Chinese Carriers Cleared to Increase U.S. Flights
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by Joe Cortez
1d ago
  Reuters reports the U.S. Department of Transportation has cleared an increase of weekly round trips by Chinese carriers to 50 starting on March 31, 2024.   Move Opens Up China Travel Ahead of Summer Season Currently, Chinese carriers are only allowed to have 35 round trip flights weekly between their home country and the United States. When the number of flights increases at the end of March, it will represent one-third of the pre-pandemic high of 150 weekly round trips per airline.   In a statement, the Transportation Department says the move “is a significant step forward in ..read more
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Marriott Bonvoy: Use Points for Taylor Swift Tickets
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by Joe Cortez
1d ago
  The hospitality giant announced a sweepstakes to get into the show, along with multiple ticket sales for Marriott Bonvoy points.   Taylor Swift Tickets Available Through Marriott Bonvoy Moments Marriott – a touring sponsor of The Eras Tour in select cities – is offering the promotion in two phases. First is a sweepstakes with multiple ways to win.   The grand prize allows the winner and a friend to see Taylor at three different tour stops in Europe, the United States, and Canada. Each four-day, three-night trip includes airfare, hotel accommodations, concert tickets, and a Mar ..read more
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Ryanair Looks at Schedule Cuts Due to Cut Boeing 737 MAX Production
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by Joe Cortez
1d ago
  Reuters reports airline leadership is looking at the cuts after the aerospace giant could not commit to previously scheduled deliveries for the airline.   Ryanair Could Experience “Minor Cuts,” Reducing Expected Passenger Load by 5 Million After a Boeing 737 MAX operated by Alaska Airlines experienced a door plug blowout, the Federal Aviation Administration increased scrutiny over production. As a result, Ryanair says the company informed them they would not receive the 57 Boeing MAX 8 airframes due in the summer of 2024.   “We don’t really know how many aircraft we’re going t ..read more
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Marriott Opens New Partnership, Limited-Time Status Match with Cathay Pacific
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by Joe Cortez
2d ago
  The hospitality giant and airline announced a new partnership with Cathay Membership program, the loyalty arm of Cathay Pacific.   Partnership Offers Reciprocal Status Match Across Both Programs Under the agreement, members not only get a limited-time status match across both programs, but also the opportunity to earn more points through a seamless two-way conversion between hotel points and airline miles.   Starting immediately, travelers can transfer their points to either program. Two Asia Miles convert to one Marriott Bonvoy point with a minimum transfer of 2,000 Asia Mile ..read more
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Oneworld Debuts New Lounge in Amsterdam Schiphol
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by Joe Cortez
5d ago
  As seen on the FlyerTalk forums, FlyerTalker SleepySynapse was one of the first to visit the new oneworld lounge after it opened on Wednesday, February 21, 2024.   “The New Lounge Has Certainly Been Worth the Wait” With a capacity of 118, the new space at Shiphol is open to flyers aboard any oneworld member airline on a first class or business class ticket, as well as Sapphire Tier or Emerald Tier oneworld elites. The lounge is only the second alliance branded space to open in the world, with the first opening weeks before at Seoul Incheon Airport (ICN).   Located in the non-S ..read more
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IHG Launches New Midscale Brand with Garner
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by Joe Cortez
5d ago
  The company announced the launch of Garner hotels, described as a space with “easy going stays that get you on your way.”   Garner Plans for 500 Hotels in U.S. by 2034 Since the return to travel after the pandemic, hotels are expanding into the midscale hotel space. Announced in August 2023, the newest brand plans to expand to 500 U.S. hotels in the next decade.   Focused on smaller hotels converting from another brand to the IHG imprint, the first hotel opened in December near Seattle. Since then, several smaller hotels have also opened along the way, including a 63-room hote ..read more
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Air Canada Partners with Landline for Expanded Network Reach
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by Joe Cortez
6d ago
  The Canadian flag carrier announced they will begin offering luxury coach service from Toronto to Hamilton and Waterloo starting in May 2024.   Hamilton and Waterloo Coaches Part of a Potential Bigger Expansion The pilot program will begin with six non-stop round-trips from Toronto Pearson International Airport to two smaller airports in the region: John C. Munro Hamilton International Airport (YHM) and Region of Waterloo International Airport (YKF), due southwest of the airport. Flyers will check in normally at their departure point, getting boarding passes for both their bus and ..read more
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American Limits Ways to Earn Miles, Increases Baggage Fees
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by Joe Cortez
6d ago
  The Fort Worth-based carrier announced the changes taking effect on May 1, 2024 on their website.   Earnings Limited to Direct Purchases, Business Members, and Preferred Travel Agencies Prior to the announced changes, flyers could earn both American AAdvantage miles and loyalty points from spending regardless of where they booked travel. Starting in May 2024, American’s loyalty program will look more like those of their hotel counterparts.   When the changes take effect, flyers will only have three eligible travel channels to earn rewards. The primary route is direct through A ..read more
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SAS Teases EuroBonus Members with “Destination Unknown”
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by Joe Cortez
1w ago
  Over 1,000 flyers are taking that chance aboard SAS, after the carrier announced their “Destination Unknown” promotion.   Mystery Flight Opened to Flyers at 30,000 Points per Seat SAS announced the promotion through their mobile app on February 12, 2024. For 24 hours, flyers could enter a lottery to reserve their seat aboard the mystery tour. Each seat costs 30,000 EuroBonus points, to be withdrawn once the flyer’s ticket has been confirmed. The flight will depart from and return to Copenhagen Airport (CPH).   Immediately, the airline said over 1,000 flyers signed up for “Dest ..read more
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IATA Chief Backs Boeing Leadership
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by Joe Cortez
1w ago
  In comments to Reuters, International Air Transport Association director general Willie Walsh affirmed his belief in Boeing CEO Dave Calhoun, despite the continued issues with the 737 MAX project.   Walsh: “I’m Confident That [Calhoun] Will Fix It.” The comments came before the Singapore Air Show, Asia’s biggest commercial aviation trade show. The stakes at this year’s show may be higher, as the Chinese state-owned COMAC is displaying their competitor to the 737, The C919.   When asked about Boeing’s continued issues – including the 737 MAX-9 door plug blowout in January 2024 ..read more
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