Airlines expect a post-coronavirus boom in leisure travel, they just don’t know when

Written by Edward Russell @ The Points Guy

The coronavirus pandemic has laid the airline industry bare, cutting travelers to a fraction of last year’s numbers and even reducing some big names to bankruptcy. As Delta Air Lines CEO Ed Bastian described it in March: “This is 9/11, SARS and the Great Recession all rolled into one.” But the word from industry executives …

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More than 30,000 furloughs begin as ‘terrible Thursday’ arrives for airlines

Written by Edward Russell @ The Points Guy

American Airlines and United Airlines have begin furloughing more than 32,000 staff as the foretold “terrible Thursday” arrives for U.S. airlines. American began furloughing or laying off 19,000 staff and United 13,342 staff on Thursday after employment protections under the federal coronavirus aid package, or CARES Act, expired on Sept. 30. In addition, American regional subsidiaries …

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The major US airlines rebounded in June — but it wasn’t all good news

Written by Zach Griff @ The Points Guy

June 20 marked the beginning of summer in the Northern Hemisphere. In a normal year, summer ushers in a busy quarter for the U.S. airline industry. Families take vacations, businesses and conferences are in session and planes are typically filled. But 2020 is far from normal. This summer, international travel was largely off-limits. And if …

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How many passengers have US airlines banned for not wearing masks?

Written by Zach Honig @ The Points Guy

Delta calls it a “no-fly list.” At Frontier, it’s a “Prevent Departure list.” No matter what it’s called, you don’t want your name to appear — travelers who end up there will have to find another carrier to fly, at least for the time being. Historically, airlines have banned customers for a handful of reasons, …

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Allegiant Air adds 7 new routes to destinations in Florida, California, Arizona and Colorado

Written by Ben Mutzabaugh @ The Points Guy

Allegiant Air announced seven new routes this fall, adding seasonal connections to destinations in Florida, California, Arizona and Colorado. Introductory fares begin at $29 one way on some of the routes. The new routes – which begin in November – continue a trend by U.S. airlines to increase flights to outdoor and beach destinations that …

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Why Allegiant should correct its peculiar face covering policy

Written by Zach Griff @ The Points Guy

One of the best ways to prevent the spread of the coronavirus is by wearing a mask. That’s why we’ve seen every major U.S. airline introduce mask requirements. If you’re planning to fly during the pandemic, you’ll need to keep your face covered from the beginning to the end of your travel journey. Though every …

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The airlines that bounced back first from the depths of the pandemic may surprise you

Written by Zach Griff @ The Points Guy

At the height of the pandemic in April, just over 3 million passengers crossed through TSA checkpoints nationwide. That number is just shy of 5% of the over 70 million flyers who went through TSA checkpoints in April 2019. In May of this year, U.S. airlines started seeing signs of life once again. Over 7 …

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Flying solo: Airline unaccompanied minor policies and fees in the US

Written by Summer Hull @ The Points Guy

Airlines have dramatically varying policies and fees when it comes to children flying alone under the designation of an unaccompanied minor. Here is a round up of the United States based airlines policies and fees for unaccompanied minors…

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US airlines send another 10,500 furlough notices as industry faces dramatic contraction

Written by Edward Russell @ The Points Guy

Alaska Airlines, Allegiant Air, Frontier Airlines, Hawaiian Airlines and Spirit Airlines have warned more than 10,500 staff of possible furloughs this fall as the airline industry prepares to be significantly smaller as a result of the coronavirus pandemic for the next few years. Combined, the notices represent more than a fifth of the carriers’ workforces …

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Best US airlines of 2020: Who’s doing it right in the COVID era

Written by Nick Ewen @ The Points Guy

The travel industry has been thrown into turmoil by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, and perhaps no segment has been impacted as significantly as airlines. From thousands of flight cancellations to heavy financial losses and the threats of furloughs and layoffs, the last few months have been challenging for these companies as they attempt to weather …

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How you can donate your points and miles to charity

Written by Stella Shon @ The Points Guy

This pandemic has changed many of our plans, leaving us feeling uncertain for the future. But as someone who’s always on the go, I’ve taken some much-needed time to slow down. Beyond baking banana bread and binging shows on Netflix, quarantine has given me a chance to learn how to become a better ally. Whenever …

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