Exciting New Airline Routes, 10 Perks of United Global Services, Best Cards for Marriott Guests & More

Each Saturday, we round up news stories that you may have missed from the week before, including several that already appeared on The Points Guy, and some more that we haven’t covered yet. If you’re an avid TPG reader, scroll down for the new stuff. Here’s the top miles, points and travel news you may have missed this week:…

An Airbus Vision for the Future of Airplane Seating

When it comes to airplane seat arrangements, Boeing and Airbus have been filing a lot of patents, from 12-across in business class to stackable seating and “saddle seats.” We can add another one to the list. Airbus recently filed a patent application for another unique style of seating arrangement, the “Re-Configurable Passenger Bench Seat.” In theory, it makes…

Iran Air Could be the Next Carrier to Operate A380s

The A380 is considered by many to be the pinnacle of luxury air travel, with perks ranging from Shower Spas on Emirates to the super-luxe Residence on Etihad Airways. It’s also one of the largest planes in the sky, with the capacity to fit more than 600 passengers on some of the world’s busiest routes. Now, following…

What’s Your Favorite Aircraft and Why?

TPG reader Joseph tweeted me with a more personal question: “@ThePointsGuy — “What’s your favorite aircraft and why?” I’ve been a Boeing 747 guy my whole life. I think they’re majestic, and the whole upper deck aspect is very visually appealing to me. I flew the new 747-8 on Lufthansa in the very nose of…

Philadelphia Will Be the First US City to Get the Airbus A350

Philadelphia will become the first US city to land passenger flights on the new A350 when Qatar swaps in Airbus’ latest aircraft on its flights between Doha (DOH) and Philadelphia (PHL) on January 1, 2016. According to Qatar CEO Akbar Al Baker, Philadelphia was selected because it’s the sixth-largest metropolitan area in the US, home to seven…

Malaysia Airlines Restructuring Fleet: Selling A380s

After suffering not one but two of the worst air disasters in history in 2014—one of which still remains a total mystery—Malaysia Airlines has found itself in deep financial straits, and is selling off a major part of its fleet as part of a restructuring campaign. Though the airline itself has not commented, multiple sources…

Airbus’ Planned A380 Economy Layout Will Be A Tight Squeeze

At the Aircraft Interiors Expo in Hamburg, Germany this week, Airbus unveiled its 2017 plans for an 11-abreast, 3 x 5 x 3 seat configuration in the economy section of its A380s. Cramped, narrow and poorly laid out, this design is clearly intended to save shareholders money while disregarding the comfort of the tightly-packed passengers who…

Best Redemptions to Fly on the A380

Today, TPG Special Contributor Eric Rosen looks at the largest jet in the skies and how you can use miles to fly it on one (or several) of 13 airlines. Earlier this month, Airbus CFO Harald Wilhelm told investors that the company was considering discontinuing production of its A380 aircraft by 2018, leading many to speculate about…

Delta Announces New Airbus A350 and A330-900 Orders

In a blow to American aviation manufacturer Boeing, Delta announced yesterday that from 2017 to 2019, the airline will replace its older Boeing 747-400s and 767-300ERs with 25 long-haul A350-900s and 25 medium-haul A330-900neos from European-owned Airbus, which feature Rolls Royce engines, and are expected to save 20% per seat in operating costs. The retail cost of these 50 new…