When I think back to last March, flying home New Zealand with a brief pit stop for some work in Las Vegas definitely didn’t seem normal When I was on the tarmac in Auckland waiting to take-off, the United States closed the borders to anyone arriving from Europe. That seemed pretty serious at the time. Still, I told my wife I was coming home and would probably be off the road for four or five weeks. 14 months later and fully vaccinated, I got back on the road last week […]
It’s been another one of those whirlwind months where nothing happens the way I planned it. Plenty to catch you folks up on in the near future, but until then we’ve had something of an interesting development in the elite status world. First, a bit of background. My Road Warrior History, In Brief I started traveling for work back in 2000, with a lull for a few years, then in earnest starting in 2007. Since then, I regularly clocked 100,000 miles on airplanes each and every year, pandemic years excluded. […]
United Airlines apparently started a trend on Sunday when they announced they were permanently eliminating change fees on tickets and making it easier to standby or same-day change to another flight. There’s no question this is a customer-friendly move. We can argue how long “permanently” will be since I’m pretty sure I’ll be writing about travel when change fees are once again a revenue source and a thorn in customer’s sides. But, there’s no argument this puts more money back in customers’ pockets. Delta and American were quick to match […]
Delta is the first major airline to announced an extension of elite status and related benefits due to the coronavirus crisis. They won’t be the last. The move is all positive and I expect United and American to follow suit shortly. I also expect incentives to travel later in the year if the public health situation allows for it.
It’s amazing how quickly things have escalated in the coronavirus crisis. Things that were seemingly impossible are happening left and right. I’ve been largely absent from blogging for the past few months dealing with professional and personal challenges. The current crisis has consumed a great deal of my time for work-related items. But, I really want to write. It’s somewhat cathartic for me. So far, I’ve written about: Should You Travel During the Coronavirus Crisis? Marriott Furloughs Two-Thirds of Their Corporate Employees I’ve continued to watch the announcements about reductions […]
A crew of experienced female pilots, cabin crew and ground crew took a group of teenage girls to NASA headquarters to drive home the point that women are poised take a larger share of jobs in aviation.