When You Can Use the Lavatory Even When a Flight Attendant Says No (and How That Could Keep You Out of Jail)

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A video went viral this week of passengers being removed from a Delta flight from Minneapolis to Los Angeles. The flight returned to Minneapolis where it was met by police. Passengers cheers as a man and woman were led...

Cathay Pacific Stops Cleaning Its Planes So Often and Don’t Take Off Your Pants When You Fly

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News and notes from around the interweb: All the reasons rental cars suck are why Uber and Lyft are disrupting the industry (HT: Ryan C.) Cathay Pacific will reduce the frequency of deep cleaning of planes from every 14...

Earn Points for Your Free Visits to Airport Lounges

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Plaza Premium airport lounges are mostly found in Asia, but are also in the Mideast, UK, Canada and Brazil. Airlines often contract with them for lounge access, so business class and sometimes elite passengers are welcomed. And you can...

Free Miles to Book American Awards at the ‘Old’ Prices and Transatlantic Business for 37,000 Miles Roundtrip

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Delta Pilot Turns Down Air Traffic Control Instructions To Take Photo of Trump’s Plane

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I’m really not sure how I missed this. N757AF is Donald Trump’s Boeing 757. Here’s the plane receiving a water cannon salute. President Elect Trump may have issues with the projected cost of a Air Force One replacements but...

Airline Executives Resign After Drunk Pilot Stumbles Through Security, Slurs Predeparture Announcement

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The president director and operational director of SkyTeam member Garuda Indonesia’s low cost carrier Citilink have resigned after video surfaced of one of their pilots stumbling through airport security. No one stopped him. Security staff have to help him...

T-Mobile’s CEO Really Really Cares About His Room Service (Deleted Tweets)

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T-Mobile CEO John Legere, in a since-deleted tweet, declared to his 3.5 million followers that lack of a full room service menu overnight at the W Hoboken is ‘cray’. He apparently private messaged the @SPGAssist twitter account. He did...

You Can Now Book China Southern, China Eastern, and Saudia First Class Awards Online

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The 10 Busiest Airline Routes in the World. None are in the US or Europe.

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Data for 2016 is now available from IATA and I find it fascinating what the 10 airline routes with the greatest capacity are for the year. Some of these I knew, like the South Korean domestic route between Seoul’s...

Cuts to Emirates First Class and Economy, and Man Gives Away His Miles for the Holidays

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News and notes from around the interweb: As Emirates reportedly slows hiring of flight attendants and defers Airbus A380 orders, and as Etihad lays off employees and unwinds some of its foreign airline investments, Qatar Airways moves forward with...

Chase Transfer Partner Korean Air Now Lets You Book SkyTeam Partner Awards Online

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Delayed Flight Diverts to Detroit, Puts Passengers on a Bus, Bus Breaks Down

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On Monday takeoff of Spirit Airlines flight NK440 from Fort Lauderdale to Cleveland was delayed 2 hours 5 minutes and then as it neared its destination diverted to Detroit due to weather. Now, Detroit – Cleveland is just a...

American AAdvantage Making Several Changes January 1 — and then More Changes Later in 2017

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American has several changes to the AAdvantage program going into effect January 1. More changes to the program will come later in 2017. And there have been hints of airline changes that will influence elite benefits further still. The...

I’ve Just Banned Someone From Commenting on This Blog. Did I Do The Right Thing?

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The only things I delete in the comments at View From The Wing are: Extreme offensiveness – racism, misogyny, graphic sexuality. Non-public information about individuals – the full name and address, for instance of another commenter who uses a...

We Should Stop Checking IDs as “Security” and Revenue-Based Frequent Flyer Programs Are Cutbacks

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News and notes from around the interweb: Virgin Australia could be taken private in 2017 Alaska Airlines reminds us that revenue-based mileage earning is about cutting marketing spend, not ‘doing more’ for your best customers. “I think it may...

New York – Paris Flight Diverts to Ireland So Passengers Can Use the Bathroom

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The Christmas Day departure of British Airways subsidiary OpenSkies flight BA8004 from Newark to Paris diverted to Shannon, Ireland for a bathroom break. All toilets on the plane failed over the Atlantic and with 172 people on board that’s...

The One Thing You Never Want to Eat in Coach and Another Nail in the Airbus A380

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News and notes from around the interweb: Free meals in economy weren’t particularly good so here’s this month’s reminder that you don’t really want them back: Virgin Australia passengers sick after being served smelly parmesan cheese sandwiches. (I once...

Pairing Amex Cards To Get Up to 20.6% Back On Your Spend

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Starwood Partnership With Virgin America Ending January 6, Transfer Points Now

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When transfers from Starwood to Virgin America briefly disappeared from the Starwood website a week ago it looked like a change without notice, the elimination of a partnership driven by Alaska’s acquisition of Virgin America. After all, it was...

Over 650 IHG Hotels Will Change Points Prices January 15. And Two-Thirds Get More Expensive (Mostly in the U.S.)

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IHG Rewards Club has posted a .pdf of hotels that will be changing rewards redemption category on January 15. About 650 hotels are changing category. Of those, about 75% are going to cost more points to redeem starting January...