Amex Centurion Lounge Finally Opening In DC?

July 15, 2024 at 08:27 EDT By Spencer Howard

Redditor /u9821 shared that "The DCA centurion lounge appears to be opening, or at least is very close to it! This evening, from the Sky Club I could see workers disassembling (?) the wooden cover. I asked a security guard there when it would open and all he said was “soon”. But from the looks of it, it’s basically done—there’s even art up on the walls. I also saw someone walking around inside taking a video."

Points Wire Note:

The Amex Centurion Lounge at Reagan National Airport was originally scheduled to open in late 2022. It's opening was then pushed to early 2024. Clearly, neither of those targets were me. Hopefully, we'll actually see an official opening date soon!

40% Off Southwest Flights To Hawaii

July 10, 2024 at 13:02 EDT By Spencer Howard

Southwest Airlines is offer 40% off flights to Hawaii, but you have to book by July 11. However, you can travel between August 13 and December 17, 2024. Just use the code HAWAII40.

Keep in mind that there are blackout dates:

  • To Hawaii: August 29 to September 3 and November 21 to 25, 2024
  • From Hawaii: August 29 to September 3 and November 21 to December 3, 2024

Direct link to promo

Is Aero The New JSX?

July 10, 2024 at 13:00 EDT By Spencer Howard

Cranky Flyer: "Let’s start with the basics. Aero uses five aircraft today — four Embraer 135s and one Embraer Legacy. The Legacy is dedicated to charter, but the Embraer 135s do a mix of charter and scheduled public charter (like JSX)."

"The difference here is that instead of putting 30 seats on the airplane the way JSX does — which is the maximum allowed under Part 380/135 rules — Aero has a mere 16 seats onboard in a 1-1 configuration. This is a luxury experience from start to finish. Here’s a look inside one of the aircraft that was on the ground in Van Nuys when I visited."

Delta And Riyadh Air Announce Partnership

July 9, 2024 at 15:13 EDT By Spencer Howard

Skift: "Riyadh Air announced Tuesday that it signed a preliminary agreement with Delta Air Lines, which could bolster the Saudi Arabian startup’s global presence as it looks to launch flights next year."

"Riyadh Air said the agreement would allow both airlines to expand their networks. Eventually, both airlines said they want the agreement to turn into a codeshare, which would allow them to sell each others’ flights to customers. The deal will also make Delta the exclusive North American partner for Riyadh Air."

"Delta plans to launch a nonstop service between the U.S. and Riyadh, but the timeline for those flights is currently unclear."

Marriott Launches Program For Small Businesses

July 9, 2024 at 10:07 EDT By Spencer Howard

Loyalty Lobby:"Marriott has launched a new Business Access by Marriott Bonvoy for small and medium-sized businesses that have not previously set corporate rates with Marriott."

"There is a booking discount involved, and administrator can also give elite tiers based on the total number of nights consumed by all travelers. Members with cobranded Chase or American Express business credit cards can also apply for the program."

Direct link to register

Points Wire Note:

It seems Hilton launching Hilton for Business motivated Marriott to try to compete for small and medium-sized businesses.

Marriott x Blade Summer Promo

July 3, 2024 at 12:54 EDT By Spencer Howard

The Bulkhead Seat: "Now through September 2nd, eligible guests staying two or more nights in select suites at the St. Regis New York, JW Marriott Essex House New York, W New York – Union Square, The New York EDITION, The Ritz-Carlton New York, NoMad, and The Luxury Collection Hotel Manhattan Midtown will receive complimentary roundtrip BLADE airport helicopter transfers."

Direct link to promo

Amex Centurion Lounge Coming To Tokyo Haneda In 2025

July 3, 2024 at 10:10 EDT By Spencer Howard

American Express is opening a Centurion Lounge in Terminal 3 of Tokyo Haneda Airport (HND) in 2025. At only 7,352 square feet, the lounge won't have that much space - only 122 seats. Considering that theTerminal 3 is the main international terminal, I'll be curious to see if it gets too crowded to be comfortable.

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EU To Approve Lufthansa Takeover Of ITA Airways

July 2, 2024 at 10:59 EDT By Spencer Howard

QuiFinanza[Translated by Google] "After long and complex negotiations lasting months, with numerous rounds of negotiations and heated discussions between the parties involved, it finally seems that an agreement has been reached for the commercial marriage between Ita Airways , the Italian national airline, and the German aeronautical giant Lufthansa."

Points Wire Note:

Expect Lufthansa to unwind ITA Airways' involvement with SkyTeam and move them to Star Alliance. That means the ability to book ITA with Air France-KLM Flying Blue and Virgin Atlantic Flying Club will end, but you'll gain the ability to book with programs such as Air Canada Aeroplan and avianca lifemiles.

Virgin Atlantic Devalues Delta Award Rates To Europe

July 2, 2024 at 09:41 EDT By Spencer Howard

Thrifty Traveler: "With absolutely no warning, Virgin Atlantic just quietly raised award rates for many Delta One tickets to Europe to as much as 77,500 points by adding peak and off-peak prices. It gets worse: The airline is also adding a cash surcharge of more than $1,000 on each and every Delta business class redemption."

New Virgin Atlantic Rates On Delta - Business Class

  • East Coast to Europe: 57,500 points + $1,032.30 (15% mileage devaluation)
  • West Coast to Europe: 77,500 points + $1,032.30 (55% mileage devaluation)

I would expect flights from the Midwest to match the East Coast rates as Virgin Atlantic typically groups the East Coast and Midwest together.

Points Wire Note:

No-notice devaluations are among the most disrespectful ways to treat loyalty program members so this is rough.  Even if you could stomach a 55% rate increase, the addition of $1,025+ surcharges is horrendous and makes this a non-starter.

Given that Delta owns 49% of Virgin Atlantic and has repeatedly shown that it hates aspirational award bookings, I can't say I'm totally surprised by this - just disappointed.

Emirates Boeing 777s Finally Getting New Business Class

July 1, 2024 at 16:30 EDT By Spencer Howard

One Mile At A Time: "Emirates has today announced that it will introduce a new Boeing 777 business class as of next month. The airline has revealed more details of what we can expect, but has stopped short of actually revealing what the new product is."

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