Some Airlines Will Soon Offer Travelers a New Gender Option When Booking

Written by Jane Frye @ The Points Guy

Backed by the Airlines for America (A4A) association, major airlines including Southwest, United and American are taking steps to incorporate a new nonbinary gender option into the flight booking process for passengers who do not identify exclusively as either male or female, according to The Daily Beast. Members of the association, as well as the …

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Deal Alert: Fly Singapore Business Class for Half the Usual Miles

Written by Darren Murph @ The Points Guy

Want to see the latest flight deals as soon as they’re published? Follow The Points Guy on Facebook and Twitter, and subscribe to text message alerts from our deals feed, @tpg_alerts. Singapore Airlines offers one of the most extravagant experiences in the sky for those flying in its forward cabins, and even those situated in premium economy and …

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Is the Dumb End of JetSmarter in Sight?

Written by Michael Y. Park @ The Points Guy

It sounded like the natural next step in the new rideshare economy: a private jet service where status-conscious flyers could get unlimited access to their own planes for an annual subscription. Industry analysts freely bandied about comparisons to Uber and Netflix, and the startup attracted the likes of A-list investors like Jay-Z and the Saudi …

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Flying While Intoxicated: Drunk Pilots Grab Headlines, But Are a Rare Occurrence

Written by Jessica Puckett @ The Points Guy

David Hans Arntson had been a captain for Alaska Airlines for more than 20 years when the airline randomly administered him a test for drugs and alcohol on June 20, 2014. The test results showed the longtime pilot had put passengers in serious danger that day. After flying two flights for the airline, Arntson’s blood alcohol …

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Struggling Norwegian Air Expanding From Chicago and NYC to Europe, Fares From $160 One-Way

Written by Emily McNutt @ The Points Guy

Low-cost carrier Norwegian is expanding yet again. This time, the carrier, known for its deep transatlantic footprint and low fares, is adding nonstop seasonal service from Chicago to Barcelona and from New York to Athens. The following seasonal routes will be added to Norwegian’s route network for summer service: Chicago (ORD) to Barcelona (BCN) — …

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16 Striking Photos That Showcase the A380’s Opulence

Written by Darren Murph @ The Points Guy

With the news of the world’s largest commercial airliner being axed once final deliveries are made in 2021, we wanted to take a now-nostalgic look back at some of the opulence that the giant jet has enabled. Some of the most extravagant products in the sky were made possible thanks to the A380’s gargantuan interior, …

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Attention, AvGeeks: The TWA Hotel Is Now Accepting Reservations

Written by Brendan Dorsey @ The Points Guy

It’s finally time. The TWA Hotel has just opened for reservations. The much-anticipated AvGeek haven opened up bookings at noon ET Thursday.   Reservations are available for when the hotel opens on May 15 and beyond, with base rooms starting at $239 per night, excluding taxes and fees, for the hotel’s opening night. Clicking around the …

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Delta’s $1.3 Billion Profit Sharing Payout Breaks Hearts at American and United

Written by Darren Murph @ The Points Guy

Delta employees don’t really celebrate Valentine’s Day. Instead, they celebrate Profit Sharing Day. Thursday is a particularly impressive one, with a cool $1.3 billion being distributed across the company’s 86,000+ full-time employees. Said another way, it’s a whopping 14% bonus on an employee’s base pay. It’s the second largest profit sharing pool in the airline’s …

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It’s Official: The Airbus A380 Is Dead

Written by Darren Murph @ The Points Guy

Just months after celebrating its 10th anniversary, the end is in sight for the world’s largest commercial jet. Airbus’ struggling A380 program won’t be saved by British Airways, nor any other airline. Emirates will take delivery of 14 further A380s over the next two years, but “given the lack of order backlog with other airlines, Airbus …

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You Only Get One First: How to Make Your Baby’s First Flight Special

Written by Darren Murph @ The Points Guy

You can only have your first flight once, so it’s worth doing everything you can to make it as memorable as possible. Of course, if it’s your newborn’s first flight that burden of responsibility shifts to the adult in charge. With more than 900 flights under my belt and a million (and counting) miles flown on …

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TPG Exclusive: Airlines Stranding Record Number of Passengers on Tarmacs

Written by Brendan Dorsey @ The Points Guy

United flight 1293 started off like any other trip. It pushed back from the gate in Santa Ana, California, on time, and in just a little more than five hours it crossed the entire country — landing safely at New Jersey’s Newark Liberty International Airport. But that’s where the problems began. The plane sat and …

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Why America’s Best Airline Is Eyeing to Buy One of Europe’s Most-Troubled Airlines

Written by Daniel Ross @ The Points Guy

Alitalia’s financial troubles have seen the airline file for bankruptcy twice — the first back in 2008 and most recently in 2017. Despite Etihad securing a partnership through a 49% stake in Alitalia in 2014, the state of the Italian carrier’s finances has remained turbulent. Since then, airlines, including Lufthansa, have gallantly entered bids for the …

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The Iconic Concorde ‘Droop-Snoot’ Will Rise (and Fall) Once Again

Written by Max Prosperi @ The Points Guy

Fans of the iconic supersonic Concorde will have something to look forward to in the coming months. CNN Travel has reported that the droop-nose (a.k.a. droop-snoot), one of the defining characteristics of the Concorde, is in the restoration process. The goal of the restoration is to reanimate the droop-nose in time for the 50th anniversary …

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How 10 Air Traffic Controllers Likely Ended the Government Shutdown

Written by Katherine Fan @ The Points Guy

In an unprecedented situation, more than 800,000 federal workers spent 35 days employed but unpaid between December 2018 and January 2019. Newly released information suggests that it may have taken as few as 10 employees calling out sick on Jan. 25 to get those paychecks trickling back in. Six air traffic controllers in Leesburg, Virginia, and …

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