Deals of the week: Amtrak kids travel free, $40 transcon flights and more

Written by Victoria M. Walker @ The Points Guy

Editor’s note: 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. As travel begins to pick back up, …

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3 Links I Love: Southwest’s Strategy, Surrender the Dragon, Wizz Goes South

Written by CF @ Cranky Flier

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What’s Southwest’s Network Strategy?Fly Data Guy
A former Southwest network planner talks about how Southwest has moved toward connecting banks during the pandemic.

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How the pandemic changed my award redemption priorities

Written by Victoria M. Walker @ The Points Guy

At the beginning of 2020, I had lofty expectations of how I would use my points and miles this year.  In 2019, I earned over 150,000 points and miles from sign-up bonuses on cards like the Chase Sapphire Preferred Card and my American Express® Gold Card, as well as targeted promotions on cards like the …

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Check out JetBlue’s first Airbus A220, due to begin carrying flyers early next year

Written by Edward Russell @ The Points Guy

Airbus has painted the first A220 bound for JetBlue Airways, some welcome upbeat nears for the New York-based airline during this coronavirus pandemic-dominated year. The A220-300 features a new tailfin dubbed “Hops” by JetBlue. The design is inspired by the idea of “connecting many short trips together as part of a larger journey” — or …

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Budget airlines muscle into big airports as coronavirus creates new opportunities

Written by Edward Russell @ The Points Guy

JetBlue Airways opening a base at LAX. Southwest Airlines flying to Chicago O’Hare, Houston Bush Intercontinental and Miami. Spirit Airlines landing in Orange County. These are all opportunistic moves airlines have made since the coronavirus pandemic hit, possibly helping to reshape U.S. airline maps for years to come. “We have historically been boxed out of …

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Deal alert: Flights to newly reopened Costa Rica, Panama and Grenada from $171 round trip

Written by Katherine Fan @ The Points Guy

Countries continue to reopen to U.S. travelers, including several Caribbean and Central American destinations within a four-hour flight of the United States: Costa Rica, Panama and Grenada. For more TPG news and deals delivered each morning to your inbox, sign up for our daily newsletter here. We’ve published multiple reopening guides for these destinations in …

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JetBlue adds a new Colorado ski town to its map amid flurry of new winter flights

Written by Edward Russell @ The Points Guy

JetBlue Airways is snapping on its ski boots and getting ready to hit the slopes this winter amid a flurry of new air service to the Rocky Mountains. The New York-based carrier will add Montrose, Colorado (MTJ,) near Telluride to its map starting Dec. 19, JetBlue unveiled on Wednesday. The airline will offer flights to …

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JetBlue significantly devalues a lucrative Mosaic elite seating perk

Written by Zach Griff @ The Points Guy

Airlines are busy making policy adjustments throughout the pandemic. Some changes have been positive. A few others, well, haven’t. In April, major U.S. carriers extended elite status through 2021. JetBlue offered one of the most generous perks in addition to its extension announcement. All current Mosaic elites could gift a full year of status to a …

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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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The 5 best high-end international flights you can book with miles this winter

Written by Andrew Kunesh @ The Points Guy

The coronavirus pandemic hasn’t been friendly to travelers. The U.S. passport was once one of the world’s most powerful, but Americans have been largely excluded from international travel since the start of the pandemic. Most of Asia and Europe, for example, remain off-limits for Americans except for special circumstances or for travelers lucky enough to …

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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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