The surprise news this month is the merger of Marriott and Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide. Members of both rewards programs–Marriott Rewards and Starwood Preferred Guest–are wondering what it will mean for them. Details are scarce, with both programs promising to release more information soon. Let’s take a look at what we know right now.
United Adds a Trio of Destinations From San Francisco
United Airlines is expanding its global reach with three new nonstop routes from San Francisco to Auckland, New Zealand; Xi’an, China; and Tel Aviv, Israel.
Use Free Stopovers on Alaska Airlines’ Partners
Alaska Airlines’ generous booking policies allow you to make one free stopover per one-way domestic award ticket, or two stopovers per roundtrip. But you also get free stopovers on award flights booked with Alaska’s excellent international airline partners, including Emirates, Cathay Pacific and Qantas.
A Trio of Hotel Offers to Boost Your Flying Blue Balance
Flying Blue, the frequent flyer program for Air France and KLM, is offering three ways to earn bonus miles when you stay at hotels around the world. So if you’re planning a holiday getaway, make your reservations count for a little more, and earn enough miles to take another trip in 2016.
JetBlue Goes Country With New Routes to Nashville
JetBlue has set its sights on Music City, USA, with the announcement that it will fly to Nashville from Boston and Fort Lauderdale. The nonstop flights will begin on May 5, 2016.
See the Pacific Northwest With Free Stopovers on Alaska Airlines
Alaska Airlines’ generous stopover policy allows you to take one stopover per one-way flight, or two per roundtrip, without adding any cost to your ticket. The best part is that the rule also applies to domestic flights, not just international itineraries. In this post, we’ll look at how to take advantage of these rules to visit three destinations in the U.S. for the price of one round-trip award flight.
Qatar and Asiana Now Flying the Airbus A380
The Airbus A380 is a massive wide-body jet that is the world’s largest passenger airliner. Since we last reported on who was flying it, Asiana Airlines and Qatar Airways have added the A380 to their fleets.
AAdvantage Program Changes for 2016
American Airlines is changing how you earn miles and qualify for elite status, as well as adjusting some of its redemption rates for award flights. These changes, which have been rumored for months, will hit the AAdvantage program starting in March 2016.
Using Stopovers on Alaska Airlines to See More
Alaska Airlines has a generous booking policy that allows passengers to make a stopover on a one-way ticket. That means that you can make two stopovers on a round-trip ticket, which is even better than United’s policy, which allows for one. In this post, we’ll show you how to use that rule to see more places without spending
Porter Airlines Delivers a New Route From Toronto to Orlando
Just in time for Christmas getaways, Porter Airlines is introducing nonstop flights from Toronto to sunny Orlando, the home of Disney World and all things Mickey Mouse. The new route starts on December 19.
More Transatlantic Flights From Delta
Delta has announced that it will be rolling out two new trans-Atlantic routes from the Midwest to Italy and Germany. The new flights are from Minneapolis-St. Paul to Rome, and Detroit to Munich. Both are slated to start on May 26, 2016.
Drive Up Your Flying Blue Balance
If you’re traveling this holiday season, you can earn major bonus miles by taking advantage of the latest offers from Flying Blue, the loyalty program of Air France and KLM. Rent a car and earn enough miles to fly to Europe for spring break.
Using Open Jaws on Delta to See More: Europe
Delta’s free open jaw on round-trip award tickets will allow you to see more while paying the same price in miles and cash. But the airline’s booking policy is important to know about if you’re traveling to Europe, since it adds fuel surcharges to one-way flights that originate there.
New Route for National Airlines: Orlando to Windsor, Ontario
The winter in Windsor, Ontario, gets mighty cold, so enjoying some fun in the sun can definitely take the edge off. Beginning on December 15, travelers in the area will have more choices, with a new year-round route between Orlando and Windsor from National Airlines.
Who’s Flying the New Airbus A350 XWB?
The Airbus A350 XWB is the latest commercial airliner from Airbus Industries. The aircraft seats from 325 to 440 passengers, depending on what the airline needs, and includes many new features to improve passenger comfort. The XWB in the aircraft’s name stands for Extra Wide Body, as it’s larger than some of the other wide-body models from the company.
Using Layovers on American Airlines to See More of Europe
Layovers are usually involuntary. They occur when travelers have make connections and transfer from one plane to another. Nonstop flights are normally more expensive, so you’d typically include an unnecessary layover in your itinerary for only one reason—to save money. But, if you time it right, you can also use a layover to see more without spending extra miles.
Delta and Virgin Atlantic Partner Up and Add More Flights
Delta Air Lines, in a partnership with Virgin Atlantic, is launching two new routes across the pond—a nonstop flight between Salt Lake City and London, and another from New York to Edinburgh. The new routes will start in May 2016.
New Alaska Airlines’ Board Room Lounge in Seattle
Alaska Airlines’ expansion continues. In addition to introducing new routes, signing codeshare deals and brokering lounge partnerships, the airline is building more airport lounges. Its newest one, the Board Room, is opening in Seattle in mid-November.
Travelers Predict Space Travel and Underwater Hotels for the Future
A new study commissioned by the Marriott Rewards credit card from Chase gave travelers the opportunity to stretch their imaginations by asking them to predict what travel would look like in 2030. They did not disappoint, saying that they expect to be able to vacation in space, engage holographic personal trainers and book stays at underwater hotels.
Using Stopovers on United to Save Miles: Australia and Fiji
In this post, we’ll show you how to use United’s free stopover policy to save miles on an award flight to Australia. As an added bonus, this mile-saving itinerary also takes you to the exotic island of