The Boeing 737 MAX is about ready to return to US skies. Will it make it for the holidays?

Written by Edward Russell @ The Points Guy

U.S. authorities are in the final miles of the 19-month marathon to re-certify the Boeing 737 MAX. Most expect the Federal Aviation Administration to sign off on changes to the aircraft’s systems and training protocols before the end of the year. Once this happens, the race will be on to see what U.S. airline will …

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Alaska Airlines blocks middle seats over Christmas as coronavirus losses shrink

Written by Edward Russell @ The Points Guy

Alaska Airlines will block seats on flights over Christmas and into the new year, continuing the split between carriers that do and do not view the confidence-boosting measure as needed to spur travel during the coronavirus pandemic. The Seattle-based carrier extended its blocking of middle seats on mainline jets — Airbus A320s and A321neos, and …

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Why Alaska Airlines can’t retire its Airbus A320s all at once

Written by Edward Russell @ The Points Guy

The word from Alaska Airlines headquarters is that they want out of the Airbus A320. The airline industry has contracted dramatically during the coronavirus pandemic. Every carrier is focused on cutting costs — including furloughing employees at some — and streamlining where they can to survive. As part of that effort, airlines have shed hundreds …

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Alaska Airlines Joins Oneworld Alliance On March 31, 2021

Written by John Ollila @ LoyaltyLobby

Alaska Airlines and American Airlines announced an in-depth partnership back in February that would also see the Seattle-based airline to join the Oneworld Alliance. The joining date was first set as the summer of 2021 and later moved to the end of 2020. Alaska has now confirmed that the airline will join the alliance on […]

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Airfare of the Day [First Class] ALASKA AIRLINES Chicago to Los Angeles (or v.v.) from $178 OW

Written by Freddo Zabaleta @ LoyaltyLobby

Today’s Airfare of the Day goes to Alaska Airlines and their first class restricted one way fares between Chicago (ORD) and Los Angeles (LAX), USA. Remember you can email or send us a message via Facebook or Twitter with your airfare-related findings or questions! Fare Details: Fare: Alaska (AS) RH7OAVFN CHI to LAX. Booking class: I. Price: from $178 ($168 base […]

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Airlines need to do more for elite members in 2021 to retain loyalty

Written by Andrew Kunesh @ The Points Guy

This has been a tough year for airlines and frequent travelers alike. Travel demand remains low compared to last year as coronavirus cases continue to peak in some parts of the world. Expecting the virus to be contained in 2020, airlines went into the pandemic with elite status extensions and lower qualification requirements. But as …

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Alaska Airlines Wallet Funds To Mileage Plan Miles Conversion Offer Through October 12, 2020

Written by John Ollila @ LoyaltyLobby

Alaska Airlines run several tests in August to see what it would take for Mileage Plan members to convert wallet funds (electronic credits) to various options, including miles. Now, Alaska had launched an offer, but only for three days, that allows members with wallet funds (cash from canceled tickets) to convert them to miles at 1 […]

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Deal alert: US mainland to Hawaii from $296 round-trip

Written by Katherine Fan @ The Points Guy

Hawaii reopened to U.S. travelers earlier this month. You no longer need to quarantine upon arrival, but you need to be tested for COVID-19 and receive a negative result before entering the state. And once you’re there, you’ll need to navigate a different set of rules for each island. For more TPG news and deals …

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Risk of coronavirus on planes less than getting struck by lightning, airline group says

Written by Edward Russell @ The Points Guy

Travelers concerned about contracting the coronavirus on a flight can breath at least a small sigh of relief following new evidence that there is a very low risk of catching COVID-19 onboard an airplane. The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has found only 44 confirmed cases of COVID-19 caught on a flight from among the …

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The most flexible airline and hotel loyalty programs for pandemic (and post-pandemic) travel

Written by Andrew Kunesh @ The Points Guy

Travel flexibility is more important than ever during the coronavirus pandemic. Country by country and even state by state restrictions can change on a dime, so being able to cancel or change your award flight or hotel night is a huge benefit. Thankfully, most travel companies have already modified change policies in response to the …

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Airlines get a break on slot rules at New York, Washington airports

Written by Edward Russell @ The Points Guy

Airlines can hold onto their slots at busy airports in New York and Washington until March, a bit of good news from U.S. officials amid a worsening outlook for their first winter during the coronavirus pandemic. The Federal Aviation Administration has waived slot usage rules at the congested New York John F. Kennedy (JFK) and …

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