New Stats On The Decline Of Travel

News notes from around the interweb:

  • Every day, a new record low for U.S. airline passengers since they’ve been keeping count this way.

  • I’ve never seen anything like the airline bailout, where the government is supporting companies that can raise money themselves. Just today Southwest accessed another $2.3 billion and announced it in the very same communication where they said they would apply for CARES Act funding.

  • The requirements airlines will face to continue to provide service if they take government bailout money.

  • Icelandair gets government money to fly to Boston and either London or Stockholm. Meanwhile Japan is expected to subsidize its airlines, too.

  • American’s credit card companion tickets are still expiring. I asked about this and was told, “We’re evaluating this, but for now we are handling extension requests on a case by case basis.” Of course American still hasn’t stopped expiring miles either.

  • Vietnam has suspended most air travel through April 15

  • American AAdvantage web special (revenue-based) awards can now be booked by phone, too.

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  1. Instead of recycling your out of date thoughts, linking to stories of your’s, AA has paused mileage expiration. Might want to check with your “sources”

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