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China Will Experiment Letting Airlines Set Their Own Prices

China is beginning to liberalize in much the same way the US did 40 years ago. In 1976 two years prior to deregulation the Civil Aeronautics Board ‘experimented with price competition‘. China is doing that, allowing airlines to set their own prices on about 300 routes: ‘domestic routes that have at least five carriers competing.‘ Continue reading China Will Experiment Letting Airlines Set Their Own Prices...

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American Airlines Gets Played By Delta - Again

American Airlines keeps playing Delta‘s ‘greater fool‘. The biggest move was giving up their reach into India and the surrounding region, tricked by Delta. in a play that helps Delta and no one else. This time they‘ve been put in check by Delta in China. Continue reading American Airlines Gets Played By Delta Again...

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Etihad Almost Bought the Worst Airline in the World

Pakistan International Airlines is the worst airline in the world. Best known for sacrificing a goat for safety and flying with more passengers than seats (and making customers stand for 1700 miles), the airline‘s CEO was actually detained as a result of his efforts to provide good seats and service by wet leasing aircraft from SriLankan. Continue reading Etihad Almost Bought the Worst Airline in the World...

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American CEO Doug Parker: At Least We‘re Not Attaching Crew Seats to the Lavatory Doors

Over the weekend I wrote about problems with American‘s Boeing 737 MAX and in particular "design flaws" with the lavatory. It was revealing to me that American Airlines CEO Doug Parker says he hasn‘t flown on the controversial plane. I shared this QA with an employee who described the 737 Max as "Mini." Continue reading American CEO Doug Parker: At Least We‘re Not Attaching Crew Seats to the Lavatory Doors...

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EVA Air‘s Bold Vision With Their New Safety Video Was to Create Actual Art

Star Alliance member EVA Air is out with a new safety video that they say took three months of planning and rehearsing -- and which they view as art ("EVA Makes Inflight Safety a Work of Art"). Continue reading EVA Air‘s Bold Vision With Their New Safety Video Was to Create Actual Art...

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American Airlines Will Extend Elite Benefits to Fliggy Customers

American has a new play in Chinese distribution. China‘s Alibaba Group has an online travel service called Fliggy. American Airlines is launching an online travel store on Fliggy, and extending elite benefits to Fliggy‘s elite customers. Continue reading American Airlines Will Extend Elite Benefits to Fliggy Customers...

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The Psychology of Getting Someone Started With Miles and Points

I was e-mailing with Stephen M. about his son‘s credit card strategy, credit score, and options. He observed that he‘s been focused on getting the most from rewards ‘for at least 8 years‘ but "it is kind of funny, I tell people who travel a lot about it, but very few do it seriously." When frequent flyer programs began in the U.S. programs would give you 5000 miles if you spent all your points. That‘s because they

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Marriott Removes Banned Book From Chinese Hotel

Marriott had to take down their website and mobile app after Shanghai authorities were notified the hotel company listed Tibet and Taiwan as separate countries on a survey. Then after a Marriott employee working the Marriott Rewards twitter account ‘liked‘ a tweet by Friends of Tibet the company was letting everyone know that employee was being fired rather than the usual corporate response of not commenting on personnel matters. Cont

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Cathay Pacific Credit Card Increases Bonus, Adds First Year Fee Waiver for Limited Time

Cathay Pacific launched its new US credit card back in February. It‘s issued by Synchrony Bank. Initially the signup bonus on the card was 25,000 points after 2500 spend within 90 days for this 95 annual fee card. In late summer they ran a 50,000 point signup offer. Today they launched a new offer for the card which bonuses all foreign transaction spend: 35,000 miles after 2500 spend within 90 days and a 0 annual fee the first year. Continu

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Aeroflot Deported US Citizens - To India, Because Racism?

Aeroflot cancelled flight SU102 from Moscow to New York JFK on January 7. They offer 3 flights a day on the route, this is the second one, but they reported to passengers that flights were full. Transit without visa through the Moscow airport is only permitted for 24 hours.... Continue reading Aeroflot Deported US Citizens To India, Because Racism?...

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Avianca LifeMiles Will Expire in 12 Months, Only Accrual (Not Redemption) Will Extend

Star Alliance member Avianca‘s LifeMiles program is useful for frequently reasonable redemptions, no fuel surcharges, and regularly selling miles on the cheap. Miles have expired after 24 months of account inactivity, and until now any activity has been enough to reset the clock. Starting April 15th they‘re revising the rules to say miles expire after 12 months and only earning more miles resets the clock, not redeeming miles. Cont

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Redeeming Miles Will No Longer Reset Expiration of an Avianca LifeMiles Account

Star Alliance member Avianca‘s LifeMiles program is useful for frequently reasonable redemptions, no fuel surcharges, and regularly selling miles on the cheap. Miles expire after 24 months of account inactivity, and until now any activity has been enough to reset the clock. Starting April 15th they‘re revising the rules to say only earning more miles resets the clock, not redeeming miles. Continue reading Redeeming Miles Will No Lo

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5 Things I Love About the Hyatt Visa

I‘ve been a Hyatt Visa cardholder almost since the product first launched. I‘m a top tier Hyatt frequent guest, and I keep the card because each year it gives me a free night that‘s worth far more than the cost of the card. Here are 5 things I love about the product: Continue reading 5 Things I Love About the Hyatt Visa...

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New Top 5 No Annual Fee Card Launched With Rich Benefits

PenFed Credit Union has just launched its own new travel rewards-focused card: the PenFed Pathfinder Rewards American Express Card. This card is benefits-rich versus being the best for spend, though it‘s reasonably strong there too for a no annual fee card. Continue reading New Top 5 No Annual Fee Card Launched With Rich Benefits...

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American Express Opening Centurion Lounge in New York JFK‘s Terminal 4

American Express is opening a Centurion lounge at New York JFK‘s terminal 4 in early 2019. It will be the largest Centurion lounge yet and they promise "new amenities" on top of standard Centurion lounge offerings. Continue reading American Express Opening Centurion Lounge in New York JFK‘s Terminal 4...

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Man Denied Boarding British Airways Flight for Wearing Too Much Clothing

We‘ve seen cases of passengers being kicked off flights for showing too much cleavage, one woman even got a Playboy spread after being kicked off of Southwest Airlines. I‘m not sure I can recall anyone ever being kicked off a flight for wearing too much clothing, unless of course it was Naked Air. Continue reading Man Denied Boarding British Airways Flight for Wearing Too Much Clothing...

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Man Kicked Off British Airways Flight for Wearing Too Much Clothing

We‘ve seen cases of passengers being kicked off flights for showing too much cleavage, one woman even got a Playboy spread after being kicked off of Southwest Airlines. I‘m not sure I can recall anyone ever being kicked off a flight for wearing too much clothing, unless of course it was Naked Air. Continue reading Man Kicked Off British Airways Flight for Wearing Too Much Clothing...

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British Airways Plane Taken Out of Service for Bed Bugs When Crew Refuse to Fly

It was only just Saturday when I wrote about a British Airways business class passenger discovering bed bugs on his London - Cape Town flight. I wrote about bed bugs on a BA flight back in October too. Now there‘s a new story out about British Airways having to cancel a flight from London Heathrow to Accra, Ghana because cabin crew refused to work the aircraft due to the presence of bed bugs. Continue reading British Airways Plane Taken Ou

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