British Airways CEO Alex Cruz to step down as industry faces its ‘worst crisis’

Written by Emily McNutt @ The Points Guy

British Airways‘ CEO will step down from his role amidst the airline’s handling of the coronavirus crisis. The airline’s owner International Airlines Group (IAG) announced the move on Monday morning that BA’s CEO Alex Cruz will step down and be replaced by current Aer Lingus CEO Sean Doyle. Cruz will remain in a non-executive capacity …

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Amazing deal: Save 50% on all long-haul Avios redemptions for a limited time

Written by Emily McNutt @ The Points Guy

British Airways has launched one of the best redemption sales we’ve seen in years. On Tuesday, the carrier’s Executive Club launched a massive sale where you can spend 50% fewer Avios on long-haul redemptions and 25% fewer Avios on short-haul redemptions. Best of all, these savings can be used in any cabin of service. In …

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Uber wins court battle to continue operating in London

Written by Emily McNutt @ The Points Guy

Uber has won its long-lasting legal battle with London regulators. On Monday September 28, Westminster Magistrates’ Court said that it deemed Uber a “fit and proper” operator, “despite historical failings,” meaning the ride-hailing company can continue operating in one of its largest markets. Sign up to receive the daily TPG newsletter for more travel news! …

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Virgin Atlantic Flying Club miles get a new name, no longer expire

Written by Emily McNutt @ The Points Guy

Say goodbye to Virgin Atlantic Flying Club miles and say hello to Virgin Atlantic Flying Club Virgin Points. On Thursday, Virgin Group unveiled Virgin Red, which is the new Virgin-wide rewards club. And as the new currency is being rolled out across businesses in the Virgin Group, Virgin Atlantic is renaming its Flying Club miles …

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Virgin Atlantic secures $1.5 billion deal, but return of transatlantic travel is ‘imperative to recovery’

Written by Emily McNutt @ The Points Guy

Friday brought major news for the future of Virgin Atlantic, as it completed its $1.5 billion rescue plan. However, the good news in securing funding comes amid the announcement that the airline is making further cuts to operations in order to preserve cash. The airline said on Friday that while it had completed its rescue …

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Virgin Atlantic adds ability to earn Tier Points on award flights, extends elite status by additional 6 months

Written by Emily McNutt @ The Points Guy

Virgin Atlantic is making it easier to earn and maintain elite status in the coronavirus era and beyond. While travelers largely haven’t yet returned to the skies for long-haul travel because of safety concerns and government travel restrictions, Virgin Atlantic Flying Club is extending members’ status even further. For more TPG news delivered each morning …

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How Aeroplan’s Family Sharing prevents ‘gaming’ while letting you rack up rewards faster

Written by Emily McNutt @ The Points Guy

This morning, Aeroplan unveiled its brand-new loyalty program. While the new program goes by the same name, the program as a whole has been completely stripped down and built back up from the ground. While frequent Aeroplan users will note right off the bat that redemption rates have gone up in some cases, there are …

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BA owner reports $5 billion first-half loss amid slower-than-expected return to service, cancels BA1

Written by Emily McNutt @ The Points Guy

International Airlines Group (IAG), which owns British Airways, Aer Lingus and Iberia, among others, is planning to get €2.75 billion ($3.25 billion) to shore up its balance sheet after reporting a record €4.2 billion ($5 billion) operating loss in the first half of 2020. IAG reported passenger numbers fell by more than 98% in the …

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Asiana’s plan to keep A380 pilots certified: Fly 30 flights to nowhere

Written by Emily McNutt @ The Points Guy

During the coronavirus pandemic, many of the world’s largest passenger aircraft have been grounded. As airlines attempt to preserve cash, many have taken to storing — and, in some cases, retiring — their fleets of Airbus A380 and Boeing 747 aircraft. But with storing aircraft comes a major problem for airlines by the way of …

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British Airways reopening 2 Heathrow lounges on Saturday

Written by Emily McNutt @ The Points Guy

As flights begin to resume, so, too, will the airport experience. Around the world, the airport experience is gradually returning to normal — including with British Airways at London Heathrow. Beginning July 4, British Airways will reopen its First and Arrivals lounges at London Heathrow Terminal 5. The airline said in a statement that its …

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Norwegian cancels orders for 97 Boeing aircraft

Written by Emily McNutt @ The Points Guy

Norwegian Air has cancelled its plans with Boeing to purchase nearly 100 aircraft. The struggling low-cost carrier said on Monday that it’s cancelled its remaining order for 92 Boeing 737 MAX aircraft and an additional five 787 Dreamliners. In addition to cancelling its order with Boeing, Norwegian said that it had filed a lawsuit against …

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UK PM’s new plane takes first flight in new Union Jack-themed paint job

Written by Emily McNutt @ The Points Guy

Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s aircraft took to the skies for the first time with its new paint job. In video captured by SkyNews, the Royal Air Force Voyager A330 exited the paint shop in Cambridgeshire and took its first flight. The Airbus A330’s new paint job, which reportedly $1.1 million (cost £900,000)— transformed the aircraft from …

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Au revoir: Air France operates its final A380 flight Friday

Written by Emily McNutt @ The Points Guy

Air France is sending its Airbus A380s off to retirement with little public fanfare. The airline is welcoming staff who used to work the aircraft along for one special final flight, one to which passengers aren’t invited. On Friday, Air France’s final planned A380 flight will take to the skies with just its A380 staff …

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Virgin Atlantic will resume at least 19 long-haul routes by October

Written by Emily McNutt @ The Points Guy

Virgin Atlantic is expecting to make a substantial return to service later this summer. On Monday, the carrier announced that it has made some changes to the five destinations it announced earlier this month, as well as announcing several new routes for August and beyond. Sign up for the free daily TPG newsletter for more …

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Boris Johnson is repainting the UK prime minister’s plane from grey to red, white and blue — for $1.1 million

Written by Emily McNutt @ The Points Guy

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson wants the aircraft that he and senior members of the royal family use to look a little more representative of the country’s colors. His office said this week that the government’s official Airbus A330 was in the process of getting a red, white and blue “rebranding” to “better represent” the …

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BA, Ryanair and EasyJet push forward with lawsuit over quarantine restrictions

Written by Emily McNutt @ The Points Guy

Several of the U.K.’s largest airlines have come together to sue the government in an effort to overturn the country’s mandatory 14-day quarantine for all international arrivals. British Airways, along with low-cost carriers Ryanair and EasyJet, announced on Friday that they would be asking for a judicial review to be heard as soon as possible. …

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