Initiative Delta…

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Cathay Pacific Partner Awards Go Completely Dark

Dragonair will officially be rebranded as Cathay Dragon, effective November 21, 2016.

Cathay Pacific is transitioning to a new points/mileage award seat redemption chart, and for the past two days the airline’s seats have entirely disappeared from award results queries made through partners British Airways and Qantas. This may affect those attempting to redeem certain frequent flyer miles, including American AAdvantage, or credit card rewards points for…

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KLM Introduces New Economy Meal Service

Finally some positive news for economy passengers! KLM Royal Dutch Airlines introduced a new service concept for economy class passengers on longhaul flights. New Meals on Longhaul Flights Passengers will receive a bottle of water, refreshing towel, and headphones at the start of every intercontinental flight. On daytime flights departing Amsterdam, passengers will be able…

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“Aviation Watchdog” Audits Are No Cause for Concern

Federal Aviation Administration Audit of Southwest Airlines

“Aviation Watchdog” to Audit FAA Oversight of Southwest Airlines The Office of Inspector General for the US Department of Transportation said Wednesday it will audit the FAA’s safety oversight of Southwest Airlines. The announcement comes two months after a Southwest flight suffered an engine failure, resulting in the first passenger fatality in the US since…

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Norwegian Experiencing Problems on Hi Fly, Wamos and EuroAtlantic Wet Leases

Norwegian Air Shuttle passengers on certain routes should be aware of potential cancellations and delays in light of difficulties with replacing aircraft undergoing repair. Two weeks ago Point Me To The Plane warned about the outsourcing of the below Norwegian routes to other European carriers, and what that would mean for travelers expecting to fly…

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American Airlines’ New Strategy: Just Give Up — Editorial

An American Airlines 737-800 in Montréal. Photo by Alexandre Gouger, used with permission.

Over the past few months, it appears that American Airlines — the world’s largest airline by passenger volume — has taken a thrifty corporate mentality to a new level. When faced with the possibility of competing with other airlines to satisfy and win over consumers, American now employs the ancient survival strategy used by rodents…

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How To Get To Athens For (Almost) Free Using Points And Miles

Per The New York Times, Athens is enjoying high times after a long debt-crisis induced slump. The city’s status as a global cultural hub is unperturbed, and nightlife is rich. There are only a few airlines that serve Athens nonstop, so flying on a points or miles itinerary likely will require some flexibility and connections.…

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