Delta Plots ‘Pay With Miles’ Redemptions. Beginning of the End?

Delta Air Lines President Glen Hauenstein said something in this week’s quarterly earnings call that could send chills up the spine of points and miles travel hackers, “Pay with Miles”. Buried in a monologue about the airline’s increased premium seat revenue and expanded premium economy offerings, Hauenstein mentioned that SkyMiles members will have “the ability…

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AMEX 70,000 Delta SkyMiles Bonus Is Back, But…

American Express has upped the bonus offer on the Delta Platinum Business SkyMiles credit card back to 70,000 SkyMiles, but has changed the rules to qualify. The card isn’t just for formal business owners, but anyone who has self employment income, a consulting business or even a side job. New cardholders will earn an automatic 35,000…

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American Airlines Joins Straw Elimination Brigade

The same week that Hyatt and Starbucks broke plans to forever dump plastic drink straws, American Airlines boarded the same bandwagon. AA will stop providing plastic straws for in-flight drinks and cocktails, or in Admirals Club lounges, by November, according to The Points Guy. While straws will become a special-request item at Hyatt locations, American…

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Call Fuel Surcharges What They Are: Fares — Editorial

British Airways' World Traveller (Economy) Cabin onboard the Boeing 777-300ER. Source: British Airways

Airlines are increasingly charging frequent flyers to redeem earned miles for flights. The additional charges go by many names, including fuel surcharges, but under many measures they appear to function just like cash fares. In ancient times, airlines gave their frequent flyers completely free tickets. For every certain number of miles flown, travelers got a…

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Amex Platinum Holders Now Get $100 at Saks Fifth Avenue

American Express is offering Platinum Card holders a new perk: $100 in annual shopping credit at Saks Fifth Avenue. Like the Monthly Uber credit, cardholders will get up to $100 in automatic statement credit for purchases at Saks, split into two $50 windows. One $50 credit will apply from January through June, the second will apply from July…

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Delta Kicks Premium Select Passengers Out of First Class (Sad)

Delta Premium Select premium economy cabins

Delta Air Lines is no longer putting Premium Select premium economy passengers who purchase cashtickets  in first class on domestic connections. Instead, cash Premium Select tickets now for sale on delta.com show only Delta Comfort+ seating on domestic legs. Delta Comfort+ is Delta’s brand name for economy seats with extra legroom. Comfort+ passengers also get…

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Groundbreaking: Air New Zealand Will Serve The ‘Impossible Burger’ in Business

The Impossible Burger, engineered to act like a hamburger without the ingredient of dead cattle, is now available on Air New Zealand's LAX flights.

If you haven’t heard of the Impossible Burger by now, check in. The burger has roughly the same flavor, texture and nutritional profile of an Angus beef patty, but is made without a single slaughtered cow. If you must, fly business class on Air New Zealand this fall: they’re serving the revolutionary patty. Air New…

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