Home » Archive by Author

Articles by Paul Riegler

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 …

Delta to Extend Medallion Elite Status into 2022

Delta to Extend Medallion Elite Status into 2022

Delta Air Lines announced it would extend the current elite status of SkyMiles members into early 2022 and roll over all Medallion Qualification Miles used for earning status into 2021 to qualify for 2022 status due to the sharp decline in travel during the novel coronavirus pandemic.
This means that a member’s current elite status will be valid through the end of January 2022.
In addition, the airline will extend Sky Club …

American Airlines Plans to Restart Some International Flights on June 4

American Airlines Plans to Restart Some International Flights on June 4

Showing a bit of cautious optimism, American Airlines announced plans to resume some of its temporarily suspended international flights in a phased-in manner starting June 4, 2020, but it also said it expects to cut approximately 60% of its international summer schedule compared to what it operated in 2019.
The world’s largest airline expects to resume a number of flights it has temporarily suspended starting on June 4, 2020 including many …

April News Quiz: Test Your Knowledge of the Past Month’s Headlines

How up-to-date are you with travel and aviation news from the past month – and what a month it’s been!
Take our travel news quiz and you could win a piece of airline and travel history including items from Pan Am, Cunard, and TWA.
In last month’s quiz, the question asking on which European country the novel coronavirus has had the greatest impact (the answer was Italy) had the highest share of …

Delta Air Lines to Manufacture Face Shields for Hospital Workers

Delta Air Lines to Manufacture Face Shields for Hospital Workers

Delta Air Lines said Thursday that its Delta Flight Products subsidiary will manufacture face shields for use by medical professionals.
The face shields will be produced in collaboration with the Global Center for Medical Innovation, an affiliate of the Georgia Institute of Technology, which is providing the raw materials and design expertise.
“Our entire team is rallying around this effort,” said Rick Salanitri, president of Delta Flight Products, which ordinarily designs and …

American Airlines, Alaska Air Launch New Partnership

American Airlines, Alaska Air Launch New Partnership

Alaska Airlines and American Airlines announced that a component of the two carriers’ new West Coast-focused alliance went into effect Wednesday.
Members of both airlines’ frequent-flyer programs are now able to earn and redeem miles on both airlines. This means that members of Alaska’s Mileage Plan program will earn miles when flying on American and members of American’s AAdvantage program will earn miles flying on Alaska flights.
The plan calls for frequent-flyer program …

Study Urges Large Companies to Tell Employees to Stay Home but Dress to the Nines for Online Meetings

IN THE ETHER, April 1 — On the opening day of its annual meeting, this year held online due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the American Service Society of Corporate Ambulatory Managers, or ASSCAM, announced findings of a research report that underscored similar research from three years earlier, namely that its members should encourage their employees to stay home and use videoconferencing.
The group officially returned to Hell, a village in the …