Here’s what I’m reading about today in the world of miles and points:
Cheap Flights of the Day: ~$600 fares to Italy in summer is always a good deal, with plenty of places to jump off to from there. Roughly the same price to go to Hong Kong right now as well.
After the terrorist attacks in Brussels, the government closed the airport. In the wake of that, the home country Airline (Brussels Airlines) has had to get pretty creative.
Virgin America will offer you a status match if you hold status with one of the other big US airlines (including Southwest). You need to do a decent amount of flying with them in 90 days to keep the status. Their elite status isn’t overly rewarding (no free upgrades to their way better than average domestic first class product), but it beats a sharp stick in the eye.
If you like United Airlines’ expert mode for finding certain fare availability and you’re upset that the folks at United broke it, here’s a workaround for the time being.
For family travel, a list of the SPG properties with the best pools for playtime.
A bit to my surprise, Virgin America, JetBlue and Alaska all have fairly generous ticket change policies. They’re a lot closer to Southwest than American, United or Delta.