Great Business Class fares from Dublin to the US, United.com eliminates Ethiopian Airlines, African Union passports, Hainan Airlines buying Alitalia?, Finnair and Alaska start frequent flyer partnership, Air Namibia gets DOT approval, what is the UN health agency up to?

– there are again great Business Class fares from Dublin to most major US airports starting at $1,345 RT – including San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York, Honololu and more

– United.com has once again (that seems to be a summerly phenomenon) eliminated Ethiopian Airlines from the award search engine

This occurs regularly and the award seats on Ethiopian airlines usually come back at some point. For now use Aeroplan.com and search segment by segment for seats. Then call United and give the agents your itinerary. With United’s new policy some itineraries may price out as two awards – press the agents that you saw it only differently a few weeks ago and why it prices differently now often they can still manage it as one award (if it follows some logical routing rules).

– AMEX does not restrict the upgrade card offers to once in a lifetime (yet) – some people have managed to earn the bonus several times

– Africa is serious about an unified African Union passport that (ideally) allows Visa free entry to all member states – guess where it was implemented first Kigali, Rwanda

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– is Hainan Airlines and the HNA investment group a serious buyer for Alitalia?

– Finnair and Alaska Airlines have started a frequent flyer partnership – as usual the earning options start first and redemptions options will follow

Alaska has high redeemable miles bonuses for Premium Cabin flights – if you have a miles earning ticket on Finnair I’d take a good look.

– Air Namibia got DOT approval for flights to the US – but they do not intend to start service anytime soon – here’s what they are really after

Samson was particularly excited about the US approval, saying it would allow the airline to generate revenues through codesharing agreements on the basis of which the national airline has agreed to share passengers on flights, as well as through ‘wet lease agreements’, through which it could lease its aircraft and crew to airlines flying to the US.

– the UN health agency spends $200 million a year on travel – outpacing the total spend on diseases prevention – Mr. Trump can you fix that?

According to internal documents obtained by the Associated Press, the UN health agency routinely has spent about $200 million a year on travel expenses, more than what it doles out to fight some of the biggest problems in public health, including AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria combined.

Last year, WHO spent about $71 million on AIDS and hepatitis. It devoted $61 million to malaria. To slow the spread of tuberculosis, WHO invested $59 million. Still, some health programs do get exceptional funding — the agency spends about $450 million trying to wipe out polio every year.