Flying during COVID-19, for one pilot, is easier — except when everything is harder

Written by Patrick Smith @ The Points Guy

Mostly, this has been an exercise in stress. I suppose that’s an ambiguous term, so constituently we’re talking about fear, dread, and uncertainty. Not a fear of the virus. Coming down with COVID-19 isn’t what scares me. What scares me is what the airline business might look like by the time things settle out — …

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United Airlines temporarily adjusting inflight lavatory policy

Written by Zach Honig @ The Points Guy

For years, many airlines have restricted passengers from accessing a lavatory outside of their ticketed cabin. Generally, crew members cite security as the reason behind that particular policy, though it also has the benefit of limiting traffic in premium cabins — business- and first-class passengers don’t have to worry about a constant flow of travelers …

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New York’s LaGuardia Airport now offers COVID testing — and it’s free

Written by Zach Griff @ The Points Guy

COVID testing plays an important role in restarting the travel industry. However, in many parts of the country, getting a fast, reliable and affordable COVID test remains a challenge. That’s no longer the case if you’re traveling through New York’s LaGuardia Airport. The Port Authority along with NYC Health and Hospitals and the New York Tracing …

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The economics behind hotel loyalty programs (with insights from a former Marriott VP)

Written by Andrew Kunesh @ The Points Guy

In the past, I’ve reported on how loyalty programs are becoming even more important to airlines during the coronavirus pandemic. But after a discussion with Jeff Borman — the former VP of Revenue Management at both Marriott and Hilton — I’ve come to realize that it’s even more important to hotel groups. After all, in Borman’s …

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United pilots free COVID testing for select London-bound passengers

Written by Zach Griff @ The Points Guy

Until there’s a readily available vaccine, testing remains one of the most effective ways to track — and prevent — the spread of the coronavirus. Preflight testing is also one of the best ways for airlines to stimulate demand during the pandemic. After all, if flyers know they’re sharing an enclosed metal tube with fellow …

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United is bringing back inflight food and beverage sales — with a twist

Written by Zach Griff @ The Points Guy

Early in the pandemic, airlines quickly suspended most inflight service offerings. On some of the shortest flights, you wouldn’t receive anything — not even water. With the holidays approaching and more people taking to the skies, carriers are slowly resuming pre-pandemic service, with an increased focus on crew and passenger safety. On Oct. 1, United …

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Silver Airways returns to Jacksonville amid 3-city growth spurt

Written by Edward Russell @ The Points Guy

Silver Airways is putting its new ATR turboprops to good use as the coronavirus pandemic grinds on. The Florida-based regional carrier will return to Jacksonville (JAX) this December after a two-year hiatus. The northern Florida city is the third new destination added by recently by Silver. Its others are both in South Carolina, where flights …

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Delta significantly improves Global Upgrade Certificates on partners

Written by Zach Griff @ The Points Guy

Each year, top-tier Diamond Medallions get a pick from an exclusive collection of Choice Benefits. The options range from 25,000 bonus SkyMiles to a Sky Club membership to a $200 travel voucher and more. Here at TPG, one of our favorite Choice Benefits are Global Upgrade Certificates (GUCs). These upgrade vouchers are valid on Delta …

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SoFi is launching an unlimited 2% cash-back card — here’s what you need to know

Written by Chris Dong @ The Points Guy

In the earlier months of the pandemic, card companies held back on issuing new lines of credit. With a relatively unstable economic environment, issuers had difficulty assessing the creditworthiness of potential cardholders. However, that’s started to change lately. Generous new sign-up offers have emerged and card companies have generally become less restrictive when it comes …

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First adults-only casino in Vegas is now open with the world’s largest sports book

Written by Richard Kerr @ The Points Guy

Today marks the grand opening of Circa Resort and Casino — the first opening of a resort built from the ground up in downtown Las Vegas since 1980. The property features a sports-lovers paradise called Stadium Swim; the world’s largest sportsbook, Circa Sports, which was built for 1,000 people; and, perhaps most notably, the resort …

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Here’s Delta’s new (unofficial) award chart for partner redemptions – and you’re not going to like it

Written by Andrew Kunesh Benji Stawski @ The Points Guy

Although Delta doesn’t publish an award chart, and the amount of SkyMiles you need to book a Delta flight can fluctuate wildly, partner redemptions have relatively fixed prices. That being said, without award charts, Delta can choose to raise these rates at any time. And unfortunately, that’s exactly what it just did. Delta has quietly …

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United Airlines eyes finish to Polaris retrofits on the 787, wants ‘consistent product’ during pandemic

Written by Edward Russell @ The Points Guy

United Airlines is pushing ahead with its effort to update the Polaris business-class cabins on its wide-body jets during the pandemic. The Chicago-based carrier aims to fly mostly Boeing 767s, 777s and 787s that have its posh business-class product to give flyers a “consistent” experience, United vice president of international network and alliances Patrick Quayle during …

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Southwest Airlines unveils 10 new Chicago O’Hare, Colorado Springs routes

Written by Edward Russell @ The Points Guy

Southwest Airlines will launch 10 new routes when it begins flights to Chicago O’Hare and Colorado Springs early next year, two of nine new destinations that it is adding to its map during the coronavirus pandemic. The carrier will debut with five routes at each the cities. Flights to Chicago O’Hare (ORD) begin in February …

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