American Airlines will be changing terminals at London Heathrow, and that's either good or bad news, depending on how you look at it.
It has today been formally announced that American Airlines will be moving to London Heathrow Terminal 5 as of July 7, 2020. This is British Airways' primary terminal at Heathrow, and it means that American and British Airways will be co-located for transatlantic flights, given that they have a joint venture.
I mentioned this in passing in a post earlier about British Airways reopening lounges, but what I wasn't aware of at the time is that this is intended to be a permanent move.
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If one good thing comes out of 2020, it's that the St. Regis Cairo has finally opened... seemingly out of nowhere? If you're wondering why I have such an interest in this hotel, let me explain...
St. Regis is one of my favorite hotel brands, and Cairo is a city that I travel to quite often (or at least did travel to often prior to the current pandemic).
The St. Regis Cairo had been in the pipeline for a really long time. While hotel opening delays are common, the delay at the St. Regis Cairo was next-level. For a few years the hotel always showed an imminent opening date, only to be pushed back again last minute.
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One thing we've noticed (and this is not a new phenomenon) is that "travel sentiment surveys" don't really take into account the viewpoints of the most frequent travelers, or the most highly-engaged loyalty program members.
Our community may not be statistically significant in terms of determining "most popular vacation destinations" or whatever, but we do have an incredibly broad and diverse readership of people here at OMAAT who love travel and aviation.
We value the feedback folks provide in the comments every day, and we can get a general sense of what is interesting to (some) people by looking at traffic trends, but it's tricky to consolidate that info into anything usable, and of course not everyone who reads, comments.
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Over the past few month we've seen a majority of airline lounges around the world close. This has been both due to lack of travel demand, and also because updated lounge protocols were needed to reflect the times.
We're slowly seeing airlines start to reopen lounges, and you can now add British Airways to that list.
British Airways will be reopening select lounges at London Heathrow Terminal 5 as of Saturday, July 4, 2020. As you'd expect, not all lounges are opening, though, so there are some details to be aware of.
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In April American Airlines announced several updates to the AAdvantage program. The airline extended elite status by 12 months, and revealed plans to introduce a new one-time American Airlines Vacations credit for elite members, and also adjust change fees for award tickets.
One of the major things that American Airlines has done is that they've changed the fee structure on award tickets. I wanted to take a closer look at how that works, as this new policy was implemented for tickets booked as of July 1, 2020.
For tickets booked as of July 1, 2020, American AAdvantage has adjusted the fees for changing and cancelling awards. The changes aren't entirely positive -- they're positive for some, and negative for others, depending on your travel patterns.
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Remember a few months ago, when travel perks were one of the primary motivators for getting a premium credit card? Well, suffice to say that times have changed. With social distancing replacing travel for many people, credit card perks that were once valuable are now almost worthless.
Fortunately we've seen credit card issuers adapt, and add new perks that reflect the times. This includes the Chase Sapphire Preferred, which has some awesome limited time perks. In this post I wanted to provide an up-t0-date review of the Sapphire Preferred, factoring in all the temporary perks in the coronavirus era.
Is the Chase Sapphire Preferred as good as it used to be? How does it compare to the Chase Sapphire Reserve, especially with the recent changes made to the card? Let's take a closer look.
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In April American Airlines announced several updates to the AAdvantage program. In addition to elite status being extended by 12 months, some other creative initiatives were also revealed, which were overwhelmingly positive. One new benefit -- an American Airlines Vacations credit -- went live at the beginning of July.
In this post I wanted to take a closer look at how this benefit works, especially now that this benefit can be used. In a previous post I shared how American's new AAdvantage award fees work.
AAdvantage elite members now have access to a credit of up to $400 to use towards an American Airlines Vacation package. The amount of the credit is based on your elite status, as follows:
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Even domestic travel is getting significantly more complicated. A few days ago a 14-day quarantine was added for travelers arriving in New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut from regions with high COVID-19 infection rates. Now a similar requirement has been added in Chicago.
Chicago's 14-day travel quarantine requirement
An Emergency Travel Order has been issued for Chicago, requiring a 14-day quarantine when traveling to Chicago from a state experiencing a surge in new COVID-19 cases:
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JetBlue pilots have reached an agreement with management that just about any US airline employee would be happy with at this point...
US airlines received around $50 billion worth of grants and loans through the CARES Act. This included payroll protection, whereby airlines had to agree to not involuntarily furlough any employees through at least September 30.
Just about all major US airlines will be furloughing employees come October 1, given how long a recovery is expected to take.
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We'll be changing our YouTube livestream format a bit, but hope you guys will be able to join us for tonight's OMAAT virtual happy hour.
