Lie-flat later this summer: Fly JetBlue Mint coast-to-coast from $310 one-way

Written by Chris Dong @ The Points Guy

Editor’s note: As the travel industry reopens following COVID-19 shutdowns, TPG suggests that you talk to your doctor, follow health officials’ guidance and research local travel restrictions before booking that next trip. We will be here to help you prepare, whether it is next month or next year. As the appetite for travel reemerges after a …

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TPG Reader Hall of Fame: A foodie’s dream around-the-world luxury honeymoon with points and miles

Written by Jasmin Baron @ The Points Guy

We love hearing about the incredible trips TPG readers have taken, and today’s Hall of Fame story is an exceptional one. TPG reader Nada and her husband, Marcus, planned an epic round-the-world honeymoon almost exclusively with points and miles, traveling in high style and staying at some of the world’s most aspirational properties. These unabashed …

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United Airlines CEO says flying is safe, even without social distancing onboard

Written by Edward Russell @ The Points Guy

United Airlines CEO Scott Kirby is standing by the carrier’s decision not to block middle seats on its flights, arguing that safety from the coronavirus comes from other measures but not physical distance onboard. Kirby, who stepped into the top job at the Chicago-based carrier a little over a week ago, insisted at the Bernstein …

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One family’s experience traveling during the age of coronavirus

Written by Joe Leader @ The Points Guy

Travel in the age of coronavirus Careful.  That one word best describes my first family air travel and vacation experience in a post COVID-19 world. As an airline industry CEO my passion for travel beckoned strongly, but I wanted to make certain to travel safely. My amazing wife, Dr. Jeanette Leader, works as a medical …

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Thai Airways Files For Bankruptcy Protection

Written by From the Newsroom @ Mighty Travels

Following the news and updates around the COVID-19 pandemic, many airlines were forced to suspend or reduce their daily operations. We have the latest information from airlines and hotels all around the world. Unfortunately, many airlines are struggling to stay afloat during the pandemic. Virgin Australia was the first large airline to fall under the […]

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What foreign travelers need to know about entering the US

Written by Katherine Fan @ The Points Guy

These days, it’s safe to say that the last few months have been bewildering for travel, whether you’re crossing state lines or international borders, quarantining upon arrival or return home, in a mask or roaming free, holding a U.S. passport or a foreign one, breezing through JFK or factoring in an eight-hour health screening upon …

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Delta Air Lines will shrink its European footprint after coronavirus

Written by Edward Russell @ The Points Guy

Delta Air Lines is well on its way to emerging from the coronavirus pandemic as a smaller airline. It has retired three aircraft types from its fleet, including its Boeing 777s, and asked staff to take voluntary leave options to avoid furloughs this fall. Now, the Atlanta-based SkyTeam Alliance carrier is warning staff that its …

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When you gotta go: Your guide to public bathrooms during your summer road trip

Written by Benet Wilson @ The Points Guy

As states continue to loosen shelter-in-place regulations, travelers are thinking about hitting the road or taking flight. But as you begin to make plans, you need to consider one frustrating truth: The state of public restrooms could wash all your vacation plans down the, ahem, toilet. Stay up to date on how the novel coronavirus …

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United will restore lie-flat seats to its premium transcon flights

Written by Zach Griff @ The Points Guy

The competition on premium transcontinental routes is fierce. Each major U.S. carrier puts its best planes on these domestic coast-to-coast hops from the New York area to Los Angeles (LAX) and San Francisco (SFO). Before the coronavirus pandemic, United was operating a mix of Boeing 757s, 777s and 787 Dreamliners, including the 787-10 from Newark …

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Southwest Airlines adds 11 new routes, plans to resume a full schedule by year’s end

Written by Edward Russell @ The Points Guy

Southwest Airlines is betting on its history of growing out of economic slowdowns to be among the first airlines to resume a full flight schedule after the coronavirus pandemic. On Thursday, the Dallas-based carrier extended its schedule through Jan. 4, 2021. The plans call for about as many flights as it flew at the end …

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Delta Air Lines stands by new partner LATAM, despite bankruptcy

Written by Edward Russell @ The Points Guy

Delta Air Lines is standing by its new partner LATAM Airlines even as South America’s largest carrier begins the process of restructuring through bankruptcy. Atlanta-based Delta has bet the future of its business in South America on LATAM. This includes a $2 billion investment in the Chile-based carrier, and a new partnership designed to improve …

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Shrinking American and Delta outline initial coronavirus staff cut plans

Written by Edward Russell @ The Points Guy

American Airlines and Delta Air Lines are beginning the process of shrinking their workforces as they prepare to be smaller airlines after the coronavirus pandemic. Fort Worth, Texas-based American aims to reduce its management staff by 30% — or by about 5,000 people — said executive vice president for people and communications Elise Eberwein in …

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American Airlines CEO: No major US airline is likely to fail during coronavirus pandemic

Written by Edward Russell @ The Points Guy

American Airlines CEO Doug Parker does not believe that the coronavirus pandemic will force a major U.S. carrier out of business, arguing that the industry faces a demand crisis that it can weather with the assistance its receiving. “I think we’re all going to be fine,” he said at the Bernstein Strategic Decisions conference on …

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More elbow room in the sky: How to buy a second seat for yourself on US airlines

Written by Summer Hull @ The Points Guy

Although many U.S. airlines have been blocking middle seats on planes to provide social distancing as much as possible, that won’t last forever. Even now, not all airlines guarantee open middle seats when flights are full. So if you’d like to return to the sky, but want some guaranteed extra room, you can book a second …

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On the rebound? American Airlines’ flights were 56% full over Memorial Day

Written by Edward Russell @ The Points Guy

American Airlines saw a banner Memorial Day weekend — at least by 2020 standards — as more travelers seemed ready to shrug off concerns about flying during the coronavirus pandemic. The Fort Worth, Texas-based carrier’s flights were 56% full over what is the symbolic start of summer in the U.S., American CEO Doug Parker said …

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Here’s what points and miles promotions might look like after coronavirus

Written by Victoria M. Walker @ The Points Guy

 The novel coronavirus has changed, and in many cases, permanently altered the travel industry. As things begin returning to normal, we’re starting to imagine what travel will look like after the pandemic. For more TPG news delivered each morning to your inbox, sign up for our daily newsletter. The travel industry will bounce back. But what will …

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