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United Airlines to Extend Current Premier Elite Status into 2022

United Airlines to Extend Current Premier Elite Status into 2022

United Airlines said Sunday it plans to extend the current elite status of members of its MileagePlus frequent-flyer program through 2022, given the severe decline in travel amidst the current coronavirus pandemic.
The move comes hours after Delta Air Lines announced a similar plan.
This means that a MileagePlus member’s current Premier elite status will be valid through the end of January 2022.
In addition, the airline said it will lower elite qualifying …

United Airlines Temporarily Slashes Flights at New York-Area Airports

United Airlines Temporarily Slashes Flights at New York-Area Airports

United Airlines said late Saturday said it would temporarily cut the number of flights at New York-area airports by almost 90% as the number of flyers continues to plummet.
The new schedules go into effect Sunday.
The news came as U.S. officials announced that the number of novel coronavirus cases in the New York area would likely peak in the coming week. The reduction was announced in a memorandum to employees that …

Great Moments in Travel History – April 2020

A year from now, the “Great Moments” monthly feature will presumably include multiple mentions of the various shutdowns and, one can only hope, some of the restarts of the Coronavirus Age.
Still, the month of April is commonly associated with spring and rain, as in the saying, “April showers bring May flowers.” The month is also associated with two major religious holidays that result in one of the busiest travel seasons …

Airlines Slash Schedules, Borrow $17 Billion to Stay Afloat

Airlines Slash Schedules, Borrow $17 Billion to Stay Afloat

As the number of people flying continues to plummet and countries close borders, airlines collectively borrowed $17 billion and continued to slash their schedules in order to continue operations, despite the $50 billion in government aid that U.S. airlines will receive from the government out of its $2 trillion economic stimulus package.
On Friday, American Airlines, the world’s largest carrier, said it would cut its capacity in May by 70% to …

U.S. Airlines Prepare for a Turbulent Future

At first glance, it sounds like good news. Congress passed a $2 trillion stimulus bill and promised the airline industry $50 billion in aid.
The $2 trillion economic stimulus act passed by Congress this week will unquestionably prevent a wave of layoffs but it won’t stave off permanent changes in how the industry will operate going forward. The aid will arrive in the form of up to $25 billion in payroll …

United Airlines to Reduce Domestic Flying by 52%

United Airlines to Reduce Domestic Flying by 52%

United Airlines, which previously announced fairly drastic cuts to its flying, announced additional cutbacks.
The airline will now cut 52% of its domestic schedule in the coming months, as opposed to the previously announced 42%.
Last week United said it would continue to operate certain flights it had previously said it would suspend. Calling this “a fluid situation,” the Chicago-based airline said it plans to operate six flights to Frankfurt, London, São …

Coronavirus Update: Over 500,000 Cases Worldwide, Senate Passes Economic Stimulus Act, Hospitals Running Out of Beds

Coronavirus Update: Over 500,000 Cases Worldwide, Senate Passes Economic Stimulus Act, Hospitals Running Out of Beds

IN BRIEF
The number of confirmed coronavirus casesjumped approximately 25%from the prior day to over 500,000.
Conditions in New York State may be slightly improving thanks to social-distancing measures, Governor Andrew Cuomo said.  American Airlines is implementing social-distancing friendly seating and American and Delta Air Lines both said they were cutting back on in-flight beverage and meal service.
Meanwhile, the Senate’s economic stimulus bill includes funding for struggling airlines, with part coming as …