Buy Cheap Miles For Luxury Flights, Airline + Hotel Merger Rumors, Airbus Trying To Squeeze A380...


It's a fast paced world and it's been a rabid week in travel news. Mergers, sales, acquisitions, trying to squeeze more butts in seats, it's all over the place. Here's a collection of all the things you may want to know to travel better, and have some conversation starters...

Airbus Wants To Squeeze 11 Across A380...

Earlier this week I praised Airbus for their spacious new design concept, cleverly titled Airspace. Well, the same day that they let Airspace loose, the airline went to investor meetings citing that adding an extra seat across every economy row on the A380 would be the best way to bolster sales, resuming the notion of a high density passenger carrier, and not a re imagined spacious way to fly. I know which one I'd prefer!

LAST Day To Buy Bonus Alaska Miles, Good for Cathay + Emirates...

Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan miles are arguably one of the three most valuable airline miles to collect. Surprisingly, you can collect them while flying on American, British Airways, Cathay, Emirates and many other top airlines. Since you can earn with them, you can use with those partners as well, offering some of the best rates for first and business class around the world with top carriers. Alaska's current 40% bonus sale ends today, March 31st, so if you want to bolster a valuable mileage balance. Grab some miles in the sale! 

JetBlue, Alaska Bid For Virgin America

Virgin America has been a very successful airline in the US, bringing passenger friendly amenities, change policies and disrupting the traditional legacy carriers. Well, apparently they are interested in being acquired, and both JetBlue and Alaska have placed bids. Both suitors are great airlines and this would be an interesting, major acquisition for either. Look out Delta, American and United!

Starwood, Anbang, Marriott Saga...

Every day I get a bank roll of emails regarding the proposed Marriott purchase of Starwood, and the ever changing developments that Chinese insurance company, Anbang, has placed higher bids. Frankly, I don't really care until the dust settles. Where we stand now, Marriott placed an offer that seemed sure to go through, Anbang placed a higher cash offer, Marriott countered with cash and stock, and now Anbang has countered. We will see how it goes. It will be years before any points programs and currencies or devaluations occur so worry not... for now.