Airbus A220 Range Expansion Could Boost Transatlantic Travel

Written by Zach Honig @ The Points Guy

In 2021, JetBlue plans to introduce its first transatlantic flights, operated by a new addition to the airline’s fleet: the Airbus A321LR. But that’s not the only new narrow-body Airbus aircraft that could comfortably make the trip. As announced at Airbus’ Innovation Days event in Toulouse, France, on Tuesday morning, beginning in the second half …

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Airbus’ 12,000th Aircraft? It’s An A220 Bound for Delta Air Lines

Written by Zach Honig @ The Points Guy

It feels like just yesterday that TPG and I traveled to Airbus HQ in Toulouse, France (TLS) to join a celebration for the company’s 10,000th aircraft delivery — a Singapore Airlines A350-900. Monday, Airbus delivered its 12,000th plane in Mirabel, Canada — an A220-100 bound for Delta Air Lines. The first Airbus delivery, a wide-body …

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DHS Suspends All Air Service Between the US and Venezuela

Written by Zach Honig @ The Points Guy

Until March, American Airlines had been operating twice-daily service between Miami (MIA) and Caracas, Venezuela (CCS). Those flights had been suspended indefinitely, and the US State Department had increased its threat level to the highest level, strongly advising Americans to avoid visiting the nation. Now, due to ongoing civil unrest, the Department of Homeland Security …

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Amex Investing in Dining Experiences With Resy Acquisition

Written by Zach Honig @ The Points Guy

Anyone who’s attempted to secure a reservation at some of the country’s hottest new restaurants is likely familiar with the relatively new reservation platform Resy, and may already have the company’s app on their phone. Lately, it’s even become my go-to — at least in New York City, higher-caliber restaurants tend to partner exclusively with …

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United Bug Limiting Lufthansa First Class Award Bookings

Written by Zach Honig @ The Points Guy

Lufthansa first class is easily one of the world’s most sought after award redemptions. Availability is incredibly limited — Lufthansa itself doesn’t make first-class seats available via partner programs until roughly two weeks before departure. But as long as you’re somewhat flexible about your travel dates and/or routing, it’s often possible to score one of …

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United Will Move to New York LaGuardia’s New Concourse in June

Written by Zach Honig @ The Points Guy

Long regarded as one of the least appealing airports in the world, New York’s aging LaGuardia (LGA) terminal buildings have been in desperate need of replacement for years. Vice President Joe Biden even once described LGA as something you might find “in a third-world country.” But part of the airport finally completed a much-needed transformation …

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American and Hyatt Elites Now Get Reciprocal Benefits

Written by Zach Honig @ The Points Guy

As we reported back in March, American Airlines AAdvantage and World of Hyatt are joining forces to incentivize members from both programs to do business with the other, with a structure and benefits similar to the (now defunct) Crossover Rewards partnership between Delta and SPG. Members can link their accounts now to begin taking advantage …

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Marriott Adds 5 Million Bonvoy Members in First 3 Months of 2019

Written by Zach Honig @ The Points Guy

Marriott Rewards, Ritz-Carlton Rewards and Starwood Preferred Guest had a combined 110 million members before the programs were integrated in the second half of 2018. Now, the new Marriott Bonvoy program counts 130,000,000 among its ranks, as it grows alongside competitor programs, such as Hilton Honors, which added 14 million new members in 2018. “We …

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Regional Workhorse: A Review of United’s 737-900ER Business Class From Newark to Cancun

Written by Zach Honig @ The Points Guy

Recently, I needed to make my way to Cancun, Mexico, for work. (Tough life, I know.) While fares are sometimes impossibly low, that wasn’t the case on this trip, since I happened to be traveling during spring break. There weren’t any reasonable redemption options, either, which meant it was time to fire up Google Flights …

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