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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American Airlines says goodbye to shortest domestic route crown with new flexibility to drop cities

Written by Edward Russell @ The Points Guy

American Airlines can say goodbye to the title of operating the shortest domestic route among major U.S. carriers. American, along with 14 other airlines, will be able to suspend flights to 75 cities across the country as the coronavirus pandemic continues to keep most would-be travelers out of the skies. The Department of Transportation (DOT) …

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Which low-cost carrier should you fly? Comparing Frontier Airlines and Spirit Airlines

Written by Nick Ellis @ The Points Guy

During the COVID-19 crisis, our team has temporarily ceased taking review trips. However, we have resumed the publication of new flight, hotel and lounge reviews, from trips taken before the lockdown. We have also been publishing a selection of our most popular reviews from the past year. We hope this will help you choose once …

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DOT further relaxes airline CARES Act obligations

Written by Seth Miller @ Wandering Aramean

The US Department of Transportation (DOT) will offer airlines increased flexibility under their CARES Act obligations. But rather than choosing individual airports that will be exempt the DOT is now going to let the airlines select which stations will …

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DOT further relaxes airline CARES Act obligations

Written by Seth Miller @ PaxEx.Aero

The US Department of Transportation (DOT) will offer airlines increased flexibility under their CARES Act obligations. But rather than choosing individual airports that will be exempt the DOT is now going to let the airlines select which stations will …

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Budget airline becomes first US carrier to say it will screen flyers’ temperatures

Written by Ben Mutzabaugh @ The Points Guy

Frontier Airlines became the first U.S. carrier to say it would begin screening passengers and crews for their temperatures amid the coronavirus pandemic. The Denver-based airline announced the move Thursday, saying it would take effect June 1. From that point forward, anyone with a temperature of 100.4 degrees and higher will be denied boarding. “The …

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Frontier backtracks on physical distance fee following congressional uproar

Written by Zach Honig @ The Points Guy

Some chalked it up to “Frontier being Frontier,” but some members of Congress shared some harsher criticism for Frontier’s new “More Room” product that allowed passengers to secure an empty middle seat — for an additional fee. “Frontier’s decision to charge passengers to keep middle seats empty is capitalizing on fear and passengers’ well-founded concerns …

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Flight review: What it’s like to fly Frontier Airlines, from Miami to Newark on the Airbus A320neo

Written by Nick Ellis @ The Points Guy

During the COVID-19 crisis, our team has temporarily ceased taking review trips. Instead, we have been publishing a selection of our most popular reviews from the past year. However, we have now resumed the publication of new, previously unpublished flight, hotel and lounge reviews, from trips taken before the lockdown. We hope this will help you choose once we’re all ready …

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Most US airlines will soon require passenger masks

Written by Zach Honig @ The Points Guy

Editor’s note: This is a recurring post and has been updated with the latest airline information.  Without any specific requirements from the federal government, U.S.-based airlines are developing their own policies to help keep employees and passengers safe, limiting the potential for exposure to coronavirus throughout their journeys. Earlier this week, JetBlue announced a new …

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How US airlines are handling distancing, masks and more

Written by Zach Honig @ The Points Guy

Editor’s note: This post has been updated with additional information.  For weeks, as most Americans limited trips outside their homes to outdoor recreation and unavoidable visits to the grocery store, airline passenger loads plummeted to levels most of us could have never imagined. Those once-in-a-lifetime solo flights quickly became a daily occurrence, if flight attendants …

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Expecting a refund for a canceled flight? Here’s how long it could take

Written by Zach Griff @ The Points Guy

You are entitled to a refund for your canceled flight. But just because you’re legally entitled to one, doesn’t mean that an airline is in a rush to give your money back. Due to the coronavirus, airlines have slashed their schedules and parked large parts of their fleets, leading to thousands of flight cancellations and …

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Preboarding screenings and new cleaning procedures: How US airlines are working to keep flyers healthy

Written by Liz Hund @ The Points Guy

Editor’s note: This article has been updated with new information. It was originally published on April 16, 2020. As governments tentatively explore the mechanics of emerging from months of shelter-in-place rules because of the global coronavirus pandemic, many travelers are asking, “When will we be able to leave our homes?”  And with no vaccine available …

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