Icelandair saves WOW Air before it crashes, Qatar finally bringing QSuites to the West Coast, Etihad Guest double miles, Japan Airlines finally adds Seattle and JetBlue introduces household accounts

Posted on November 6, 2018 by in Travel Deals

Icelandair is taking over WOW Air – so far no big surprise as both serve a rather small market but the shocking news – the WOW Air shareholders will just get 5.4% of Icelandair based on a $17 million valuation for an airline with as many long-haul destinations – that’s terrible!

This is a smaller price than what Lufthansa paid for bankrupt Air Berlin routes (and likely older planes but better leasing terms).

– after long last Qatar is adding the QSuites to the Los Angeles route starting Feb 4th, 2019

It’s been perplexing to me that tiny destinations like Pattaya get a brand new 787 but New York and Los Angeles (supposedly great markets for Qatar) got stuck with old Business Class. Happy to see that changing!

– Etihad Guest is jumping into the year-end status game and is offering double points for Business Connect members and the Etihad Guest accounts

– Japan Airline sis starting service to Seattle – I can only wonder what took them so long – Alaska Airlines has plenty of routes and can deliver plenty of ‘feed’

– JetBlue now allows you to ‘pool’ points with friends and family – the program seems to work very similar to what British Airways Executive Club does and Lufthansa’s Miles & More