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I just booked a client on Budapest-JFK on American for next summer and realized I never wrote about Oneworld’s new transatlantic routes (which have a good amount of award availability)
Per their press release
“American, British Airways and Iberia also announced four new routes beginning next Spring as a benefit of the new joint business. They are: New York JFK-Budapest and Chicago-Helsinki (operated by American Airlines), London Heathrow-San Diego (operated by British Airways) and Madrid-Los Angeles (operated by Iberia). American will also add additional frequencies from JFK to Barcelona and Miami to Madrid.
Great news for West Coast flyers (especially San Diegoans) who have limited direct options to Europe. Nothing puts a damper on a trip to Europe than a weather related flight cancellation in JFK or Chicago!
As mentioned, I just booked BUD-JFK tickets for next June and there were multiple days with multiple seats available. Book them while you can!
I see continued emphasis on alliances as a major theme in the future of air travel. Delta/Air France/ KLM are continuing to lead the pack with this and are looking to incorporate SkyTeam partners Alitalia and Korean in the near future. I forsee United/Lufthansa and other Star Alliance carriers doing this as well. Right now elite benefits and upgrade certificates are not seamless between alliances and I imagine that will continue to change (like Delta announcing System Wide Upgrades are now available for use on Air France– a major win for Delta flyers).
What are you thoughts on the future of the alliances?
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