Here’s what I’m reading about in the world of miles and points:
Cheap Flights of the Day:
WOW Air is back with $99 one-way flights to Iceland and $149 one-way flights to Europe. You might pay for your bags, but these fares are rock solid.
Hawaii is on sale from a number of cities across the US, with fares as low $398 round-trip. I like most of the fares, other than the $700 fare from NYC. That’s a “good, not great” fare.
And, Southwest still has a pretty decent fare sale going on with fares starting as low as $38.
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It was just yesterday that I read about the potential demise of European airline Monarch. Now it seems like Air Berlin is the next one on the chopping block. They may need to shrink rapidly to survive, and that’s pretty bad news for oneworld travelers. I’m an EXP member of the American Airlines AAdvantage program and used Air Berlin for some intra-European flights just over a month ago. Seeing those flights go away would mean much longer intra-Europe connections if I want to book on OW end-to-end.
Rumors are starting to surface that American Express will launch an ultra-premium card to compete with Chase Sapphire Reserve. Now that the economy has improved, I’m thrilled to see the credit card folks fight over our business. Not much bad can come from that.
Delta is trying to increase the number of larger regional jets they fly, but they need to work it out with their pilots union first. This issue isn’t unique to Delta. If my memory serves me correctly, both American and United have similar clauses, and I believe Southwest was even having some trouble getting pilots to agree to new versions of the 737. Delta did manage to get the C Series added to their fleet, though that’s not a regional jet. I can’t blame pilots for wanting more high-paying jobs on jets with the parent airline, but it has to be frustrating for management to have to negotiate to get the fleet they believe will best cater to the airline’s needs.
Oh, and the featured image is a pic I found today of the Godafoss waterfall in Iceland, in honor the great WOW Air fares.