American’s Pilot Scheduling System Seems To Be Making Flight Cancellations Worse

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Jun 22 2021

American Airlines has been cancelling hundreds of flights a day for several days. They don’t have enough pilots, especially Boeing 737 pilots, to operate the schedule they published.

However it appears that the system American Airlines uses to try to find pilots to pick up overtime and crew open trips may be standing in the way of getting some of its pilots to cover trips.

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The Reason Hyatt Became The Only Hotel Points Transfer Partner For New Program Bilt Rewards

Jun 22 2021

The new Bilt Rewards program lets members earn points through their rental apartment, and even earn points for paying rent to any landlord. It has a credit card, and points transfer 1:1 into a variety of loyalty currencies.

At first blush it seemed surprising to see Hyatt as the only hotel points transfer partner. It makes sense for Bilt, it’s the only hotel program where a 1:1 points transfer offers value to members. But we haven’t seen Hyatt offer that many partnerships. Why add Bilt?

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Woman Gave Birth At The Miami Airport On Fathers Day, Named The Girl MIA

Jun 21 2021

On Sunday – Fathers Days – a woman gave birth to a baby girl inside a restroom near Miami airport’s gate D43 after getting off of an American Airlines flight from Chicago.

The mother, traveling with her aunt, gave birth to the baby at 10:30 a.m. The Miami airport carries the 3 letter code MIA, and uses it in its branding. The mother decided to name the girl Mia, which the airport says they’re “honored” by.

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Airlines Are Asking The Government To Send Unruly Passengers To Prison

Jun 21 2021

U.S. airlines, represented by their lobbying group Airlines For America, have jointed the biggest airline unions in calling for the Department of Justice to prosecute passengers who cause flight disturbances.

Notably though 2300 of the 3000 reports of unruly behavior the FAA has received this year have been related to masks. Isn’t it striking that the airlines and unions don’t recognize that three quarters of the incidents, then, could be eliminated by lifting the mask mandate – that no longer makes any sense in any case?

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When Will The American Airlines Operation Recover From Meltdown?

Jun 21 2021

American Airlines cancelled 3% of its flights on Sunday, and about 2% already today. Cancellations appear to continue, and I’d guess will last through the end of the month until we hit the airline’s planned 1% pulldown of capacity for the first half of July.

If you’re flying a Boeing 737 especially this hits you hardest, since that’s the fleet type that’s been hardest hit by pilot shortages.

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What To Do If You Don’t Qualify For The Sapphire Preferred 100,000 Point Offer

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Jun 21 2021

If you are over ‘5/24’ you aren’t likely to get a Chase card. Chase generally won’t approve new cardmembers who have had five or more new card accounts opened in the past 24 months.

But many people don’t qualify for the big Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card offer because they already have a Sapphire Preferred or Reserve, or got a bonus for one of those cards in the past 48 months.

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The ‘Breakfast Included’ Hotel Rate Scam

Jun 21 2021

Some hotels offer rates that include breakfast. You need to figure out how likely to buy breakfast you are – and how much you’ll save. Sometimes the ‘breakfast included’ price is really just the room rate plus the cost of breakfast. And if you skip breakfast even one day, for instance you leave too early in the morning on the day you check out, you come out a loser on the deal.

But some hotels during the pandemic have been pulling a breakfast rate scam on guests.

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