Long-haul news from United and Delta, cruise cabin upgrades and the Bombardier Global 7500

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United is bringing back its new flagship Hawaii route next summer

The 17-row Polaris business-class cabin (Photo by Zach Griff/The Points Guy)

United Airlines has announced that it will reprise a popular new long-haul route next summer. The 11-hour flight from Newark (EWR) to Maui (OGG) will now be in service between May 7, 2022, and Sept. 4, 2022, on up to five weekly frequencies. Launched only four months ago, the Newark-Maui route has seen several increases in frequency, not to mention a boost to the swanky “high-J” configuration of the Boeing 767-300ER. That aircraft features 46 Polaris pods, a 22-seat Premium Plus cabin and only 99 seats in coach. United is also bringing back daily service between Washington Dulles (IAD) and Honolulu (HNL) between June 3, 2022, and Sept. 6, 2022.

Why it pays to upgrade your cruise ship cabin

Room service brought by a butler is a perk of top suites on some ships. (Photo courtesy of Celebrity Cruises.)

Selecting the right cruise ship cabin is one of the most important aspects of a cruise vacation. After all, your cabin will serve as a floating hotel room for a week or more. The difference between a windowless inside cabin and an expansive, amenity-laden balcony suite is huge. Keep in mind key considerations, such as the size of the ship, your destination, the reason you’re taking a cruise in the first place (to relax, party, sightsee?) and even the time of year. All those factors can make a difference in your cabin choice. Here’s when it makes sense to upgrade your accommodations (and when it doesn’t).

RELATED: 6 reasons to book a balcony cabin

A look inside the largest and longest-range business jet

Bombardier’s Global 7500. (Photo by Benji Stawski/The Points Guy)

Private jets come in configurations to suit every taste. But, design details are not as important as a jet’s range. Serious globe trekkers can be enticed by a VIP-configured Boeing 777 or 787, but they should also consider the Bombardier Global 7500. With a range of close to 9,000 miles, it can handle a flight plan from Singapore to San Francisco. The largest and longest-range business jet on the market features four separate living areas (including full kitchen) to help you arrive in style.

Related: The cheapest ways to get the private jet experience

Delta Airbus A350 (Photo by Zach Griff/The Points Guy)

Delta cuts 3 long-haul routes in latest network adjustment

Delta has announced some long-haul route cuts and has no plans to bring them back. The routes are Atlanta (ATL) — Stuttgart (STR); Los Angeles (LAX) — Shanghai (PVG) and Salt Lake City (SLC) — London (LHR). The loss of the Atlanta-Stuttgart route no doubt hits Porsche executives hard. They were used to connecting between their German headquarters and main U.S. offices. However, Porsche remains tied to the airline in a unique transfer arrangement in which top-tier Medallion members, celebs and other bigwigs are whisked across the tarmac in a fleet of its high-end cars.

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