American Expected to Further Gut its Partnership With Alaska Airlines

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Jul 19 2019

This makes little sense from an American Airlines standpoint. The airline has largely walked away from the New York market and has only a limited presence in the Bay Area and Pacific Northwest. It’s unclear why they’d want to reduce their relevance to Bay Area customers even further, as Delta builds up not just Seattle but a focus city in ex-American Airlines hub San Jose.

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Are British Airways First Class Passengers About to Start Asking to Downgrade, Because Business is Better?

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Jul 19 2019

BA is introducing their first refurbished Boeing 777 with business class suites with doors October 27th flying London Heathrow – New York JFK, The Boeing 777 has first class, and will continue to in the new configuration.

However BA’s current first class seat is wholly uncompetitive. The current first class product has no doors for privacy, while the new business class will offer this.

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KLM Publicly Opposes Breastfeeding, Same Sex Couples Holding Hands

Jul 19 2019

Boy what a rough past week for KLM in social media as a result of three separate instances of self-pwnage.

The first incident is dumb, airlines don’t question the safety of air travel, that’s been a basic rule since the earliest days. However the second and third instances may be more revealing than they may seem at first blush — culturally and institutionally rather than saying something unique to the airline itself.

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Chase Points Transfers are Earning IHG Rewards Club Status

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Jul 18 2019

I wouldn’t go transferring over 75,000 points to earn IHG’s top Spire Elite status, since the opportunity cost of those points is quite high. It could make sense to top off an account that has already earned quite a few points in order to get there. And you could use IHG’s status to status match to another hotel chain though bear in mind that Hyatt doesn’t currently match this way.

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New Best Ever Offer for American Express Hilton Surpass Card

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Jul 18 2019

I think that very frequent business travelers do best with Marriott — or even better with Hyatt if they can make the smaller chain’s footprint work. However for folks who get their status with a credit card Hilton is unbeatable.

I wrote a month and a half ago that American Express would be renaming their ‘Honors Ascend Card’ to bring back the old Hilton Honors American Express Surpass Card name. Well, they’ve done so and they’ve done it with the best-ever initial bonus for the card.

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United, American and Delta CEOs are Meeting With President Trump This Afternoon to Pick Your Pockets

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Jul 18 2019

Impossible to Parody. The CEOs of United, Delta, and American are meeting with President Trump this afternoon to promote protectionism and argue that the U.S. should abrogate its treaty obligations with the U.A.E. and Qatar because those smaller airlines receive subsidies from their home countries — an argument the carriers have spent the past four years making without credibility or success.

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