Sunday, January 20, 2013

Weekly Recap - January 20th, 2013

In the news this past week:
  • United (finally) introduces in-flight Wi-Fi internet service, becoming the first US airline to have it on overseas flights. It's only available on 3 aircraft right now, but is expected to be available on over 300 by the end of the year. Press release
  • Delta releases information about upcoming changes to the SkyMiles program, instituting a revenue-based component to elite qualification. Nothing about changes for redeemable mile earning, or mileage redemptions. Here's the official press release, but if you want to really immerse yourself on the details, check out the freak out lively discussion in this thread on FlyerTalk.
  • FAA grounds Boeing 787 Dreamliners due to concerns about the plane's batteries and fire safety. United is the only US carrier that flies the 787 at the moment, and their flight timetable has already been updated to reflect equipment swaps and cancellations. More details via the NYTimes.
  • American releases their highly-anticipated new look, reactions are mixed. Check out the microsite.
  • Starwood revises their Cash+Points award chart, most people freak out, I say it might not be so bad.

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