Etihad has announced big changes — cutbacks and new initiatives to raise more money from passengers.
Virgin Atlantic is 49% owned by Delta. It is no surprise that an already largely-mediocre program has been getting worse — first late last year and now announced for Delta earn and burn.
On the other hand it is only 49% owned by Delta so they still offer award charts and inform members in advance when they are devaluing the program.
After landing off my Etihad flight from Abu Dhabi I needed to connect in Melbourne to finally reach Sydney. First class award space on the non-stop Abu Dhabi – Sydney flight never opened, and I had decided to take this connection rather than Qantas A380 first class non-stop to Sydney from Dubai.
Hyatt is letting folks know that the signup bonus for the Hyatt Credit Card will be changing on June 29, 2017. Get in while you can.
Back in August I gave away 106 upgrades to AwardWallet Plus. I’ve updated this post on the first 2 things you should do when you’re new to the frequent flyer hobby with an unlimited number of free upgrades. See, these giveaways of premium AwardWallet membership were controversial…
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Boeing has talked about a possible new “middle of the market” jet, something between the largest 737 and the new smaller 787 widebodies, since at least 2003.
This plane would be a replacement for the Boeing 757, which often flies from the Northeast to Western Europe (and runs into challenges sometimes Westbound during winter, United’s Newark – Europe service has been said to operate focus cities in Goose Bay and Gander). Production of the 757 ended in 2004.
There are two lavatories at the front of business class and two lavatories at the back of business class. And there are two lavatories in the middle of the economy cabin.
Assuming that premium economy passengers are allowed to use the two lavatories at the back of business class, then there are 4 lavatories for 226 coach passengers or one lavatory per 56.5 passengers in back.
For a 13 hour flight though I will choose Etihad’s First Apartment over pretty much anything else every single time, and even adding a connection I’ll choose it over Qantas first. It’s not merely an academic argument that Etihad’s A380 has the best first class, it’s how I actually behave in practice when making flight choices.
United has taken away the ability for customers booking basic economy fares to check in online if they aren’t checking a bag.
This a restriction that United hasn’t told customers about during the booking process or elsewhere. And as @RyanRadia points out it directly contradicts what United says on its own website about online check-in.