AA’s Snowball Express Returns to Bring a Little Holiday Spirit to Families of Fallen Military Service Members

Written by J. Scott Clark @ The Points Guy

The Gary Sinise Foundation’s Snowball Express, which gathers Gold Star families of fallen US military service members together at Disney World for five days of support and fun, was once again in full swing this weekend — and they certainly had the weather for it. This year, American Airlines flew 1,722 children and their guardians …

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S7 Airlines Passengers Forced to Endure Cabin Temperatures of up to 122 Degrees

Written by J. Scott Clark @ The Points Guy

Passengers on an S7 Airlines — also known as Siberia Airlines — flight were forced to endure to a sauna-like cabin with temperatures of up to 122°F. The unbearable heat came as quite a shock, as passengers had experienced temperatures of -13°F just before boarding the aircraft in Novosibirsk, Russia (OVB). Passengers were told — …

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Amex Offer: Get $40 Back or 4,000 Points After Spending $175+ With Hampton and Hilton Garden Inn

Written by J. Scott Clark @ The Points Guy

American Express is currently targeting select card holders with a $40 statement credit or 4,000 bonus points for staying with Hampton by Hilton or Hilton Garden Inn. The offer is a $40 statement credit or 4,000 points — depending on the offer — for spending $175 or more at Hampton by Hilton or Hilton Garden …

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Air New Zealand Sets New Flight Record

Written by J. Scott Clark @ The Points Guy

Air New Zealand flight NZ26 successfully completed the longest flight in the airline’s history when it touched down at O’Hare International Airport (ORD) in Chicago on November 30, 2018. The flight — which departed from Auckland (ALK) — covered around 8,200 miles. In what was surely a welcome relief to passengers and crew after being …

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US Pushing for Worldwide Airline Passenger Data Collection

Written by J. Scott Clark @ The Points Guy

The United States is calling for the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) to implement a new standard for airlines worldwide to collect Passenger Name Records. This push from the US comes from a 2017 U.N. Security Council Resolution that created new requirements for countries to deter terrorist travel. ICAO — a body not exactly known for …

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KLM Passengers Get Royal Treatment When King Flies Their 737

Written by J. Scott Clark @ The Points Guy

Passengers on KLM flight 613 got a royal surprise when they boarded their Boeing 737-800 to Istanbul this week. King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands jumped in the cockpit and took the helm of the flight, a three-hour jaunt from Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport (AMS) to Istanbul’s Ataturk Airport (IST) aboard a Boeing 737. The king recently …

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Bad Weather in Bogota Exposes ATC Communication Issues

Written by J. Scott Clark @ The Points Guy

Lufthansa flight LH-542 flying from Frankfort (FRA) to El Dorado International Airport (BOG) in Bogota, Columbia, on Nov. 17 experienced a lack of understanding between the cockpit crew and Air Traffic Control based in Cali, Columbia. The flight was forced to divert, along with many other flights headed to Bogota, when the weather there turned …

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Boeing 777X Takes a Big Step to Gaining Altitude

Written by J. Scott Clark @ The Points Guy

Engineers at Boeing’s Everett, Washington, plant are one step closer to getting Boeing’s new 777X aircraft airborne. Engineers this week joined the three sections of the fuselage on the first test aircraft. The aircraft is slated for its first test flight sometime in March 2019. This test aircraft will serve as Boeing flying test bed …

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Airline Asks Passengers for Cash to Pay Repair Bill so Plane Can Depart

Written by J. Scott Clark @ The Points Guy

Passengers on LOT Polish airlines flight LO92 got an unusual request on a recent flight according to Polish Newsweek: Help pay for a broken-down Boeing 787 Dreamliner’s repairs, or the flight would not be taking off. Flight LO92 was scheduled to depart Beijing Capital International Airport (PEK) on Nov. 12. However, after the flight crew completed …

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