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Vintage Airline Seat Map: Delta Air Lines Super 80 (MD-88) from 1987

It’s still quite the workhorse for Delta Air Lines today, and appearing below in this installment of Vintage Airline Seat Maps is the original seating layout for the airline’s “Super 80” MD-88s first delivered in 1987. Besides the amount of cabin real estate the rear galley occupied, there’s not too much to note about this…

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Dropping Elite Tiers or Losing Status in 2014? Do You Care?

As you’re undoubtedly aware, it’s nearing the end of the qualifying year for 2014 airline and hotel elite status with December 31 quickly approaching. And for the first time in, well, forever, I’m either dropping tier levels or losing status completely in all of my travel loyalty programs. If I were reading this post, say,…

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Premium Transcon Bonus Mile Offers from American and United

Both American Airlines and United are offering up to 15,000 bonus award miles for each paid roundtrip on premium transcontinental nonstop flights between New York’s JFK airport and Los Angeles (AA and UA) or San Francisco (UA only). Besides American excluding San Francisco, both offers are effectively the same where tickets purchased for travel January…

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Notable Airline, Hotel and Travel News: August 14, 2013

A sampling of industry news that caught my attention today: American Airlines offer(ed) a fast-track to elite status earlier today, where non-elites could register and fly a minimal amount of miles to earn status through February 2015. The link appears to be down as of this posting (too many blog posts about it?), but I…

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Delta Contest Offers New York Trip to Battle Serena Williams at Ping Pong

In addition to the airline and travel industry, I also religiously follow professional tennis. And Delta Air Lines rolled out a contest combing my top passions that I’d truly love to win. Delta is offering up a trip to New York later this month to meet and duel Serena Williams in a ping-pong match. The…

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Notable Airline, Hotel and Travel News: August 6, 2013

A sampling of industry news that caught my attention today: You can again track your American Airlines AAdvantage account activity with AwardWallet. New security measures have been put in place at AwardWallet to American’s satisfaction, re-opening access for members. Here’s hoping Delta, Southwest and United return eventually! American Airlines is hiring 80 work-from-home reservations agents…

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Notable Airline News: June 24, 2013

Here are a few news items from the airline industry that caught my attention today: Delta Air Lines and Virgin Atlantic received clearance for their joint venture from EU and U.S. regulators, bringing with it reciprocal frequent flier benefits for SkyMiles and Flying Club members. Starting on July 3, members of both programs will have…

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Rumor: Did American Airlines Leak Its New Elite Status Requirements?

The “big” news this week so far has been United’s addition of a revenue requirement to achieve or maintain elite status beginning in 2014. I wrote a quick summary of the new policy in this post, and I followed it up with my thoughts on why I think it’s only the beginning of revenue-based changes.…

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Vintage Airline Seat Map: Delta Air Lines Boeing 737-200 – Version 2

There were two different seating configurations for Delta’s Boeing 737-200s flying the skies back in 1987, one of which I previously posted. Here is the second version for this installment of Vintage Airline Seat Maps. The seat map appearing below sports 8 seats in first class and 107 in coach, which was the most common…

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TSA PreCheck for International Itineraries to Begin, Plus More

There’s good news out of the TSA today that those of us approved for PreCheck will no longer be denied access to the lanes if we’re on an international itinerary. Well, I should say most international itineraries. According to their announcement today (bolding mine): The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) announced today that beginning May 7,…

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