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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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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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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4 reasons to upgrade to United’s latest mobile app

Written by Zach Griff @ The Points Guy

In the years leading up to the pandemic, airlines were already focused on modernizing the end-to-end airport experience by making it more touchless. Some recent developments include self-check-in kiosks, automated boarding by facial recognition and touchless lavatories. But then the pandemic took hold, accelerating the need for a touchless future. A key element to (safely) …

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United, Hawaiian improved refund policies this summer. Others didn’t, and it showed.

Written by Zach Griff @ The Points Guy

We’ve now been in the midst of the pandemic for nearly seven months. When the coronavirus first came stateside, governments were quick to impose lockdowns and quarantines. This suddenly halted the economy — and brought travel to a near standstill. As airlines began adjusting to the new normal, many tightened their refund policies. Some of …

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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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Bike across America? That’s what this former airline employee did during the pandemic

Written by Edward Russell @ The Points Guy

“It’s the not the destination, it’s the journey.” That line popularized by author Ralph Waldo Emerson rings true with travelers around the world — whether they’re mesmerized by midnight storms while flying high above the Amazon or awoken to mist rising off cornfields in Ohio on a long-distance Amtrak journey. But, for many, such journeys …

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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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Travel bubbles coming? United Airlines tests potential solution on London-Newark flight

Written by Edward Russell @ The Points Guy

A key to reopening borders around the globe to the legions of grounded air travelers is confidence they will not spread the coronavirus. Some airlines have launched pre-flight COVID testing options in order to address this problem, but a key gap remains: how does an airline verify a traveler’s COVID-19 status without collecting personal health …

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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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Last chance to register for today’s webinar on international airline strategy

Written by Nick Ewen @ The Points Guy

Register now The airline industry has been hit hard by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Despite TSA surpassing 1 million screened passengers for the first time since March, it’s still a far cry from where things were at this time last year. Some executives don’t see demand returning to pre-pandemic levels until 2024. In the midst …

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United raises partner award prices (again) for close-in bookings; here’s the new ‘award chart’

Written by Nick Ewen @ The Points Guy

United’s MileagePlus loyalty program has seen its fair share of changes over the last 12 months — from removing award charts (and then raising some award prices) to eliminating partner award charts (and then again, raising prices on some partner awards) to adjusting how you earn Premier Qualifying Points (PQPs) on partner airlines. While the …

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MPX/United Visa Rewards: Earn 25x MileagePlus Miles On 1 Radisson Stay

Written by Stephen Pepper @ Frequent Miler's Quick Deals

The United Visa Rewards section in the MPX app is once again offering 25x bonus miles per dollar when paying for stays at Radisson properties with your Chase United card. The Deal Earn 25 miles per dollar when paying for a stay at a Radisson Rewards property with your Chase United card after linking the […]

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United’s bold Plan for 2021 & our Terrible Plan for on-board Catering.

Written by Jake Redman @ modhop.com

With Friday naps behind us (well, one of us), we dive into new data about how likely it is that you’ll get covid 19 on a plane. Plus, it looks like United is going to storm back into JFK with a vengance in 2021 and we look at a European […]

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United Airlines adds 7 new sun routes to Caribbean and Latin American destinations for winter

Written by Edward Russell @ The Points Guy

United Airlines is offering stir-crazy Americans seven new routes to escape their homes and hit the beach this during the upcoming coronavirus pandemic winter. The Chicago-based Star Alliance carrier will connect Belize City (BZE), Liberia (LIR) and San Jose (SJO) in Costa Rica, San Pedro Sula (SAP) in Honduras, and Santo Domingo (SDQ) in the …

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