Delta raises award prices to India, unlimited Lyft Line, flyDubai launches OPEN loyalty program, SF flight lands in Vancouver, Russia’s passengers numbers rising

Posted on October 25, 2016 by in Travel Industry Flight Status

MightyTravels 2016-10-25 at 1.19.50 PM

– Delta has raised prices for Business Class awards again this time to India which went up from 70,000 to 95,000 overnight

Delta really knows how to frustrate the frequent flyer community – I’m sure this won’t be their last change for the worse.

The closest you can get now to India for 80,000 miles is to Yangon, Myanmar.

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– in a rare move JetBlue has come out helping Norwegian in their 3 year battle to get a route from Ireland to the US approved

New York-based low-cost carrier, JetBlue Airways, the fifth largest airline in the US, wrote to US Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx last week, saying that “an unfavorable light” is being cast on the US commitment to the rule of law and the Open Skies agreement by the US authorities’ delay in making a final decision on Norwegian Air International’s (NAI) application to launch flights from Cork to Boston.

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– Lyft Line now sells monthly passes as low as $20 (or $29 unlimited) in certain cities – if your commute works with a Lyft Line I can’t why not to take advantage of that

flyDubai now has a loyalty program called ‘OPEN’ – it’s a straightforward earn and redeem rate – nothing exciting but better than nothing

For every dollar (1 USD) members spend on their entire booking (excluding taxes and admin fee), members receive 1 OPEN reward point. Reward points can easily be redeemed for Flydubai flights any day of the year with no minimum balances or blackout dates. Members earn reward points on pre-purchased checked baggage, food or even an extra legroom seat.

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– all the crew members of a San Francisco to London BA flight have been admitted to a Vancouver hospital after an emergency landing – it’s not known what befell them

A transatlantic British Airways flight from San Francisco to London made an emergency landing in Vancouver after crew members fell ill.

All 25 staff, including the three pilots, were taken to hospital for medical checks after landing, a BA spokeswoman said, adding all personnel had been discharged.

Two passengers were given a medical exam on board and found to be healthy.

S7 airlines (our review) is reporting a surprising bounce in passenger numbers in Russia – it seems the worst for the Russian economy is over

Russia’s S7 Airlines has reported it carried 967,075 domestic passengers in September, up 30% year-over-year (YOY). Sibir and Globus Airlines, which fly under the S7 brand, carried 1.3 million passengers in September, up 27% YOY.