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The latest travel and aviation news:
Game over: Norwegian has announced it will scrap its longhaul flight network and focus on shorthaul. We take a look at Norwegian’s struggles and how – oddly – its demise might spoil BA’s transatlantic joint venture.
Virgin Atlantic also launched an exciting new status match for British Airways Executive Club members and confirms that Virgin redemptions on Delta between the US and Europe will not increase in price. There’s also a 50% points and tier points bonus for new bookings.
Latest travel corridors update:
The noose tightens….flights from Portugal and South America are now banned whilst Dubai has been removed from the travel corridors list.
American Express news:
American Express has announced it is dropping the Shangri-La Golden Circle Jade status previously included on the Platinum card.
We take a look at the Hertz car rental benefit open to Amex Gold cardholders.
Here’s how you can maximise the American Express PayPal cashback offer.
We finally have confirmation: Amex is replacing Lounge Key with Priority Pass on the Amex Gold card.
Our credit card review series continues with a review of the free British Airways American Express credit card.
British Airways news:
The lawsuit against British Airways for the 2018 data breach is proceeding. Should you join?
Got a spare £2,000 and looking for luxury luggage? British Airways has teamed up with Globe-Trotter to offer 150 limited edition BOAC suitcases inspired by the jumbo jet age. Two are being auctioned for charity.
Marriott makes chasing status for 2022 easy by effectively halving qualification requirement. We also revisit the Marriott Bonvoy Amex card – is it worth taking out for the 15 elite nights now that status requirement has been reduced?
IHG launches a new promotion and confirms easier status qualification with rollover nights.
Rob reviews the famous Burj Al Arab hotel in Dubai – is it worth the hype?!
Other interesting bits:
Boeing is buying its way out of prison with a $2.5 billion fine for the 346 737 MAX deaths.
Got a spare minute? A 2018 Radio 4 documentary about frequent flyers is back online and features a segment with Rob.
easyJet follows BA and takes a £1.4 billion goverment-backed loan.
A quick look at GHIC, the EHIC replacement. Do you need to apply for a new card?