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:
Cheap Flight(s) of The Day: Cheap fares to Hawaii are back, this time from Philly for $500-ish on Delta. There are also cheap flights from New York to Miami(on AA) and Chicago to Los Angeles (and vice versa) for $80 round-trip.
Separately, if you’re planning a trip to Europe, Norwegian is having a fare sale for intra-Europe travel. I randomly picked Paris and found cheap fares to/from Copenhagen (33 Euro), Helsinki (65 Euro), Oslo (45 Euro) and Stockholm (50 Euro).
If you fly a ton with American Airlines this year, it looks like you can call and request extra Systemwide Upgrades. Ben from One Mile at a Time was successful doing so.
MJ on Travel reports on another cruise line upgrading to actual, usable internet service. The new package Carnival is offering fits the current generation with a $5 a day package connecting you to the relevant social media channels.
Emirates has announced their going to operate the world’s longest flight, from Dubai to Panama City, starting early next year. They’ll be operating the route with a 777. HT: uggboy on Milepoint.
Delta has some pretty good mileage deals on international business class awards. Though the program may have plenty of warts, there are good values both domestically and internationally to be had right now.
How bad can an airline be? How about less than half of their flights showing up on time? That was Spirit’s on-time record for last month.
Make sure you enter The Points Guy’s Thursday giveaway, $500 to spend at any Starwood hotel.
SAS is now offering airline tickets without any luggage, at a discount, referred to SAS Go Light.
It’s kind of a Delta-themed day on Best of the Rest. Are those hate-mongering Middle East carriers driving Delta out of Dubai?