News And Notes For Thursday, June 13, 2013

A few days ago, Wandering Aramean covered his thoughts on what the new premium seats JetBlue is planning to offer might ultimately be configured.  What’s really cool to me is that they look like they’re going to have a few mini-suites on each flight which would essentially close someone off from the rest of the cabin with a door.  This is currently a feature seen in a handful of international first class configurations but nobody is doing it in the domestic US.

I’ll be interested to see how JetBlue ultimately sells this product.  No doubt that would be a great way to fly a red-eye from the West coast.

View From The Wing brings up more bad news about premium seats on American Airlines domestic planes.  It looks likely that American will add seats to both its Boeing 737 and MD80 fleets.  This is on the heels of bad news recently about less F seats on at least some of American’s new Airbus fleet.  Bleh.

Construction on a new Park Hyatt in St. Kitts is underway.  I’m a big fan of Park Hyatt as a brand and since we live on the East coast, the Caribbean is an easy trip for us.  So, this is a plus in my book.

Delta Points has a helpful addition to his Q&A for Delta travelers.  I’m not a Delta guy, so I’d need much more help than this to figure out how to use my SkyMiles effectively.  Thankfully, I don’t have many.

Oh, and unrelated to travel, the Yankees played 18 innings last night.  In the bottom of the 18th, in a tie game, Joe Girardi decided to put in the greatest closer of all-time, Mariano Rivera.  I have absolutely no idea why.  Mariano quickly gave up two back-to-back hits, scoring a run and ending the game.  Go figure.

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