Win a Seat on the Inaugural JetSuiteX Flight!!

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Win a seat on the inaugural JetSuiteX flight! JetSuite, the fourth largest private jet operator in the USA, is getting ready to launch a new public charter air carrier called JetSuiteX which will fly daily Monday to Friday. JetSuiteX will offer service in the San Francisco Bay Area to Los Angeles market on April 19, and eventually to Las Vegas. Bay Area service will be from Buchanan Field in Contra Costa County in Concord, just northeast of Oakland and about an hours drive away from SFO. Los Angeles area service will use Burbank’s convenient Bob Hope Airport. The initial San Francisco/Los Angeles area flights will begin with three daily flights in newly configured Embraer 135’s. For those looking to test their luck in Las Vegas, that…

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The A-List, a Merger, and an Ovation

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It’s been an interesting week in travel, starting off with news that Alaska Airlines is buying Virgin America. My thought was meh, but the more I read and learn, the more I can see what Alaska might be thinking…even if they overpaid for the airline. I sense a blog post on this soon. Further, I finally made the A-List…the Southwest A-List, and liked it. Frankly, if I have to fly coach all the time, I might as well fly coach on an airline that doesn’t hit me with change fees, right? We’ll see where this goes. In the meantime, here’s a look at this week’s posts. Via BoardingArea Meh: Virgin America and Alaska Airlines? Say Goodbye @DeltaAssist and Hello @Delta How…

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First Flight on the A-List

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Like a handful of readers, I received an A-List promotion from Southwest Airlines recently. The promotion includes an instant match to Southwest A-List status through May 25, 2016. If you book and complete two revenue roundtrips or four revenue one-ways (or earn 5,850 tier qualifying points) during the promotional period, Southwest will extend your A-List status through the end of the year. Easy! I had a few Southwest flights booked in advance, all on Rapid Rewards points. These do not qualify for the promotion, obviously, but I was able to receive the benefits of A-List status on these flights. How? I sent the great folks at Southwest’s social media team a direct message via Twitter letting them know I had some…

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Say Goodbye to @DeltaAssist and Hello to @Delta

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Delta Air Lines announced today that it will move its popular @DeltaAssist Twitter customer service function to the company’s main Twitter account, @Delta. (Feature logo image courtesy of Delta) “We are committed to listening, caring and connecting with our customers 24 hours a day, seven days a week,” said Charisse Evans, Delta’s Vice President – Reservation Sales and Customer Care. “By incorporating @DeltaAssist into @Delta, our customers will have one source for in-the-moment assistance before, during and after their travels, along with access to Delta updates, travel tips and much more.” It is unclear if the @DeltaAssist handle will be deleted at some point, but its profile page is already referring travelers to @Delta, as is a Tweet at the top…

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Meh: Virgin America and Alaska Airlines?

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Alaska buying Virgin America? Yes, it’s being widely reported that Alaska Airlines is closing in on a deal to do just that. I’ve long thought that there was some more room for consolidation at the smaller end of the airline industry, but I will admit that a marriage of these two airlines was not high on my wish list. JetBlue was the other reported suitor once Virgin America put itself up for sale, and frankly, I thought JetBlue would be the buyer. They still could be. JetBlue almost started as Virgin America, but that’s another blog post. Fleet mix, onboard product, and culture seemed to make make Virgin a more ideal fit for JetBlue. Alaska is a fine airline, but…

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Mileage Plan on Delta, Alaska’s Not so Fun News, and More

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After 9 straight weeks on the road it feels kind of good to be home for a bit. April is here, and it is a gorgeous day in Atlanta! I won’t stay on the ground for long. Soon, I’ll take my first flight as a Southwest A-Lister. Will it be so good that I have to fly a couple of roundtrips to JAX or somewhere similar to keep it? Time will tell. I have until May 25 to figure it out. (Feature image of sunset at sea © 2015 by Marshall Jackson) In the meantime, let’s take a look at last week’s articles. Via BoardingArea The Starwood Saga Goes On (Until it Didn’t Need to Anymore) An Update on my Mileage…

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Alaska Got One Thing Right Yesterday

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You don’t need a review from me on Alaska Airlines’ Mileage Plan and what happened yesterday. There’s been enough spleen venting already using cute words like “destroyed” and “massacre.” Don’t get me wrong, a 100 percent increase in award pricing overnight is a helluva kick in the gut if you had plans to use your Alaska miles for an Emirates award sometime soon. Of course, Emirates is not the only airline Alaska partners with, but no one seemed to care yesterday. Granted, one could be forgiven for asking if they would do this again with another partner airline’s award chart? Even known industrialist tycoon airline sympathizer yours truly Tweeted a thought. What Did Alaska Get Right? Sometime yesterday, Alaska posted an article to its blog…

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An Update on My Mileage Plan Experiment

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As you know, I status-matched to Alaska Mileage Plan MVP 75K several weeks ago. This was partially a defensive move in the wake of changes at SkyMiles and AAdvantage, and partially an act of curiosity. Could a flyer who primarily flies Delta make Mileage Plan work for them? That is an ongoing question. Since I first matched, I’ve flown several Delta flights, and have some Alaska flights planned in the near future. While I am always glued to the bottom of the upgrade list when crediting Delta flights to Mileage Plan, I have perceived no differences in service and have experienced nothing I would consider a “problem.” What About Those Redeemable Miles? I earned more miles on my first Delta…

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The Starwood Saga Goes On

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Just when I was beginning to think the long-running takeover saga with Starwood was settled with Marriott’s improved offer, the Chinese insurance conglomerate Anbang Insurance Consortium has returned to sweeten its offer for Starwood. According to multiple sources, Anbang’s new offer has topped Marriott’s for a second time. Marriott is continuing to say that its offer is superior overall, even if it is slightly less per share. According to a press release from Marriott, “On March 26, 2016, Starwood notified Marriott that it had received an updated unsolicited proposal from a consortium of potential investors, led by Anbang Insurance Group, which its Board is considering.  Marriott will monitor this development as it and Starwood continue to work toward the closing of its transaction and the successful integration…

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