Wizz Air to Open New Cardiff Airport Base with A321

MIAMI – Wizz Air (W6) names Cardiff airport (CWL) as its fourth UK base, giving the airport a lifeline amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. When the summer 2021 season begins in late March, the airline will launch nine new leisure routes from the South Wales airport. According to W6, the “significant investment” would generate 40 […]

Qantas Optimistic About 2021 Recovery

MIAMI – Qantas (QF) released its group market update and remarks from its CEO, Alan Joyce. Overall, the group has high levels of optimism about the recovery speed, even though 2021 might still be in the red, albeit slightly. Expectations are that from the second half of 2021, the airline will start to see recovery, […]

Air New Zealand launches another superb safety video

Air New Zealand and Tourism New Zealand have launched a superb new safety video Aotearoa, the 8th Wonder of the World to help support the country’s domestic tourism industry. Aotearoa, the 8th Wonder of the World sees destinations across the country put forward their submission to be named the 8th Wonder of the World. See […]

Omio Study Ranks 30 European Airports

MIAMI – Booking platform Omio has made a study where it ranked 30 European airports for comfort and customer friendliness, website Airports International reported on December 1. As stated in the report, “Heathrow (LHR) has the best facilities out of all the contenders yet was ranked seventh overall,” while “Rome (FCO), Amsterdam (AMS), Moscow (SVO) […]

Seoul Court Rules in favour Korean-Asiana Merger

MIAMI – Seoul Central District Court yesterday ruled in favor of the merger of Korean Air (KE) and Asiana Airlines (OZ). The decision will make the acquisition easier. Last month, KE was set to buy its biggest rival for ₩1.8tn. Due to the pandemic, both airlines were making losses. The merger was an “inevitable decision […]

Austin mayor urged people to ‘stay home’ from a timeshare in Cabo San Lucas, where he flew on a private jet for a vacation with eight others, according to report

Summary List Placement The mayor of Austin, Texas, urged his constituents to “stay home” on a video call from a timeshare in Cabo San Lucas last month where he traveled on a private jet with eight other people, according to the Austin Statesman and KVUE. “Stay home if you can … this is not the […]

According to Vrbo, new family travel trends for 2021 include cozy cabins, waterfront getaways, and more — here are top rentals for each

  Summary List Placement Due to COVID-19, domestic destinations and private vacation rentals in nature have seen big spikes as travelers prioritize safety and isolation. Expect these trends to continue into 2021, especially for families, according to Vrbo’s new travel trend report.  The report is based on a survey of over 8,000 people, as well […]

United Airlines’ 42nd Anniversary with Orlando International Airport

Photo: Luca Flores A Celebration amid Low Numbers With the COVID-19 Pandemic still raging across the country, UA and MCO have seen a significant drop in passenger numbers. The 2020 fiscal year only saw 29,067,987 total passengers, of which 2,297,116 were from United. Congratulations to United and Orlando International for 42 years of flights! Featured […]

Pakistan International Airlines Announces Narrow-Body Lease Plans

MIAMI – Pakistan International Airlines (PK) has via a tender notice announced intentions to lease up to eight narrow-body aircraft with delivery at the beginning of 2021. PK intends to lease the aircraft for a period of six years or up until the first 12-year maintenance check for the aircraft with deliveries continuing throughout 2021. […]

Southwest has 5 different credit cards for enjoying flight perks and earning points toward the Companion Pass — here’s how to decide which is best for you

 Summary List Placement A Southwest Rapid Rewards credit card can help you earn award flights, and can help you qualify for the airline’s 2-for-1 travel deal, the Companion Pass. Your options are the Southwest Rapid Rewards® Plus Credit Card ($69 annual fee), the Southwest Rapid Rewards® Premier Credit Card ($99 annual fee), and the Southwest […]

FlyDubai CEO: Demand Will Increase to 100 Weekly Flights

Photo: Wiki Commons A High Frequency Required Al Ghaith said, “We will bind Israelis to many destinations in the world when this starts. If there is a vaccine by March, the shift that the industry is waiting for may be. I think demand on the route will stabilize, and we will see the potential for […]

3 personal Southwest credit cards are now offering up to 80,000 Southwest points — and it’s perfect timing for earning the Southwest Companion Pass

 Summary List Placement For a limited time, all three Chase Southwest personal cards are offering their highest sign-up bonuses ever — up to 80,000 Southwest points. With the Southwest Rapid Rewards® Plus Credit Card, Southwest Rapid Rewards® Premier Credit Card, or Southwest Rapid Rewards® Priority Credit Card, you’ll earn 50,000 points after you spend $2,000 […]

Air Djibouti 737-500 Right-Hand Gear Collapses During Landing

MIAMI – Today, an Air Djibouti Boeing 737-500s right-hand gear collapsed during landing at Garowe Airport (GGR) in Somalia, causing substantial damage to the aircraft but avoiding any fatalities.  Operating on a series of flights between Djibouti and Mogadishu with stops in smaller airports in Somalia, of which GGR was one. The airport, in Northeastern […]

The Alisal is an all-inclusive dude ranch set on 10,000 acres just outside Santa Barbara, California — here’s what it was like taking a family vacation there during COVID-19

