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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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Review: Simmer Down, Delta’s 767 Business Class Is Actually Pretty Good

There’s something about all this frequent flyer business that can make the best of us a bit picky. Today’s case in point is the most prevelant but often-hated business class seat (a.k.a. Delta One) in Delta Air Lines’ enormous fleet. Despite an extensive design effort spanning years, the seat is widely loathed in travel blog…

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Breaking: Fiji Airways Named First Partner in New oneworld Connect Program

oneworld revealed its newest program, oneworld connect, at the 2018 IATA Summit in Sydney. Fiji Airways is set to become the first member of the new ‘membership lite’ alliance agreement. Designed to be less complicated than the full membership process, each oneworld connect partner will need just three sponsoring members in the 13-airline alliance. Fiji Airways is…

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World of Hyatt Actually Improves Elite Benefits. No Catch!

Rendering of an Explorist Card with World of Hyatt

Point Me To The Plane Writer Sam Roecker contributed to this story. World of Hyatt members will soon enjoy more time to use their elite benefits, including suite upgrades and lounge passes, according to the company’s elite policies. It appears these changes are an unmitigated positive improvement for frequent travelers in the program. Upgrades were…

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Qantas, Air New Zealand To Codeshare Most Major Domestic Routes

Qantas New Livery on the 787. Source: Qantas

Qantas and Air New Zealand are forming a codeshare agreement that will allow the airlines to share seats on nearly every regularly serviced domestic route in both Australia and New Zealand. The Australian flag carrier is adding its code to 30 Air New Zealand domestic routes, according to an airline communique released Friday morning. At…

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Air France Makes It More Difficult To Search Award Availability

One of the best tricks to finding often pesky SkyTeam (think Delta Skymiles) frequent flier mileage awards has been the Air France website. Unlike Delta, Air France’s website shows connecting flights between almost all SkyTeam carriers, including China Airlines, Vietnam Airlines and Kenya Airways, and also more readily shows availability on trips that involve more than one…

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Alaska to Remove Plastic Straws & Picks from Cups On-Board & Lounges – Swapped for Marine-Friendly Stir Sticks

Are you a green flyer? No, I’m not talking about the color of your skin or whether or not you celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day. I’m talking about Alaska Airlines new plan to ditch plastic straws in favor of marine-friendly stir sticks. Alaska Airlines wants us all to be stirred to action!  On Monday, the airline announced…

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