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A Whole Buncha Stuff From This Week

I was traveling down in San Antonio this week, so I didn’t really have an opportunity to write. Here’s some stuff I meant to write about:

– As noted everywhere, Delta released their 2015 award chart. For some reason I was under the impression that companies can’t announce future price increases, but I’m apparently wrong about that. They’ve gone from 3 to 5 tiers, and while they’ve lowered many of the middle tiers by 5,000 or 10,000 points, the big question is inventory – whether they’re just going to keep the pathetic low level availability and make more expensive redemptions available. I know everyone bitches about Delta’s frequent flyer program, but the airline is profitable and well-run, and apparently most people don’t care about Skymiles.

– Hawaiian Airlines is canceling Honolulu – Taipei in April, less than a year after launching it. Their experiment increasing flights to Asia has not been a smooth one – they announced the cancelation of Fukuoka flights a couple of weeks ago, and last year ended Manila. Kudos, though, for trying something different.

– One passenger on a recent Westjet flight was not happy about having a female pilot. (Thanks to reader Joey Z for the heads up).

– Because of a glitch on the Bluebird website, make sure when you choose the payee that the website shows the same payee that you chose. Some people in this thread are saying that checks have been sent to the wrong people.

– The Virgin Atlantic card with the 47,500 mile bonus is available again. 20k on first purchase, 25k after $2,500 in 3 months, and 2,500 per added authorized user (up to 2 additional). $90 annual fee not waived. Transfers to Hilton at 1:1.5, which is the only reason to get this card.

– Virgin America sees Dallas Love as a big opportunity and announced that in October they plan to launch flights to LaGuardia, Washington National, LAX and San Francisco.

– Saudi Arabian Airlines is planning to launch 3X weekly LAX – Jeddah – Riyadh service on March 31st. That’s good news for west coast-based folks looking to use Delta miles to the Middle East and India.

– His blog seems to be down right now, but Wandering Aramean is currently flying Newark to Hong Kong only on United 737s (via Island Hopper). That’s literally the craziest trip I’ve heard of. Anyone willing to go around the world on a 737? Good luck, Seth.

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