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FAA Discovers Flaw in How Boeing 737 MAX Pilots are Supposed to Respond to MCAS Problems

Jun 26 2019

The FAA has been trying to get other countries on board with re-certifying the Boeing 737 MAX. Some industry leaders, such as American Airlines CEO Doug Parker, are so confident and ready to see the plane back in the skies that they attribute delay to political gamesmanship.

However one new wrinkle has been uncovered in Boeing’s quest to have the aircraft re-certified.

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How Much Are Southwest Airlines Points Worth?

Jun 26 2019

Generally speaking the cost of an award ticket is the base airfare times 78. That makes a Southwest Airlines point worth 1.28 cents apiece. However Rapid Rewards redemptions aren’t subject to most taxes, including the 7.5% excise tax on domestic airfares and airport charges. When you factor in the tax savings each Rapid Rewards point buys you 1.5 cents apiece in travel.

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How Bad Was American’s Operation Last Week?

Jun 26 2019

For the week of June 7 – 13, despite a company-wide push for exact on time departures for years and operational changes meant to improve the airline’s reliability they only managed to hit D0 57.8% of the time. That to me is horrible, even if their goal was only 64.2% (‘the soft bigotry of low expectations’).

The airline told employees that the week of June 14 – 20 “was equally as challenging as” the prior week.

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IHG’s New Most Expensive Awards May Be 100,000 Points Per Night

Jun 26 2019

On the one hand a new highest price is always concerning, since it creates a path for other hotels to creep up in price as well. On the other hand these properties aren’t ‘really’ part of IHG, and perhaps the agreement that brought them into the chain just makes them expensive (IHG has to overpay to get these redemption nights, and is charging members accordingly).

Nonetheless prices of 75,000 and 100,000 points per night are concerning to say the least.

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Use Chase Points to Qualify for Top Tier Hyatt Status in as Few as 10 Nights

Jun 25 2019

Hyatt is offering double elite qualifying night credit at Hyatt Ziva and Hyatt Zilara-branded all-inclusive resort properties when you stay and check out between August 1 and November 23, 2019.

That new offer has been shared fairly broadly, but I was waiting to cover it while I got something confirmed. First let me offer two points that may be obvious but are worth reminding, and then a more interesting and less obvious point.

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