Emirates Saves the A380, How to Get the Companion Pass, The Pope Officiates Wedding at 35,000 Feet and More

Jan 20, 2018

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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.

Emirates Saves the A380 for Now, Places $16 Billion Order for up to 36 New Superjumbos

Emirates has (likely) saved the superjumbo Airbus A380 from an imminent death. On Thursday, the Dubai-based carrier announced that it’s signed a Memorandum of Understanding an order for up to 36 of the A380s, a deal worth $16 billion.

How to Earn the Southwest Companion Pass This Year

Here’s an overview of how to quickly earn one of one of the most popular (and rewarding) perks in the travel industry: the Southwest Companion Pass.

Married on an Airplane, By the Pope Himself

On a domestic flight within Chile on Thursday, two flight attendants got married to each other and it was officiated by none other than Pope Francis himself. Felicitaciones!

The FAA Is Investigating the Port Authority for the JFK Meltdown

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey is under investigation by the Federal Aviation Administration for the handling of massive weather-related delays and cancellations at New York’s JFK airport earlier this month.

Which Airline Gift Cards Trigger the Amex Incidental Fee Credit?

f you have an Amex card that offers an airline incidental fee credit, you can change your airline selection once each year in January. Here’s which airlines offer gift cards that will trigger the fee credit.

Gol to Fly World’s Longest 737 Flights, Between US and Brazil

Brazil’s Gol Airlines has announced that it’s starting its first nonstop flights to the US, with one of the routes to become the world’s longest 737 flight.

Everything You (Never) Wanted to Know About Airplane Toilets

Every time you step into the lavatory on an airplane, millions of questions pop into your mind from “why is the flush so loud” to “why is the water blue?” Take a look here to see all your questions answered about the can in the sky.

Google Project Fi Just Got Even More Attractive For Frequent Travelers

Google Fi revolutionized international data plans for cell phones when it was first introduced to the market in 2015. Now a new policy that caps monthly data fees at $60 is comparable to an “unlimited” plan for frequent flyers and is sure to shake things up for phone carriers like Verizon and AT&T.

Iberia Announces NYC as Its First A350 Destination, Adds Seasonal SFO Flights

Iberia ordered 16 A350 aircraft to add to its fleet during 2014 and 2015. On Thursday, the Spanish carrier released some of the first renderings of its new A350, as well as its first destination — New York (JFK).

Norwegian Is Pulling out of Hartford, Reducing Transatlantic Frequencies to Edinburgh

Last year, Norwegian began service to smaller airports on the East coast. Now, after just one year of operation, the airline announced that it is suspending service from one of those airports — Hartford’s Bradley International Airport (BDL).

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