American Airlines Makes Tons Of Cheap International Business And First Class Awards Available

Aug 10 2020

American Airlines has added back more flights than Delta or United. They also appear to be pricing more aggressively, something that United CEO Scott Kirby has publicly said he will not do.

Under American’s revenue-based model low prices also bring inexpensive award inventory. Often that’s only true for connecting flights but right now it seems to be true even for premium cabin international non-stops.

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How To Choose Which Airline To Fly?

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Aug 09 2020

If all you care about is schedule and price then choose your airline based on schedule and price. But fewer people care about just these things than is commonly imagined – it’s just that these are the only pieces of information people have historically been given.

Say you move to Kansas City, and decide to start fresh with a new airline. That’s a competitive market with lots of airlines you can reasonably fly. Southwest is biggest but several airlines are choices you can select from.

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In Defense Of Disney World During The Pandemic

Aug 09 2020

For anyone going to Disney World, the relevant question is what would they be doing if they weren’t at Disney? In Florida numerous bars remain open despite restrictions, and gyms are open.

Disney is probably a safer activity than alternatives, which means that Disney being open likely reduces spread of the virus.

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The One Hole In Hyatt’s Response To Covid: Suite Upgrade Certificates Haven’t Been Extended

Park Hyatt New York Proves Why Hotel Loyalty Makes Sense
Aug 08 2020

World of Hyatt extended current elite status so that members who qualified last year are able to use the benefits that they earned through 2021. However there’s a hole in Hyatt’s approach: confirmed suite upgrades for those members – set to expire February 2021 – were not extended.

Many members are starting to plan travel again. what they’re finding is that they cannot use their confirmed suite benefits – that even though they’ll still have status in 2021, their suite upgrades expire before the stays they’re trying to book.

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Why Social Distancing On Planes Matters Less Than You Think

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Aug 08 2020

Airlines are engaged in hygiene theater, cleaning surfaces and promoting electrostatic spraying. I appreciate the cleanliness and hope it sticks around after the pandemic. But the CDC and other research suggests surfaces aren’t a key vector of Covid-19 spread.

Social distancing guidance was based on the idea that large respiratory droplets are the primary way that the virus spreads, and those droplets fall to the ground quickly, so staying six feet apart from others is a good prophylactic. Masks help with large droplets. However increasingly researchers are concerned with aerosolized spread or airborne transmission.

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