Flybe to be rebranded as Virgin Connect following Virgin Atlantic investment

Written by Ben Smithson @ The Points Guy

British regional airline Flybe announced on Tuesday it will rebrand as Virgin Connect in 2020, following investment by a consortium including Virgin Atlantic. The new name comes as little surprise, given the name of the consortium is called ‘Connect Airways’, comprising 40% ownership by Cyprus Capital, 30% by Stobart Group and 30% by Virgin Atlantic …

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Why are most aircraft painted predominantly white?

Written by Ben Smithson @ The Points Guy

Aircraft liveries, or the designs painted on the exterior of aircraft from the nose to the tail, are a way to identify to which airline the plane belongs. You may be able to easily recognize an aircraft flying miles overhead due to the color scheme of the tail, and the airline name across the fuselage. …

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Disappointing from start to finish: A review of Pakistan International Airlines’ 777 in Executive Economy from Lahore to London

Written by Ben Smithson @ The Points Guy

While we at TPG love to stay on top of the very latest and greatest innovations in the world’s leading airline products, we are also curious about lesser-known airlines that have kept the same product for many, many years without innovation. On a recent trip to Pakistan, I jumped at the chance to try the …

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A (mostly) class act: A review of Oman Air economy on the 787 Dreamliner from London Heathrow to Muscat

Written by Ben Smithson @ The Points Guy

Though the Middle East already has three household-name airlines in Emirates, Etihad and Qatar, lesser-known Oman Air has ambitious plans to become just as well-known. When I needed to fly to Pakistan recently, I looked beyond the obvious options to try something a little different from the norm. Booking Although it’s not a member of …

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Qantas’ first refurbished Airbus A380 to enter service next week

Written by Ben Smithson @ The Points Guy

Qantas has been working on refurbishing the interiors of its 12 Airbus A380 aircraft. Now, the first updated A380 will begin operating Qantas’ flagship LondonHeathrow to Sydney route via Singapore, starting next week. As previously reported by TPG, the refurbishment means a big upgrade for business-class passengers who are used to an older-generation Skybed MK2 …

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Star Alliance member Adria Airways temporarily suspends all flights amid financial struggles

Written by Ben Smithson @ The Points Guy

Slovenian flag carrier Adria Airways has announced that it will suspend operations Sept. 24-25 due to cash flow difficulties. The Star Alliance carrier operates a fleet of 20 narrowbody aircraft to 19 destinations across Europe, including Amsterdam, Paris and Zurich from its hub in Ljubljana, Slovenia. As a Star Alliance airline, Adria allowed accrual and …

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Radisson Rewards offering double points and double elite nights for new bookings

Written by Ben Smithson @ The Points Guy

Radisson Rewards has launched a new promotion called ‘Earn Twice’, offering both double points and double elite-night credits for stays between 26 September and 29 December 2019. To take advantage of this promotion, you will need to first register at this link and book your new stay before 26 September. Unfortunately, if you have existing …

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Is it OK to wear socks in aircraft lavatories?

Written by Ben Smithson @ The Points Guy

Virgin Atlantic recently rolled out its new in-flight amenity kits for Upper Class and Premium passengers, featuring funky ‘sleep socks’ for each passenger. Some full-service airlines will also provide these socks to economy class passengers, especially for overnight flights. If you’re like me, you might change into these shortly after takeoff rather than attempting to …

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American Airlines says keeping first-class product is key to London plans

Written by Ben Smithson @ The Points Guy

Despite United dropping its long-haul first-class product and Delta standing firm with business class, American Airlines has no immediate plans walk away from its international first-class offering. Speaking with TPG at the World Aviation Festival in London this week, American pointed to its London (LHR) services as a key reason behind retaining its most premium …

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How Istanbul plans to become the world’s busiest airport

Written by Ben Smithson @ The Points Guy

Istanbul opened its new airport earlier this year with very ambitious plans. It is currently the world’s largest single airport terminal by size, and the massive project has only completed its first stage. When the full four stages of additional satellite terminals and runways are complete in 2028, the airport expects to have the capacity …

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Should You Ever Clean Your Own Aircraft Seat?

Written by Ben Smithson @ The Points Guy

You may have seen a recent viral YouTube video of supermodel Naomi Campbell’s preflight routine, which includes giving her seat a deep clean before she is willing to sit in it.   So whether you are a clean freak or not, should you be taking cleaning products on your next flight? Well, it depends largely …

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When Don’t You Earn Points on Hotel Stays?

Written by Ben Smithson @ The Points Guy

There are lots of different ways to earn hotel points, but one of the most obvious ways is through staying at the hotel itself. Especially if you are traveling regularly for business, if you choose a chain and program to focus your loyalty on, you can rack up a good balance of points that can …

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