State of the Electronics Ban, Disaster Averted at SFO, Qatar Plans a Foreign Hub and More
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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.
The status of the electronics ban has been changing at a rapid pace over the last few weeks. Stay up-to-date and learn what you need to know if you’re flying back to the US from an affected airport on one of the Middle Eastern or African carriers included in the original ban.
An Air Canada jet was involved in an incident which aviation experts claim could have been the “greatest aviation disaster in history” late last Friday at San Francisco International Airport (SFO). Find out exactly what happened, and how, thankfully, a catastrophe was avoided.
As Qatar continues to deal with the implications of being blockaded by its neighbors in the region, Qatar Airways is assessing how it can best maintain profitability during uncertain times. According to sources familiar with the matter, the carrier is planning to establish a second hub in neighboring Oman — read the details of the plan here.
This week we learned that American Airlines will be ending its relationship with one of its current partners — India’s Jet Airways. This doesn’t come as much of a surprise, though, as Jet and AA rival Delta have gotten much closer recently.
TPG Editor-in-Chief Zach Honig recently had the chance to fly in business class aboard Air Canada’s 777-300ER from London (LHR) to Toronto (YYZ). See how this product stacks up to the competition.
No matter your reason for choosing to bank miles with the AAdvantage program, holding one or more of the airline’s co-branded Citi credit cards can help you earn your next award flight on AA metal or that of its Oneworld partners. Find out which product makes the most sense for you.
United’s been working to roll out its new Polaris product both on board its planes and at the airport. As it stands now, Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport (ORD) is the only location that has the airline’s high-caliber Polaris Lounge. Though the carrier has plans to expand these lounges to other locations, we learned this week that the next one won’t be opening until “early 2018.”
American Airlines said this week that it’s going to end its codeshare agreements with both Etihad and Qatar. Though this won’t have a huge effect on travelers, the move is certainly symbolic of the ongoing feud between major US and Middle Eastern carriers.
In other news…
Emirates Opens Lounge in Boston (BOS)
Dubai-based Emirates has opened its fourth lounge in the US in Boston (BOS). The carrier also has lounges in Los Angeles (LAX), New York (JFK) and San Francisco (SFO).
Featured image courtesy of Zach Honig.
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