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In the past week a number of fake airline Facebook profiles have made the rounds where giveaways for free First Class tickets were advertised, likely to fish personal information.

Fake BA Page

These fake pages were established for a number of airlines including British Airways and Emirates. They are usually very easy to spot because the profiles are very young and apart from that no airline would run such a crazy promotion to begin with (we wish!). [click to continue…]

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Emirates has just announced their new route from Dubai to Panama City which will take over the first place for the ‘Longest flight in the world’ by distance.

EK DXBPTYThe flight is operated by Boeing 777-200LR aircraft in 3-class configuration (First, Business, Economy). Reservations opened August 13th 2015 with the first flight being Feb 1st 2016. [click to continue…]

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During my daily reads this morning I came across an almost unbelievable story involving Emirates Airlines and two passengers scheduled to fly from Sydney to New York on the Dubai based carrier back in 2012.

EKB777 Aircraft
As per the article published by Australia Alternative Media Group (access here) the two passengers got stranded in Dubai after their flight to New York got cancelled due to a hurricane on the U.S. east coast.  [click to continue…]

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Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG) and Emirates launched Your World Rewards partnership past November (read more here and here).

SPG Emirates Your World Rewards 1,000 Bonus Points For Linking Accounts

This partnership allows SPG Gold and Platinum members to earn one Starpoint for every USD spend on Emirates flights and Platinum members get some benefits at the airport such as priority check in and boarding. [click to continue…]

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WSJ yesterday had a piece about the European airlines of Lufthansa and Air France-KLM trying to upgrade their cabins and in-flight service to better match those of the Middle Eastern rivals to whom they have lost a lot of traffic to Asia over the past few years.

WSJ Europe’s Top Airlines to Spend Billions in Battle to Win Back Passengers

After years of cost cutting (and cutting corners when it comes to the service provided), the airlines are trying to offer upgraded cabins and amenities especially to those that travel in premium cabins. [click to continue…]

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Marriott Rewards has various Travel Packages redemption options where for instance you get a 7 night hotel award + a variable number of airline miles in your chosen airline for a set number of points.

Marriott Rewards Travel Package

In my opinion, this is the best way to use Marriott Rewards points. You get a 7 night hotel award and then can “purchase” airlines miles at ONE Marriott Rewards point per ONE mile with Package 1 airlines. [click to continue…]

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Now, even the Foreign Policy magazine has decided to tackle the issue between the US airlines against the Middle Eastern three of Emirates, Etihad and Qatar Airways.

Foreign Policy The Arab Battle for U.S. Skies

The article on the Foreign Policy that is available on their website is a nice read that tries to go deeper than the other pieces that I have seen written on this topic and is a must read for those that are interested in on this topic. [click to continue…]

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Despite the current rift between the American Airlines, Delta and United and the Middle Eastern three (Emirates, Etihad, and Qatar), Emirates continues to expand its US network.

Emirates Dubai Orlando

The airline announced yesterday that it would launch its 10th US destination on September 1, 2015, and that it would be Orlando. The airline will offer daily 15 hour flight in three class 777-200LR aircraft. [click to continue…]

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The Airlines of America (American Airlines, Delta Air Lines and United Airlines) made the 55 page white paper public on Thursday accusing of Gulf airlines of Emirates, Etihad and Qatar Airways of unfair trade practices.

Financial Times US airlines seek action against Gulf carriers

If these airlines are found to be receiving government subsidies, the United States can null the open skies agreement it has with United Arab Emirates and Qatar that was probably negotiated at times when nobody knew that the airlines from these countries would become global heavyweights. [click to continue…]