Norwegian Suspends US Flights to Shannon and Cork Because of 737 MAX Grounding

Written by Ben Smithson @ The Points Guy

Norwegian is no longer selling nonstop flights from the US to Shannon (SNN) and Cork (ORK) in Ireland because of a lack of suitable aircraft available to operate these unique routes, as a result of the worldwide Boeing 737 MAX grounding. The airline previously operated these transatlantic flights using relatively small 737 MAX 8 aircraft …

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Blinded by the White: A Review of the Boscolo Exedra Nice, Autograph Collection, in France

Written by Ben Smithson @ The Points Guy

The world’s largest hotel group provides boutique accommodation with a unique property in the South of France. Pros: Chic, unique design, friendly staff and an outstanding breakfast experience. Cons: The overwhelmingly white design takes some getting used to, and the open bathrooms are awkward.

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How Do the British Royals Fly?

Written by Ben Smithson @ The Points Guy

The British royal family travels all around the world — in particular to some of the 53 sovereign states that make up the Commonwealth of Nations, including destinations like Antigua and Barbuda, Vanuatu and The Gambia. But how do they do so? The Queen herself does not travel on scheduled flights, unlike others in the …

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How Will 737NG Inspections Affect Travel This Summer?

Written by Ben Smithson @ The Points Guy

Sunday brought news that the US Federal Aviation Administration has concerns with more than 300 Boeing 737 aircraft regarding “improper manufacturing” in the aircraft wing. This is because the leading edge slat tracks may have been “improperly manufactured and may not meet all applicable regulatory requirements for strength and durability”, the FAA said in a …

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How to Tell If You’re Flying on a Boeing 737NG

Written by Ben Smithson @ The Points Guy

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has identified more than 300 Boeing 737 aircraft that require inspection over concerns about “improper manufacturing” components in the planes’ wings, as the leading edge slat tracks may have been improperly manufactured. A total of 312 Boeing jets worldwide have so far been identified — 133 737NGs, which stands for …

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US Passport Holders Can Now Use ePassport Gates at UK Airports

Written by Ben Smithson @ The Points Guy

US passport holders, be prepared for a less-hectic and more speedy UK immigration process. As of Monday, US passport holders, along with those from six other countries, can use automated ePassport gates on arrival to the UK, where available. The seven countries include: Australia Canada Japan New Zealand Singapore South Korea United States UK Chancellor …

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British Airways’ New A350 Club Suite to Fly to Tel Aviv and Bangalore

Written by Ben Smithson @ The Points Guy

British Airways has announced the next two destinations for its new Airbus A350 aircraft, featuring its highly anticipated new Club Suite business class product. The aircraft will soon fly between London and Tel Aviv, Israel (TLV) and Bangalore, India (BLR). The airline will begin taking delivery of the 18 A350 aircraft it has on order …

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Iberia’s App Will Now Tell You If Your Bag Is Too Big to Carry On

Written by Ben Smithson @ The Points Guy

Good news if you’re on the fence of knowing whether your carry-on bag is too big. Spanish carrier Iberia announced additional functionality for its app, which allows passengers to ensure their hand luggage fits within allowed measurements before they even arrive at the airport. This functionality removes any uncertainty about whether the bag will be …

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Oh My Gözleme: A Review of the Turkish Airlines Business Lounge in the New Istanbul Airport

Written by Ben Smithson @ The Points Guy

Turkish Airlines continue their reputation for spectacular flagship lounges at their new home in Istanbul. Pros: Incredible, freshly cooked restaurant-quality food, plenty of space and seating. Cons: Slow and frustrating Wi-Fi process, the entrance was hard to find and there were queues for food.

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A Fine Mess: A Review of Virgin Atlantic’s Premium Economy on the A330 From London to New York

Written by Ben Smithson @ The Points Guy

As part of the preparation for TPG UK‘s launch, I had to do a fair amount of traveling between my home in London and TPG’s headquarters in New York. Since others on the UK team had done plenty of Pond-hopping with British Airways, it was high time to try out one of its main competitors, …

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On Which Airlines Can I Use Avios?

Written by Ben Smithson @ The Points Guy

The loyalty currency Avios has received a lot of attention over the last few weeks. It was initially positive, as the first-ever transfer bonus from Chase Ultimate Rewards launched, allowing cardholders to get a 30% bonus on transfers to British Airways Avios. Then the more ominous news arrived, as British Airways announced it would be …

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British Airways Cancels London to Fort Lauderdale Route

Written by Ben Smithson @ The Points Guy

British Airways has closed reservations for its service between London Gatwick (LGW) and Fort Lauderdale (FLL) as of Sept. 8, 2019. The airline has been operating the service thrice weekly using a three-class Boeing 777 aircraft to the popular cruise ship departure point. This route operated for almost two years and was launched following low-cost, …

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There’s a New Type of Middle Seat Coming to a US Airline – but how Will It Work?

Written by Ben Smithson @ The Points Guy

Seat manufacturer Molon Labe says a well-known North American airline will become the first in this part of the world to use its new narrow-body aircraft seat design, which includes a staggered and wider middle seat. There’s also a sliding-seat feature intended to speed up the boarding process. Molon Labe representatives are tight-lipped as to …

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