United Takes the Lead on Simplifying Elite Qualifying By Focusing on Spend

United Takes the Lead on Simplifying Elite Qualifying By Focusing on Spend

One of the knocks on United’s loyalty strategies over the years has been that the airline just takes what Delta does and slaps its own name on the change. When it comes to qualifying for elite status, however, United has decided to be the first mover. The airline announced on …

Cranky on the Web: Icelandair Leaves Kansas City

Cranky on the Web: Icelandair Leaves Kansas City

After Icelandair leaves Kansas City, can KCI land another nonstop flight to Europe?Kansas City Star
The local paper took a deep look at Icelandair leaving Kansas City and interviewed me along with a ton of others. My entire thoughts aren’t in the article, but effectively, Icelandair must have …

3 Links I Love: Filling the Void, Boeing in a Pickle, Slots

3 Links I Love: Filling the Void, Boeing in a Pickle, Slots

This week’s featured link:

Lufthansa to start flying to Ljubljana after Adria Airways’ collapseReuters
Question: Oh no, what will happen if our national airline fails?! Answer: A better airline will move in and serve the markets that have demand.

Image of the Week: Happy 100th birthday, KLM.
DOT Says Not Enough Consumer Benefit, Shoots Down Hawaiian/JAL Bid for Antitrust Immunity

DOT Says Not Enough Consumer Benefit, Shoots Down Hawaiian/JAL Bid for Antitrust Immunity

It wasn’t long ago that I found myself worried that this industry was getting to be too boring. Welp, I was wrong. Adding on to the growing pile is the Department of Transportation’s (DOT) tentative decision to grant closer cooperation — but deny antitrust immunity (ATI) — to Hawaiian and …

3 Links I Love: The Rise of Flight Shaming, OC Cuts, Connecting to a Bus

3 Links I Love: The Rise of Flight Shaming, OC Cuts, Connecting to a Bus

This Week’s Featured Link:

Flight shaming hits air travel as ‘Greta effect’ takes offThomson Reuters Foundation
Flight shaming is real, and we haven’t seen the full impact of it by any stretch. Just take a look at this article with some really interesting stats. In particular, Scandinavia has …

Flying on JetBlue’s Brand New and Hard-to-Find “Phase 2” Interiors (Trip Report)

Flying on JetBlue’s Brand New and Hard-to-Find “Phase 2” Interiors (Trip Report)

I expected this to be just another normal trip report for my flight to Vegas for the Boyd Conference, but oh was I wrong. JetBlue has very few of its so-called “Phase 2” A320 retrofits out in the wild, and I happened to get on one. Though I’ll talk about …

Alaska and American Leave Their Partnership Hanging By a Thread With New Cuts

Alaska and American Leave Their Partnership Hanging By a Thread With New Cuts

It’s time for a rare Wednesday post. After already cutting their partnership back after Alaska and Virgin America merged, American and Alaska will be nearly severing their ties starting in March. Unlike this week’s LATAM mess, this one seems to be a mutual decision. Still, I’m sure the timing …

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