– Bloomberg has the scoop on the new electronics ban for flights from Middle Eastern countries to the US
A U.S. official told The Associated Press the ban will apply to nonstop flights to the U.S. from 10 international airports serving the cities of Cairo in Egypt; Amman in Jordan; Kuwait City in Kuwait; Casablanca in Morocco; Doha in Qatar; Riyadh and Jeddah in Saudi Arabia; Istanbul in Turkey; and Abu Dhabi and Dubai in the United Arab Emirates. The ban was indefinite, said the official.
That means no more personal entertainment unless you use the airline IFE – more time to sleep. The ban seems to be based on real intelligence of a threat which is really scary!
If you have a Hyatt stay within the next 45 days (the company weirdly enough only guarantees the gift card balance for 45 days) this is a great way to save.
– Alaska Companion certificates can finally be used on Virgin America
This is great news as it can be a great way to save on flights to Hawaii and the East Coast. Virgin America has reduced fares since the merger and some routes seem really attractive suddenly.
– Condor is going to be a new redemption partner for Alaska Mileage Plan
The best redemptions seem to be the 25,000 mileage awards from Anchorage to Europe. It remains to be seen how available ‘Level1’ redemptions are at times when ticket prices are high (only then I’d spend Alaska miles for Economy).
– Cheaptickets is running a promotion of $30 per booked flight (up to a maximum of $100)
The redemption works just like Orbitz Orbucks.