We'll be having our weekly OMAAT virtual happy hour this evening at 6:30PM Eastern (just follow this link and you can be reminded when we go live) and hope you guys can join us. This evening we'll once again be joined by the one-and-only Sean M.
You can be reminded of our weekly virtual happy hour here:
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A few days ago I posted about an incident that occurred at a Hampton Inn in North Carolina, where a black family had the cops called on them for using the pool.
Well, a lawsuit has just been filed over a black family having the cops called on them at a Hampton Inn in North Carolina... except this is a different incident involving a different family.
A lawsuit has been filed today over an incident that occurred in November 2018 at the Hampton Inn I-95 in Wilson, North Carolina.
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Qatar Airways is currently one of the largest airlines in the world, as the airline has continued to operate throughout the pandemic, and has expanded its route network significantly in recent weeks.
While the Doha-based airline already had safety protocols in place, some changes have been announced, including additional measures for passengers, and new uniforms for cabin crew. Let's take a look at the details.
Up until now, Qatar Airways passengers have had to wear face masks, but that requirement is being expanded. Qatar Airways passengers now have to wear face shields, in addition to face masks:
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It looks like a lot of American Airlines employees may be furloughed come October 1...
This is going to be a tough fall for airline employees. The CARES Act has provided US airlines with around $50 billion in support. Part of this funding includes payroll protection, and a condition of that has been that airlines can't involuntarily furlough any employees through at least September 30.
While airlines will no doubt ask the government for more help in the coming weeks, it seems unlikely that the government will extend full payroll protection beyond September 30.
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A major new US airline was supposed to launch this year, though it now looks like it's going to be delayed by at least a year. That shouldn't come as any surprise, given everything going on right now.
Here's everything we know about Breeze Airways so far...
David Neeleman is the founder of several airlines, including JetBlue. He hasn't worked at JetBlue since 2008, and in 2018 he announced that he planned to launch a new airline in the US.
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I've written a few times in the past about SoFi's generous referral program. Over time they've made some changes to the program, including the perks and the bonuses for new members, so I wanted to provide an update for both SoFi Money and SoFi Invest. This is especially the case now, as a lot has changed with the start of the new quarter.
It's not unusual to see some sort of a bonus when signing up for a checking or savings accounts and completing some activity. However, historically SoFi has been especially generous.
For those of you not familiar with SoFi, they're essentially an online personal finance company offering savings accounts, investment opportunities, and more. Here's what you need to know about how these two SoFi referral bonus opportunities work:
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If you have a SoFi account, there's a great opportunity to save 10% on some popular spending categories at the moment.
Between July 1 and September 30, you can receive 10% cash back with SoFi Money with select grocery and subscription services:
Eligible groceries include Whole Foods, Trader Joe's, and Instacart
Eligible subscriptions include Netflix, Disney+, and Spotify
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The Boeing 737 MAX was grounded in March 2019, after two fatal crashes just months apart. Over the past 15 months Boeing has been working towards recertification, and it looks like that may soon become a reality.
On Monday, pilots and test crew members from both Boeing and the Federal Aviation Administration began three days of test flights intended to once again get the 737 MAX certified. Well, that has gone as scheduled, and these test flights were wrapped up yesterday (Wednesday).
Specifically, a Boeing 737 MAX 7 with the registration code N7201S performed the following key flights:
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Radisson Rewards has just announced the details of their next global promotion, which is valid for stays through the end of the year.
Radisson Rewards' new promotion is rather straightforward -- between July 1 and December 31, 2020, you can earn 5,000 bonus points per stay.
In order to be eligible you need to:
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American AAdvantage constantly has promotions on purchased miles. Yesterday American launched their latest promotion on purchased miles, which came just a day after the previous promotion ended.
Before I talk about this promotion specifically, it's worth noting that nowadays American Airlines requires you to log into your account to see what offer is available on purchased miles. Therefore it's possible that some offers are targeted, and not everyone may see the same offers.
With the latest promo, American is offering a tiered discount on purchased miles through July 30, 2020. Here's how the promotion is structured:
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One of the best ways to rack up rewards points is with credit cards. The problem for many of us is that there are only so many things we can pay by credit card. That's where Plastiq comes into play.
This is a service that I've used for years, and have also reviewed in the past. However, I think my time using this service has come to an end. I'll share more details below, but to summarize the changes:
Plastiq is increasing fees as of today, from 2.5% to 2.85%
Plastiq is increasing wire fees
Plastiq has over the past few months made their referral program much worse
Over the past week I've interacted with Plastiq customer service for the first time, and it was underwhelming, to put it mildly
Plastiq used to offer all kinds of promotions back in the day, but those are now exceedingly rare
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