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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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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Introducing Sam Roecker, New Contributor

  Check-In  Had genetics worked in my favor, I would have become a Major League Baseball pitcher. Fair ball? No, fare bucket. Clearly, sports weren’t my thing; memorizing United’s evening bank of departures from Stapleton (Denver) was of far greater interest. Some kids collect Pokémon cards, others collect 500-mile upgrade certificates. Only the essentials in…

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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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