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Pilots Say Electronics Ban Makes Planes Unsafe and New Singapore Plane With No Coach


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News and notes from around the interweb: Come to the May 30th DC area frequent flyer meet-up! European Cockpit Association, representing 38.000 pilots from 37 European states, expresses serious safety concerns resulting from electronics bans (HT: Reid F) With...

Pilot Under Investigation for Allowing Woman to Join Him in Cockpit Alone


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A Chinese woman on Pakistan International Airlines flight PK853 from Tokyo to Beijing spent over two hours in the cockpit including time alone with just the pilot, staying there for landing. I’ve made the case that PIA is the...

Hyatt Has a Giant New Hole in its Loyalty Program, and I Don’t Know If They Can Fill It


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When I heard that Jeff Zidell who runs Hyatt’s loyalty program was leaving the company, I didn’t jump to post about loyalty program news instead I was just sad to learn news about a friend (whether it’s good or...

Five Bonus Offers Not to Miss This Month


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Credit card bonuses boost your balances quickly, in some cases a single credit card can get you more than one flight or a premium cabin flight. Get one yourself, get one for your travel companion, and you’re booking award...

UH OH: Delta Already Has Signs for Electronics Ban on Flights to US from Europe, Says Ban Started Today


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SFO 1K photographed a Delta sign, all professionally produced, announcing the electronics ban has begun on flights from Europe to the U.S. The electronics ban is not in fact in effect, however it was expected to be apparently even...

11 Surprising Things I Learned About the World’s Airlines Today


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Many of things I probably knew and yet digging through data still found them surprising. American Airlines has the second most aircraft on order (still!) of any airline in the world, behind only Indonesian low cost carrier Lion Air’s...

Love & Hip Hop Star Booted from Delta Flight For Boarding With Glass of Wine In Hand


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Basic principles: Airline flights aren’t “BYO.” If the demands the alcohol you brought on board to drink, you had better give it up. You can buy alcohol post-security, such as at duty free. (And Memphis airport is going to...

Alaska Airlines Offers Elite Status Extensions and How to Know an Airline CEO is Lying


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News and notes from around the interweb: Mark Calvey reports that Alaska Airlines is allowing Virgin America first class passengers to access their lounges (as they do Alaska Airlines paid/award but not upgrade first class). With the US contemplating...

TSA Lying to the White House? Behavior Detection Officers Not Redeployed to Front Line Screening


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The TSA has had employees roaming the airports watching passengers, using their spidey senses to figure out who might be a terrorist. They get a couple of weeks of training — not a graduate degree — and the training...

American Handed Out Big Raises to Employees, Can We Count on Promised Improvements In Customer Service?


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A week and a half ago American unilaterally offered raises to pilots and flight attendants before contracts were up. Over three years this costs the airline an extra billion dollars. American’s CEO Doug Parker sees this as a one...

Five $100 Hotel Nights Earns a $700 Free Night and Get Compensation for Missed Flights From an Airport


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News and notes from around the interweb: Five $100 hotel nights gets a free $700 hotel night Lawsuit against United over severance paid to Jeff Smisek the CEO involved in buying off the chair of the Port Authority of...

Brand New Biggest Ever Limited Time Signup Bonuses for American AAdvantage Credit Cards


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I receive compensation for many links on this blog. You don’t have to use these links, but I am grateful to you if you do. American Express, Citibank, Chase, and other banks are advertising partners of this site. Any...

Why United is Uncompetitive, and Their Only Hope is Ignorant Customers Who Don’t Know Their Choices


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Three months ago United Airlines started selling highly restrictive ‘basic economy fares’ on a test bases on routes between Minneapolis St. Paul and the airline’s hubs. These fares don’t allow advance seat assignments, ticket changes, or a full sized...

Air Canada Launching New Frequent Flyer Program in 2020, Ditching Exclusive Deal With Aeroplan


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Aeroplan announced last night that discussions with Air Canada on extending their relationship had broken down. Air Canada announced this morning that it’s going to launch its own new loyalty program when Aeroplan exclusivity ends in June 2020. The...

Customs Even Worse Than TSA? Hazes Officers on ‘Rape Table’ to the Theme from Jackass


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We give up our traveling freedoms in the name of security, even skeptics say ‘well of course we want 100% safety’ but occasionally criticize certain measures that do literally nothing to improve security or are actually counterproductive. When in...

Know Your Benefits: Amex Platinum Medical Evacuation Claim on Award Ticket Saves $275,000


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Reader Arthur‘s parents were in Singapore on an award trip he helped to book using Membership Rewards points transferred to Singapore Airlines Krisflyer. Taxes were paid with his father’s American Express Platinum card. They flew Atlanta – New York...

Laptop Ban Announcement Expected Tomorrow for Flights from Europe to US


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On Monday I wrote that the electronics ban on flights to the U.S. from certain Mideast airports could be extended to European flights, with an announcement coming not earlier than today. European security officials are saying the decision is...

The Powerpoint Slide American CEO Doug Parker Wishes He Had Never Shown


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American Airlines revealed last week that they’ll be introducing the worst, least comfortable seats in the history of US legacy airlines. The distance from seat back to seat back in coach will be as tight as 29 inches, down...

All The Cuteness You Need: Toronto Airport Rescues Baby Raccoon


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Passengers waiting at baggage claim at Toronto Pearson airport Friday afternoon discovered a baby raccoon peaking out from the ceiling tiles above the luggage carousels. At Toronto Pearson Airport, we spotted this little fellow checking to see who had...

American Will Offer Less Legroom, But Don’t Worry You Get Less Comfortable Seats and No Seatback Video Too!


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BoardingArea blogger and teenager The Unaccompanied Flyer interviewed American Airlines CEO Doug Parker and asked about the airline’s plans to squeeze more seats into Boeing 737s — meaning less legroom. They’re going from a 31 inch standard in regular...