The Best of the Rest is my effort to summarize all the travel/miles & points stories that interested me on a daily basis but didn’t have time to write about in length. On a daily basis, I try to keep track of roughly 100 different blogs (try being the operative word) that have interesting things for you and I to learn from. Some are passed along without comment, while I add my analysis to others. This is your shortcut to find out what’s going on in the travel world without having to read dozens of travel blogs to get all the best info. Here’s what I’m reading about today:
The situation with the combining of pilots unions between American Airlines and US Airways just continues to get more bizarre. After one of the unions (USAPA) was ordered to advocate for a position it didn’t actually support, it chose to back out of further negotiations. Ugh.
In other airline labor news (and fresh off my own 1-hour delay on a United flight unrelated to weather), Cranky Flier openly wonders if there’s an effort by maintenance employees to slow down operations. The evidence is pretty damning.
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The foremost expert I know on flying while pregnant breaks down all the airline policies on flying while preggers.
American Airlines goes above and beyond for a passenger (and fellow blogger) to get them home in time. It was last year that Gary and I were stuck trying to make an impossibly tight connection in Chicago, so reading his latest adventure gave me a good chuckle. For the record, I’m 100% sure he still doesn’t corner well in loafers.
$242 fares from Baltimore to Las Vegas, courtesy of The Flight Deal.
Uber executives thrown in jail in Paris amidst violent protests. Because that’s the most important thing Euros need to be thinking about right now (see Greece circling the drain).
Baha Mar, which promised us a brand new Hyatt property in the Bahamas, filed for bankruptcy protection today. The Bahamas is very convenient for us living on the East coast, so I’m sad this new property is delayed/derailed again. I can’t say I was surprised when I saw the news from Will Run for Miles today, but I was certainly disappointed.
It looks like a new high-end property in Cabo will be part of Starwood’s Luxury Collection. Magic of Miles has the scoop. I don’t recall too many Luxury Collection properties that are new construction, so I’ll be interested to see what we get here.
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JetBlue is making things more complicated. This is what you need to know.
Time to close with a beautiful picture of a European (?) countryside. As a travel geek, I can’t help but wonder with that huge herd if they have priority feeding lanes?