American and JetBlue add reciprocal loyalty benefits

American and JetBlue add reciprocal loyalty benefits

American Airlines and JetBlue have begun offering reciprocal benefits for loyalty program members. As of Oct. 13, qualifying members of both American’s AAdvantage and JetBlue’s TrueBlue programs receive such benefits as priority check-in, boarding, baggage handling and security lines when traveling on…

Delta turns Q3 profit and has mostly optimistic outlook

Delta turns Q3 profit and has mostly optimistic outlook

Delta Air Lines expects that capacity for the last three months of the year will be approximately 80% of the 2019 level, a jump from the third quarter, when the carrier flew 71% of 2019 capacity.  However, Delta doesn’t expect to substantially…

Fiji reopening to vaccinated U.S. travelers

Fiji reopening to vaccinated U.S. travelers

Fiji will reopen to vaccinated travelers from the U.S. beginning Dec. 1.  The South Pacific nation, which has closed its borders to tourism throughout the pandemic, is making the move after achieving a vaccination rate of more than 80% of its eligible…

Fiji reopening to vaccinated U.S. travelers

Fiji reopening to vaccinated U.S. travelers

Fiji will reopen to vaccinated travelers from the U.S. beginning Dec. 1.  The South Pacific nation, which has closed its borders to tourism throughout the pandemic, is making the move after achieving a vaccination rate of more than 80% of its eligible…

Southwest CEO explains cancellations on cable news show

Southwest CEO explains cancellations on cable news show

Speaking on CNBC’s Squawk on the Street program on Tuesday, Southwest Airlines CEO Gary Kelly explained that the mass of flight cancellations from Oct. 8 to 11 stemmed from air traffic control delays in Florida on Friday that were implemented by the…

Air demand slowly coming back

Air demand slowly coming back

Airline ticket transactions by U.S. travel agencies for the week that ended Oct. 10 were down 31.8% compared to 2019, the best performance relative to 2019 since mid-July, ARC data shows. However, the value of airline tickets sold was down 48.9%, a…

Labor union says Southwest Airlines pilots aren't doing a sickout

Labor union says Southwest Airlines pilots aren't doing a sickout

Southwest Airlines’ operational difficulties over the weekend were not caused by a pilot sickout, maintains the union that represents the carrier’s pilots. The Southwest Airlines Pilots Association (SWAPA) issued a statement on Saturday that sought to diffuse speculation that the Southwest cancellations…

United enabling PayPal payment for onboard purchases

United enabling PayPal payment for onboard purchases

United Airlines flyers will soon have the option of using PayPal QR codes to make contactless payments onboard. The carrier said the deployment will begin in November on select flights out of Chicago O’Hare and will be extended to its broader network…

Carbon offsets an option for AA's Business Extra members

Carbon offsets an option for AA's Business Extra members

American Airlines Business Extra program members now are able to redeem points for carbon offsets with the carrier’s carbon-offset platform partner Cool Effect. The offsets are one of three new options added this week for Business Extra members. Members now also can…