US Virgin Islands welcoming tourists again next week

Written by Clint Henderson @ The Points Guy

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. U.S. Virgin Islands set to reopen   The U.S. Virgin …

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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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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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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, Delta and United plan to fly these long-haul international routes in June

Written by Edward Russell @ The Points Guy

U.S. airlines continue to add back long-haul international routes, albeit at a snails pace. June is typically a banner month for international travel as schools are out and people take off on summer holidays the world over. Not this year as mandatory quarantines and travel restrictions will keep most would-be travelers near home. While more …

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The best transcon US flight: Comparing American Flagship First, JetBlue Mint and United Polaris

Written by Zach Griff @ The Points Guy

Editor’s note: During the COVID-19 crisis, our team has temporarily ceased taking review trips. However, we are publishing 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 we’re all ready to start booking …

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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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Why Delta One Suites are poised to become the best business class in America — for now

Written by Zach Griff @ The Points Guy

Before the coronavirus put the travel industry on hold, many airlines across the world were retrofitting cabins with the latest innovations to the passenger experience. Stateside, the big three have already got a good chunk of their long-haul fleet configured with their latest business-class cabins: American Flagship Business, Delta One Suites and United Polaris. AA …

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Airlines see uptick in summer bookings. Will it last?

Written by Edward Russell @ The Points Guy

Are Americans ready to take to the skies this summer? Airlines are seeing an uptick in bookings that could be a sign of improving confidence among travelers eager to get out again and take advantage of some the most-flexible airline change-fee policies in a generation. On Tuesday, American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Southwest Airlines and …

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‘Brutally honest’ Scott Kirby takes over as new United Airlines CEO

Written by Edward Russell @ The Points Guy

United Airlines has a new passionate, analytical and also sometimes impulsive leader in its new CEO Scott Kirby, who takes over the corner office from Oscar Munoz today. An airline industry veteran, the transition puts United in what are considered to be very capable hands as it faces the worst crisis in its 94-year history. …

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As good as United transcon gets: A review of Polaris business from New York to Los Angeles on the Boeing 787-10

Written by Zach Griff @ The Points Guy

During the COVID-19 crisis, our team has temporarily ceased taking review trips. However, we are publishing 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 we’re all ready to start booking trips again. …

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United’s ‘CleanPlus’ initiative includes enhanced cleaning, pre-packaged food and more

Written by Zach Honig @ The Points Guy

Throughout this month, airlines have developed and evolved various measures to minimize the coronavirus risk for passengers and staff, from blocking the sale of middle seats — in Delta’s case — to contacting passengers and offering free changes ahead of full flights — in United’s. United Airlines still doesn’t have plans to limit the sale …

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United Airlines MileagePlus Buy Miles Mystery Bonus Sale Through May 29, 2020

Written by John Ollila @ LoyaltyLobby

United Airlines has launched a new MileagePlus buy miles sale that comes with a member-specific bonus. The offer is valid through May 29, 2020. You can check your bonus or discount offer on United’s website here. United Airlines has promotions every month for buying miles, but they all max out at a 100% bonus or […]

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Should you apply for the United Club Infinite card without a sign-up bonus?

Written by Chris Dong @ The Points Guy

For those in the market for a new credit card, you are likely not considering a premium travel card with a high annual fee given the current environment. Non-essential travel is still on the back burner, and there currently aren’t any many use cases for lounge access, airfare credits, and other similar perks.  However, what …

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Chase United Club Infinite Card Now Waives $525 Annual Fee First Year (No Signup Bonus)

Written by Chuck @ Doctor Of Credit

The Chase United Club Infinite Card now comes with the $525 annual fee waived the first year; there is no signup bonus on the new offer. Just yesterday, Chase ended the 100,000 points signup bonus on the card – that offer did not waive the $525 annual fee. It makes sense they aren’t charging the […]

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United to reduce staffing on many flights beginning in July

Written by Zach Honig @ The Points Guy

As with their counterparts around the world, U.S. airlines are in serious financial trouble following a severe drop in demand due to the coronavirus pandemic, despite essential support provided by the CARES Act. United Airlines alone lost more than $2 billion in the first quarter of the year, even with passenger numbers remaining somewhat consistent …

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Upgrading to United’s best lie-flat on the transcon for just 10 PlusPoints and $199

Written by Zach Griff @ The Points Guy

Editor’s note: While many flights with lie-flat seats on transcon U.S. routes have been suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic, United has begun reintroducing its top class, Polaris, on those routes. Finding a business-class award seat on one of United’s premium transcontinental flights between Newark or Boston and San Francisco or Los Angeles isn’t easy. …

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Paying for airline lounge membership with miles: Worth it or a bad deal?

Written by Katie Genter @ The Points Guy

Editor’s note: At TPG, we paused traveling to help slow the spread of COVID-19. Local and federal governments around the globe are now debating the appropriate levels of isolation and distancing. Before booking that next trip, we recommend you talk to your doctor, follow health officials’ guidance and research local travel restrictions. TPG is continuing …

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