What You Read Most in the First Half of 2017

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1.) American Airlines AAdvantage Members to See Great Change in 2017. The most prominent change this year has been a move from three elite status levels to four.

2.) Petition Calls for Delta to Retire Last Boeing 747 by U.S. Carrier in Pan Am’s Colors. Aviation enthusiasts are calling for the Queen of the Skies to go out as she came into the world.

3.) Marriott Rewards to Offer United Airlines Elite Status to Its Top Members. Members of Marriott Rewards with Platinum Premier Elite status will be eligible for United MileagePlus Premier Gold benefits.

4.) American Airlines Quietly Rebrands Business Class with Flagship Name. Not only can passengers flying in Flagship First go to the Flagship Lounge and enjoy Flagship Dining, but those flying coast-to-coast can fly Flagship First – Transcontinental.

5.) Delta Delays All Flights Due to ‘System-Wide’ Computer Outage. Delta agents were answering phones in the call center saying “Thank you for calling Delta but our systems are down. Could you call back in an hour?”

6.) American Airlines to Add Premium Economy to Entire Long-Haul Fleet Starting in June. Aircraft to receive the upgrade include Boeing 777s, Boeing 787-8s, Airbus A330s, and Airbus A350s.

7.) United to Rebank Flights at Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston. The airline is promising passengers shorter connection times and greater convenience.

8.) Japanese Toilet Industry to Simplify Controls for Confusing High-Tech Toilets. New actions include controls such as large flush, small flush, lift the lid, lift the seat, dryer, bidet, washer, and stop.

9.) American Express Introduces New Platinum Card Benefits. Among them are a new metal card, a $200 per year Uber credit, VIP status with Uber, and expanded airport lounge access.

10.) Marriott to Merge Guest Loyalty Programs in 2018. The move follows Marriott’s acquisition of Starwood in 2016.

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