  Summary List Placement The Alisal Guest Ranch & Resort is an all-inclusive dude ranch just 45 minutes outside Santa Barbara in Solvang, California. All rooms have private entrances and the resort is set on 10,000 acres, making for easy social distancing.  I recently stayed in a mid-tier Select Suite with my family, which typically […]

The best Chase credit cards you can sign up for, no matter what type of rewards you want to earn

 Summary List Placement Credit card points and frequent flyer miles can be incredibly useful, no matter what program you earn them with or what you eventually choose to do with them. While there are a few different types of credit card rewards, you benefit regardless of which kind your card earns by collecting a rebate […]

The best hotel credit cards of December 2020

 Summary List Placement The best hotel credit cards of 2020: Best travel card overall: Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card Best travel coverage: Chase Sapphire Reserve® Best card for luxury hotel perks and elite status: Platinum Card® from American Express Best for Hilton stays: Hilton Honors American Express Aspire Card Best for IHG stays: IHG® Rewards Club […]

The best credit card offers in December: Earn points, miles, or cash back

 Summary List Placement The best credit card welcome offers available now: American Express® Gold Card: 60,000 points after you spend at least $4,000 in your first 6 months of account opening(Elevated offer) Capital One® Venture® Rewards Credit Card: up to 100k Capital One miles — 50k miles after you spend $3k in the first 3 months […]

The best rewards credit cards of 2020

 Summary List Placement The best credit cards for rewards: Best cash-back card: Citi® Double Cash Card Great cash-back bonus categories: Blue Cash Preferred® Card from American Express Best travel card with an annual fee under $100: Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card Best travel card for earning maximum points: Chase Sapphire Reserve® Best no-annual-fee Chase card: Chase Freedom […]

Chinese Airlines’ Domestic Traffic Surges in October

MIAMI – Despite the ongoing pandemic, Chinese airlines are seeing a slight recovery in domestic passenger demand. This represents an upward trend when compared to a year ago due to the constrained demand for inbound travel during weekends and holidays. For the second month in a row, China Southern Airlines (CZ) saw an increase in […]

FAA Issues First Airworthiness Certificate for a B737 MAX Since Grounding

MIAMI – The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has issued its first airworthiness certificate for a Boeing 737 MAX built since March 2019, the agency said on Tuesday. Reuters reports today that the FAA on November 18 lifted a 20-month-old grounding order on the 737 MAX. The order was issued after two fatal crashes in five […]

United Airlines to Fly the Boeing 737 MAX between Houston/Denver Hubs

MIAMI – A United Airlines (UA) spokesperson confirmed with Airways this week that when the carrier returns the Boeing 737 MAX 9 to service, it will be used between George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) and Denver International Airport (DEN) before expanding from there. It is expected UA will also initially reopen Boeing 737 MAX Pilot […]

December of Reckoning for Norwegian Air

Norwegian Air Boeing 787. Photo: Andrea Ongaro December 15 – USA The second court hearing which will occur is scheduled on December 15 in Illinois, USA. Norwegian Air filed a US$1bn lawsuit against Boeing in the summer, at the same time they cancelled major orders with the manufacturer. The lawsuit is related to the losses […]

How United Airlines overcame one of the largest limitations to transporting Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine to the US

Summary List Placement The COVID-19 vaccine has taken flight en route to the US.  Pfizer has tasked United Airlines with transporting the first doses of its vaccine to the US, the Wall Street Journal reported on Friday, in preparation for an expected emergency authorization from the Food and Drug Administration scheduled to come in the […]

Elevate your next Zoom video call by transporting yourself, and colleagues, to these 16 stunning hotels and destinations around the world for free

  Summary List Placement Due to the ongoing pandemic, many employees are still working from home, and family and friends aren’t gathering in person the same way we used to.  Team meetings, happy hours with colleagues, and even family holiday celebrations are all happening over video apps like Zoom and Teams. Merge your next socially-distanced […]

Rejoice! British Airways Retro-Liveried Boeing 747s Find Permanent Homes

MIAMI – Boeing 747 fans had reason to cheer today as British Airways (BA) announced that two of its retro-liveried aircraft will be spared from the scrap heap. In a press release today, BA said that the aircraft – the last to leave the British Airways fleet – will soon fly to new permanent homes. […]

India Domestic Air Travel 65% back to pre COVID-19 Levels

MIAMI – According to Indian Civil Aviation Secretary Pradeep Singh Kharola, nearly 65% of domestic air travel has returned to pre-COVID-19 levels. The Secretary also said a strategy to bring the tourism industry back to its feet now needs to be established. Kharola made the statements during a webinar on ‘Aviation and Tourism-the Way Ahead’ […]

JetBlue SEC Filing Predicts Lower Capacity/Revenue than Previously Thought

MiAMI – In a recent 8-K filing with the SEC, JetBlue Airways (B6) announced it expects its flown capacity for Q4 2020 to decrease between 45-50% year-over-year. This compares to the company’s previous planning assumption of a decrease of approximately 45% year-over-year. JetBlue plans to continue to manage capacity and align with demand on a […]