Good evening from 38,000 feet over the Great Plains. I’m enroute from Minneapolis to Los Angeles after a great weekend at FTU in Minneapolis. I was happy to meet many readers and I’m excited to announce the next FTU will happen in November…stay tuned for details.
Big news out of the Middle East this week, as a bitter political battle between Saudi Arabia and Qatar has spilled into aviation. With seven nearby Arab nations rescinding landing rights and revoking air space rights, Qatar finds itself in a difficult situation. I remain hopeful the situation will be resolved in the weeks to come.
Here’s a look at the top stories of the week:
We are halfway through the year and I’m only at 20 Hyatt nights? Is reaching for 60 minutes really worthwhile? Join the discussion.
Wait till you read my Sun Country First Class review. It was a a great flight.
Kyle wonders whether it is time to stop pursing top-tier status on American Airlines.
REPORTS & REVIEWS
Green Sand Beach: Papakolea in Hawaii
Afternoon Tea: United Airlines vs. British Airways
First Look: New LAX T6 Air Canada Maple Leaf Lounge
Review: Biman Bangladesh 737-800 Economy Class Bangkok to Dhaka
Review: American Airlines A321 First Class New York to Los Angeles
Flight Review: British Airways 747-400 First Class London to New York
Review: British Airways Concorde Room London Heathrow
NEWS & COMMENTARY
Breaking: China Eastern Flight Emergency Landing
Conrad Bangkok Lounge: Unnecessarily Formal Attire
American Executive Platinum Status: Time to Let Go
Free Lounge Access at LAX for United Star Golds
Odd Upgrade Pricing on Sun Country Airlines
SWISS Neutrality Continues on Secret Fifth Freedom Route
EU Makes It Easier for Carriers to Legally Challenge Gulf Rivals
Oman Air a Big Winner in Qatar Crisis
Bad News: Iberia Awards Now Bookable Online with AA Miles
A Glowing Review of Delta from My German Cousins
Sweden Mulls Pricey New Airline Tax
Why Singapore Airlines Must Be Cautious About Cuts
My Midyear Hyatt Dilemma
Uncle Willie’s Tall Tale
United Airlines Agent Attempts to “Wrestle” Violin from Passenger
Update: More Route Suspensions + Statement from Qatar Airways
Booked! Sun Country Airlines First Class
United CEO on London Attack
Flying Qatar This Week? Why You Shouldn’t Panic
Will Qatar Airways Be Destroyed by Geopolitics?