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Breaking: United Flight Diverted to Shannon After Bomb Threat Found Onboard

United flight 971 en route from Rome to Chicago O’Hare diverted to Shannon, Ireland after a bomb threat was discovered in one of the aircraft’s lavatories. The crew declared an emergency at approximately 12:45 p.m. off the coast of Ireland. The Boeing 767-300 aircraft – with 214 passengers and crew onboard – landed in Shannon…

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Citi TYP to Asia Miles Transfer Bonus — Last Chance Before June 22 Devaluation

Is this perhaps the most underhyped promo of the year? Citi is currently (and has been for the past several days) offering a 15% transfer bonus for ThankYou Rewards point transfers to Cathay Pacific Asia Miles, which can be used to book award flights on dozens of airlines around the world. The value of this…

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United Begins Boeing 737 MAX 9 Service, Including 7-Hour Route

United Airlines started service on a brand new airplane yesterday, becoming the first North American airline to operate the new Boeing 737 MAX 9. The MAX 9 is the newest version of Boeing’s stretched, retooled and refreshed 737, the best-selling aircraft in the world in service since 1968. United also ordered 100 of the MAX…

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Flying Norwegian This Summer? Beware of Surprising Aircraft Swaps

If you booked a flight on Norwegian this summer, prepare for a potential surprise. While Norwegian’s state-of-the-art Boeing 787 Dreamliners feature the latest technology in entertainment, Wi-Fi, and cabin pressure, you might end up with a plane that looks more like the image at right. Norwegian passengers who get moved onto an inferior plane should…

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Alaska Joins the Club In Simplifying “Shapeless Blob” Boarding

Alaska follows recent announcements from American and United in changing its boarding process. Begining July 18, Alaska will roll out a simplified boarding process for its “guests” (passengers).  According to Alaska’s blog:  At one point or another, you’ve probably seen a big queue of people – let’s be honest, sometimes it’s just a shapeless blob…

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United Tweaks Boarding Process (Again), but Will It Work?

You are not alone when feeling like airlines are constantly reinventing the boarding process. Groups, zones, lanes, and…why does everyone seem to have priority boarding?  While the basic design of an airplane has not changed in well over half a century, airlines are still tinkering with the most basic aspect of the travel experience: boarding. American…

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