United Trimming 787 Service to Sydney From Houston and LAX

Written by Zach Honig @ The Points Guy

United has confirmed that it will be reducing service from two major hubs to Sydney (SYD), impacting flights from both Houston (IAH) and Los Angeles (LAX) during the slower winter months in Australia. While the airline trimmed 787-9 Dreamliner service last summer as well, there are even more reductions for 2019. The airline will remove a …

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United’s 50-Seat CRJ550 Will Offer Large First Class Cabin, Snack Bar

Written by Zach Honig @ The Points Guy

Bombardier’s commercial jet program has really been on a roll recently. Last year, the manufacturer joined forces with Airbus for the popular A220 series while also going to great lengths to improve passenger comfort on one of its largest regional jets, the CRJ900. Now, in a somewhat-unexpected move, Bombardier is introducing a new variant of sorts, …

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United’s 767-300s Will Get a Whopping 46 Polaris Biz Seats

Written by Zach Honig @ The Points Guy

If you look at United’s “Polaris Tracker” website, all but one of the airline’s 767-300s have been converted to the new Polaris configuration, with a total of 30 business-class seats. But that figure only applies to a fraction of the carrier’s fleet of 767-300s. 21 existing aircraft are not accounted for, nor are the three United …

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Today Only: Earn 6x Alaska or United Miles on Apple Purchases

Written by Zach Honig @ The Points Guy

It’s a deal that comes around with enough regularity to be semi-dependable at this point: bonus miles on Apple purchases, as long as you’re willing to wait. Today, Wednesday, there are two airline portals participating: Alaska Mileage Plan (6 miles/$ spent) United MileagePlus (6 miles/$ spent) As is usually the case, there’s a long list of …

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Eligible SPG Members Now Have Lifetime Marriott Platinum Premier Perks

Written by Zach Honig @ The Points Guy

While many Marriott members have experienced some frustration following the merger, at least one group of former SPG elites likely woke up to a very pleasant upgrade today: Lifetime Platinum Premier Elite status (soon to be Bonvoy Titanium Elite). 2018 was actually the final year Marriott offered Platinum Premier for life, and certain SPG members were grandfathered …

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I Got to Fly Around North America Like a Pro Athlete on Air Canada’s VIP Jet

Written by Zach Honig @ The Points Guy

When Airbus sent out invitations to a special North America media tour focused on the A220, I was perhaps most excited for what I assumed would be an opportunity to experience the manufacturer’s popular new single-aisle jet on an especially unusual route — from Montreal, Quebec, across the border to Columbus, Mississippi, and finally onto …

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United’s International Fleet Finally Has Wi-Fi That Actually Works

Written by Zach Honig @ The Points Guy

From the narrow-body Airbus A319 to the flagship Boeing 777-300ER, United offers connectivity on nearly all of its domestic and international mainline flights. But simply having Wi-Fi onboard doesn’t do flyers much good if it’s painfully slow, or — in some cases — doesn’t work at all. While Gogo and ViaSat-equipped planes do act up …

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United Flight Attendants Don’t Seem Thrilled With New Uniforms

Written by Zach Honig @ The Points Guy

Following in the footsteps of American and Delta, United flight attendants, pilots, ramp workers and customer service agents will soon get brand-new uniforms — whether they like it or not (and, as you’ll see, some most certainly don’t). The airline will begin testing a variety of new uniforms with select employees soon, with a full …

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