– Ethiopian has great fares in Business Class from Johannesburg to Guangzhou, China for $1,650 Round Trip
– United runs some aggressive Business Class sales from Toronto to Shanghai and Beijing for $1,700 Round Trip now
– Skyteam Airlines are running an aggressive sale from Berlin, Lepizig and Dresden to New York for $1,027 Round Trip in Business Class right now
– Alaska Airlines is launching a number of new routes from the SF Bay Area – finally some competition to United
San Jose is getting daily flights serving Los Angeles; Tucson, Arizona; and Austin, Texas, Alaska Airlines said.
Alaska also is adding daily flights out of San Francisco that serve Philadelphia; New Orleans; Nashville, Tennessee; Indianapolis; Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina; Baltimore; Albuquerque, New Mexico; Kansas City, Missouri; Kona on the Big Island of Hawaii; and Mexico City.
– Tunisair – the airline with the super low fare offers from Tunis to Paris has halted operations temporarily
Tunisair (TU, Tunis) has suspended all operations until further notice. A statement issued to the AFP news agency says the move comes amid growing “tensions” between the airline’s pilot corps and technicians which culminated in physical clashes at Tunis Carthage International Airport on the morning of Thursday, March 9.
– Frequent Miler teaches us how to earn 4x at Apple and 1,000 Bonus miles when shopping at Apple
– an interesting tidbit from the Southwest earnings conference call – up to 30% of their profits actually stem from the deal with Chase
Yes. So we estimate you guys do conservatively about $1 billion in EBIT from miles sold associated with your credit card. So, feel free to comment on that, if you’d like. But can you help us understand what that earnings stream would look like in a downturn? Should we just make an assumption as to what spend would do and that’s the downside or do new card signups and the rate you’re selling the mile factor into that also?
– American Express is restricting access for Platinum card holders to the Centurion Lounges (again) – from on march 30th only two guests and the cardholder get complimentary access